Education & hope for 50 orphan children in India

by Reaching Hand
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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
Jul 21, 2021

"Pandemic" is not a fullstop Its just a navigation

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"You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think" - It's a quote of Christopher Robin. The pandemic made us believe that we are braver, stronger and smarter as the mankind continue to soar high above the circumstances. We at New Home, continue to soar high with the help of our donors like you. Here are few updates about our Children during this pandemic.

Narrative on key highlights:

The second quarter of 2021 carried the weight of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we’ve come out successful on the other side of Lockdown 2.0 with all the precautionary measures taken to keep the virus at bay. We continued with most of our regular activities online with the resources available to us. All our children and staff at New Home are safe and healthy.

ACADEMIC UPDATES

1. Board Exams - This year we had 4 children preparing for the 12th grade Board Exams. However the exams were cancelled, and they go down in history, along with all the 12th graders across the Globe, as the first batch of children who have graduated school without an exam.

2. Home School - Lighthouse International School reopened and started classes online. Since we did not have all the necessary resources at once we started in phases.

* 6th graders started first on the 3rd of May.
* In the following weeks, we gradually increased the number of classes to include all the children.
* The last grade to join was the pre-primary on the 22nd of June.

3. School and Technology - Currently the school is running on laptops, projectors and internet dongles / hotspots borrowed from New Home and it’s staff.

* We were able to purchase 1 new TV. We require 7 more for each classroom, so children don’t crowd around a single laptop.
* New Home staff are currently overseeing and taking pictures of classworks, class tests and homeworks for the teachers.

4. The Graduation Ceremony - One of the big events in this quarter was the Graduation Ceremony for Dayanand, Sarasu, Kateni and Sneha, held on the 2th of June. Most of them have been part of the home 13 - 14 years, joining the home at the tender age of 4 and 5 years.

* The children organised dances, songs and speeches about the four graduates.
* They created 4 memory videos with pictures from the time the graduates joined the home until now.
* The Trustees and staff spoke of their memories with each of the four children.
* No visitors were allowed on campus but well wishers, and guests joined online via Skype.

Apart from a few technical glitches with audio, the events went very well. Each of the graduates will be dearly missed by the children and staff.

* Dayanand - Had a huge positive impact on the younger boys. He was very good at his studies, motivated and ambitious. He played the role of an Acting Mentor for the boys along with Prem during the lockdown when we were short of staff. He left on the 30th June to stay with his mother in Bangalore city.
* Kateni - was most unique. No other child has shown consistency in excellence as she has. Over the years, she has topped her class and received awards of good behavior almost every year. She left for Manipur on the 11th of July, back to her family.
* Saraswati - the creative one. She loved to make the children laugh, was the go-to-person to organise dances and skits for all events. She draws beautifully and made cards for most of our sponsors. She left for Mangalore on the 30th of June to stay with her guardian.
* Sneha - the genius. She was excellent in academics as well as co-curricular activities. She struggled with emotional baggage for a while, but with the help of counsellors she is coping very well now. She left to stay with her sister in Bangalore city.

GENERAL ACTIVITIES

* Paul Raj sponsored a Quiz Competition with Rs. 10000 cash prize and a Trophy. Kateni (senior group) and Dilip (junior group) won the 1st Prizes.

* Awards for Best Behaviour have started again to motivate children with behavioural issues to improve. Gopal and Nadhya were awarded for the month of May.

* The children celebrated Mother’s Day on campus, but were quiet on Father's Day to respect the demise of our Founder.

ONLINE ACTIVITIES

* Another quiz was conducted online and we are happy to say that the New Home children topped the NLF Teens Quiz Competition.
* NLF Teens sessions continue online every Sunday.
* Guardians of Dreams sessions - two hours a week continue every Saturday.
* Counselling sessions happen online everyday. The Counselor plans to stay on campus a few days a month to help guide children with behavioural issues.

STAFF UPDATES

* Jaison - The boys mentor, left at the beginning of the second quarter.
* Two new mentors - Annie, Sekar and their child joined New Home on the 10th of June. They started work on the 17th of June after a 7 day quarantine period.
* Prem - Boys mentor left on the 1st of July.
* Janice - The counsellor stayed on campus for a week. She was quarantined until her COVID negative report was received.

CAMPUS UPDATES

1. Electric cost reduction measures

* Reduced the sprinkler usage in the farm.
* Strict monitoring of borewell motor (two) operation.
* Monitoring water consumption in the staff quarters through meter reading.

2. Drains and pipes - Blocked drainage pit near the staff quarters

* Removed blocks
* Cleaned
* Cemented with outside labourers

3. The Kitchen Garden - has been doing well, with organic fresh green leafy vegetables and fruits for the nutrition of our children.

Home school
Home school
Graduation Ceremony
Graduation Ceremony
Students Graduated
Students Graduated
General activities
General activities
Mother's day
Mother's day
Kitchen Garden
Kitchen Garden

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