Education  India Project #26721

Educate 50 Under Privileged Children for One Year

by ASHWINI CHARITABLE TRUST Vetted since 2013 Site Visit Verified
Puneet
Puneet

Puneet ( name changed) joined Ashwini Charitable Trust(ACT)when he was 7 years old. He is the first generation literate in his family which comprises of  his father who is a cable mechanic, mother who works as a house maid and a younger sister who is now in Class 8. ACT has been instrumental in bringing about tremendous change in the 7 year old boy who stepped in with nothing but a supportive family which had enough faith in admitting their child at the trust. 10 years have gone by and he is currently in class 12  pursuing science at a prestigious college in Bangalore. As a child he was fond of bikes and cars and he wanted to study automobile engineering. His dream also grew along with him and now he works meticulously to get through the engineering exam entrance test for which ACT is guiding him. The volunteers at ACT, the career guidance sessions, computer training have helped him to hone his skills all along his journey. He serves an example to prove that transformations can happen with hard work and perseverance and his life can change for the better  through education.

Activities for the months of May,June,July 2018

      Children's Exhibition The students  at ACT conducted an exhibition in order to show what they learnt during the summer holidays. On that day, they exhibited their skills in cookery, karate, photography, decoupage bottle art, canva, prezi presentation, singing and science experiments. The children as well as the invites enjoyed the exhibition thoroughly.

      TCS World 10k Bangalore 2018 The students participated in TCS World 10k Bangalore. This year the students ran 6k Majja run along with the employes of a MNC in Bangalore. They had a great time and were provided food after the event

      Workshop from Enfold Proactive Health Trust Enfold conducted classes for the children and mothers regarding personal safety,gender empowerment and how to avoid sexual abuses.

      Kalakar cultural event at an MNC The students attended a cultural event conducted by an MNC in bangalore. They were given the opportunity to perform group song as well a s dance.in front of a audience of all the employees of the company.

      Math and English assessments The senior children at ACT carried out Math as well as English assessments for the younger children so as to identify their academic level at the start of the academic year. Assessments also help in identifying the children who need extra help with their studies and assistance can be provided for the same.

 Volunteering by Management students 57 students from a reputed Management college in Bangalore completed an internship for 10 days at ACT. During this period they engaged the children in skill building activities.

Assessment of younger children
Assessment of younger children
Workshop on gender empowerment and child safety
Workshop on gender empowerment and child safety
The children
The children's dance at the cultural event
Volunteer teaching the children
Volunteer teaching the children
Jeevan at our centre
Jeevan at our centre

Jeevan started his journey with ACT at the age of 9. He has been promoted to 5th standard and he has been actively taking part in the entire academic as well as the co-curricular activities at ACT. Jeevan belongs to a family of five members who live in a one room house in a slum in Ulsoor which they can barely afford. His father is an auto driver who works with ACT to help with transportation of the children. His mother has to stay at home to take care of his 8 year old sister who was born with mental retardation. He has got an elder brother who studies in 8th standard.  The family struggles to live in a single room where they have to cook and sleep as well. They feel that Jeevan has transformed a lot after joining ACT. When everything else adds disappointment and when hope fades at the sight of their disabled daughter, the parents really believe that ACT has helped them to have faith and enabled them to derive happiness from seeing Jeevan doing well. 

Activities at a glance:

