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Empower 100 Girls in Asia's Largest Red Light Area

by Apne Aap Women's Collective (AAWC)
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Art session with Udaan beneficiaries.
Art session with Udaan beneficiaries.

“No other organization involves children in activities like here!”- Udaan Mother

Outreach:

The objective of the field visit is to make the mothers understand the consequences of absentism among the beneficiaries. Our outreach team make continuous effort to encourage the mother’s to send their children to our center to avail our services for the overall development of their child.

Boarding follow ups are conducted to gain knowledge of the current status of beneficiaries enrolled in boarding homes. It was seen during the boarding visits that the beneficiaries enrolled are keeping well and they are focused in improving in academics. The outreach team also facilitated parent- child meeting of a beneficiary enrolled for boarding facility.

School visits are regularly conducted in order to keep a track of the progress of children. It has been noticed that the beneficiaries are improving in education and are disciplined but few beneficiaries have attendance issue. Hence in order to curtail this issue regular home visits are made to meet the Udaan mother and explain to them to send their daughters regularly to school so that their education is not hampered in any way.

Education:

One of the team members got certified for holding first position in Slogan writing competition in her class.

Formal education:

Regular tuition classes are conducted with Udaan beneficiaries to help the beneficiaries in school studies they are equipped with better clarity of concepts and strong basics for young beneficiaries. This quarter as exams are approaching the tuition teachers focused on preparing the children for examination according to the syllabus provided.

In order to improve general knowledge of the Udaan beneficiaries’ general knowledge sessions are conducted which included medicinal uses of a Neem tree. The session was interactive and it invoked thought process of the young beneficiaries it was noticed that beneficiaries were attentive towards the session which led one of the beneficiaries sharing about its anti-bacterial quality and its use in cleaning of teeth. The impact of the session was fruitful as beneficiaries shared that during their science exam they were able to write about the tree in detail as the session was helpful for them to memorize the facts. The other general knowledge session included giving an idea to beneficiaries about History and difference between domestic and wild animals. Post the session it has been observed that the beneficiaries are now aware about what History is as a subject. They have also become well versed with the distinction between wild and domestic animals.

To develop a habit of writing their routine and expressing their feelings about events journal writing is regularly practiced among the beneficiaries. In order to bring a change in pattern of their writing and help them think the beneficiaries are provided with varied themes. It has been noticed that the change in process has helped beneficiaries thought processes to be revoked and as its seen the theme provided are very well related by the beneficiaries to their personal experiences throughout the day and Journal it down. It is also seen day by day the writing of the beneficiaries is improving along with their spellings.

Spoken English classes are conducted to improve the language skills of the beneficiaries these skills are being improved by conducting class in the manner of conventional mode of teaching combined with interaction, dialogue, games as a technique of teaching. It been noticed that the beneficiaries are slowly getting a hold of the language and are not hesitant to speak in front of a group of people in English. It was a proud moment when during a corporate visit the beneficiaries confidently introduced themselves in front of the employees in English.

To improve the reading skills of the younger beneficiaries’ newspaper reading is conducted where in the beneficiaries are given newspaper and are asked to identify one letter and two letter words. The visualization and identification makes the process easier and this paces up the learning process of the beneficiaries. It has been observed that beneficiaries are able to better understand and identify words during tuitions and in school due to the reading supplement in the form of newspaper activity.

In addition, a reading assessment was conducted for Udaan beneficiaries through the utilization of reading assessment tool. The outcome showed that beneficiaries had vast difference in their reading skills and these assessments are currently being continued through various activities for example recitation, story telling etc.

Computer classes are regularly conducted to impart basic, excel and word skills during this class it has been observed that the beneficiaries are becoming well versed with excel and word which is seen when beneficiaries are prepare their own word documents with a little guidance from the facilitator. During the visit to the corporate office it was revealed that the team members were well aware of the use of shortcuts, tools and formulas in MS Excel. With a little probing the beneficiaries also accomplished the task of Data Validation. It has also been observed that the beneficiaries try teaching what they have learned to their newly joined team mates.

“Twenty-nine years of work experience! And we are just fourteen (years of age)” - Udaan beneficiary who was amazed to hear about immense work experiences of people working at DHL.

Informal Education:

In order to promote basic understanding of addition and subtraction and to improve the basic mathematical skills using the realistic scenario of the Market bazaar activity was conducted with the Udaan beneficiaries.It was found that beneficiaries know how to do the addition and subtraction on paper but they lack the basic skills of mental addition and subtraction.

In order to make the beneficiaries comfortable in talking in a group and making them confident to put forward their view point child internal meetings are conducted wherein the beneficiaries openly share the issues as well as what they are learning in the center. This quarter the beneficiaries spoke about what they like in the center and the understanding they are developing of being good leaders. It is noticed that both younger and older beneficiaries are very attentive, spontaneous as well as vocal during the monthly meeting they have started coming up with topics by themselves to discuss during the meeting.

During this quarter the beneficiaries were shown videos on Meena in order to instill values among beneficiaries and to make them aware about the social issues. It was observed that beneficiaries could understand that Education to a girl child is a social issue and often this right to the girls is being denied by the society. In another Meena video the beneficiaries learned that it’s important to belief in scientific reasoning rather than following superstitious belief.

One future collective sessions were conducted to make beneficiaries aware about their career and child rights. In the career guidance session, the beneficiaries reflected upon their passion, mission and vocation during the session. During the session the beneficiaries gained clarity on what they would like to become in future. In another session, with regards to child rights the beneficiaries gained knowledge about laws like child labor, child marriage, voting rights, the Domestic Violence act also gained some exposure upon the POCSO act. The impact of the career guidance session was seen during the corporate visit wherein the beneficiaries introduced themselves in front of the employees they confidently shared what they would like to become.

The other session focused on developing leadership to solve civic issues which was conducted through mock political campaigns the beneficiaries learnt to form in groups their agenda, their motto, their party logo and hence got exposed to the civic process prevalent in the country.

In order to engage the young Udaan beneficiaries in creative thinking drawing activity is conducted in the center. The beneficiaries’ day by day are improving in their drawing skills and they have developed a sense of using the right colour combinations during art/craft activities or other assignments.

This quarter Panchatantra videos were shown to the beneficiaries in order to instill values among them. It been observed that the beneficiaries have clearly started understanding the values depicted in the animated video this is reflected during the discussion post the screening of the video. actively participated in the session and also responded that it is not a good practice to tease others for anything less or to be proud of oneself for one’s own possessions or features.

The beneficiaries are having regular fashion designing classes. The beneficiaries have learnt significant number of embroidery patterns and are in the process of learning work with sequins and aari.  The younger Udaan beneficiaries are learning the basics of designing starting from different types of stitches.

The beneficiaries are also undergoing music training to improve their skill in playing instruments and vocals. This quarter beneficiaries got an opportunity to see a live musical event at Billawa Bhavan, Santa Cruz in which they observed the live show and expressed their interest in preparing and performing a similar show. Not just the lead singer, but the beneficiaries also observed and appreciated the performers who were playing instruments in the background and appreciated the energy that was put into the live show by all performers. This understanding and respect for all the elements that make up a live show has developed among beneficiaries due to exposure they receive about music and its elements in the regular music sessions.

In order to horn their theatrical skills, the beneficiaries regularly participate in drama classes. It been observed that the beneficiaries through this class has attained tremendous confidence in order to perform in front of the audience and they have become capable of creating impromptu drama to be performed in various occasions.

Some Beneficiaries undergoing this training have become a part of a theatrical drama group of Red nose entertainment through which they are trained professionally in commercial drama. This theatrical drama group is intended to provide professional development in the beneficiaries and create a pathway towards a new career who wish to get into Theatre along with also providing a platform for beneficiaries to share and express their emotions. The very first commercial clowning act of the beneficiaries was performed during this quarter at Versova Empty space acting academy.

Art first sessions are conducted to develop creativity among the beneficiaries. The session helps beneficiaries to ponder and think about various aspects of their life. They also foster imagination of team members which has been an ongoing process since the sessions have begun. The younger beneficiaries initially took time to think out of the box but due to constant assistance from fellow mates and the guides/facilitators, even the younger team members accomplish the task.

The older beneficiaries participate in easy cooking session which leads the beneficiaries to learn varied simple recipies. One of the beneficiary during Diwali prepared Karanji (Sweets) to take along in school. The other preparation involved tangy bhel with the help of one of the facilitators which was served as snacks for the Udaan and Umang beneficiaries.

In order for the beneficiaries to understand value and ethics Junior Shakti sessions are conducted where in varied topics are undertaken which is discussed with beneficiaries through a story or visual depiction. This quarter the session encompassed to build understanding among the beneficiaries that it is okay to be different. The beneficiaries find the sessions to be interesting and are responsive during the discussion. The quality imbibed during the session are reflected during the daily lives of the beneficiaries.

Senior Shakti session was conducted in order for the older Udaan beneficiaries to understand the importance of Financial independence and importance of saving. During the session live examples were used which made it simpler for the beneficiaries to relate and understand the concept. The beneficiaries are interactive as well as responsive during the session.

In order to develop a sense of leadership among older Udaan beneficiaries Udaan- Umang session was conducted. The older beneficiaries undertook a session on good touch and bad touch. The older Udaan beneficiaries skillfully communicated the sensitive topic of good and bad touch to young children in form of drama. The young Udaan beneficiaries as well as Umang beneficiaries effectively grasped the points that were meant to be understood in the session.

The other session conducted by Udaan beneficiaries is to make beneficiaries aware about traffic rules, and vehicles. The session was conducted in detail and the Umang beneficiaries understood the importance to follow traffic rules as a road safety measure.Post the session it has been noticed that Udaan beneficiaries themselves have started following the traffic rules as they feel that if they are imparting knowledge about a certain thing they should be the one to first follow it. The other session conducted involved Udaan beneficiaries telling stories to the Umang beneficiaries and also teaching songs that they learn during music classes.

To impart awareness on hygiene and health, for the team members to incorporate healthy habits in routine. Heathy habbit sessions are regularly conducted with the beneficiaries.Regular session with Udaan team members have sensitized team members towards maintenance of hygiene.

Udaan mother’s meeting are conducted regularly to highlight the importance of the involvement of the mothers in the development process of the beneficiaries.  One of the mother’s meeting was conducted to inform the mother’s about the Diwali vacation and importance of them to be available to take their children home for the festival. The mothers understood the message well.

The other meeting to discuss about the attendance of the beneficiaries with their mothers and to ask mothers to send their children to school daily.  

Beneficiaries were taken for exposure visit to a corporate DHL. The beneficiaries learnt about the work of DHL across the globe. They got oriented to the functioning and operations of the service center. They also observed the work ethics lingering in the office environment. The Udaan team members were interrogative as well as responsive throughout the visit. The DHL staff members were impressed by Udaan team members because of their confident personalities, kind and respectful attitude.

