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Apr 3, 2019

Celebrating Our Students

The academic year has drawn to a close - and itt's end-of-year party time at U&I classrooms across India. Our Learning Centers have been hubs of celebration as we handed out medals and certificates to hundreds of excited students. Many centers were decorated with balloons and streamers. The children participated in dance and music performances.

One of the most unique parts of our end-of-year parties are the cards of affirmation that each volunteer makes for their student. It's a keepsake that the student cherishes as it affirms them for their talents and their hard work. It's a personal endorsement - something that many of these children have not had in the past!

Thank you for supporting the students in their journey. The last academic year posed challenges, but we have wached the students persevere and come out as winners.

This year, U&I staff will once again lace up their running shoes to participate at the World 10K Run in Bangalore. For several the run helped us raise funds for children. And this year, we plan to just keep on putting one step in front of another so we are able to give more children a quality education in 2019-2020.

Thank you for coming alongside us to make all of this possible.

Mar 11, 2019

More Games, Greater Improvement

The boys have been busy at Home the last month. With the blazing summer sun beating down on the playground, activities have moved indoors, and the boys are enjoying some play time with games like their favorite – Protect the Balloon! 

U&I staff have also been spending more time to the “profound” kids so their get individualized attention. About 11 boys, who are considered to have profound disabilities, meet for an hour a day with the staff with the aim of improving their motor and cognitive skills. Two of these boys have also received wheelchairs from a partner organization and U&I staff have been training the boys to use them correctly.

Our reports may not have big numbers. We are focussing on 11. Even 2. But, while we may not be making a difference to a huge number of people, we are making a big difference to a handful. 

Thank you for your support in helping us improve the lives of these boys. One by one, day by day, we’re making an impact. Our involvement gives them a sense of purpose. We want to enable each of these kids to live to their fullest potential. Thank you for making this possible.

Feb 21, 2019

Go, Kids!!

U&I teamed up with Grant Thornton India for two fun sports events for our students in Bangalore and Mumbai. A third sports day in Delhi is in the works for next week. 

The Bangalore event, "Sports Fest", saw boys and girls from one of our Learning Centers play high-energy games like football, cricket and three-legged races. The Grant Thornton employees rolled up their sleeves and got right into the thick of things. 

The kids had a blast and took home medals and prizes. "This is way better than my school sports day," said one of the girls who won a prize for the three-legged race.

The event also included lunch and refreshments for the tired but happy kids.

U&I believes in providing a well-rounded educational experience for our students. We understand that sports are a great avenue to build confidence and foster teamwork. It also revealed a competitive edge to some of our students who are quiet in their classrooms. The Sports Fest was also an important way to reiterate to our female students that girls can rock at sports, too! 

Most of these children don't go to schools with sports facilities where they can actually kick a ball or run a race. While they may attend sports days at their schools, its more about marking attendance than learning a sport.

Thanks to our partnership with Grant Thornton, we were able to give these children the opportunity to grow in their sports skills and boost their confidence. 

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