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Sorting the Toys
Sorting the Toys

This quarter we continued with the serious business of Fun Learning. But this quarter is also interspersed by many festivals. This period is a period of celebration in our country and of people exchanging gifts and having parties.

However, for the under-privileged, there is not much to celebrate. Thus was born, a few years back, the “Joy of Giving Week”, which is now called “Daan Utsav”, to have a more inclusive effect. The week starts very appropriately, from the birth date of Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October.

We at OBLF, use this opportunity to give toys to the under-privileged rural children in our program. This year we distributed toys to all the 1500+ children in the new 28 Rural Government Primary schools which we have adopted in our Program for the first time. Most of the time donors generously give for the education that we provide. But we feel that kids need to experience the sheer joy of getting something which is not always connected to education. And the unadulterated pleasures and smiles we see on their faces justify our belief.

Of course our rural ladies, as always, rose to the occasion, and happily sorted out and labelled the toys for each child!

We are extremely grateful to the employees of many corporates who put up Wish Trees for our kids and donated so generously to this cause.

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Tisket-A-Tasket
Tisket-A-Tasket

OBLF was born on 2nd July, 2010. Every year, end-July – beginning August, OBLF celebrates its Annual Day, when our Trustees, our management, our rural children and their teachers – our rural Coordinators – come together to enjoy, to encourage, to applaud, to celebrate merit, to show off their language skills and for a day of fun and bonhomie.

That is also the day we give prizes to our merit children. This year too we gave cash prizes of Rs.2,500/- to the 1st ranked, Rs.1,500/- to the 2nd and Rs.1,000/- to the 3rd ranked Senior level children. The 1st ranked children of the Middle level got Rs.1,000/- each. Other merit children were later given interesting books by the Coordinators

It was a fun-filled day of Prize giving, and as usual our children proudly showed off their English language skills by putting up a wonderful array of songs, rhymes and funny skits, amidst the mooing of cows nearby.

Our rural ladies too entertained the guests by singing a song.

We had earlier sent YouTube links of the same. For those who missed it, here are a few links. We do hope you will spare a few minutes of your time to view them.

The show ended with a simple lunch for our kids and all else present.

Interesting Books!
Interesting Books!
Celebrating Merit
Celebrating Merit
An Entertained Audience
An Entertained Audience
The Tailor of Topinagar
The Tailor of Topinagar
The Coordinators' Song
The Coordinators' Song
The Vain Butterfly
The Vain Butterfly
A Hearty Meal
A Hearty Meal

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A Homely Mid-day Meal
A Homely Mid-day Meal

Our Annual Summer Program was conducted with an additional and extremely attractive feature – the Mid-day Meal! Our kids are picked up by us from far off villages and brought to one of our 3 centres. They go home to an empty house, since the parents are at work. Many of them probably go without lunch, and the thought has been gnawing at us for a while. So this year we decided to make a special effort to raise some funds for this, and tightened our belts to ensure that the kids did not go home on an empty stomach.

Our rural Coordinators rose to the occasion to arrange for fresh produce daily, and with the help of a cooking lady, provided the kids a healthy, hygeinic, hot and home-like meal to the children. Often enough our Coordiantors, some of whom themeselves are wanting in so much, also contributed items of provisions, or mostly produce from their own farms, which touched us immenesely. We are truly grateful to them all.

The Summer holidays behind us, we started our new academic year by adopting 22 more rural schools, covering about 1000 more rural children. We have recruited 20 more rural ladies into our Program. Our ususal baseline Assessments are well under way, and our Coordinators once again conduct them, sometimes under exteemely trying conditions as can be seen from some of the pictures.

All this effort by our Coordinators reaffirm our faith in our model of involving the communities we serve, since this produces the best results.

Learning about our World
Learning about our World
All of Us Together!
All of Us Together!
Lots to learn from the Net
Lots to learn from the Net
Craft is so much Fun!
Craft is so much Fun!
Preparing a Fresh Hot Meal
Preparing a Fresh Hot Meal
How Much Do You Know?
How Much Do You Know?
The Most Trying Conditions
The Most Trying Conditions
We Do The Best We Can
We Do The Best We Can
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This academic year came to a close at the end of February 2019, and our Year-end Assessments – Oral and Written – were held from 15th to 20th February, 2019 for each of our over 2800 children.  About 30 of our rural Coordinators took a lot of effort to conduct these within 4 days.

 An analysis of the same shows that 98% of the children (who had at least 60 days’ attendance), improved in their English language skills.

 The Assessment results show that 50% children scored over 60% marks at the year-end, as againstonly 4% at the beginning of the year.

 As against 50% of the OBLF children scoring > 60%,only 28% of Non-OBLF children scored >60%. This shows that OBLF’s Program on English language skills is indeed benefiting our rural children.  

 A detailed report is attached.


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New Training Room being readied
New Training Room being readied

As one academic year draws to a close, we at OBLF are busy planning ahead for the next one. Year before last we expanded our operations by 150% - from covering 1000 rural kids to 2500! But last year we could increase our impact only marginally, to cover about 3000 children. This was not due to a lack of intention, but because we hit a bottleneck in getting more rural ladies to join our program as Coordinators, to teach the kids we serve.

During the site visit of the Global Giving representative Adam Cross of UK, we had in-depth discussions on all aspects of our operations. Arising out of that, we had a very focused meeting with our Senior Coordinators (rural ladies who have been with us for over 6 years), our Program Supervisors, two of our Trustees, along with our Program Manager and Director, to chalk out a plan to get more rural ladies to join our program.

The excellent ideas that came from our Senior Coordinators really amazed us and consequently, we got connected to the President of the local women’s group (Stree Shakti) in the area, the President of the Government school Teachers’ Association of that local area, the local cable operator who telecasts all local events and took many other small steps, which led to almost 30 new ladies joining our program.

Our current weekly training program is conducted in 3 different batches at the Lakshmisagara government school, where they have been kind enough to give us 2 rooms for the purpose. However, with the coming of the new ladies, these rooms were not adequate for us. We therefore started training the two new batches at two different training centres – one in another government school (thanks to our new local contacts), and another at the house of our Lead Coordinator Swapna. Two of our Senior Coordinators started training the new batches till such time we got two new excellent volunteers – Simi and Anahita.

Swapna has been kind enough to let us put up a portable pre-fabricated structure on her terrace, which is now being readied as our new Training Room. We appreciate Swapna’s loyalty and commitment to OBLF.

Sr, Coordinator Baby training the new ones
Sr, Coordinator Baby training the new ones
Volunteer Simi taking over the training
Volunteer Simi taking over the training
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One Billion Literates Foundation

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Project Leader:
Anamika Majumder
Bangalore, Karnataka India
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