Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. ~Harold Hulbert
Dear esteemed supporter of Reaching Hand,
With much gratitude we are happy to update you on the happenings at our New Home- a care and protection centre for destitute children over the past three months.
The New Home Children are back to School and are almost finishing their first semester for this acedemic year. This year we are focusing extra on their acedemics as it was so funny that all the Children have got caught up with football fever and for a season it was only football ringing in their ears 24/7, esp. the boys. So, we had to work extra-hard on teaching them to balance their hobbies and studies at the same time, so that they don't neglect either of it.
Health Check up and Tanu's surgery
All the Children were given a routine health Check up and the minor health issues are being addressed. But the GOOD news is we are finally looking into doing the knee replacement surgery for one of our boy named Tanu(Photo attached) who had lost his one leg due to an accident at his home and had also lost his parents to this incident. But the problem is Tanu will have to be on bed rest for 6 months after his surgery. But since it's for his future good, we are cheering him up and going ahead and also looking for a nurse who can watch over him during the same. We are sure he'll recoup soon as he is a very strong hearted and cheerful boy.
Summer Volunteers visit and "Cupcake for a cause"
Reaching Hand had the privilege of having 12 amazing summer volunteers this year for the first time and all of them have contributed a lot to Reaching Hand in all of it's projects. They also got to spend considerable time with children and educate them about their respective countries and gave them special sweets and also played with the children. The group photo attached below.
The volunteers headed by Mai Soua Chang from Wisconsin, United States made and sold amazing cupcakes to the corporates and raised Rs. 1,00,000 for Reaching Hands project Home for 500 Phase II- a home for 100 destitute children. This event was very commendable. Thanks to all the volunteers.(Photos attached below)
Home for 500 Phase II-a permanent home for 100 destitute children
The owner of the Girls Home has given us a deadline of a year to vacate the rented premise we are in. So, we have decided to go ahead with building a Home for the current 100 children at the Reaching Hand New Home plot and gradually build further to accomodate more children when we receive enough funds.
We are glad to anounce the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Reaching Hand on 26th Aug, 2015 at the project site of Home for 500 at Manchapana, Hosahalli, Bangalore, India. Reaching Hand takes privilege to invite all our dear sponsors, friends and well wishers to be a part of the event. For more details, do visit our website. Attached below the plot division of Reaching hand.
We wish that all our well wishers attend the event. Thank you again for your constant support and hoping you will continue to do so and we also request support for our Home for 500 project with your presence or in donation as we will join with you in fulfilling the dream of these children in having a home of their own.
Warm Regards and wishing you a blessed life.
Dear sponsor,Greetings to all of you from our founder and from Reaching Hand. Hoping all is well with you and your family. Because of all your support, our children are doing well and a belated but not very late Happy Mothers Day to all our sponsors who are also moms.
Here are some highlights of our previous three months.AcedemicsWe had mentioned in the last letter that all the children at Reaching Hand were busy preparing for their exams. Here I am proud to say that most of our children have done exceptionally well in their academics. Our children have yet again made our sponsors like you and Reaching Hand proud of them yet again. This year few children are going to special classes at school as they are going to their 10th grade this academic year which is one of the most important milestone for students in India. Our oldest boy Chuimayo is perceiving his college along with specialized coaching classes.New JoineesIn the month of April three new children have joined in to our home. All three with different characters. Its a lot of fun having new faces. Thanks to all of you for your continual support. We hope yo touch many more lives like this.Summer vacationMeanwhile all our children are enjoying their summer vacations. They had many volunteers and corporates visiting and engaging the children in different activities , outings, character building exercises and games. Trip to Goshen Camp center IdukkiChildren also got a chance to visit Idukki a tourist spot south of Kerala and stay at a Goshen Camp as part of their summer camp. Their they learned about teamwork and courage and were counselled on various issues that children's face and quality time was also spent with our wardens in building them up and dealing with their issues. TCS MarathonOn May 17th we had the Tata Consultancy services Marathon at Bangalore and 25of our New Home children ran 5.7 Km for another project of Reaching Hand called the Girls Glory Project through which Reaching Hand along with corporates is building toilets for Girls in Government schools to stop the tabu around menstruation and stop school dropouts. Home for 500Its our dream as I mentioned in our previous letter to build a permanent home. We still want lot of funds to start. But we are hoping to start the foundation by August this year. Thank you to all of you for your continual support . Do visit our website for more details on this.Ruth one of the girls is growing up to be a good composer and singer. Hoping to send you all the songs written by her in the coming letter. And Believe it or not, our girls organised a mothers day party for all the mothers who belong to Reaching Hand family and prepared a sumptuous dinner for them. It was yummy indeed. Maybe you all should visit us and taste it too.You are always invited.
Finally a big thank you again to all of you for your support, wishes and prayers. Do continue supporting us. We grow each day only because of all your supports. Warm regards
Wishing everyone a happy new year 2015 and a big thank you to everyone who donated to us on the Microsoft Youth Sparks Giving Tuesday. Our children had a wonderful Christmas in 2014 and have started off their new year with more medals and prizes. The kids are back to School after the Christmas and New Year Break. Some went back to Unit Tests and others to results of Unit Tests done before the holidays.
