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Education & hope for 50 orphan children in India

by Reaching Hand
Education & hope for 50 orphan children in India
Education & hope for 50 orphan children in India
Education & hope for 50 orphan children in India
Education & hope for 50 orphan children in India
Education & hope for 50 orphan children in India
Education & hope for 50 orphan children in India
Education & hope for 50 orphan children in India

It gives me immense pleasure to present to you Reaching Hand’s Annual Report for the financial year
2017-18. Our programs continued to reach out to children, youths & women especially from the
marginalized communities; to make a positive & sustainable impact in their lives and in the last year,
most of our work focused on reaching the unreached communities through our innovative programs.
Our support has directly reached out to impact from 22000 to over 37,000 students through different
programs in 150 schools with Girls Education, WASH, Women Empowerment, Skill Training, My School
& My Community.

We believe that lasting social change can only become a reality when underlying causes of poverty and
social exclusion are addressed in a holistic manner and therefore this year we started our community
development program called Namma Samudaya -My Community. The program is designed to help the
local people identify their problems, co-create solutions, and then implement the same on their own
with professional & financial support from HCL Foundation, RH Team, Local Leaders & Government,
thereby, lending the dimension of sustainability and ownership to the whole vision of empowering the
community.


Several milestones were achieved during the year and the report outlines some of our key achievements
and how we got there. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our stakeholders - especially
our children, youths, women, corporate partners, donors, volunteers, government, vendors, community
leaders, Reaching Hand staffs and well-wishers for their strong and consistent support, without which
we would not have been able to achieve so much. I would especially like to thank our Board Members
for their contribution, particularly when we needed to find solutions to big development challenges.
Best Wishes.
Akshaya Kumar Sagar
Chief Operating Officer


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Talent and Hard-work is Success
Talent and Hard-work is Success

Greetings from Reaching Hand!

How a quarter flew by! How true the saying goes “Time and tide waits for no man!’

Academics: A successful exam season passed by and the results are in… our students are top notch! The boys and girls scored over 70% in their 10th and 12th Exams! Tomba, 12th commerce, completed his II PU Board Exams with a 73.3%.Sneha scored 83.5% and Kateni scored 90.3%! Both have joined St. Charles for their 1st PU.Finally, after the longest of the exam seasons, Dayanand and Sarasu completed their NIOS 10th Boards and could give out a sigh of relief with their results! Sarasu, scored 77.8% and Dayanand scored 81.4%! Both have joined 1st PU at HMR National PU College.We are so proud of our children’s accomplishments and are cheering them as they continue their studies this next academic

Sweet Summer: After a rigorous academic year, the children at New Home got to spend some well deserved time enjoying extracurricular activities and outings this summer months of April and May!

Our athletes got to literally kick-off the summer with a day at XLR8 sports arena. They competed in football and cricket tournaments, with a few extra games like tug-of-war. The teams were a blend of multi-age and multi-skill so it was guaranteed fun for everyone!

Our dancers, actors, and singers got to indulge in their talents for a showcase called “Talentime” led by our 3 summer interns from Kerala. The showcase focused on modern and traditional forms of art, along with informative speeches about the culture of different Indian states.

A Opportunity of a lifetime our children got a chance to go on a grand tour of the Kempagowda Airport , Bangalore with Indigo Airlines – including a VIP tour of the plane!

Talent + Hardwork= Success 

Did you know our children have knack for art and crafts? Their talents always WOW us . In April we held an exhibition cum sale for the jewelry, wall hangings, flower vases, décor pieces, fancy pens, among other items made by them.

And 3 of our budding artists – Shashi, Renuka, and Kateni wooed the audience with their canvas paintings of nature. Not only did they get to display their art and crafts, but also got a lesson in sales and business as they were in charge of marketing, sales, promotions, and finance. It was a very successful venture for our children and we thank everyone who supported their efforts.

Singapore in Bangalore!

For the first time, New Home hosted a volunteer group from Singapore! 23 students from the College of Alice and Peter Tan (Singapore University) spent 5 full days on our campus in both physical service projects and activities with our kids. Some of our older children got to help the volunteers prep and paint the walls of our study halls, and also get artsy with the large wall murals in the school. In the evenings, the volunteers engaged all of our children in games and activities. It was such a joy for the children to interact and learn from youth from a different country and background – and even learn how to say a few words in Mandarin! These kinds of programs are so worthwhile for our children and we are very pleased with the results. We look forward to hosting a group like this again!

We are not letting the summer leave before we got to be part of the TCSW 10K Marathon! This was our 8th year participating in the run, and 20 of our children got to run , along with about 35 other supporters and volunteers

Lighthouse International Academy News!

