Education & hope for 50 orphan children in India

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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
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
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
Kateni(Left)- Senior Prefect
Kateni(Left)- Senior Prefect

Dear One,

Greetings from Reaching Hand!

Moving Towards a Worthwhile Goal

She is quiet , determined and beautiful with a smile that can brighten your most challenging day ! When you ask her about her aspirations Kateni shyly responds, ‘A fashion designer with a touch of simplicity”.Kateni has been in New home for the past 11 years. You could easily miss her among the crowd because of her timid nature. Ever ready to help and assist the team and staffs when required, this serene beauty from the north east state of India holds a high place in the hearts of all.

It is no surprise to us that she has topped her school in grade 9 as academics come naturally to her. Despite her challenging past she stays grounded, focused and works very hard to achieve her goal. She utilizes her spare time by drawing, painting and designing costumes. Her family has been the New Home and she is excited to be part of this vibrant family that has helped her nurture her dreams.

Reaching Hands New Home team has got your back Keteni! Your hard work and determination will be rewarded, and we are excited to see what your future holds in store for you because “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do”!

A quarter gone by: The past quarter has been an eventful one filled with fun, excitement, challenges and changes. End of an academic year is a sign of progress as we look forward to the start of another.

A summer vacation passed by with memories made for a life time. The New Home team made a one-week trip to Lonavala/ Mumbai in the last week of April where visiting Gateway of India, Taj Hotel, Hanging Garden, Nehru Planetarium, Cultural places were the highlights.

Summer camps, sports camps, wellness camps for child development, Value camp for the teens to get them to think deeper and rationally added to the activities in the summer.Prem a child of new home exclaims,“There is not a dull day at New Home”.

Academic results are announced, and all our children passed in flying colors. Our children Monisha and Thotsem have completed their 12th exams and have enrolled for higher education in hospitality management. Eight of our children completed grade 10 and Leshini and Sazhuni started their Grade 11 in St Charles PU college and the other six children from NIOS joined HMR international school for grade 11.

We are in the process of expanding our school building at the campus for the home schooled children to enhance the learning atmosphere. We look forward to your support for the same.

Times are hard, yet each of you continue to stand with us in supporting our 55 children at New Home with your time, donations , encouragement and love. We thank each of you from the bottom of our heart for your selfless support.

These achievements would not be possible without your contribution. We assure you that your investment in the life of each child is worth it. We would love you to visit our New Home when you are in Bangalore.

Trip to Mumbai- Summer 2018
Trip to Mumbai- Summer 2018
Memories made
Memories made
New academic begins
New academic begins
Talented- Kateni
Talented- Kateni
Monisha-A Young Woman of Substance
Monisha-A Young Woman of Substance

    Monisha- A Young Woman of Substance!

The stories we hear from the IT hub of Karnataka are sometimes difficult to digest. One such story is that of our Monisha. She was born in Bangalore, where her family undertook odd jobs to make ends meet. As life would have it, she lost her parents when she was very young, and her grandmother was unable to provide for her and her older brother. Her uncle got her to New Home so that her future would be secure.

It was at the tender age of 6 that Monisha’s journey in New Home began.This shy introvert beauty would not mingle initially but it changed for good drasticaly with time. She was enrolled in St. Micheals School and completed Grade 10 there.

The school has list of achievements to brag during her period with them. She was a student who excelled in academics, sports and extracurricular activities. She represented Karnataka in Pune 200m sprint at National Level, was the school band captain 2012-2014, house team basketball, throwball 2016 winner. Her interest includes travelling, dancing, reading, creative writing, singing, movies and listening to music. She completed her 12th grade in CMR PU college. Currently She is applying for positions as Ground Staff /Cabin Crew in the Indian airlines. She plans to continue her studies in business administration.

Being one of the oldest in the Home, she always volunteered to take responsibility of the younger children at home and have become a role model to them.

Where ever you have been you have made us proud Monisha! We wait to see your dreams unfold in front of our eyes. Wishing you all the very best in your future endeavors. 

    Celebrating our Graduates!

At the end of another Academic Year, there are yet many reasons to celebrate. Monisha and Thotsem are our 2nd and 3rd child to complete their 12th grade from CMR National PUC on Feb 2nd and we are very proud of their achievements. At St. Michaels Graduation on 9th of February we saw our three 10th Graders Leshini ,Punith  and Sazhuni graduate.

At the Annual Prize Day, our other children made us proud.Chaitra made honors in English, Social Studies, and Computers; Maria made honors in English; Kateni made honors in Social Studies, Commercial Studies, English, Homescience, and Economics; Maria and Sneha both received Exemplary Leadership Awards; and Kateni bragged the topper of her class, Good Behavior and Up to Date Work Honor Roll.

