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Feb 14, 2020

A Daily Labor of Love

There are about 75 boys at the Institute where U&I runs its Care program. Each of the boys has different needs - needs dictated by their physical, mental and emotional state. But the beauty of our program is that our staff knows these boys personally. They know how to make each child feel special. They know how to train each child so they become the best version of themselves. They know how to encourage each child in their giftings when it comes to art and craft.

Some of our staff have worked at the Boys' Home from the very start of U&I's operations. For nine years, they have been caregivers for these boys, most of whom have no way to verbalize their thanks. 

But our staff at the Home just keep on keeping on. From training the boys to cut their nails to creating woven jute mats, the U&I team has poured into the boys' lives.

For these children, this personal attention changes their world. Most of these children have been abandoned and, for them, the U&I team becomes their family. 

This Valentine's Day, let's remember that love comes in all forms.

Sometimes, the most unselfish shape it takes is in that of a social worker taking care of the smallest needs of a child who has no way of expressing themselves.

Thank you for supporting the needs of some of India's most vulnerable individuals through the U&I Care project.

Jan 24, 2020

Little Theater

When U&I volunteer tutor Arathy walked into class in Thrissur, Kerala, she was in for a surprise. The students looked excited - like they had something up their sleeve!

A few minutes later, Arathy and the other volunteer tutors were asked to take their seats as the students had a play to perform for them.

The students in Arathy's English tutoring class had, on their own initiative, written a script for a play on the theme of kindness. They had practiced for a few days and now they were ready for their audience.

While the script may not have been perfect and while the acting may not have been award-worthy, the play was remarkable for all the right reasons. From the theme to the execution, the students had poured their creativity into this little production.

For Arathy and the other volunteers, this was a testimony not just to their work, but to the relationship they had built with each student. They were now seeing the fruit of their labor. 

This is how U&I is transforming lives - one classroom at a time, one student at a time. We are giving them the confidence they need to shine where they choose. 

Thank you for standing with us to transform the lives of more than 2000 children across India.

Jan 2, 2020

The Sky's the Limit (Or is it?)

When U&I volunteers ask their students about their dreams and goals, they get varied answers. Some want to be teachers (just like their volunteers). Others want to be pilots. Some want to be doctors and give back to the community. Some want to be dancers and artists and authors.

While all those dreams are heartwarming, we don't see too many children with dreams as specific as Aditya's, a student from one of our Learning Centers in Ahmedabad. When his volunteer teacher asked him what he aspires to become, the answer was very clear: Aditya wants to be an astronomer.

Why, we asked him. His answer inspired his volunteers. “The sky always makes me smile and I want to know more about the space," replied the 8th grader. This determined young boy doesn't just have a big dream. He also has a clear game plan on how to get there. From his junior high school from St. Xavier’s College to his Master’s Degree from London School of Astronomy, Aditya has all the details mapped out.

It's children like Aditya who you are supporting. Children with big dreams. Children with a vision. Children with passion and determination. What they lack, however, are the resources to get where they want to go. But through U&I, their future opportunities are no longer just pipe dreams.

Thank you for helping kids like Aditya. One day when you read about a famous astronomer from a shelter home in Ahmedabad you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped make that dream a reality.

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