  • ACT Summer programs: Summer is at its peak and the students at ACT are busy learning new skills and having unlimited fun.  Art, music, yoga, stories, cooking, academics and other skills are being taught to the children by volunteers.
  • Internships for all children on Videography, Photograpy, Dance ,Drawing and Prezi: 2 Interns from Christ University have taken Prezi presentation classes for the 12th and 1st year degree students. This visual storytelling software helps the children to replace the old traditional slide based presentation formats. 2 more  interns are teaching photography and videography, 1 is teaching dance amd 1 more is teaching drawing to younger children and making greeting cards.
  • House of multiple intelligence exhibition: Every year the senior children at ACT conduct an exhibition based on Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence. The children came up with spectacular ideas and activities which were showcased on a platform where parents as well as the volunteers were able to see their work and appreciate them.
  • Workshop on decoupage: Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements. The senior children at ACT were trained to do decoupage art on waste bottles and to transform them into beautiful showpieces.
  • ACT Birthday celebration: ACT has celebrated its 18th anniversary with children, parents as well as the volunteers. It was a huge milestone for ACT as it turned 18 since it began its journey in 2000.
Children with their Decoupage  bottles
Children with their Decoupage bottles
Photography classes
Photography classes
Multiple Intelligences exhibition
Multiple Intelligences exhibition
Happy children on our 18th birthday
Happy children on our 18th birthday
Sandhya at school
Sandhya at school

Sandhya studying in class 2 lost her mother few years back,now lives with her grandmother who works as a janitor who is struggling to take care of her grandchildren. Sandhya’s father is an alcoholic and does not take care of her. Her elder brother is an auto driver. Sandhya is regular in school and her ambition is to become a teacher. Her favourite subject is Tamil. Sandhya is very energetic and participates in various school games. She is very friendly and has lot of friends in school.

We at ACT are continuously run various extracurricular programs in the school to attract and engage more children.

  • We provide all the children a daily porridge mix which has all the vital nutrients and vitamins that growing children need, most of whom come without having any food to school.
  • We have qualified professionals who conduct Saturday Yoga and Sunday Karate classes to improve overall health and concentration powers of the children.
  • We celebrate birthdays of the children at the end of each month. The children cut a huge cake in front of their friends and eat it in school along with potato chips.
  • We provide Saturday morning snacks to the children to encourage them to come to school even on Saturday which is a half day. 
  • We have organized Science Exhibition on National Science Day at the school premises. Our science teacher  helped them to conduct  various practical experiments. Senior children participated in the event with lot of enthusiasm. Students enjoyed a lot and their performance was appreciated. We distributed snacks after the event.
  • Our regular volunteers conduct Elementary English writing and reading classes for all the children.
  • We along with a very deicated group of volunteersfrom a comapany Faurecia particiapted in the sarawati puja celebrations and gave motivational speeches to the parents and children and ended the day by the distribution of goodies to all the students.As final year students will be leaving, we have distributed 1 kg cake to all of them as a graduation gift.

We appeal for more funds through global giving, to help Sandhya and children like her so that the poverty stricken parents and their underprivileged children are attracted by the facilities and amenities of the school and come back to school regularly.

                

                                                       

Science Exhibition in school
Science Exhibition in school
Children enjoying their Saturday snacks.
Children enjoying their Saturday snacks.
Distribution of snacks on science exhibition day.
Distribution of snacks on science exhibition day.

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    Nithya and Nisha
    Nithya and Nisha

    These two sisters have been a part of ACT for almost 13 years, The elder one Nisha (name changed) 22 years passed out recently and is working in a corporate as an accountant. Her sister Nithya (name changed) 20 years is graduating this year finishing her B com in a reputed college in Bangalore. Despite being born into a family with an unemployed father and a mother who works as maid to meet both ends meet, these two girls have challenged their destiny by graduating with flying colors.Nithya remembers being a shy child who had joined ACT when she was in 3rd class. She started learning English and computers after joining ACT. She realized that learning could be creative as well as fun. She remembers the experiential tours she had, extra curricula activities, the mentoring she had got from ACT. ACT has been supporting not only her education, but has also helped her grow to become the enthusiastic, charming young lady she is today. “Hadn’t I joined ACT, I wouldn’t have been able to complete my graduation”, says Nithya.