Another academic year of Lighthouse International Academy has begun! New principal, new teachers, new classrooms, and even new student have joined us this year! We cannot wait to make it one of the best years yet!

We love visitors at New Home and are very happy to share our home with all who have offered us so much support over the years. Thank you!

Indigo Tour
Indigo Tour
TCSW10K Marathon
TCSW10K Marathon
Painting program
Painting program
Exhibition cum sale
Exhibition cum sale
THOMBA-Our Star Athlete
THOMBA-Our Star Athlete

Tomba is a hardworking young lad from the North Eastern state of Manipur. His older brother and sister still live in Imphal village in Manipur. As destiny would have it ,Tomba became a part of NEW HOME in 2008 when he was 7 years old.

He was enrolled in St Michael’s School in grade 3. New Home team noticed his vivid interest and talent in sports and games and enrolled him for additional football and chess coaching. He won many trophies for his school in football and chess and even represented the school team as football caption in his grade 9th and 10th. Currently he has completed grade 12 in Commerce and awaits his results. He looks forward to doing BBA and pursue his career interest in the field of marketing.

Tomba says,” New Home is my home and looking back I would not change a thing. They have always encouraged athletics and motivated me. I am very thankful.”

A Great Start

2019 has been exciting starting Day 1 with an outing to the movies! The children were delighted to see the film “Aquaman” in theatres at the new Spi Aura Theatre in Whitefield. For some of them it was there very first time at a theatre – and for others their first movie in 3D!

Soon after our own grounds were turned into a mini Amusement Park and our kitchen into a 5-star buffet for a very special birthday party! The kids were thrilled to spend their morning and afternoon jumping on bounce houses, slides, rides, and more. In February 8 of our girls got to participate in JP Morgan Run and they loved it!

GRADUATION

We are so proud of our four 10th standard and one 12th standard students for graduating this year and for all their academic achievements. Kateni and Sneha graduated  10th from St. Michael’s High School and Tomba from 12th grade, Dayanand and Sarasu graduated from our Lighthouse International Academy. 

Exam Fever ON

After all the excitement of graduation, the students still had to worry about the pressure of exams. Now that they are done with the final exams they can let out a sigh of relief! As we await the results, we are sure all the hard work will pay off!

Results of our children Prem - topper in his college with a 93% in Commerce and Ruth topped in Arts with an 80%! We are very proud of them and their achievements.

Dayanand and Sarasu are currently doing their 10th NIOS exams. They are determined to persevere!

All other students, while not taking boards, also had exams at their schools – St. Michaels and Lighthouse International Academy. Maria, 9th standard Commerce, received the STAR STUDENT award for being the topper, as well as exemplary leadership award, and honors awards in English, Commerce, and Home Science.

Lighthouse International Academy ended for the year with a BANG! A well-deserved outing in Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and Aquarium, along with a creative performance-filled year completes it all. The students wowed the audience with their songs, dances, acrobatic moves not forgetting their academic excellence.

Thank you to each of you for your support, donations, well wishes, encouragement, and sponsorships throughout the years. None of these achievements would have been possible without you! We would be delighted to meet you some day at our NEW HOME.

Graduation Ceremony
Graduation Ceremony
JP Morgan Run
JP Morgan Run
Fun time
Fun time
Sneha and Kateni Graduation
Sneha and Kateni Graduation
Dayanad and Sarasu graduation
Dayanad and Sarasu graduation
Shashi- A young man with Godly character
Shashi- A young man with Godly character

Greetings from Reaching Hand!

Wishing you a cheerful, amazing and blissful New Year 2019!

We are in the first month of another beautiful year and looking back at the year gone by we are humbled by your support that motivated us to dream bigger braving challenges and to move forward. We thank you from the bottom of our heart for backing us in our efforts to cater and bring about a tangible change in the life of these 53 abandoned children at New Home. The children are filled with gratitude and are excited to share the past quarter with you.

SHASHI- A young man with Godly character!

“You don’t need much to be happy!” spurts Shashi when asked the reason behind his forever smiling face. He adds, I have ‘New Home’ as my friends, family, guide and mentor. I have learned charity, to forgive and to be considerate from them. I am privileged to part of this New Home family”.

Shashi is the ‘College Captain’ of HMR National PU College .The journey of this 16 yr old lad has never been a bed of roses. Shashi lost his mother at the tender age of 5 when his father attacked her in a fits of rage. His baby brother was left handicapped in that incident.

New Home welcomed these siblings to be part of the family over 10 years ago and has taken care of their medical needs, food, clothing, shelter, education, extracurricular activities etc.

Shashi is extremely good in sports, painting and sketching. He is compassionate and takes care, guides and protects the younger children at New Home.