This quarter two visits were made by a group of Volunteers Ceres global they conducted various educational activities with the beneficiary. The activities included giving an experience to beneficiaries about virtual reality, making them well versed with body parts, types of animals distinguishing between domestic and wild animals. They also took an initiative to update the laptops of the beneficiaries so that it would be helpful for them while computer classes.

Health:

One beneficiary of Marwari school has participated in inter-college football tournament and won a medal and has also won Mother Teresa National Coloring Competition – 2019 from school.

Physical Health:

The nutritional meals are timely provided to the beneficiaries which are based on a diet chart keeping in mind the nutritional requirements of the beneficiaries. Even the Multivitamins are regularly provided. Due to the provision of this service it has been noticed that the frequency of the occurrence of disease has reduced. A remarkable increase in weight has been noticed.

This quarter general health camp has been conducted of beneficiaries. During the camp beneficiaries who were suffering from mild, seasonal cold and cough, got checked up and medications were accordingly provided.

Monthly medical check-up was conducted during this quarter wherein the beneficiaries were taken to Gauarabai Hospital none of the beneficiaries were suffering from any major illness.

This quarter Immunization camp was conducted in collaboration with Nair hospital. The team of Nair hospital provided immunization to beneficiaries and also looked into the immunization card. Along with immunization they were also explaining the mothers the importance of completing the immunization process of children.

The beneficiaries are undergoing karate classes in the light of personal safety and learning self-defense techniques. It is observed that Young beneficiaries are on the path of learning Kathas and fight techniques, whereas several older beneficiaries have been assessed to qualify for participation in local tournaments. Through Karate session the beneficiaries are able to stay fit and maintain their healthy body.

Mental Health:

In order to provide beneficiaries with good mental health beneficiaries are regularly taken for garden visits and they participate in various co-curricular activities they also indulge in various indoor games which help reduce stress on their minds and relax.

This quarter to promote mental health super brain Yoga and Twin heart meditation session was conducted for beneficiaries. Though the technique was a little difficult for beneficiaries to understand but still the beneficiaries felt good post the meditation session.

“We should be the ones sitting with the laptops and the kids should be guiding us with Excel!”- an impressed DHL staff member.

Recreation:

For recreational purposes to learn true essence of festival beneficiaries celebrated Dussehra with enthusiasm as the whole session was planned by the Udaan older beneficiaries. The session was well planned and the beneficiaries received knowledge about victory of good over evil. One of the Udaan beneficiaries as part of the celebration also advised her fellow mates about the ill effects of bursting crackers at Diwali to environment and self.

The beneficiaries were taken to Taraporewala Aquarium as a reward of the star chart to encourage the beneficiaries to follow their daily duties. Beneficiaries were very happy after the visit as they got a chance to get acquainted with various fishes they also got an opportunity to relax at marine drive and enjoy Pani-puri (Indian) snacks on their way.The beneficiaries post the visit shared that they felt encouraged to do better and appreciated for their efforts.

Beneficiaries were also taken for visit to Kamala Nehru Park it was a reward for beneficiaries who won in the star chart system the next month. The visit was enjoyed by beneficiaries and it acted as a motivational factor which has led beneficiaries to take responsibility. The activity also proved to be good in terms of rejuvenation for the beneficiaries.

Children’s day celebration was conducted for the beneficiaries Magic show by a famous magician was organized as part of celebration. Before the magic show, beneficiaries sang songs, and showed their talents and they were eagerly waiting for the magic show. Magician was excellent in terms of entertaining the children, he even made a few children participate in some of the magic moves.Beneficiaries had a great time. The celebration helped us build the bridge among all the children from FR, KP as well as BMC school as the children of the school were also invited to be a part of the show.

Movie screening for beneficiaries were done I am Kalam and Stanley Ka Dabba. Both the movies were liked by the beneficiaries a lot. The movie helped beneficiaries realized the importance of education and existence of child labour and what is it effects.

Annual Events:

Annual picnic for Udaan beneficiaries was conducted in the month of December wherein the beneficiaries were taken to Tikujiniwadi a fun resort. The beneficiaries enjoyed the varied rides and were excited about the overall surrounding of the place which was green and serene. The beneficiaries also enjoyed the meal provided.

Annual Udaan sports was conducted which involved enthusiastic beneficiaries participating in various sports event such as running race, kangaroo race, lemon and spoon, book balance, relay etc. The beneficiaries were very sporting and used various strategies to win the races. Post the completion of sports event there was prize distribution for winner and also an award was presented by Manju Ma’am and Sarbani Ma’am to the best sports person.

Capacity Building:

BCPT Training:

To train staff members upon effectively conducting English language learning sessions with young beneficiaries. The training was conducted with the help of educational videos. The participants learnt about ways to effectively teach alphabets, words and sentences to students of primary academic level. The method they learnt was to use e learning content by BCPT, use of flash cards, drawings and live objects for the purpose.

POCSO Training:

The training was conducted with support staff in order to develop their knowledge and sensitivity among staff members about POCSO Act. The session was interactive, provided an open platform for the participants to raise doubts. The staff members learnt about signs that are to kept an eye upon for identifying a victim of sexual abuse. They also gained knowledge of the law that is in place for protection of children against sexual abuse.

Crisis Management and work Ownership

The training was conducted by Adrian sir to explain the staff how a crisis can be managed and importance of work ownership. Through this training session the Staff learned about the importance of being alert and proactive and through the group activities staff realized that trust is the most important thing while working in the team.  Discussion with regards to attributes of a good leader was also done.

ICRI training

The ICRI training sessions are conducted in order to train the teachers in various skills of teaching keeping in mind the perspective of the child. Through this training teachers learn varied innovative techniques of imparting knowledge to the beneficiaries and understand the essence of every child’s need and level of grasping knowledge. During the training session in this quarters how they can help a child overcome his limitations and inhibition and learn things faster.

 

 

 

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Computer classes for Udaan beneficiaries.
Computer classes for Udaan beneficiaries.
Music classes for Udaan beneficiaries.
Music classes for Udaan beneficiaries.
Educational activity with Udaan beneficiaries.
Educational activity with Udaan beneficiaries.
Annual sports day of Udaan beneficiaries.
Annual sports day of Udaan beneficiaries.
Karate class for Udaan beneficiaries.
Karate class for Udaan beneficiaries.
Children's day celebration.
Children's day celebration.
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Oral hygiene session.
Oral hygiene session.

 Outreach:

“Your students are better behaved than the other students in the class”- Class teacher of Udaan beneficiaries in school

The objective of the field visit is to make the mothers understand the consequences of absentism among the beneficiaries. Our outreach team members make continuous effort to encourage the mother’s to send their children to our center to avail our services for the overall development of their child.

Regular school visits were conducted in order to talk about strategies that enhance learning among the beneficiaries, track the progress in their studies and school admissions. We received feedback of the teachers and principals of the school which was positive and highlighted the development in the beneficiaries in their studies as well as overall behaviour.

Education:

Eliciting topics from Udaan beneficiaries for Udaan monthly awareness meetings as the beneficiaries had come up with topics of interest like ‘The Solar System’ and ‘Outer Space/ The Universe’ made us feel delighted. - Udaan Teachers.

Formal education:

Regular tuition classes are conducted with Udaan beneficiaries to help the beneficiaries in school studies they are equipped with better clarity of concepts and strong basics for young beneficiaries. A difference has been noticed in the approach of teachers in the teaching method in order to acquire attention of the children who do not reciprocate with the teachers.

The teachers have started focusing on different subjects to generate interest and also conducting regular Friday sessions on varied topics such as body parts, functioning of a library, functioning of senses and body organs, food adulteration and ‘swar aur vyanjan’ (Hindi vowels and consonants).

To develop in beneficiaries a habit of writing their routine and expressing their feelings about events journal writing is regularly practiced among the beneficiaries the elder beneficiaries have started writing details of the whole day and express their moments of like and dislike along with writing skills to polish their verbal communication spoken English classes are conducted. A risen interest in spoken English classes is visible as most of the beneficiaries make an effort to communicate by formulating simple sentences and incorporation of tenses which will brings about an improvement of language.

“I do not feel bored during newspaper activity as I want to find out more words than other team members.”- Young Udaan beneficiary

To improve the reading skills of the younger beneficiaries’ newspaper reading is conducted where in the beneficiaries are given newspaper and are asked to identify one letter and two letter words. The visualization and identification makes the process easier and this paces up the learning process of the beneficiaries. It has been observed that the team members are able to better understand and identify words during tuitions and in school due to the reading supplement in the form of newspaper activity.

In addition, a reading assessment was conducted for Udaan beneficiaries through the utilization of reading assessment tool. The outcome showed that beneficiaries had vast difference in their reading skills.

In order to improve general knowledge of the Udaan beneficiaries’ general knowledge sessions are conducted which included about vegetables by actually seeing different vegetable, displayed to them by teacher, about famous places of Mumbai through an educational video and verbally learnt about the days of week followed by interactive discussion. Visual perception helps the younger beneficiaries retain and learn quicker the impacts of which was visible during the school assignment the younger beneficiaries were able to themselves recognize vegetables and correctly paste the pictures of those vegetables in the project book.

Computer classes are regularly conducted and the impact of the computer skill is clearly visible wherein Elder Udaan beneficiaries are capable of helping other students in school to search educational content and create assignments. The beneficiaries are very attentive in the computer class and look forward to learning new things on the computer which will further enhance their skill.Currently the advancement is seen in them as they are able to process the content such as video, stories shown to them and create word documents of their own in order to answer questions based on the content seen.

Informal Education:

Greed is a bad thing and we should not be greedy while having food, rather we should take in plate only as much as we are able to consume. - Udaan beneficiary.

Along with formal education it’s important to inculcate good moral values as well as horn social skills for further empowerment of the beneficiaries. Moral value education classes are conducted wherein the beneficiaries are introduced to good value system. This is done in order for the beneficiaries to understand the difference between right and wrong through various medium such as orally, with help of videos and practical application.

This platform is also utilized to give a better understanding to the beneficiaries of the prevalent social issues such as hygiene, effectiveness of practical education, gender inequality at homes, environmental issues.

The impact of these issues have been very positive as the beneficiaries have learnt the importance of maintaining hygiene, they have understood that rote learning is not the right way of learning anything rather than understanding of the concepts is important. The beneficiaries understand what is gender equality and also try to remember any instances where they have been treated differently compared to their siblings. By understanding about the environmental issues it was observed that the beneficiaries developed an understanding on difference between dry and wet waste, understood about environmental issues and what initiative could be taken on individual level to prevent the environmental issues from aggravating.

In order to imbibe leadership qualities along with boosting of confidence among the elder beneficiaries Udaan- Umang sessions are conducted these sessions help the elder Udaan beneficiaries to take up responsibility and teach various things to the younger beneficiaries that would impart knowledge as well as it adds to their skills. This quarter the session was to communicate the importance of exercise to young Udaan team members and Umang team members along with an action song in the end, the other topic covered was maintenance of health during monsoon season.

