Since the pandemic has affected every sectors across our country, the educational institutions are shut down as part of precautionary measures for fighting COVID 19. The government has introduced online education where the children can receive education through mass medias from their own homes. This can be made practical only when the children has access to the infra structures through which online sources can be accessed such as smart television and internet connections.
The problem emerged when the innovative way of providing education was implemented across Kerala. There were exemption cases where the children couldn’t access to the mass media as they were not able to afford buying smart televisions in their home. Thus poverty became a major factor in providing the children with quality education. Don Bosco Veedu society with the help of GlobalGiving has donated 12 smart televisions for the children who lack access to the technologies. The televisions were provided as a step to prevent drop outs with the reason of lack of technologies.
We collaborated with an American Malayalee group called “Stand with Kerala” and identified 12 children who are in need of smart television for pursuing their education during this pandemic period. We organised the event in the presence of Hon’ble minister Shri. Kadakampalli Surendran ( Ministster of tourism and devaswom, Government of Kerala). The parents of the children were called upon and the televisions were handed over to them.The televisons were distributed and the feedback was collected from the beneficiaries. The whole event was documented and uploaded in You tube. The link is provided below.
Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society with the help of GlobalGiving donors supported 50 underprevilaged with notebooks and pens. These children are identified through our Child HELPLINE. The children belong to the district of Trivandrum, Kerala. The children were identified during the home visit by the team members. Notebooks are distributed among the needy children. Their smile and interest in studies motivated the team
The distribution were carried during the month of december, january and February. The distribution supported the children with new notebooks and pens. A student commented that her father was bedridden and her mother is an homemade and her family find it difficult to support her with materials. The timely help from Don Bosco was a reason that she continued her education.
Nandhu and Sharat are siblings and they have a dysfunctional family. Hence the children had not been to school though they are 14 and 12 years of age. It was through a tip off to our child helpline that we came to know about them. Our team reponded with a visit to their home. As there were not any reponsible adults to look after them, the children were into some bad habits like drug addiction and they were often roaming with freinds and almost never at home. After convincing the relatives both the chidlren were rescued, produced before the judicial committe and sheltered at our own home.
It was a herculian task to get them learn the basics of language and through strenuous efforts we mananged to teach them to read and write. Another equally tedious task was to get them to regular school as they were not used to a disciplined life. There were lots of 'dropping outs' and 'bringing ins'. However through sustained follow up now both of them are rather regular in school and are interested in learning.
It is always difficult to bring back children who have dropped out of regular education as often it is also due to the fact that children have lost interest in education due to lack of fundamentals in smaller classes. It is equally difficult to eudcate children who are older and who have never been to school before.
Thank you for your sustained support to get chidlren back to schools and it is education that can empower them!
Another Summer vacation is over and children are into the new school year. After this year's summer vacation camp we have distributed school materials including school bags, umbrella, books, instrument box and water bottles. The initial expenses to begin the school year is always difficult for the poorer section of the society.
From over 400 requests towards school materials across the district through helpline for children, we were able to provide over 220 school bags to the chidren through help recieved from different quarters. There are still many chidlren who do not have sufficient means to support themselves to go regularly to school.
As initial cost for schooling in India even in Government run schools is high including uniforms and school materials, often poorer children sometimes find it difficult to continue education. This is an area needing more resources. Thanks for your generosity!
It is summer vacation time for school children. Current school year has ended and the two months of time for the parents is also a time to find resources for the new school year. There is need for new uniforms, fresh shoes, fresh school bags, books, umbrealla, instruments box, school fees. It is always a burden at the beginning of the school year.
We are looking at providing school materials to all our summer camp children from nearby slum. We have also identified many chidlren from the district of Trivandrum through our helpline for children. We are gathering resources to support a minimum of 300 chidlren this year too.
We aknowldege gratefully the contributions in the past. We do require more resources to meet the needs for the current year too..
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