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Sep 18, 2019

Welcome to the Movies!

The boys could hardly contain their excitement. They were on the sets of some of their favorite movies and TV shows. They were touching props that their film heroes had used. They were dancing to music from Bollywood hits. 

To say that the boys' trip to Innovative Film City was a success would be an understatement. U&I manager, Jayaraj says that it's hard to put into words the boys' excitement. "They were beyond thrilled," says Jay, speaking of their excursion to one of India's premier movie-themed parks.

The other highlights of the day included the wave pool (a first for all the boys) and the unlimited buffet lunch. The boys were accompanied by a team from one of U&I's corporate partners, ensuring that it was a safe day where they could be supervised while they had a blast.

While for many of us, a trip to a theme park is fun, for these boys who barely have the chance to leave the confines of their State Home, this was a trip of a lifetime - something they're unlikely to forget for years to come.

Today, U&I cares for close to 300 residents in State-run institutions like the Boys' Home. We are there to ensure that each person there lives to their fullest. Thank you for partnering with us to make this happen.

Aug 27, 2019

Happy Independence Day!

India celebrated her 73rd year of independence and hundreds of U&I students celebrated with the country!

At one of our Learning Centers in Mysore, for instance, the children worked for weeks, along with our volunteers, to put on a show for Independence Day. Some of the children delivered speeches, others sang songs about the country and a few got to demonstrate their artistic side with rangolis (floral patterns made on the floor with colored powder).

 While to many this may not have been a spectacular show, to the children it was a unique chance to express themselves and build their confidence. 

Our tutors couldn't have been prouder to see the excited kids work hard and take on the stage with exuberance. This is partly whatIndia's independence is about - that every individual, irrespective of caste or income, has the right to education, the right to express themselves and the right to be heard. The country's future is in these children. 

Without our donors and their support, we wouldn't be able to build these future generations. We are investing in children. We are investing in the country.  

Aug 27, 2019

Sowing New Seeds

With the start of the new academic year, all U&I's Learning Centers have been actively meeting their goals for the semester. But we are having fun doing it - because we know that's hands down the best way to teach children!

After being exposed to nothing but rote learning at school, U&I gives our students the chance to experience their learning through practical activities wherever possible.

Just a couple of days, for instance, while studying the parts of a plant, students at a Bangalore Learning Centers took time out to plant saplings and sow seeds. While these students are accustomed to memorization at their low-income or government schools, hands-on activities get them excited about learning and help them understand concepts much better.

U&I reaches 2000 students in 54 Learning Centers across India. We are changing lives, one child at a time, one practical lesson at a time, one affirmation at a time. 

Maybe ten years down the line, these students won't remember exactly what the volunteer teachers taught them. But they sure will remember how these U&I teachers made them feel!

Today about 2000 young people in college or working professionally devote 2.5 hours of their time every single week to build the community, one child at a time.

A simple gardening activity - something these children would never otherwise have the chance to do - builds the teacher-student relationship, ensuring learning for a lifetime.

 
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