Reaching Hand

The mission of the organization is divided into three folds: Create opportunities through innovative strategies across our focus communities Connect with beneficiaries through life-transforming engagements Collaborate with like-minded partners across the globe to raise volunteers and resources
Feb 24, 2017

We don't know our limits unless we push beyond it!

It was a very challenging quarter for us due to demonetization in India, our projects got extended beyond deadlines as it was difficult to disburse big amounts. But these challenges have promoted the team into a next level of learning. It was as if we climbed two steps up suddenly into being strong about our convictions for the Girls Glory cause. But the good news is that we made it through the storm with our head held up high.

What we achieved-

During this difficult months, we completed the construction of toilets in 3 Schools in Bangalore thereby impacting 1155 children and conducted various workshops. We are in process of construction of new toilets at 4 more Schools thereby planning to impact more girls.

Ambitious Scaling Up-

During the month of February, we got to attend the 23rd SuSana conference in Chennai and we were challenged to move ahead and push our limits and achieve more. It made us rethink on our strategies and gave us new perspectives especially on Fecal Sludge Management. We now want to bring in even more eco-friendly approach to all our Sanitation Projects.

Way Forward-

Coming quarter, you will also see us participating in the TCS Marathon raising awareness about our Girls Glory Project among all our neighbors across the globe. You can also contribute to this cause by donating through Global Giving platform or by spreading the message word of mouth to your friends and relatives.

Thank you so much for your continuous support as we keep going beyond Bangalore and reach out to interior areas in India and make dignified education available to little Girls. 

Capacity Building of Children through activities
Capacity Building of Children through activities
Capacity Building of SDMC
Capacity Building of SDMC
Representing at Susana Conference Chennai
Representing at Susana Conference Chennai

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Feb 3, 2017

CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS AND LIFE !!

Celebrating Anand
Celebrating Anand's 8th Birthday

CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS…CELEBRATING LIFE!!

“We Celebrate not just Our Final Achievement, But the Journey Made Towards It”- Eleesha

Greetings from Reaching Hand!

Three months passed in a jiffy and we are eager to bring the updates and achievements of our children to the ones who have made it happen. Yes!! It became possible through each of our dignified donors and well wishers contribution and continuous support.

It has been a good three months of celebrations and achievements at the New Home. We had lots of corporate visits to our two homes to celebrate the season. The children were showered with lot of motivational talks, breakfast, lunches, dinners, gifts and season celebrations.

Health is wealth and that is the area we strongly focus and follow diligently. OurAnand continues his speech therapy sessions and is very thankful to his donors as he hears and understands the world. Tanu met with Audiologist for acquiring hearing aid and brace fitting.

Sports is in their genes, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that Pooja of R.K Gautam School won four medals and proudly all Gold medals. Monisha of Clarence School also won 4 medals in athletics

What is life without music! It is in the air and the heart for our New Home children and we have our Thotsem who is part of the Clarence School Musical Choir enjoying every bit of his participation. Every visit of the children to the school musical concert leaves them awe struck.

In the field of arts, three of our budding artists are developing their talents in pencil shading and glass painting. They look to progress with charcoal drawings, watercolors and canvas painting in the near future

Our children find all reason to celebrate and Christmas is another season when our children had tremendous opportunity. Schools being closed for the last two weeks of the year they volunteered to make handmade cards and wrap by sanitary kits to be distributed for a program undertaken by Reaching Hand.

 

ANAND: CELEBRATING HIS  LIFE AND SMILE

Anand, a young boy who was found wandering in the streets of K.R Puram on a hot sunny day. He was hearing impaired child because of which he could not speak too. He was adopted by New Home less than a year ago. Since he had not heard the world, his reply to every conversation was a smile and used to convey his message through various actions. His world changed for the better after  he was taken to an audiologist for a series of tests for it was learned that he could hear with the help of a special hearing aid.

Our joy knew no bounds with this revelation and there was no turning back. After numerous hospital visits and tests, Anand was able to get his right hearing aid. Currently, he is undergoing speech therapy. The sparkle in his eyes spoke volumes when he heard the world for the first time and tried to converse.

His actual date of birth is not known to us, but as per CWC records it is “ 26th January “. This date is definitely important to us as we celebrate our Independence day, but this year it was even more special for us as we celebrate Anand’s 8 years on this earth. We not only celebrate his birthday but also his smile as love and care is showered by his New Home family

We take this opputunity to thank each of you who has supported us with kind words, encouragement and donations and look forward to your continous support as we strive to bring about a change and smile in the lives of  theses children.

Anand with his hearing aid
Anand with his hearing aid
Pooja with her gold medals
Pooja with her gold medals
Monisha with her Medals
Monisha with her Medals
Tanu is mobile again
Tanu is mobile again
Glass Painting delight
Glass Painting delight
Nov 28, 2016

All glory comes from daring to begin!

Health and Hygiene Classes at Sikkim
Health and Hygiene Classes at Sikkim

Season greetings from Reaching Hand! As November 24th was Thanks Giving Day, our Reaching Hand Team is very thankful for supporters like you who gives wings to our dreams of stopping drop out of Girls from Schools across India.

Last quarter through  constant support  from you through GlobalGiving, we could complete the Toilet construction in three Schools in Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and Bellary(Karnataka). We impacted 604 Girls with Clean Toilets, Good water flow, Menstrual, Health and Hygiene education. 

Through Girls Glory project we also constructed 10 more toilets in 3 Schools and created awareness among 1260 Children about Sanitation and Hygiene in the last quarter.

One more step into progress…

Reaching Hand started working with Government Higher Secondary School Devalapura located in an interior village in Karnataka about 3 months ago. The School consisted of 800 Students, 9 Teachers, 1 Principal and 20 SDMC (School Development Committee Members). The School was built more than 30 years ago, and was in a very bad condition in terms of Infrastructure, Sanitation and Hygiene. The drainage facilities ran in between classrooms and the School stinked of the waste water and was a breeding place for mosquitoes. Since the School was located in a remote area, no teacher wanted to teach in the School and there were constant fights among the SDMC as there were people belonging to different political partys. After the intervention of Reaching Hand we are glad to say that we could unite the Teachers and SDMC and the local Panchayat members and bring an awareness in them about the importance of education for the children in the village and thereby every member contributed their best and along with the help of Reaching Hand the drainage facilities were moved out of the School, the School building was fixed and re-painted. This was one of the most memorable achievements for us as a team.

Its #GivingTuesday again…

As we move on forward on this journey we require more financial support and encouragement as we want to really focus on reaching out to remote communities across India with proper sanitation facility and awareness among them about Sanitation, Health and Hygiene. This coming Tuesday i.e 29.11.16 is Giving Tuesday at GlobalGiving.

There will be an unprecedented 50% matching for #GivingTuesday donations up to the first $1 million raised! This is the largest amount of matching funds GlobalGiving has ever had in one day in order to match more donations than ever before!

In addition to this huge matching opportunity, all new recurring donations made from #GivingTuesday through December 31st will be matched at 200% up to $100, on the fourth donation!

Hence we would like to appeal to all our donors and well-wishers to contribute to our cause through GlobalGiving on #GivingTuesday and help us reach out to more communities.

Thank you for your support. The Reaching Hand team wishes all our partners and donors A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year in advance.

New Toilets at Sikkim supported by Global Giving
New Toilets at Sikkim supported by Global Giving
New Toilets at Jammu supported by Global Giving
New Toilets at Jammu supported by Global Giving
Help us reach more this #GivingTuesday
Help us reach more this #GivingTuesday
Celebration of World Toilet Day on November 19th
Celebration of World Toilet Day on November 19th

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