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Jan 18, 2019

The Last Leg

There are four more months for the academic year to wrap up. For many, that means feet are dragging and levels of enthusiasm are waning. But, not at U&I. 

To keep our students and volunteers motivated for the last leg of the academic year, we are intentional about running refresher training programs.

Each city will run a volunteer training day called Recharge which is meant to do exactly that - recharge the volunteers so they give their best for the last few months. We believe that students, in turn, will respond by giving their best! Recharge programs will kick off in most of the18 cities across India where U&I is located from the 26th of January onward. 

U&I has collated feedback from each center and will run the specific Recharge training programs to address those needs that have been communicated. Additionally, we will also be introducing the Child Protection Policy with our volunteers so each class is conducted with exemplary standards,

 We are poised to give each student the motivation to keep working hard and to finish the year well. U&I is poised to give 1675 children a deep love for learning and a commitment to education. 

Jan 7, 2019

When the Student Becomes the Teacher

When Priyal started as a volunteer with U&I, she was apprehensive. She was assigned to teach English to 9-year-old Vijay, at an orphanage in Mumbai. She wasn't quite sure what to expect. 

The spark in his eye said that Vijay was a keen learner. Yet, Vijay struggled with self confidence. He wasn't sure he could learn to read as he hadn't been able to, thus far.

But, gradually, Priyal was able to help Vijay overcome his fears. Within a few months of one-on-one classes with Vijay, he was able to read his story books with ease. His confidence started to soar, not just with his reading ability, but in every area of his life.

Vijay soon became a role model to the other children in the orphanage. In fact, he soon began to help the other boys, who were struggling with English, with their reading.

It was truly fulfilling when Priyal had the chance to watch her student become the teacher as Vijay helped his friends to read.

Through our volunteers like Priyal, U&I helps 1750 children across India grow in their academic abilities and their levels of confidence. We invest one-on-one time with them, so our volunteers are not merely their tutors but also their mentors who help these kids believe in their dreams.

U&I is showing these first-generation learners that education is a way out of poverty. 

Thank you for investing in the lives of underprivileged children and changing the course of their lives!

Dec 11, 2018

Play Time!

A playground in the backyard is every child's dream! For the 90 special needs boys, the dream may never have been verbalized. Maybe the dream seemed out of reach.

But in the last month, that dream has become a reality.

Thanks to U&I's partnership with Bosch, a playground with the latest equipment in India has been set up in a previously-unused area of the Boys' Home. The children now have access to the playground every single day.

But it's more than just fun. The equipment has been carefully selected by U&I's physiotherapist so the boys have the opportunity to improve their motor skills. Over the last month, the playground has proved to be the best Christmas gift to the boys who get to expend their energy and just have some fun!

To the rest of the world, installing a playground may seem like a small step in tackling the big problem of caring for abandoned special needs individuals. But, at U&I, we recognize the joy that each small step brings to each individual. And that matters!

Thank you for your continued partnership with us to change the lives of these boys! Together, we can make sure to give them the childhood that they deserve!

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