Further to enhance the leadership quality the star chart system is followed wherein the groups who responsibly perform all their task and attain maximum star get rewarded. This reward system makes the beneficiaries competitive and makes them strive towards betterment.

Senior Shakti sessions were conducted with elder beneficiaries wherein the beneficiaries were introduced to the concept of budget. The beneficiaries seemed to be unfamiliar before with the concept but when the facilitator provided day to day examples the beneficiaries got familiar with the term in return they were able to understand their monthly household expenses. It also helped them to think in terms of monthly expenses against monthly earnings of their family.

Junior Shakti sessions are conducted with young Udaan beneficiaries to introduce good habits and improved behaviour in them. In the session a story was recited which made them understand to be helpful to one another. It has been observed that the beneficiaries implement the learnings from the session in the day to day activity. The other story brought into light to them that it is good to be curious and ask why which would help them understand things better. The other topic covered was being persistent and determined to achieve goals.

Udaan Mother’s meeting is regularly conducted wherein the mothers were briefed about food habits of children when they are out of the center and to hear out and discuss upon the issues that mothers face. The impact of the briefing was that mothers agreed that junk foods readily available in the market are not appropriate for children’s health and they would try to cut down on it while children are out on mothers’ responsibility.

The other meeting highlighted on the progress of children in school with mothers, address the issue of irregularity of children in schools due to uninformed plans of taking the children from center for long period. The discussion was taken positively by the mothers and they understood the impact of irregularity can have on the education of their children.

The other meeting highlighted on the importance of opening a savings account for their children. During this meeting it was seen that Mothers were already convinced that savings account is essential for their children’s future. They further enquired about the process of documents for the purpose of opening accounts in the name of their children. The mothers also took in a positive light that change of names is not advisable. Mothers also learnt about difference between birth certificate and birth affidavit.

The meeting also briefs the mothers about undertaking vocational training and varied options of vocation they could opt for. The briefing session brought positivity among the women Mothers were very excited with the idea of learning something that would help them earn and maintain a sustainable living.

In order to maintain discipline and improve behaviour among the Udaan beneficiaries regular Udaan monthly meetings are conducted in which topics of importance such as hygiene, being responsible, cooperative behaviour are discussed with the beneficiaries. These sessions have a positive impact as this makes the beneficiaries realize the mistakes they commit and gives them an opportunity to work on them again.

This quarter a discussion took place with the beneficiaries wherein the concept of Children’s internal committee was introduced with them. Stating monthly meetings would be a platform to discuss all the concerns of the beneficiaries. The encouragement provided by staff members the beneficiaries to share their thoughts while in meeting, motivated few of the team members who shared their feelings about the activities which they become a part of in their routine and also expressed their positive feedback for the felicitation program.

The beneficiaries during the Udaan monthly meeting were explained about personal space its importance and respecting the personal space of others. After the session it has been observed that the beneficiaries understand that teacher’s are required to be given space hence the clinging of younger beneficiaries have comparatively reduced in nature which is visible during day to day activity.

In order to add to their Vocation beneficiaries are involved in fashion designing classes. The beneficiaries are well versed with different type of embroidery stitches and have currently started embroidery design on Kurtas. Each of the Udaan team members enrolled in Fashion designing classes are seen engaged in the process diligently. The fashion designing sessions satiate the need of Udaan team members to indulge in creative action.

Easy cooking sessions are conducted for the beneficiaries to get well versed with simple recipies that can be prepared by the beneficiaries. It has been observed that the beneficiaries have overcomed their inhibition of cooking on the gas rather they enjoy these sessions and experience joy in making others taste the recipies they prepare. During this quarter they prepared Dhokla (A Gujrat food delicacy), Poha chivda and fruit salad

In order to improve the understanding of Digital education session was conducted by One future collective to introduce the beneficiaries to the importance of digital learning by creating a digital library of pool of information this session has made the younger team members view internet as a pool of information and knowledge. Because of the digital literacy session, team members have been able to understand the positive part of internet. They have also shown curiosity of learning more about computers.

Efforts are made to make the beneficiaries think creatively for which Interactive sessions take place which involve physical activities and art based activities that are thought provoking. These sessions are conducted with Art First it has been observed that the activities conducted are helping the beneficiaries to imbibe imagination though it is a continuous process among the beneficiaries.

To expand the knowledge of beneficiary’s various exposure visits are conducted the beneficiaries were taken to the CSMVS museum where in the beneficiaries received an opportunity to learn the process of traditional art of painting coconut masks from Andhra Pradesh, learnt basic hand mudras of Kathak, and observing intricacies of paintings in the museum. It was noticed that the beneficiaries enjoyed the sessions and were really happy with the way they got exposure.

To sensitize beneficiaries upon celebrating the Ganesh festival in an eco-friendly way the beneficiaries got an opportunity to learn to sculpt an eco-friendly Ganapati. The volunteers and the CSMVS museum personnel recited the story of Ganapati in a child-friendly manner, by making use of facial expressions, hand gestures, voice modulation and catchy lines. This made the team members pay undivided attention, as well as made the session enjoyable. After the session it was noticed that the elder Udaan beneficiaries tried to teach the same eco-friendly Ganapati to the younger beneficiaries which showed their interest in the task.

The beneficiaries were a part of the clock making workshop at CSMVS. As the activity was new for our beneficiaries they were eager to learn the process of making it due to their attentive behaviour they grasped the making very soon. Our beneficiaries were pushed to make Unconventional clocks.

As part of the exposure the beneficiaries were taken to the Naval dock in order to know about the Indian Navy Ship and its role in defense services. The beneficiaries observed the old ship’s machines, modules and were informed about their role. They also saw photographs of various ships but it was observed that the beneficiaries could not grasp much about the importance of the ship and its functioning.

The beneficiaries were taken to a ISRO exhibition to attain knowledge about space technology. The children during their visit learned about the latest space mission by ISRO, Chandrayaan- second, about the outer space and the planets. During the exhibition we faced a challenge wherein due to lack of a resource person the beneficiaries could only grasp whatever information they could by seeing videos and models on their own. The staff member and the volunteers tried providing the beneficiaries to best of their knowledge related to space technology. But having a resource person would have intensified their learning experience.

Health:

Physical Health:

It has been observed this quarter a reduction in the amount of medical referrals have happened which shows that the nutritional meal being regularly provided along with Multivitamins are having a positive impact on the beneficiaries as it is helping them develop a strong immune system which in turn is protecting them against any infection or diseases.

The nutritional meals are based on a diet chart keeping in mind the nutritional requirements of the beneficiaries. Height and weight measurement of the beneficiaries are done regularly this quarter it was noticed that the beneficiaries who are regular in the center have increased in weight but the beneficiaries who are regularly absent or visiting their homes and coming back to the center are coming back with a decrease in weight which has made us realize that the diet filled nutrition programme being followed in the organization works well on the health of the beneficiary.

For regular monitoring of the health of beneficiaries monthly medical checkups are conducted. It was noticed during this quarter that no major illnesses were noticed this monsoon season due to the maintenance of hygiene, health and healthy habits.

This quarter dental camp was conducted for the beneficiaries wherein the beneficiaries were thoroughly checked and were provided with a dental kit. The dentists were happy to know that our beneficiaries were following a two time brushing routine everyday which has helped them to maintain their teeth healthy. After the check up camp a dental care awareness session was also conducted wherein the beneficiaries were showed how they can keep their teeth always healthy. The session was interactive which kept the beneficiaries attentive throughout.

An eye camp was also conducted for the beneficiaries in the center it was noticed that very few beneficiaries required spectacles which was allocated to them. It was observed that many beneficiaries were enthusiastic about the camp and some beneficiaries were hesitant to check on the first go.

In order to make beneficiaries aware of the process of menstruation and maintenance of menstrual hygiene a session was conducted by Family Planning Association. The session was informative for the elder Udaan beneficiaries. The session also raise curiosity among the beneficiaries to gain further knowledge about reproduction process and HIV AIDS.

In order to keep the beneficiaries physically fit the beneficiaries undergo Karate classes which keep them active and energetic. The activity also helps them in defending themselves at any unforeseen scenario.

Along with Karate classes the beneficiaries this quarter were introduced to Yoga Sessions comprising of breathing exercises along with varied yoga postures. It was observed that the session helped in making the beneficiaries calmed and composed and it also developed an interest in the beneficiaries towards physical fitness.

Mental Health:

In order to provide beneficiaries with good mental health beneficiaries are regularly taken for garden visits and they participate in various co-curricular activities they also indulge in various indoor games which help reduce stress on their minds and relax.

The beneficiaries are regular with the drama class during this classes along with horning their theatrical skills the beneficiaries get an opportunity to distress by expressing and vocalizing their emotions. This helps them deal with their stressors and become confident to perform in front of larger group and audiences.

This quarter as part of the training process the beneficiaries were taken to NCPA for Kathak dance performance in order to watch and learn the technicalities of a professional stage act. The beneficiaries were attentive and appreciated the coordination in the steps of the dancers. They paid attention to the facial expression of the dancers as well it made them realize the importance of expression in a performance.

The other activity they are involved in is music classes where they play instruments and learn songs which completely relaxes them along with improving their musical skills.

In order to make the beneficiaries aware of mental health and importance of expressing feelings session was conducted by one future collective wherein they used simple materials to talk about intense topic of mental health and emotional health through activities, followed by reflection and discussion. The session helped the beneficiaries to develope an understanding on what is meant by mental health, how important it is to reasonably let feelings out from time to time before they accumulate and take a severe form. They also understood that mental health is subjective to every person. The session provided a platform for beneficiaries to share which engaged the beneficiaries and helped them overcome their inhibitions and speak individually, in group and in pair.

Recreation:

“Teacher I would improve upon my handwriting by next year and win the prize”- Udaan beneficiary.

Many festivals were celebrated this quarter such as Rakshabandhan, Eid and Gopalkala these Festival celebration tightens the bond that Udaan team members have with Umang team members. Also, team members do not discriminate among themselves in any aspect on the basis of religion. This is a reflection of the value of respecting all religions that the staff teaches to all team members during festival celebrations. During festival celebrations beneficiaries are enthusiastic and it also gives them the chance to reflect out their creative abilities of singing, drawing-painting, giving short speeches.

To felicitate and motivate team members for their participation in yearlong activities Udaan felicitation programme was conducted beneficiaries successfully put up an excellent show in terms of planning and presenting their acts. The objective of the program was seen getting fulfilled when few team members who received prizes for various categories even broke to tears of happiness for being recognized for development in academics, vocations and in terms of ethics and discipline. A positive impact has been visible after the commencement of the felicitation programme it’s been seen there has been a significant increase in motivation and drive to perform well in various aspects. Teams that lagged behind in performing duties at the center have started diligently performing their duties. There has been participation, initiative taking and leadership enhancement among team members because of felicitation.

