Young Varsha* was so familiar with the by-lanes of Falkland Road that she could find her way back from any corner of the expansive red light area. With a disruptive nature and an unsupportive family, it was very difficult to discipline her. Continuous outreach and counseling provided to Varsha* and her mother over the years proved to be effective as she gradually became a regular member and a disciplined child. Today she is studying in the 9th grade and has developed good leadership skills!
With your continuous support and encouragement, she now dreams of a brighter future!
*name changed to protect identity
Festival Celebrations: AAWC celebrated various festivals with our beneficiaries this quarter, such as Eid, Rakhi, Independence Day, Janmasthmi, Guru Purnima, Gopalkala and Teacher’s Day with children participating enthusiastically in skits, dance programs and fancy dress competition!
AAWC Representation: Online fundraising portal GlobalGiving presented AAWC with the opportunity to talk about our partnership with them and the benefits of field evaluation program, during a workshop conducted by GlobalGiving in Mumbai.
AAWC was also given the opportunity to talk about child labour in the red light district in a seminar organized by Kelkar College.
Capacity Building: AAWC staff attended MAF meetings where they discussed about Antiretroviral Therapy, stock out and ill treatment of HIV+ beneficiaries in hospitals.
Monthly Checkup: Monthly check-ups of the beneficiaries were conducted each month followed by providing medical assistance as required. A medical camp in association with E-Ward was also conducted in July for all beneficiaries.
Career Guidance: Counselors from Aavishkar Centre conducted psychometric assessments of the older girls, and explored career options, based on their aptitude and interest.
Volunteers Olivia and Gabby from Berry College and UC Berkeley respectively conducted daily computer classes for younger girls, wherein they learnt computer basics and MS-Office. Spoken-English classes were also conducted by volunteers to develop girls’ communication skills.
Mentoring: Mentors from partner organizations Mentor Me India and The Lighthouse Project have been conducting one-on-one mentoring sessions with the girls, which involve activities such as reading stories and teaching moral values lessons. The girls look forward to meeting their mentors every week!
Edutainment Workshops: The girls have been participating in New York to Mumbai drawing sessions organized by volunteer artist Antoinette from New York. The girls are taught a new drawing technique each month via posts which they interpret and draw. They have mastered gesture drawing, contour drawing and paint wash techniques!
General knowledge quiz competition helped increase the girls’ knowledge and also fostered healthy competition amongst them, who supported and won prizes for their teams!
Workshops conducted during the last quarter included guitar classes by Mewsic Foundation, craft workshops by volunteers and dance, music and craft activities by Social Service League of St. Xavier’s College.
Recreational Excursions: The girls visited KidZania, an indoor theme park that inspired them to explore different career opportunities through real life role play activities. The girls enjoyed managing their own money whilst emulating real life professions such as bakers, doctors, mechanics and choreographers.
Garden visits were also conducted on the weekends and the girls went pandal hopping in the community during Ganpati.
Counseling sessions: Group counseling sessions by AAWC’s Counseling Psychologist and Dog Therapy sessions by Animal Angels Foundation have been conducted regularly to address topics such as anger management, social skills and provide a platform for experience sharing.
Health: A nutrition workshop was conducted by TATA Memorial Hospital’s nutritionists and dieticians, who talked about unhygienic food and health dietary habits.
When Komal* first arrived at AAWC she had never attended school before. Through AAAWC she enrolled in a nearby government school where she began to thrive academically. She also began to take keen interest in extra-curricular activities such as singing, art, crafts and playing the guitar. With her thriving desire to learn, this year she has been enrolled in an English medium school and is enjoying challenging herself. She is a confident student and often helps her peers during the computer literacy classes at AAWC center. Exhibiting good study habits, she is a role model for younger students.
AAWC had an exciting summer with numerous activities, sessions and workshops conducted for the girls. They enjoyed their summer at AAWC and hope you had a wonderful vacation as well!
Festive Celebrations: Udaan Felicitation was celebrated to commemorate the girls’ in-house achievements. Dance performances and skits complemented the program.Mother’s Day was celebrated where the children made greeting cards using apalm printing technique for their mothers who were delighted to see their children’s art work!
Accolades: AAWC was shortlisted among the 150 globalwinners of the Connected to Care Program, an initiative by BASF.
Capacity Building: AAWC staff attended a session on Time Management, addressing topics such as goal setting, priorities, disturbances and efficiency at work.
Monthly Check-ups: A medical camp was conducted by Decimal Foundation for the Umang and Udaan beneficiaries.
Empowerment: Aakar Social Ventures conducted a Menstrual Hygiene Session using innovative videos and images, sparking lots of questions from the girls.
Career Guidance: College girls attended an Aptitude Test to guide them in selecting a career path. They all scored well and were recommended to graduateand pursue creative fields.
Mentoring: Project Lighthouse concluded a year’s association with AAWC and the Udaan girls. A closing ceremony was conducted where the mentors and mentees exchanged handmade greeting cards listing five things they learned from each other.
Edutainment Workshops: Mehendi (Henna) Class began for the girls during the summer vacation. The girls learnt design techniques and various complex patterns.
The girls learnt to make a delicious Pineapple cake and decorate it with frosting and toppings and also participated in a chocolate-making workshop. They also learnt the art of candle-making such as gel candle, ice cream candle, and wax candle.
4 of our Udaan girls learnt Folk Dance at NCPA, earning certificates. They then taught the dance to the younger girls at the center which they later performed at the Udaan Felicitation Program, encouraging bonding between the girls.
The girls learnt origami and self-portrait thanks to Volunteer B’jorn and about the Indus Valley Civilization through Volunteer Antoinette.
English Class: The older girls attended King’s Learning Program to gain efficiency in English and the younger ones have been taught spoken-English by volunteers at the center.
Recreational Excursions: The girls visited the National Gallery of Modern Art, identifying different styles of paintings and also spoke to an artist about his work at Jehangir Art Gallery.
Udaan girls participated in an Inter-NGO Art Competition and three of them won prizes!
The Udaan girls enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at Amarsons Garden where they had a great time sliding, climbing and running around the park.
A bright student Arohi* was passionate about learning English and with AAWC’s help, she got enrolled in an English learning course, King’s Learning. Within a month, she has developed a keen interest in the language and also made a short presentation on career opportunities in front of her class. Yet scared of using big words, she attempts to use them in her daily conversation. However, she says chirpily, that the course has helped immensely in increasing her confidence.
With your kind donation and support, Arohi* now learns a new language. She loves to read horror and mystery novels and is always found with a book in hand during her spare time.
AAWC had a bright first quarter to the New Year!
AAWC enjoyed a wonderful season!
Aditi couldn’t speak or understand any language other than her mother tongue Nepali, when she joined AAWC’s night shelter program, which led to frustration and aggression in her. As she started mingling with her friends at AAWC, she was able to understand, speak and write in Hindi and Marathi. Now she is also learning to read and write English through various activities in the centre like Spoken English sessions, newspaper reading, story-telling sessions etc.
With your kind donation and support, Aditi not only concentrates in studies and goes to school with enthusiasm but is always eager to participate in extra-curricular activities and learn new things.
AAWC has enjoyed a wonderful monsoon!
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