Project #5876

Provide a Safe Haven for Indian Children

by Ashraya

Report for the quarter October 2015  to December 2015.

In this quarter the children have settled into a routine and are now  able  to read and write numbers. They have also started reading two letter words.

October is a month of  festivals and celebration in India .Apart from Dussehra   the festival of Lights  Deepavali  is also celebrated all over India.  This is the  time for  the children to enjoy lighting lamps, wearing new clothes and  bursting crackers. The teacher  took the opportunity and educated  the children about bursting crackers safely and  with the  supervision of the elders.   

Ashraya also  celebrated Diwali with all the crèche and admin staff. They  were all invited  to the office  for tea and snacks; each teacher showcased her talent by either singing or reciting a poem. They were all given Diwali gifts.

November- Due to the severe cyclonic weather in South India  Bangalore also experienced inclement weather and this affected the children as well .  It was very cold and  the parents were encouraged  to dress  the children with warm clothes. Regular doctor’s visit was done  to ensure that children were not following sick .

December:- This quarter the Parents Teachers meeting was arranged in all the crèches. The meeting went on very well.

  1. The  children’s activities and performance was shared with the parents.
  2. Their progress in height and weight were informed to the parents.
  3. The parents were educated about the RTE quota they can avail for their child’s education.
  4.  Admissions to formal schools and the process and application s etc were discussed with the parents .

The parents in turn shared  how the crèche has helped them and their children and said their were happy to see the young ones learning and following a routine. They all thanked the teacher and staff of Ashraya for supporting them and giving their children an opportunity. .


July is usually a busy month for all  the crèche  teachers. All the new children take time to settle down.  The teachers have been giving individual attention to the new children and  training them regularly on neat eating habits, toilet training etc.

 Once the children have settled into a routine and are comfortable in the crèche  the various activities are started.

The children have been introduced to alphabets, numbers, names of different types of fruits, vegetables, animals, birds and shapes. The younger children are engaged in  activities like playing and coordinating with beads, legos, drawing and colouring using chalk piece which helps develop fine motor skills and eye-coordination.

Children enjoy drawing and colouring and also have lot of fun singing rhymes.


On August 29th 2015 Ashraya  organized a  Teachers Workshop for all the crèche teachers. This year Ms. Nitya one of the Committee members   assessed the needs of the teachers and designed a workshop with the resource persons. The resource people Ms. Shana and Ms. Aruna  are  trained Montessori teachers from Gurukul School. They did a fantastic job. They made the workshop very interactive and all the teachers showed lot of interest and  their suggestions  was also taken into consideration.

 A total of 12 creches teachers and teachers’  assistants including the primary school teachers from Neelbagh School attended the workshop m.

This year we have introduced the teachers to Phonetics. The teachers found it very interesting and knew that this method would make their teaching simple, easy and fun for children to understand. Also the teachers were taught new English and Kannada rhymes and methods of story telling

Ashraya Creche Activity
Ashraya Creche Activity


Ashraya's Community and Site Creches

Ashraya’s 6 creches reopened after a short summer break This year, for the first time a two week holiday was given to the staff and children of all the crèches.

Last Academic Year  (2014-2015)

In June 2015 a total of 151 children from all the crèches joined regular school. The children are well prepared and usually do well in the entrance exams which are mandatory for admission to LKG in most schools.

 New admissions – A total of 220 children were admitted to the different crèches.

Regular Activities :-  The activities for the year have been planned; doctor’s visits and health monitoring will continue.


Ashraya’s crèches provide stimulation through various activities to promote all round development of the children. Creche teachers also attend workshops to learn new activities and techniques and also gain new understanding of how to work with children, disciplining methods etc.

Total number of Children enrolled for this year (2015-2016)

  • Indiranagar Community Creche – 37
  • Shivajinagar Community Creche –46
  • Avalahalli Community Creche – 40
  • Siddapura Site Creche –32
  • Banaswadi Community Creche –38
  • Nelamangala Community Creche –27

Thank you all for your continuing support. 


If you are Interested in volunteering at our project - Ashraya community and site crèches, please send us your consent and Bio-data via email to . To learn more about us please visit: and

Ashraya Creches - New Year Celebrations 2015
Ashraya Creches - New Year Celebrations 2015

New Year

January is a very special month for all of us at Ashraya as we celebrate the New Year with all our crèche children and the staff from the 5 crèches. This year the New Year party was held on the 17th of January 2015 at Ashraya.

We had 135 children and 16 staff attending the program; vehicles were arranged to ensure that  all of them were picked up from and dropped back to their respective crèches.

Intercall sponsored the New Year gifts for all our children and Ms. Prathiba Pillai (HR Manger from Intercall) was the Chief Guest.

We had organized different programs such as Magic Show and Jumporee for the children. Lunch was also arranged for the crèche children and the staff.

The children from each crèche put up wonderful performances.      Individual crèche teachers put in a lot of effort to make the children practice for the program and were thrilled to see the tiny tots perform. Overall it was a great program.

In January parents were informed about school admissions and information regarding the process of applying etc was shared with them. Crèche teachers also helped the parents fill the forms. Quite a few children have got admission in regular schools for academic year starting in June 2015. Parents were very grateful to the teachers for their timely guidance and help.

The teachers explained the significance of an important festival celebrated in March –Ugadi. This is celebrated as New Year in Karnataka and A.P. Special sweets were also made by one or two teachers and distributed among the children.


All the crèches have regular doctor’s visits. The children were advised to take Vitamin A drops, their polio immunizations were updated; the teachers instructed the children on the importance of cleanliness and personal hygiene. The teachers made sure the children and parents understood the importance of washing their hands before eating etc.