Teacher’s day was celebrated by the beneficiaries as a token of their gratitude towards teachers. Team members expressed their gratitude to all the teachers on the occasion by providing handmade cards to them. Older Udaan team members also delivered a short speech which helped the younger beneficiaries attain knowledge about why Teacher’s day is celebrated. During the celebration beneficiaries remained zealous throughout the celebration. It also gave them an opportunity to reflect out on their creative abilities of singing, drawing-painting and giving short speeches.

Success Story:

Enrolled in the year 2017, eight-year-old Divya* possessed an introvert personality when she arrived at the center. Her mother had enrolled Divya* to the organization on the pretext of being unable to take care of her due to being involved in commercial sex work, as well as anticipating the high risk to the daughter.

Initially, Divya* rarely talked with her fellow mates and restricted herself from expressing her feelings with teachers. She restrained from being participative in activities of the organization. Apart from holding an introvert personality, she showed difficulty to trust teachers and fellow mates.

Over these two years with the help of repeated counselling from staff members and teachers, being part of sessions which enhance personal growth and creativity and being part of various sessions which enhance communication, enabled her to become more expressive of her thoughts. Her excitement and participation in the annual Udaan Felicitation program was appreciable. Together with young team members she took part in regular practices and took upon the stage with zeal.

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Computer classes for Udaan beneficiaries.
Computer classes for Udaan beneficiaries.
Eye check up camp for Udaan beneficiaries.
Eye check up camp for Udaan beneficiaries.
Tuition for Udaan beneficiaries.
Tuition for Udaan beneficiaries.
Dental camp for Udaan beneficiaries.
Dental camp for Udaan beneficiaries.
Felicitation programme.
Felicitation programme.
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World environment day workshop at CSMVS.
World environment day workshop at CSMVS.

 

Rekha* Age-13, has been enrolled in Udaan programme last year. When she joined she had a lot of inhibitions in staying at our organization. She used to cry loudly, throw tantrums & get hostile. She underwent couple of counseling session where she got an opportunity to be comfortable and share about her traumatic background freely.After these sessions we took an action of enrolling her in school along with different vocational classes. She loves these classes as it has helped her divert her focus and calm her down. Being a bright child she has picked up the pace and participates in all the activities of the center.She was awarded the best sports girl during our annual sports day for which she was appreciated by all the staff. She loves the organization and never wants to leave it. As an organization it gives us immense joy to see Rekha improving by leaving all the challenges behind that she had faced in her life.

“I really get bored at home as I only get to sit there, I’d rather be at the center all day doing various activities” – Udaan Beneficiary

Outreach: 

Our outreach team has to put in a lot of effort and faced a lot of hardship to convince the mothers to send their daughters to our center, which is done through making them realize the need for their daughters to come out of the community for their growth and safety from all the vulnerabilities they would face in the community.

Through constant follow up and counselling, we had a maximum strength of around 69 Udaan girls at our center. Once the beneficiaries are enrolled they can avail the facilities that would enhance their skill, empower them and help them achieve their dreams and aspirations. Beneficiaries have access to facilities which include formal and informal education, all forms of assistance with their health (ex: referrals, camps, nutritional support, etc.), awareness activities, counseling and therapies, vocational training, life skills sessions, rehabilitative measures like night-shelter house and boarding homes, etc. among other general support.

In this quarter around 473 home visits were conducted to identify new beneficiaries and to understand the reason of absenteeism and to convey information to the mothers to send beneficiaries regularly to the center

Education:

Formal Education:

Along with formal schooling the beneficiaries are also provided with tuitions to help them attain support to overcome difficulties they face with their subjects.As in the last quarter the beneficiaries were preparing for their exams their efforts were madevisible through their performance as all the children performed well in their exams and have been promoted to the next class.

In this quarter major focus was given on new syllabus during their vacation so that in advance they have better understanding of new things that will be introduced to them in their schools along with continuous English vocabulary classes.

On the basis of previous quarter observation, it was seen that the children tend to learn the subjects by heart without understanding the concept leading them to forgetting the content of the subjects very easily. This quarter our team would be changing the method of teaching which would focus more on improving the understanding of the children and clearing the concept so that the children do not opt for the by-heart method as it would help them retain the concepts better.

This quarter the children would be enrolled to a new school for the academic year 2019-20 for which our eight beneficiaries appeared for a written test as well as faced a personal interview with the principal. The beneficiaries performed well but the principal felt that one of the beneficiaries was a little weak compared to others hence admission was given to all the other seven beneficiaries along with three junior Udaan beneficiaries.

The newly enrolled 11 girls  have started with their regular school activities. The girls really like the new experience that they are getting in this school. Few of the girls have settled down and even made 3-4 new friends. Two of our elder udaan girls have also participated in drawing competition held in school. One of our beneficiaries have participated in the school council elections & has even prepared a speech to deliver as part of the election process. She has chosen Peace as he motto & “Feather” as a symbol of peace. She is motivated & also being appreciated by her teachers which has helped her in gaining a new found confidence.

This quarter in order to inculcate a reading and writing habit in the beneficiaries and to improve their English language along with journal writing on a daily basis the children are provided with books according to their age groups.The progress among the children is very prominent due to the activity being regular the children have shown rising interest in reading and learning the meanings of different words that they come across while reading. The beneficiaries in day care have shown their enthusiasm towards the activity as they have started borrowing books from the library in order to read at home.

As the journal writing is happening in a regular basis and now the children are able to formulate complete sentences and write about the entire day a little bit more effort we will be putting towards younger Udaan beneficiaries in order to make them familiar with word and formulating sentences.

Even newspaper reading activity is conducted with beneficiaries where in the beneficiaries are given newspaper for reading and they have to read a paragraph where they identify two letter & three letter words and mark it with pencil. They also read headlines and identify the letter from which their name is derived and circle it. This has helped the younger beneficiaries get familiarized with two letter and three letter words.

In order to improve their spoken English every week spoken English classes are conducted for the beneficiaries these classes help build confidence in beneficiaries to communicate in a better way and be responsive towards all. The spoken English classes have helped the girls to formulate entire sentences rather than just utilizing words. The girls after attending the spoken English classes have started translating an entire Hindi sentence to an English sentence. The girls are very keen on learning spoken English and have been trying to indulge in activities such as debates and extempore under the guidance of the teachers and volunteers. The girls tend to use similar sentences that are learnt by them in the class during conversation though there has been a vast improvement in the beneficiaries communicative English.

In order to further enhance their communication skills our beneficiaries underwent a speech and communication workshop conducted by a volunteer in a systematic way. Through this workshop our beneficiaries have developed better understanding of having good communication skills. The girls are able to speak impromptu on new topics if given to them. They have also learned body postures that they need to maintain during conversing for better communication. They have learned skill of story completion & story framing through pictures.

The beneficiaries also undergo computer classes in order to enhance their skill in Microsoft word, excel, Power point as well as Internet Usage. This in the long run would help the beneficiaries utilize technology in the correct manner to do their work efficiently. The children enjoy these classes and are awaiting Saturdays so that they get to learn something new.

In this quarter Friday sessions were conducted by teachers to discuss about rains, its importance in our life which was taught through innovative way of using poems such as “rain rain go away” & “Ye re Ye re Pausa” in order to captivate the attention of the beneficiaries and impart better understanding.

The second session focused on teaching the children golden words like Thank You, welcome, Sorry, May I, Please, Excuse Me. The girls were informed as to when in what situations and how these words should be utilized.As the children are participative in Friday sessions it has a progressive impact on their learning as it is practical in nature it tends to enhance the beneficiaries learning and retention ability of subject content.

Informal Education:

“I enjoyed going for the different workshop which was conducted at CSMVS it gave me an opportunity to meet other girls who share similar interests”- Udaan Beneficiary.

Making beneficiaries responsible is important in order for them to be empowered and stand against all the challenges that come by them keeping this in view we introduced star chart system for each group of beneficiaries depending on their behaviour, completion of task, team work and overall performance the teams are given star points in the star chart. The highest star team is the winner for the month and receives rewards.

The whole system is having a very positive impact on the beneficiaries as all the beneficiaries are taking the disciplinary indicators seriously and maintaining the decorum along with taking responsibility of their own task as well as their group. Which reflects that the personality of the beneficiaries is shaping in the correct manner.This quarter the winning team got rewarded with a movie Harry Potter and dinner outside. The attainment of reward has boost the other teams to work hard and win the next time.

Udaan monthly meeting is held regularly with the beneficiaries in order to ensure smooth functioning of all Udaan activities along with coordination among the leaders and groups.This quarter discussion in general about good touch and bad touch were conducted with the beneficiaries. It was reiterated to them about the do’s and don’ts. An improvement is visible in the overall behaviour of the beneficiaries they feel comfortable and share their issues on their own with the team members as they have identified their trusted adults.

The other topic covered was on communication and the impact of the older beneficiaries behaviour on the younger beneficiaries after this session the children maintain their tone of voice while talking with each other.

The other topic discussed was about the new academic year, new school enrollments & discipline that the children need to maintain in school. The girls were explained in detail about the discipline that they need to maintain while going and coming from school, to ensure they wear neat and clean uniform and how it shall be maintained till they come back from school and they were also asked to share about any disturbance or difficult situation they face in school or outside. The children were attentive and understood the point of discussion clearly.

Mother’s meeting is regularly conducted to make the mothers aware about the progress their children are having and to make them aware about activities that would be beneficial for their children.This quarter with the mothers we discussed the summer timetable and regular attendance in classes. The mothers were attentive and the impact is visible as few of the beneficiaries have been regularly coming to classes after the meeting.

The other meeting made the mothers aware about boarding homes for the beneficiaries and also provided them information about vacancy in two homes. The mothers were explained the facilities the child would get in the boarding home and that they would also get an opportunity to meet with them on holidays but during the meeting it was observed that mothers were apprehensive about putting their children in the boarding due to previous negative experiences.

The other meeting consisted of beneficiaries performing a skit for their mothers with regards to the ill effects of tobacco and gutka consumption after seeing the skit many mothers’ promised that they would stop the consumption of it immediately as they realize the impact of their wrong habits on their children.

This quarter life skill session was conducted on self-awareness. In the activity the beneficiaries had to describe themselves through feeling, belief and quality. The session was very interactive they discussed about the qualities they did not like and spoke positively about their role models. This made them realize how unique each one of them is which made them feel good about themselves and filled them with positivity.

The other meeting was held with the mothers to discuss the enrollment of the beneficiaries at a new school. They were shown pictures of the school and activities that are conducted in the school. The mothers were informed about the timings of the school and that discipline had to be followed in the school to maintain its decorum. After the detailed explanation the mother’s apprehension about sending the child had vanished they were more confident about the decision of transferring their children to the new school.