    Activities at a glance:

    • Fun filledtrip to Mysore- Every alternate year our children are invited to visit the Infosys Mysore campus for 4 days. This year 31 children, 4 Mothers and 3 staff members not only stayed there but were also taken around the campus and were provided first class meals. 
    • Visit to Metro Art Centre- Children were taken to the Metro Art Centre to see some experiments. There were experiments on light pollution. There were other informative shows as well.
    • Xmas celebration- Christmas was celebrated with the presence of Santa Claus. The kids were so excited to see the shower of snow and candies.
    • Annual mother’s day- We conducted Annual sports day for the mothers. It included all their favorite games. Some of them were Running Race, Relay, Musical Chair, Tug of War and Lemon and Spoon. Our Mothers enjoyed being a part of the  sports day
    • ACT educational tour- The one day tour to Museum, Planetarium and Cubbon Park opened up avenues for experiential learning for the students of ACT                                                                                                 Ashwini Charitable Trust extends its hands to educate, support and empower 360 children from 300 families thus helping each child break the cycle of poverty andraise their quality of life thereby transforming their dreams to realities
    Mothers sports meet
    Mothers sports meet
    Museum Trip
    Museum Trip
    Xmas celebrations
    Xmas celebrations
    Mysore Infosys campus trip
    Mysore Infosys campus trip
    Our volunteer team
    Our volunteer team

    Ashwini Charitable Trust is a voluntary organization.A volunteer is a stranger , they are unsure how they will be able to empower children .Then they meet the children and the magic begins and they come back for more classes. They teach academics, dance, art, crafts and they make it a point to thank us for the opportunity they have got to serve the children.We currently support 350 children Besides academic support, the children also receive Computer training, Hobby Classes, Employability Skills training, and Life Skills training.The children’s journey comes to a climax when they graduate and enter mainstream society In the past year 839 volunteers clocked in 31,000 hours at our 4 centers thus enabling us to to keep our Administrative costs less than 11% thanks only to our dedicated volunteers.

    The Annual Day which took place on 19th November 2017,is a special occasion which brings together the children, their families, the volunteers who work with them, the sponsors and donors on a single platform. The Annual Day gives us an excellent opportunity to thank all those people who have supported our children’s education and all the other activities we conduct for them.This year it was a grand succeess.We felicitated the children,volunteers and mothers of the children.

    Ayudha Puja on the ninth day of Navaratri celebrations  we had grand celebrations with pooja to the vehicles, books,computers etc in the Trust
    We had Gifts distribution during Daan Utsav during Diwali by the staff of a Five star Hotel who sponsored gifts for all the new children of the Trust this academic year. Each one of our students wrote out their dream gift and the angels from the Hotel fulfilled every child’s wish. A volunteer.distributed goodies for Diwali and gave each child a box of sweets and a some savories.ACT celebrated Diwali in an eco friendly manner.We do not  burst crackers, instead we distribute sweets, savoury,  biscuits, stationery and a tube of tooth paste to every child.

    Annual Drawing Competition organised at the Tagore Cultural Centre, by The Ladies Wing of the Bengalee Association
    35 children from classes 5 to 10 participated in the painting competition held annually at the Bengalee Association. 2 of our participants won prizes.

    In ACT we follow thw WHO model where we involve all the members of the community like the mothers of our children..As part of the Mothers Empowerment Programme, ACT organized a team building event for the mothers. For the first time, 18 mothers went to a popular restaurant to have a delicious meal. The mothers loved the outing.Our French volunteers  from a trust based In Paris conducted various activities to help the mothers to be a team.They learnt a dance and performed on Annual day.

     

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    Volunteers giving gifts during Diwali
    Volunteers giving gifts during Diwali
    Mothers performing with great joy on annual day
    Mothers performing with great joy on annual day
    Children performing on Annual day
    Children performing on Annual day
    A volunteer teaching the children
    A volunteer teaching the children
     

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    ASHWINI CHARITABLE TRUST

    Location: BANGALORE, KARNATAKA - India
    Website: http:/​/​ashwinitrust.org
    Project Leader:
    RADHIKA ARVINDAM
    BANGALORE, KARNATAKA India

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