The regular health checks of weight and height show that the children are healthy and developmental milestones are normal. If the children are found to be undernourished then the crèche teacher advises the parent to include more nutrition in the food.

Play and study activities.

The teachers at the crèches use innovative play and teaching methods to  explain various concepts like  different colors, shapes, sizes, numbers, names and nutrition values of  vegetables and fruits are all taught to the children; various methods like coloring with particular colors, drawing objects and  bringing vegetables and fruit of a specific color are used. Games and pictures are also used to help the children understand better ex: make a circle.

Concepts of opposites- ex: - fat thin, tall short etc and different forms of transport- bus, auto etc were explained through pictures and the children  were encouraged to draw as well.

Parent Teacher meetings are held at regular intervals- this quarter Ms. Shoba a volunteer used this occasion to explain to parents about “good touch and bad touch and encouraged them to help their children understand the same as this is an important part of growing years for the children.

Sports activities

On 20th of March we celebrated Sports Day at one of the crèches followed by a photo session- group pictures of the children and staff. All the children were beautifully dressed.

All the children participated in the Sports Day.  The teacher had organized 4 different sports program- running race, sack race (rug race), musical chairs and object relay race. All the children were energetic and did a great job. It was a pleasure watching them play with such enthusiasm. At the end of the program each child was given individual gifts. The gifts were distributed by the President of Ashraya, Ms. Shanthi Chacko.  The teacher had arranged for some snacks for the parents and the children.


On the same day we had Parents Teacher meeting. The parents gave good feedback about the teacher and the staff of Ashraya who monitor   the crèche program. The parents were very happy and appreciated the great work. Since most of the children will also be going to a regular school this year, the parents thanked us for helping their children grow in a safe and clean environment, with good values and stimulating education.


The children attend crèche regularly and the overall attendance is 95 %

  • Indiranagar Community Creche – the average attendance for the quarter is 36 / out of 38
  • Shivajinagar Community Creche – the average attendance for the quarter is 45 / out of 46
  • Avalahalli Community Creche – the average attendance for the quarter is 40 / out of 40
  • Siddapura Community Creche – the average attendance for the quarter is 31 / out of 32
  • Banaswadi Community Creche – the average attendance for the quarter is 35 / out of 35
  • Nelamangala Community Creche – the average attendance for the quarter is 25 / out of 25

If you are Interested in volunteering at our project - Ashraya community and site crèches , please send us your consent and Bio-data via email to . To learn more about us please visit: and

Thanks again for your continued support that keeps us moving forward.

Thanks and Regards,



Project Head – Ashraya 

Happy New Year
Happy New Year

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

Happy New Year 2015 and we want to thank all the donors for their continuing support.

We are most appreciative of your interest to help us and be involved with our work. I would like to share with you what is happening in our community and site crèches in Bangalore.

In this quarter along with  the regular activities of  practicing  the rhymes, painting and drawing , the young children are made to orally recite regularly - Alphabets  A to Z , Kannada alphabets  and numbers 1 to 15; alphabet books , number books  and charts  are used to teach the children. 

The older children were introduced to writing using slates and chalk. For the first time the children find it very difficult to hold the chalk and write; hence the teacher helped each child individually to draw shapes first and then encouraged them to write alphabets.

Extra-curricular activities:  children were encouraged to use building blocks, legos that helps to build eye and hand dexterity. This also helps in building the motor skills in the children.

Apart from this children are taught in detail on a particular animal, shapes, mean of transport and color every month. Children enjoy their Moral Story time.

Social Worker and the Doctor have been regularly visiting the crèches during these months. Most of the children in our crèches have been found to have good health. Thanks to the combined effort of parents and teachers.

Parents Teacher Meeting: Regular PTM’s were conducted in Indiranagar, Shivajinagar and Nelamangala community crèches.

  • Parents to ensure their children are punctual
  • To ensure children study and revise regularly at home.
  • The de-worming medicine to be given to the children once in 6 months.
  • Teachers emphasized on cleanliness.
  • Healthy and nutritious food like vegetables sprouts and fruits to be included in children’s diet.
  • To ensure with the onset of winter children wore warm clothes.
  • Also we informed the parents not to try home remedies for all types of disease. Some can be cured only by doctors hence if their child is not keeping well they need to take their children to proper doctor.

Special Occasion

Diwali Celebration: Diwali is the festival of light and happiness. Children enjoy fireworks hence the teachers reiterated to the parents about the safety of their children and to ensure the children burst crackers under the supervision of an elder. A get together was arranged for the staff of Ashraya on 25th September 2014.

Gandhi Jayanthi: Gandhi Jayanthi was celebrated on October 2nd in all the crèches. The teacher educated the children why Mahatma Gandhiji is called as Father of our Nation. The teachers emphasized that just like Mahatma Gandhi everyone should work hard for the betterment of our nation. We should never fight and always live in peace and harmony with one another.

Christmas: Children learnt about Christmas and enjoyed the story of Lord Jesus’ birth. They were also educated that it is the most important festival for Christians around the world and they decorate their houses with Christmas trees, cribs, lights, exchange gifts, sweets and cakes. Kids were excited about Santa Claus.


The children attend crèche regularly and the overall attendance is 98 %

If you are Interested in volunteering at our project - Ashraya community and site crèches , please send us your consent and Bio-data via email to . To learn more about us please visit: and

Thanks again for your continued support that keeps us moving forward.

Thanks and Regards,

Creche Attendance
Creche Attendance
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Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Ashraya Ashraya
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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