Junior Shakti session was also conducted where the beneficiaries were explained about safe and unsafe place. The beneficiaries were asked to make a chart with time, place and people whom they feel safe or unsafe with. It was seen that the children have very clearly understood with whom they are safe and with whom they can trust and share their feelings.

Senior Shakti session was also conducted where in discussion on the topic People who are engaged in human trafficking target individuals who are weak and lack knowledge about various sources of earning/ livelihood and also it is necessary to have a trusted adult in a dangerous or suspicious situation. The story that was read to them during the session made the Udaan beneficiaries interactive in the session as they recollected the provisions under RTE act, child marriage etc. this made us realize that the beneficiaries are slowly getting aware about their rights and they understand the ill effects of trafficking and child marriage.

The other session was conducted to explain about household expenses and need of planning a budget. The girls were able to write down their expenses in their household and also were aware about the fact that in comparison to the income the expenses were more. This activity helped us to sensitize them towards financial expenditure and give them an understanding to help their mothers to plan the finances of the house so that they can save more money for a better future.

Udaan and Umang sessions are regularly conducted to give them a sense of responsibility in this quarter during the session Udaan beneficiaries taught Marathi song to the Umang beneficiaries. The Udaan beneficiaries are enjoying this opportunity to teach their younger counterparts.They also teach all the songs learnt in the music class to the younger beneficiaries it gives them a sense of satisfaction when they see the Umang beneficiaries sing along with them the songs.

This quarter Udaan beneficiaries have shared moral stories with Umang beneficiaries. The younger beneficiaries listen to elder beneficiaries attentively and are able to remember the story well which impacts them in a positive way in building their confidence. Udaan beneficiaries take up a teaching role filled with responsibility and guidance.

During this quarter our beneficiaries participated in Gender Justice & Mental Health Social Leadership Program wherein they understood the basic concept of Human Rights & Discrimination and how they can bring about a change. The topic covered were Peace and conflict resolution, working in teams as a leader & building teams. Disability and Empathy. Constitution and their rights, Mental Health & Learning how to advocate for your cause. It was observed that the girls were really engrossed in the sessions and have actually taken keen interests for completing their tasks that used to be given to them as homework. The trainer was interactive and used various mode of communication such as group discussions, videos & activities which kept the children engaged & focused on the training.

This quarter the beneficiaries were shown a movie finding nemo the beneficiaries were fascinated to see different fishes in the movie. As the movie was based on themes of trust and family the children understood the concept of misplaced trust.

To instill the importance of schooling the beneficiaries were also shown a documentary by UNICEF Meena series as the documentary was in Hindi the beneficiaries understood each and everything the movie depicted and it made them realize how important it is to utilize small little opportunities that come their way.

This quarter the beneficiaries were taken to CSMVS for summer workshop their the beneficiaries participated in various activities in pair of two the activities involved traditional landscape building under which the beneficiaries were asked to draw on a landscape paper by imagining scenery from their memory or thoughts, Printing with sunlight was a new form of painting for our beneficiaries using chemicals such as Ferric Ammonium & Potassium Dichromate the beneficiaries were little apprehensive the first time but as they got comfortable they were thrilled to see the images being created, Landscape painting with garden waste the beneficiaries during this activity were delighted to see the various mode through which painting can be done without using brush and only utilizing color and garden waste amazing images were created, Solar powered toys during this session the beneficiaries got an opportunity to make solar powered cars from the scratch and Object theater during this workshop theater related ice breakers were done and then through exploration in the library and gathering of relevant objects story was asked to be depicted. The girls liked the way they were able to use their knowledge of drama class in a different medium.

During the celebration of world environment day, the beneficiaries participated in workshops in CSMVS the workshops included sustainable beej ball making session by using mud, seeds & fertilizer which they can easily throw and grow anywhere. The beneficiaries also learnt about the ill effects of water pollution on the environment through a story after which a question answer session was held. As our beneficiaries were well aware about environment and the issues they were interactive and very participative during the session.

Apart from it the children got an opportunity to see the sculpture gallery and noted which states of India the sculptures belonged to. Simultaneously a story telling session took place wherein mythical stories were narrated about ten selected objects. Thereafter they also got an opportunity to visit the children’s museum at CSMVS. The beneficiaries were excited to see new artifacts and also tried formulating story just like the resource person using the objects seen.

The beneficiaries were taken to American Consulate Dosti House for a tour of the American Library. The beneficiaries were given a detailed tour of the library along with information regarding what are the various sections in it & how it functions. The girls were excited to see such a big library and were trying to relate the library with their school library. Post the tour the beneficiaries were shown “Brave” an animated Disney movie.

The beneficiaries were also taken to Rani Baugh where the beneficiaries attended a workshop on making Paper bag along with Japanese flower. The girls were very attentive during this workshop and learned the method of bag making quickly. After this workshop some beneficiaries implemented the method of bag making to create gifts to be carried to Poland for the host families.

In addition to add to their vocation beneficiaries are enrolled in fashion designing course where they learn about various stitches and applicability. All the beneficiaries take good interest and create varied designs using different stitches on the cloth. This quarter the beneficiaries have started designing on dupattas and Kurtas.

As our beneficiaries have been selected to be a part of Brave Kids festival preparation are being done by the beneficiaries for their performance. The beneficiaries are preparing a six-minute dance performance and also learning two songs one Hindi and English. The team is working on the visa process as the passports of the beneficiaries have arrived all the paper works are being worked on simultaneously for the process to be smooth.The team involved actively in packing of the bags of the beneficiary with all the necessities. List were made so that nothing Important would be missed.

After all the efforts of the team received the Visa for all the beneficiaries and they successfully left for Poland this quarter to participate in the brave kid’s festival. The beneficiaries leaving had mixed emotion along with excitement they were even sad to leave their friends behind for such a long time.

As exposure visit the beneficiaries were taken to the wonder park where they could physically see the miniature replicas of the seven wonders of the world. This visit gave them an understanding of the monuments and also and understanding why it is known as a seven wonders. The beneficiaries were really excited during the visit as it was a new place for them to explore. They also enjoyed a train ride around the park.

Health:

Physical Health:

As the beneficiaries come from a susceptible background and belong to the age where they require maximum amount of nutrition taking these criteria into consideration we provide our beneficiaries with healthy and nutritional meal, which is prepared according to the diet chart.

During this quarter, the diet chart was regularly followed and and the multivitamin supplements were provided in the right time. As part of our Nutrition Aid, 5 times nutrition and 1-time, multivitamins are regularly provided to approximately 70 Udaan beneficiaries.This quarter there has been a noticeable increase in height of the beneficiaries and the weight has been maintained.

In this quarter regular medical checkups took place along with a general health checkup camp. The health checkup camp is a positive way of getting the services to maximum number of beneficiaries direct and indirect through these camps they are made aware about their health status so that further treatment can take place immediately via medical referral in the hospital.

The beneficiaries for monthly check up taken to Gauarabai Hospital wherein the children were not detected with any severe illness apart from slight cold and cough. The children were also taken for eye checkup as they were constantly complaining of headache. These beneficiaries have been given spectacles according to their requirement.

The beneficiaries in order to be physically fit participate in outdoor games and also undergo training in Karate which does not only make them fit and agile but also equips the beneficiaries to defend themselves in times. Currently in the class the beneficiaries are learning Kumite technique. Utilization of this technique happens when the beneficiaries have to defend themselves from any kind of risk.

In order for the children to maintain their health and hygiene beneficiaries attend healthy habit session in which the beneficiaries talk about basic habits such as brushing teeth, combing hair, taking bath etc that needs to be formulated in order to maintain good health. Through continuous session the beneficiaries have understood the necessity of maintaining hygiene and have started taking initiative on their own to explain the younger once the importance of it.

Mental Health:

In order for the beneficiaries to have a healthy mind we engage our beneficiaries in different activities such as theatre classes, music classes, and art classes and sports activities.

The beneficiaries are regularly having their drama class, which is enhancing their theatrical skill as they pay attention and follow the instructions given by their sir diligently this has brought out a vast improvement in their acting skills. This quarter the beneficiaries have learnt nine bhavas during the classes. These bhavas would help them express various feelings in a better way during acts that they perform.

The beneficiaries also got an opportunity to attend a show named In the Shadow of the Gods: An Interpretive Dance Performance by Revanta Sarabhai. The beneficiaries really focused during the show they appreciated the grace and finish in the performance. The beneficiaries stated that they really learnt a lot from the show it taught them better the way of expression, tone modulation and more.Due to the regular drama classes and various activities being undertaken during the classes the children have started working confidently on their voice and have started preparing act and stories to be utilized for other activities.

The music classes are conducted regularly during this quarter the girls have prepared full songs along with various instruments such as key board and guitar. The beneficiaries wait for this class as they get an opportunity to play various instruments and learn new songs in the class. It has been observed that the beneficiaries have started getting confident about the instruments that they play. They have confidently started playing in sync the songs that have been taught.

Along with the regular music classes the beneficiaries are also having music session with one of the volunteers she focuses on the throw of voice and rhythm along with music. As language was a barrier before but now the beneficiaries share a warm relationship with the volunteer and look forward to these classes.

The children have drawing classes in a regular basis during this quarter the children had a continued session from the last quarter with Antoinette related to Hamsa Painting. During this class she wanted the beneficiaries to go bold with their colour and design hence she asked them to utilize water colour for painting purposes. The output of the freedom of using water colour was wonderful as the children came up with creative and very delicate designs with intricate work on it. The beneficiaries were appreciative of each other’s work which showed their respectful behaviour towards each other’s work.

Our yearly volunteer Bjorn also conducted drawing activity for the beneficiaries it was an activity in which the children had to draw cartoon like figures just like in a newspaper and formulate a story through it. The children were very excited with the new activity and used all their minds creatively to depict various stories related to life, environment etc.He also took a session where he taught the beneficiaries to make diary of single page which the beneficiaries find helpful. As the beneficiaries were very thankful for the time he spent with them teaching new things our beneficiaries made a thank you card as a token of appreciation.

The beneficiaries also had Kathak dance session with trained Kathak dance teachers. As our beneficiaries love dance & always look forward to learning new dance steps for them it was an opportunity for girls to understand the new dance form and learn. The girls had little inhibitions as they were finding it difficult to bring the stiffness required for the posture in the dance but after practicing the posture multiple time they started becoming comfortable with it.

Recreation:

“I really loved our beach visit, especially since we were really tired after our exams. We had a lot of fun at the beach.”- Udaan Beneficiary.

For recreation purpose our children are taken to regular garden visits where the children enjoy to observe various things surrounding them Bjorn our volunteer conducted games during the garden visit which the beneficiaries enjoyed immensely apart from the garden visit this quarter he even organized a beach visit for the girls as it was just after the exams. Our beneficiaries enjoyed the new place, its serenity and excitedly they played with mud and tried building different things from it by using their imagination.