Our NIOS students Prem, Shashi, Karthik, Sam, Bhavana, Ruth, and Renuka will be completing their 10th NIOS Board Exams by the end of April. Raju and Esther will complete four subjects of their 12th Grade exams and final two papers in October. NIOS is the Open Schooling (like homeschooling) syllabus, so these students have had their books open round the clock on our campus as they prepare.

 A Bittersweet Goodbye!

Emotions engulf us as we face the reality of our 5 New Home seniors, Monisha, Esther, Raju, and Thotsem and Bhavana. They have all completed 18 years of age and are ready to start their adult lives outside the home. It will be a transition for them and us, but we are excited to help them discover their life goal paths and wish them all the very best. We are letting each of them grow but will never let go. We are always the pillar they are lean on to.

Whats Next?

Monisha –  applying for positions as Ground Staff /Cabin Crew in a few Indian airlines.She plans to continue her studies in business administration.

Thotsem – Interviewed for a training program at the Taj West End. He hopes to be a chef in the hotel industry

Esther – Continue studying for her final 2 exams to complete 12th, while gaining experience working in business/IT.

Raju – Continue studying for his final 2 exams to complete 12th, while working in computer hardware engineering.

Bhavana - Completed  tailoring course last year, she will take up a job in a tailoring company.

    Fresh and Healthy Food

What great and eventful months we have had lately!  As summer begins and the heat kicks in, children’s health and wellness are our priority.

For proper nutrition, we feed our children homegrown organic fruits and vegetables! Thanks to the Fermezon team and volunteers, we have a beautiful Kitchen Garden with tomatoes, brinjal, chilies, cabbage, pumpkins, and more. Our children got to get their hands dirty as they helped with the garden by assisting in planting the seeds. We’ve been reaping the benefits! We have fruit trees like mango, papaya, and chikku also homegrown and ready for us to savor.

This has been a huge benefit for our children, both educationally and nutritiously – our homeschool children took walks through the garden and experimented with the different plants – feeling the leaves, skin and flesh of the vegetables – and some of our older kids have been learning how to cook with them.  We are so happy to be able to provide this for our children, thanks to those who have reached out to help us!

So much credit must be given to these young adults who have overcome challenges and attained levels of success. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for them!

 A big 'THANK YOU' to all of our supporters, well-wishers and donors. Without you, none of this would be possible.

12th Graduation Ceremony
12th Graduation Ceremony
10th Graduation Ceremony
10th Graduation Ceremony
Achievements
Achievements
Go Green
Go Green
Sanha in School
Sanha in School

" Take a Chance because you never know how absolutely perfect something could turn out to be."

Chance of a Lifetime!

Every child in New Home is a blessing to us. We have this amazing opportunity to go beyond our capability to raise them. When Sanha joined us 2 years ago, we never realized the impact we would have on her development.  At age one and a half, she could not walk or speak, and barely made social interactions. After series of tests she was diagnosed with speech and sensory integration delay due to an under developed splenium in her brain. Through extensive care at home and school, she is running, playing and shouting out her thoughts and words with joy!

Sanha has a long way to get to her age level standards, but we are doing all that we can through appropriate therapies to help her get there. It’s not very often you get to play such a valuable part in the life-changing development of a child, and we would not be able to do this without the continuous support from individuals, friends, families, and organizations. Thank you very much!

A Year closure to Remember!

What a Holiday Season we had this year at New Home! Christmas came to our children not just once, but multiple times throughout December and even into the New Year. We are so grateful to our sponsors, donors, and friends who made this time of year so very special for our Home.  Right from a surprise Christmas Pajama Party, to an afternoon treasure hunt, to wish lists and gift giving, to caroling at corporate offices, to special dinners and treats, we had it all!

Our children had the wonderful opportunity to join in the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at UB City, Bangalore. Some of our children got to see Santa Claus for the very first time as they had front row view and received a specially delivered treat from Santa himself. Their smiles proved it was an experience that none of them will forget. All our 53 children practiced all week long to prepare for Christmas Carols. They wowed the crowd, families and people from all walks of life, as they sang, danced, and wished everyone a warm and happy holiday.

The Time is Near!

Only a few months left of the school year and exam preparation is well under way! Our 10th and 12th NIOS and ICSE students have completed assignments and practicals and are now hitting the books day and night to achieve the best they can in the upcoming Board Exams. We are very excited to see the paths our children choose and help guide them along the way. Thanks to donors like you, we are able to provide them with quality education and push them to higher levels of success.

For our younger students, School@Home just keeps getting better! They have their newly donated school uniforms ON and are looking very sharp.Heather Lowry, from the UK, recently joined our school. She brings 33 years of teaching experience and is taking our school and students to the next level.

Looking forward to updating you on the progress of our children’s achievements. Please stop by our Home for a visit anytime you are in Bangalore or nearby – you are always welcome.

UBCity Performance
UBCity Performance
School@Home uniforms
School@Home uniforms
Capstone Christmas program
Capstone Christmas program
Welcoming Teacher Heather
Welcoming Teacher Heather
 

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