His example shows how a little bit of support can go a long way. We wish this young man with a golden heart a sparking future!

The Past Quarter:

More visitors and volunteers from all walks of life came to spend time with the children. They taught, motivated, played games with them, cooked for them and was part of the sports activities, fun and events at New Home.

Birthday Celebrations- At the end of each month we have a cake cutting for the children celebrating birthday that month. We have introduced “Star of the Month” award as recognition for children who excel in behavior and academics.

Light House Academy Updates: A new campus director has been appointed at the academy. Study tables and chairs have been donated by our kind-hearted donors. It is blissful to see the children use these instead of sitting on the floor.

Farming-We have got the children interested in farming and cultivating. The children have grown tomatoes, ladies fingers, spinach and beans on campus

Concert opportunity -The children were invited to watch Padmasree Hariharan perform live in Bangalore in November. They enjoyed this exposure and the music.

Field trip to the Zoo- This was first time visit for many children. They had a fun seeing so many kinds of birds and learnt so much from this field trip.

All this was possible through your generous support and love. Please do visit us when you are in Bangalore.We and the children at New Home are super excited to meet with you!

Volunteers at New Home
Volunteers at New Home
New furniture in Light House Academy
New furniture in Light House Academy
celebrations at New Home
celebrations at New Home
Hariharan Concert in Bangalore
Hariharan Concert in Bangalore
Farming at the campus
Farming at the campus
Listening to Life- Anand
Listening to Life- Anand

Greetings from Reaching Hand!

We are very excited to share with you our journey of the past quarter.In every difficult situation we found an opportunity that taught us to move forward and you have been a tremendous support to us.

The name Anand is perfect for this little boy who truly is a joy to New Home. He was about 6 years old and unable to communicate verbally when he was reported to the police, wandering the streets near K.R Puram by a civilian. He was unable to tell them where he was from, his age, or where his parents were, and was only able to say “Ayan” in response to asking for his name. He was welcomed into our Home in November 2016, where he finally found a safe place to live and learn. Initially, we did not realize he had a hearing disability. But when we did, we got him the medical attention he required.

He now, has hearing aids in both ears, because of which he has been able to learn to communicate better. He also goes to a speech therapist once a week. He had quite a severe infected skin condition when he came to us, but today he is a cute little healthy, playful boy. He is currently studying at out home school in Grade 2 and is learning how to read and write. He is surprisingly very musically inclined and loves to draw and paint. He is highly energetic and enjoys playing football and is very fascinated by anything to do with cars, especially playing with racing cars and remote-control cars.

The past quarter has been quite eventful with various sports and cultural events in school and at home. Sneha was star at her school, St. Michaels, on their sports day bringing home 7 medals. Maria Blessy won 2 medals. Our children did wonderfully well in the first round of exams for the year. Prem, Ruth and Kartik were subject toppers in their class.  

We had quite a few volunteers on campus this quarter supporting with the children’s social growth. Students from Rajagiri College , spent two weeks at New Home. They organized a cultural program titled “Shine”, to display cultural and talent. They worked with our children on their talents and gifts to prepare a 2-hour program. It included, group songs, solo songs, dances, instruments, and skits. It was a great opportunity for our children to explore their interests and talents, and experience performing in front of a crowd – building confidence and self-esteem.

We had a team from Ireland on campus for a month, teaching music and moral education lessons. They even cooked a wonderful wholesome meal for all our children. They purchased books and learning & development play toys for the kindergartens.

In 22nd August, one of our children, Tanu, who underwent 4 major surgeries in the past to straighten his leg to enable him to walk, had follow up surgeries to remove a metal rod placed in his left leg and to stop the incorrect growth of the bone on his right amputated leg. He is an unbelievably strong-hearted young boy and is now slowly recovering post surgery. He will need a few more visits to the hospital in the coming days for post surgery care. Tanu is musically very talented and hopes to become a professional singer one day. We are very thankful to every donor because of which we have been able to financially support his surgeries and hospital visits.

Another highlight on our campus is that our home school building is functional. Brick by brick we are moving forward with the construction of one classroom at a time. Since all our children come from difficult and different back grounds, we struggle with lack of teachers to match varying levels of learning abilities of our children. Nevertheless, we are pushing forward, and giving them the best education possible.

You are warmly welcome to our campus anytime you are in Bangalore. The children would be most delighted to meet you. All the credits go out to each of you donors and individuals who have made this possible by selflessly supporting us. We are truly grateful!

Brave Heart and Mind- Tanu
Brave Heart and Mind- Tanu
Home School Building
Home School Building
'Shine" Program
Talent Day at New Home
Talent Day at New Home
 

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Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Project Leader:
Akshay Sagar
Chief Operating Officer
Bangalore, Karnataka India
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