For recreational purpose a team of volunteer’s conducted various activities with the beneficiaries such as drawing, art and craft, music and dance, strategic games, easy cooking etc our beneficiaries participated actively in all the activities. They were interactive and keen on doing anything that they proposed to do. Some beneficiaries who already knew about the activities took charge and helped the volunteers to supervise their younger counterparts.

This quarter with all the enthusiasm children celebrated mother’s day. The beneficiaries planned the entire programme and practiced performances for their mother’s it was an emotional journey during that day as the mothers could not stop the tears rolling from their eyes when they saw their children perform in front of them. It was a really important moment for the daughter’s and mother’s as they got a platform to express their emotions to one another.

Along with all the celebration we celebrated the festival of Eid. The older Udaan beneficiaries shared with all the importance of Eid and Why is it celebrated after which the beneficiaries hugged each other and fed each other Sheer- Kurma and wished everyone a very happy Eid.

The beneficiaries were taken for a visit to YaYa Play zone where the beneficiaries got to try varied rides and games the younger beneficiaries enjoyed the trampoline and slide games the most. They had a joyful time and enjoyed the snacks that they were provided with.

“I had fun while drawing cartoons; I drew my favorite episode from Doraemon”- Udaan beneficiary.

The beneficiaries are involved in both indoor and outdoor games such as board games, kabaddi, pakada pakdi etc.

Birthday celebration takes place every month for beneficiaries in order to make them feel at home. The celebration involves cake cutting ceremony for the children which they thoroughly enjoy.

 

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Udaan beneficiaries health check-up camp.
Udaan beneficiaries health check-up camp.
Leadership skill session for Udaan beneficiaries.
Leadership skill session for Udaan beneficiaries.
Udaan beneficiaries attending music class.
Udaan beneficiaries attending music class.
Paper bag making session at Rani Baugh.
Paper bag making session at Rani Baugh.
Beach visit of Udaan beneficiaries.
Beach visit of Udaan beneficiaries.

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Annual Sports Day of Udaan Beneficiaries.
Annual Sports Day of Udaan Beneficiaries.

“Sports day in the organization took place this month it is the first time I participated in the games and I was surprised to win and felt really happy that I was felicitated with so many prizes. I will remember this day for the rest of my life.”- Reema*, 14, Best Sports Performer.

 

Outreach: 
Our outreach team has to put in a lot of effort and face a lot of hardship to convince the mothers to send their daughters to our center, which is through making them realize the need for their daughters to come out of the community for their growth and safety from all the vulnerabilities they would face in the community.

 Through constant follow up and counselling, we had a maximum strength of around 70 Udaan girls at our centers. The beneficiaries once enrolled avail the facilities that would enhance their skill, empower them and help them achieve their dreams and achieve their aspirations. Facilities include of the beneficiaries having access to formal and informal education, all forms of assistance with their health (ex: referrals, camps, nutritional support, etc.), awareness activities, counseling and therapies, vocational training, life skills sessions, rehabilitative measures like night-shelter house and boarding homes, etc. among other general support.

 This quarter around 480 home visits were conducted to identify new beneficiaries and to the beneficiaries house to know the reason of absentism and pass the information to the mother to send the beneficiary to the center regularly.

 This quarter a visit to Jeevan Sach was conducted as they were conducting the mothers meeting The director their shared how the behavior of our beneficiary has changed positively since she has come back from home. It was highlighted that “She looks after all the younger girls and also sits with them to teach them. She has become more responsible & she has realized the problems that she will face when she goes back home again.

 The director notified us about the issue she was facing with one of our other beneficiary as she doesnot want to stay their and would like to go back home. We discussed the issue with the director and have convinced her to give our beneficiary a chance and enroll her in the tailoring class for a short term course as she is good at drawing and designing and highly interested in it.

This quarter we made a visit to peacemaker for a follow up visit as our 8 beneficiaries are enrolled with them. As we had received a call from peacemaker about the concern of the behavior of the beneficiaries. The major issues that were discussed with girl were about the distraction being caused due to girls getting attracted towards boys, another issue was regarding studies as not all girls are performing well and third issue which was discussed was time management.

 Apart from all this major issues general discipline was once again reiterated with them which will help them succeed and progress in future.

Various visits to post office was made to get Aadhar card updated of our Udaan girls as well as their mothers as it was an important document for making their passport. Apart from that we also had to request the MLA to give a referral letter as the children lack few documents.

Regular visits are being conducted with the school teachers & principals to understand children’s progress & discuss any glaring issues that are being observed. Visit was also done to 4 schools for admission process of Udaan beneficiaries in new school. For this visit was done to Marwari Vidyalaya High School, Wilson High School, St Goan Sebastian High School &. We have also coordinated with post office & Bank of Maharashtra for opening of Bank accounts of the girls.

Education:

Formal Education:

As the exams are approaching, major focus is being given to education. Hence, varied steps are being undertaken to bring an overall improvement in all the subjects of beneficiaries. A lot of attention is being given towards the tuition classes and the assessment that is being done, as the beneficiaries are not interested in studies we are trying to make the activities interactive and interesting so that they may be able to learn faster and retain it for a longer time.

Journal writing is one of the activities that is continued so that our beneficiaries improve their writing skills. The beneficiaries diligently write their journals about their whole day what they like or do not like. This activity also helps them understand themselves better highlighting their weaknesses and also the improvements they have made from the previous months.

This quarter the beneficiaries who are in 5th to 8th Std have developed interest in writing. They not only write regularly in their journals but also make sure to get it checked every day to ensure that their mistakes are verified & corrections are made. There has been development in few girls who earlier could not write proper words or frame sentences are confidently able to write correct spellings along with paragraphs.

It is observed that the activity of journal writing has not only brought discipline among the girls by utilizing the night time constructively but also brought confidence in the girls to be able to write. The girls have now started taking interest in writing the journal & do not have to be reminded. They also themselves show there journals to the supervisor for correction. The night shelter staff also updates regularly on the progress or issues faced regarding the same.

The Friday sessions are continued with an innovative mode of teaching is utilized such as laptops are used to teach the beneficiary two-letter word and three-letter word, nouns, wild animals and domestic animals. As these topics are covered in a different pattern then there regular teaching process it has been noticed that the children enjoy the sessions and pay attention which reflects that visual depiction of subjects make the learning procedure easy for the children and help them retain it for a longer period of time.

Regular teachers meeting was conducted during this quarter to work on the structure of teaching process and deal with issues of late coming and absenteeism of the teachers. As this challenge has a direct impact on the beneficiaries’ performance in school. This challenge was addressed immediately and is being dealt with through close supervision and continuous follow up with the teachers.

Regular mother’s meeting during this quarter was conducted the main agenda of the meetings were Annual Udaan picnic to esselworld, Bank account opening that has been intimated by Chandramani School and not taking the beneficiaries home during exam period.

The mothers were informed about the girls Annual Udaan Picnic to esselworld & the schedule for the same. Majority of the mothers had given consent. There were 2 mothers who felt that it might be risky & had shared that they will themselves take the girls in vacations.

The mothers were informed about school and how they will receive money from the government directly in this account for purchase of school supplies for the next academic years. The mothers agreed & had coordinated with school for the same.

 It was also informed to the mothers about the upcoming final exams which are coming. The mothers were also informed not to come to take their children home till 12th of April as the beneficiaries are having their final exams in this duration & we have also kept tuitions for them for the month of April. Listening to the conversation the mother happily agreed and said it is best for their children to stay here & study until the exams are over. As once the children go home they don’t feel like coming back.

Through this behavior we realized that the women beneficiaries trust the organization a lot and believe that whatever decision will be taken by the organization will only lead to a better future for their children.

 The children attend computer classes in order to learn basics of Microsoft word, excel, PowerPoint, emailing and internet usage. This is taught so that the beneficiaries will be able to benefit from the same while pursuing their further studies or involving themselves in future job opportunities.

This quarter there were 2 classes conducted during the first class the girls were taught how to use Google to search data & how to enter data in an MS-Excel sheet along with dragging down & filtering the data. In the second class the girls underwent a test in which they were given a set of questions for which they had to use the internet & find answers. These questions were based on knowledge of various fields.

It has been observed that the girls are able to use internet to find data related to various topics & save it for further use. Few of the girls are also able to enter data in excel & filter it as per requirement. They are also able to make images using paint 3D.

The girls enjoy the internet usage class as they get an opportunity to search different topics online and share it through email with each other.

The children are taken for educational exposure visits such as this quarter the elder Udaan beneficiaries were taken to Bajaj Bhavan to understand about the impact of technologies in future.

The younger beneficiaries were taken for an exposure visit to Kidzania (an amusement cum career guidance cum entertainment park) in order to understand the roles of different professions (doctor, fire fighter and police men) through practical implementation as they provide set up of hospital emergency room, Police Station and fire brigade office along with fire extinguishing tools. Along with the role playing activities the kids also got an opportunity to explore their creative side through the paint activity on the wall as an initiative by Nerolac and they also got an opportunity to be host at Club Mahindra Resort. The visit overall was enjoyed by the children and it had a positive impact on them as it broadened their views about various career opportunities that they can explore in future.

Informal/ Non-formal education:

Empowering the beneficiaries is an important aspect, as it will help them choose aspiring career and help them take responsibility and lead their mother towards a positive path of quitting their profession. This quarter, we helped in creating 6 Aadhar cards (social security number card) for the beneficiaries as we understand the importance of having an identity prove to avail the facilities provided through government schemes for the children and also their future.

We focus on activities that will enhance skill, inculcate good habits, spread awareness and instill confidence within the beneficiaries.

The activities consist of house on duty for which groups are formulated the duties of the groups rotate on a weekly basis. The main objective behind this group formation is to make the girls independent and disciplined in life. The leaders monitor the entire process along with this initiation of the star chart has happened because of which the beneficiaries put in more interest towards the task.

“The teachers were disappointed in me and I felt discouraged but now I have decided that I will not only change my behavior and bring more discipline in myself but also bring a change in the opinions of teacher’s that they have for me. I will make sure that my group will be the winner of the Star Chart this month”- Ragini*, 13, Udaan beneficiary.

Udaan monthly meetings are conducted regularly, in which all the issues faced by the beneficiaries is discussed. Due to the age they are in a phase where they like to explore more about their body hence, good touch and bad touch sessions are conducted the girls are encouraged to share their issues with the teachers or the managers or any staff they feel comfortable with. Therefore, that the issue can be resolved and the beneficiaries would not have to be handling traumatic situations just by themselves.

Life skill sessions are conducted in which the beneficiaries are taught healthy habits related to hygiene maintenance, awareness session about menstruation and usage of Sanitary Pad is explained.

Junior Shakti and Senior Shakti session take places, which consist of storytelling to the beneficiaries such as how it is important to say NO to things at times. This story teaches our girl that it is ok to say NO at times, as it is an important part of life. The same was imparted in the senior Shakti session but emphasis on being alert about situation was also highlighted.

Similarly, the sessions were based on reality instances such as trafficking, acceptance of being different, good touch and bad touch.

Udaan-Umang session are also conducted as mentoring the main motive of which is to make the beneficiaries responsible of each other and one’s activities. During this session, the Udaan beneficiaries teach Umang beneficiaries’ different things such as song, dance, educational topics etc. This quarter they took the initiative of teaching small Umang beneficiaries a patriotic song “nana munna rahi hun” as the republic day was nearing. The beneficiaries participated enthusiastically and were very responsive compared to the last quarter.

The beneficiaries are also shown motivational videos such as a in this quarter they were shown a video based on Ilma Afroz it shows cased her struggle and how she finally achieved her dream of serving the country. This taught a lesson to our children to never give up in life instead working hard towards achieving our targets make it easier to achieve them.

Everyday assembly is conducted for the beneficiaries to imbibe in them the qualities of responsibility, enhance bond and disseminate learning.

In addition to add to their vocation beneficiaries are enrolled in fashion designing course where they learn about various stitches and applicability. All the beneficiaries take good interest and create varied designs using different stitches on the cloth.

“I love fashion designing class and I want to put my own designs that I have learnt on my dress”

 The beneficiaries also undergo training in spoken English class so that they improve their communication in English majorly focusing on usage of words to formulate a complete sentence. This quarter Ms. Ravina Sutar worked with the girls on framing sentences by using the words “Did, Have & Has” with examples. She also quizzed the girls on the use of these sentences & words.

 This quarter the beneficiaries had Antoinette’s drawing class wherein she focused on tracing Hands & painting inside them & designing the hands. She also emphasized as to how it was different from Henna/Mehendi designs. The girls enjoyed a lot in the session and said that now they look forward to the next class.

 In this quarter, we are so excited to tell you that our 5 Udaan beneficiaries have again received an opportunity to participate in Brave Kids to be held in Poland. To provide you with a little background Brave Kids is an educational and artistic project during which children's artistic groups from all over the world meet. They differ in life experiences, artistic talents, religions and traditions. They are joined by the willingness to create together, openness to other people and incredible ability to overcome the barriers and limitations of the adult world.

 The team during this quarter has got involved full fledgedly in the preparations for Brave Kids starting from the process of making the beneficiaries passport. Considering the target group that the women beneficiaries belong to they do not tend to have proper documents which are required for making the passport for the girl beneficiaries as the girls are minors so a lot of difficulty and challenges are faced by our team to accomplish the process.

 Thus during the process it was observed that:There have been various inhibitions which the women had during making of passport of their daughters. They were counseled to make them understand why we are preparing the passport & what are the issues we would have to face in making the document. After the mother’s meeting the inhibitions were solved and the mothers were completely supportive of the process.

As we have to get all the documents in place or rectified for the process. Multiple visits to the banks, police station, Aadhar card office and the passport office has been part of the process. Hence by these efforts we have been able to complete the process of two beneficiaries successfully and one beneficiaries passport process is ongoing. Thus, a constant effort is being put by the beneficiaries along with the team to make this event a success for the progressive future of our beneficiaries.

Health:

 “I like the New Kellogg’s that we get for breakfast it has taste of chocolate”- Harshali*, 6.

 Physical Health:

As the beneficiaries come from a susceptible background and belong to the age where they require maximum amount of nutrition taking these criteria into consideration we provide our beneficiaries with healthy and nutritional meal, which is prepared according to the diet chart.

During this quarter, the diet chart was regularly followed and Kellogg’s has been added as a new addition to their breakfast which is enjoyed by the beneficiaries and the multivitamin supplements were provided in the right time. As part of our Nutrition Aid, 5 times nutrition and 1-time, multivitamins are regularly provided to approximately 70 Udaan beneficiaries.

Their height and weight assessment were regularly done so that we can track the improvement in the beneficiary’s health. Increase in weight shows us improvement in the health of the beneficiary whereas drastic loss of weight indicates that the beneficiary is suffering from a type of disease this quarter it was noticed that the beneficiaries have increased in weight in comparison to the few who have lost a little bit of weight due to their previous ailment.

During this quarter regular medical checkups took place along with a health checkup camp where in the beneficiaries were given de- worming medicine and vitamin E supplement. The beneficiaries were not detected with any major or chronic disease. Most of the children have majorly complained about cold and cough and skin irritation.

Not only a health camp but also a dental camp was conducted the assessment of which showed no significant oral problems. This reflects that the oral hygiene of our beneficiaries are well maintained. Both the health camps were attended by approximately 141 beneficiaries.

One of the health-related challenge we faced was chicken pox as it is an airborne disease and lack of space led to the spreading of the disease among other beneficiaries.

The children in order to be physically fit participate in outdoor games and also undergo training in Karate which does not only make them fit and agile but also equips the beneficiaries to defend themselves in times of need.

Mental Health:

In order for the beneficiaries to have a healthy mind we engage our beneficiaries in different activities such as theatre classes, music classes, and art classes and sports activities.

This quarter we had our annual drama event wherein both the centers performed a comical named “Andher nagri chaupat rani” and “Girgit”. As our beneficiaries performed for their mother’s they were very excited and happy. They performed an excellent show and our mother’s (Umeed Beneficiaries) laughed their heart out seeing the performance. It was a site to see wherein the mothers had mixed emotions they were happy as well as proud of the fact that their children were presenting a drama of this caliber.

 The annual sports took place wherein the beneficiaries participated enthusiastically. They had very good sportsman spirit and enjoyed all the games that was organized. The beneficiaries were thrilled to get prizes for their win it made them realize their interest in sports activities. After prize distribution when beneficiaries shared their experience, they were filled with emotions and were not hesitant to put forward their strength and weaknesses and where they would have to improve the next time.

“I love music class and just for that I wait for Saturdays to come”.

 The beneficiaries attend music classes in which they learn songs along with musical instrument. The girls have completed a song and started to learn a welcome song. This month we also started with singing classes for the beneficiaries through one of our volunteers Elena. She started with introduction to notations, basics of singing, voice modulation etc. The girls have also started liking these classes and attentively participating in it.

 The beneficiaries often have dance session a motive of which is to relax their mind and as well, as improve their dancing ability. This quarter a team of volunteers (Ceres global) conducted a dance session for the beneficiaries the session-included ice breaking session, which was to depict animal movement and to take out a similar noise and others, had to repeat the same. It was noticed that this activity made all the beneficiaries attentive and excited it caught attention of Udaan younger beneficiaries. They taught basics of break dance and later was taught free style dancing it was a gateway and platform for each child to vent their emotion.

 Recreation:

“It is refreshing for us to visit the garden once in a week. As I do not go home on a regular basis. It helps me relax from the hectic schedule & gives me a breath of fresh air.” – Rashi* Age 14, Udaan Beneficiary

For recreation, purpose children are taken for garden visits and this quarter the beneficiaries had an opportunity to go for Annual Picnic to Essel World - a famous amusement park.They had an amazing time on the different rides, the girls maintained their decorum during lunch time and started their daily prayers in sync. Few other visitors who were also there for having their lunch appreciated the behavior of our beneficiaries. The day for the beneficiaries was relaxing along with a lot of fun and exploration of different rides.

 Along with the indoor and outdoor activities we also celebrate various festivals so that the children along with a relaxing activity attain knowledge of various festivals and important days such as Republic day, Women’s day etc.

This quarter we celebrated makkar Sankranti by making kites and flying them. They also celebrated republic day wherein the children made flags and sang patriotic songs. Women’s day was celebrated along with a team from DP world who organized drawing activity and game for the beneficiaries. The game was about memory whether the beneficiaries could retain the names of fruit and vegetables and name them without forgetting. The beneficiaries enjoyed the game and also the snacks that was distributed post the activity.

Another festival during this quarter was Holi wherein the elder Udaan beneficiaries got the opportunity to share the story of Bhakt Pralhad & Narsimha Avatar of Vishnu. The story depicted the victory of good over evil. The story was a background to why Holi is celebrated. After the story was completed the younger Udaan beneficiaries presented a skit which highlighted that religion should not be a barrier in celebrating festivals as everyone is equal. After all the enthusiastic participation and presentation of a meaningful skit the beneficiaries played with colour by coloring each other along with the teachers. The children enjoyed themselves and also understood the background of the celebration.

Night-shelter:

When our outreach workers did an assessment it was made evident that, the brothel owner /other close-knit community members lured many adolescent girls of Kamathipura into the flesh trade. These brothels are the spaces where their mothers (and the girls themselves, often) are living under. Especially since the brothel owners would find it easier to trap a young girl already living in the community, than to traffic girls from other parts of the country- such a phenomenon has become rather common in the red-light districts of Mumbai. Hence, we recognized the need to provide a safe and secured space for our beneficiaries.

Thus, we run a night shelter where 61 adolescent girls avail this facility. Our night shelter beneficiaries participate in all our educational, health and empowerment-based activities along with the usual extra-curricular, recreational visits and celebrations held at the center during the day.

Capacity Building Training:

To bring in an overall development of beneficiaries it has been noticed that the staff has to be equipped with various skills to handle varied issues that crop up while dealing with child beneficiaries.

Keeping this in mind we encourage our staff to attend various workshops organized by varied organizations and ourselves conduct various capacity building training sessions.

Hence this quarter, our staff attended a three-day workshop on counseling children who have been sexually abused.

The training was detailed and interactive it included in it various subject matters starting from understanding about child sexual abuse, first level intervention, understanding trauma, basic counselling skills, understanding of trauma genic model, stabilization process and the importance of self-care.

In house one day training workshop organized for the staff on ‘Behaviour & Emotional Management of Hyper Active/ Aggressive girls/learning delays - by Occupational Therapist’.

The workshops were fruitful as the staff understood the various aspects that is to be kept in mind while dealing with a child along with the age, physical aspects, background & cultural influence of the child and the ways to handle the disclosure of the traumatic experience by the child.

 

Pictures:

Annual drama event by Udaan beneficiaries.
Annual drama event by Udaan beneficiaries.
Health check up camp for Udaan beneficiaries.
Health check up camp for Udaan beneficiaries.
Exposure visit for Udaan beneficiaries.
Exposure visit for Udaan beneficiaries.
Picnic for Udaan beneficiaries.
Picnic for Udaan beneficiaries.
Art and Craft activity for Udaan Beneficiaries.
Art and Craft activity for Udaan Beneficiaries.
Dance activity with volunteers.
Dance activity with volunteers.

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Frames made by Udaan Beneficiaries at NCPA Hall.
Frames made by Udaan Beneficiaries at NCPA Hall.

Outreach: 

Our outreach team is the first and usually preferred point of contact between Apne Aap Women’s Collective and the community inhabiting Kamathipura and Falkland Road, the red-light districts of Mumbai. There are many beneficiaries who are in need of our services, thus in the last quarter we have had a maximum strength of around 75 Udaan girls at our two centers.

There have been 5 new enrollments in this quarter. These enrollments open up the path towards improvement for our beneficiaries. Being part of the Udaan family, our beneficiaries have access to the shelter home and night barding facility as part of their rehabilitative measure. They also have access to both formal and informal education, overall health assistance, life skill training and vocational training. We also focus on the overall development and stability of the beneficiary hence we provide them awareness about various issues.

Education:

This quarter, we have continued with our new classes the “Friday Sessions” where the tuition teachers have a discussion on various subjects. The objective of these sessions is to clarify fundamentals of the subjects every week, so that the base becomes strong in those subjects. This is a group activity, where all the beneficiaries of that group can be made aware about each other’s weaknesses and help each other to overcome these weaknesses.

This quarter we have covered the sessions on benefits of mediation, girl empowerment and writing. We have also emphasized more on tuitions, where we have conducted regular monthly assessments of 75 beneficiaries. There were special timetables made in order to support girls for their studies. We also conduct tuition teacher’s meeting on weekly basis in order to get an overall view about the performance of students through the assessments conducted and to discuss the regular plans of the teacher.

During this quarter the girl’s focus have been on studying for their mid-semester exams that took place in the beginning of November. Regular school visits and follow-ups have been done in order to get new admissions done along with assessing the beneficiaries’ performance and to motivate parents to continue sending their girls to school.

Multiple spoken English classes and some computer sessions have taken place at the center. While the spoken English classes concentrated primarily on developing the grammar and social skills of our beneficiaries, the computer classes aimed at enhancing their understanding of Microsoft Word, Excel and Paint tools and Internet search.

 Health and Nutrition:

At AAWC, we place utmost importance on the health and nutritional aid provided to our beneficiaries. Knowing the fact that all of our members are from a highly vulnerable and marginalized community, and live in environments that often trigger ill health- our activities range from spreading awareness on health related issues , providing medical support by conducting quarterly health camps targeting specific ailments. We have also arranged periodic supply of sourdough breads, healthy salads and sandwiches, which complement the beneficiaries’ daily meals with varied tastes.

Along with this, we aid our beneficiaries with specialized awareness programs (ex: puberty and the ensuing bodily changes, gender and sexual education, medical treatments for contagious diseases, seasonal healthcare, etc.), routine medical referrals, nutritional aid provided through a well-designed diet chart, multivitamin and protein supplements, following up with hospitals and doctors, etc. The team also regularly records the height and weight of the beneficiaries through a growth chart, which helps them understand the level of physical development of the beneficiary. As part of our Nutrition Aid, 5 times nutrition and 1 time multivitamins are regularly provided to more than 63 Udaan beneficiaries.

Lions Club organized a health camp in association with AAWC where almost all of our 75 beneficiaries took part. In addition, this quarter, with their help, we conducted monthly medical checkups and it was noticed that the beneficiaries mildly suffered from cold and cough. A few health issues were detected during the health camp. However, none was of major distress.

Night-shelter:

When our outreach workers did an assessment it was made evident that, the brothel owner /other close-knit community members lured many adolescent girls of Kamathipura into the flesh trade. These brothels are the spaces where their mothers (and the girls themselves, often) are living under. Especially since the brothel owners would find it easier to trap a young girl already living in the community, than to traffic girls from other parts of the country- such a phenomenon has become rather common in the red-light districts of Mumbai. Hence, we recognized the need to provide a safe and secured space for our beneficiaries.

Thus, we run a night shelter where 39 adolescent girls avail this facility. Our night shelter beneficiaries participate in all our educational, health and empowerment-based activities along with the usual extra-curricular, recreational visits and celebrations held at the center during the day.

Empowerment:

Along with recognizing the fundamental need for better health and education, we also work on empowerment in terms of vocational activities, identity-based documentation aid, life skills sessions and development of leadership skills through various extra-curricular. This quarter, we helped in creating 17 Aadhar cards (social security number card) for the beneficiaries.

To inculcate a sense of responsibility, we have a system of weekly “house on duties”, where different groups of girls are made and these groups are assigned to monitor and implement different chores of the shelter on a weekly rotation basis. This includes maintaining their own spaces, sorting and organizing the materials that they use, ensuring sanitation & personal hygiene etc. The duties keep on shuffling on a weekly rotation basis. These different activities help them in building their confidence in organizing and understanding the importance of different duties in life & preparing them to be independent in future.

In this quarter, regular Udaan girls’ monthly meeting was conducted, wherein discussions about the various rules, do’s and don’ts’ for the day and night activities were discussed with an aim of developing a more learning and role-modeling conducive environment from big Udaan girls to younger beneficiaries. They were also told about the assessment of their subjects and what improvements they need to make in order to perform well.

Regular mother’s meetings took place in order to discuss the Udaan beneficiaries’ performance in the school and in the shelter home and discuss the parent’s involvement in the beneficiaries’ education, motivation and morale.

During these meetings, we have helped mothers to get identification documents for their children, such as the Aadhar Cards. During the November’s mothers meeting we had a volunteer visit from Public Awareness for Healthful Approach for Living (PAHAL) he presented about Hepatitis B its causes and the vaccination for it through which it can be prevented. The elder Udaan girls were a part of this meeting.

Life skill Sessions / (personal safety education):

Sessions were conducted on the topics like  The Indian Constitution and life skill which was conducted by our intern Hila the sessions covered the topics of self-love, friendship, decision-making, body image etc.

Regular Udaan- Umang sessions were also conducted where the group of Udaan beneficiaries would conduct a small interactive session with the Umang beneficiaries, in order to develop a healthy peer-relationship. They would discuss about good behaviors and respecting elders. In order to make the sessions more creative, we conduct different activities such as activities to understand facial expressions, teach patriotic songs etc. This would develop their peer-relationships better.

Junior Shakti sessions are being conducted for girls in the age group of 6-10 years of age. These sessions comprises of stories with animate characters, which the children find funny, and interesting through which the main objective is to talk about moral values, identify skills in one self & personality development of the girls. In this quarter, the stories that were covered were “Sundarban ki Ek Raat” “Murga Aur Suraj” “Ru Ru Raag”. The girls are enjoying these sessions and are able to identify the morals & learning’s being imparted through these sessions. There are also activities conducted post the sessions, which help them, remember the morals better.

Senior Shakti sessions are conducted for girls who are in the age group of 11-16 years. These sessions comprise of Seema-Raja story which discuss about the risk and challenges that a girl has to face in her adolescent age and how to take the right decision, which will ensure their safety in the long run.

These sessions emphasize on empowering the girls and help them make their own choices about their life by providing them information about the pros and cons of it. The girls have also completed various post session activities through which they have created their own safety plans, which include identifying their trusted adult in times of need, having emergency contact no & recognizing safe spaces in unsafe situations. They have prepared career plans and steps to achieve them. The girls also get in role-plays where they take different roles of the child and different stakeholders and discuss about situations in their daily life and how to overcome them. The girls have started enjoying these sessions & keep looking forward to it.

This quarter we had a visit from a group of students from the Center for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) in Melbourne who came and took a session with the girls on having fun with technology. They had brought different technological gadgets such as laptops, I pads, radio-controlled toys, cellphones and VR-glasses, which they showed the girls on how to play with. The girls really enjoyed this session, especially the VR-glasses that took them out to space to experience the solar system.

 Extra-curricular activities:

I love karate class and I do not want to miss it.” – Udaan Beneficiary

This quarter, we have held many extra-curricular activities like theater classes, computer classes, English speaking sessions, music classes, fashion designing classes and dance classes. Theatre classes were conducted under the topics of: Story Building, reading of play and trust games. In music class, the girls have been singing the song, which is a classic Scottish folk song “My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean”, and in design class, the girls are learning different embroidery designs. Girls really enjoy the dance and karate classes on Saturdays and Sundays.

In this quarter, we also had a visit from our partner organization ‘Gilbarco’ who came along with their staff and volunteers to perform a magic show.  They also made paintings for the children. They brought tasty snacks and donated clothes both to our Udaan girls and to Umang toddlers.

During their Diwali break, 6 Udaan beneficiaries visited National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) for a craft session on photo-frame making. The results were stunning and the girls enjoyed their excursion a lot.  Theatre Act presented a comic show on 12th December, which was enjoyed by our Udaan girls.

On 29th December, our Udaan beneficiaries were taken to the ISRO Centre for an exhibition as part of their exposure visit. The exhibition exhibited Satellite Aditya, which will soon be launched, as Satellite Aditya will be the closest satellite to record Sun's croma.  The main aim of this exhibition was to attract kids and children towards science and space studies. Our beneficiaries tried their best to understand the models but they did face challenge in understanding the language used for explanation.

The girls also had their annual sports day in this quarter during which our girls received awards in forms of medals & certificates in various activities in school.

 Additionally this quarter, all staff at both of our centers had participated in session on the Juvenile Justice Act 2015 and a POCSO session where the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act from 2012 was discussed. Both these trainings were very successful and staff gave positive feedback and requested for more such trainings in the future.

Celebrations:

Many lovely celebrations have taken place this quarter. In October, we celebrated Navratri and Dusherra wherein we celebrated Navratri by playing garba and Dusherra was celebrated by performing various plays. In the month of November, we celebrated Diwali where elder girls had prepared a wonderful show from things that they have learned in their extracurricular-activities. They performed several stories in form of plays, they did dance performances, and they sang and had organized games for younger Udaan girls and toddler in which the Umang children participated.

Girls also attended a Diwali festival celebration on 3rd of November organized by “Salam Mumbai” at Mahalakshmi Race Course. There they were given gifts and enjoyed the singing and dancing competition. After Diwali celebration and mid-term exams, they all appreciated a three-week holiday from school.

Children’s day was celebrated on 14th November; an activity was conducted wherein a video screening of moral stories took place teaching the girls about child rights. The videos were based on child labor and its ill effects, importance of education, nature, good behavior and habits.

We had Christmas celebration in the month of December, wherein the older beneficiaries explained about why Christmas is celebrated, they sang Christmas carols gave dance performance and played Secret Santa. The beneficiaries were provided with snacks. The entire program was entertaining and full of information about Christmas. At the end of the celebration, our older Udaan beneficiaries presented the votes of thanks.

 Pictures of Udaan beneficiaries’ activities and celebrations:

Navratri Celebration with Udaan Beneficiaries.
Navratri Celebration with Udaan Beneficiaries.
Udaan beneficiaries engaged in drawing activity.
Udaan beneficiaries engaged in drawing activity.
Celebrating Christmas with Udaan Beneficiaries.
Celebrating Christmas with Udaan Beneficiaries.
Quarter 4- 2018 Statistics.
Quarter 4- 2018 Statistics.
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Apne Aap Women's Collective (AAWC)

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
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