Our Nine kids at Brighton brought in 20 medals (6 Gold, 7 Silver,7 Bronze )at the Athletic Meet in School. Prem the Head Boy of Brighton School led the March Past. Sam was the Torch runner. They have also made us Proud!!!(Photo has been attached below). Brighton school had their Annual Day .All the children participated in dances, singing and skit.Prem won the 2nd Prize in the All Rounders Category.Sneha also won a prize for Sports. (Photo has been attached below)
Capstone School had a Special Christmas Program on 20th Dec. Tanu who joined School this year for the first time acted as Joseph in the Christmas Scene and seated close to him with scarved heads are Indra and Shreedevi both first timers at School. They were the Shepherds. All the children took part in dances or skit and put up a Good show considering that many of them were first time on Stage.(Photo has been attached below)
Young Supporters of Bengaluru Football Club
New Home children were delighted to support Bengaluru FC in their match against Pune on 25th Jan. BFC cares sponsored the tickets for our kids. They cheered Bengaluru but Pune won. Our young fans while analysing the debacle are still thrilled that their dream of watching a match at the Stadium came true.(Photo has been attached below)
Twitter Bomb Fundraiser
On the 10th of February, at the sparkling idea of one of our volunteer Emily Parkes along with Jacob Cherian had run a twitter bomb campaign titled '#Homefor500' which aimed at getting the attention of Justin Beiber to watch the video 'As long as you love me' and direct him to fund for building a dream home for our children and also staff many other homeless children. As per the analysis of Talwalker Stats it reached upto 55.1 million viewers in 7 days. As a result of the amazing impact of this campaign website like opnlttr ,giveforgranted , folomojo , homegrown , techtraveleatrepeat and The Hindu Newspaper (Photo has been attached below) featured our campaigns. Not sure if Justin Beiber had viewed the video, but still our wonderful volunteers haven't given up their hopes yet and are still hopeful of the positive results. If you would also like to join in, do visit #homefor500 on twitter and retweet the posts and you can add in your innovations too.
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work learning from failure.” ~ General Colin Powell.
In the month of January the kids were fully into their books giving their last unit tests for the year as all the academic events have come to an end and kids are busy preparing for the upcoming annual exams. Most of our kids are doing well in their studies, except few for whom special tuitions are being given.
We’ll be continuing with the twitter campaign #Homefor500 to build Home for the kids, as we are in urgent need to build a home for the new home kids with a capacity of accommodating 500 kids, as the proprietor of the place where these kids are currently residing wants it back. Meanwhile the kids are busy preparing for their upcoming exams and are also excited about the upcoming vacations which is the most exciting time for our kids as they anticipate going on tours and outings.
Thank You again from all at Reaching Hand! You are a generous and valued member of our community. If you would like to schedule a visit to see, firsthand, the difference your gift is making, please contact Reaching Hand.Our sincere thanks for your support throughout the years.
Reaching Hand Team
Monisha Reaches Nationals!
We are so very proud of Monisha, who participated in the ICSE National Athletics Meet on 6th and 7th November. Monisha ran the 200m and came 4th in the heats. Back in September Monisha went straight through to competing at National level after taking 1st place against 47 other schools in Karnataka. Narrowly missing out on the finals, Monisha is continuing her training at Kanteerava Stadium three times a week under the guidance of a Personal Coach (an Asian Gold Medallist) and is working hard towards the next competitions!
The Stars at St. Michaels!
23 of our children study at St. Michaels English medium School. On the 15th and 17th November, our children took part in the Annual Sports Day, and once again stunned the Reaching Hand family by bringing home 55 medals! Together, all 23 children won 28 Gold, 12 Silver and 15 Bronze. Also a huge congratulations to Sneha, Leshini and Sigesh who are the new Individual Champions, bringing home 3 Championship Trophies!
Leshini and Sneha also took part in an Inter School Relay Competition at St. Charles’ School and came third place, winning the Bronze medal!
Settling in to their new Schools
The children have settled in well at their new schools, Capstone and Brighton Community Schools, both of which are English Medium Schools.
We have 7 children studying at Brighton School, and are delighted that our boy Prem Kumar (7th Standard) has been selected as Head Boy! We are happy to report a very positive response from the teachers, who were very impressed by the children in the first parent and teachers meetings. All the children are doing a fantastic job in their academics and sports, as well as enjoying the extra-curricular activities on offer there, such as Karate. Another 12 students are studying in Capstone Community School, a new school that only recently opened, Capstone offers more individual attention to our children who need it. They offer a host of activities in their lovely campus, such as home sciences, gardening, and music. In November, the Capstone children celebrated Children’s Day by visiting to a local old age home, where they brought small gifts to give the elderly. Esther has especially shone in school, and has been selected as class monitor, as well as extra responsibilities such as organising the Teacher’s Day event!
As Long As You Love Me
Our volunteers have been working hard on creating a special video of some of our children covering their favourite song ‘As Long As You Love Me’ by Justin Bieber. All thanks to the tremendous efforts of Davin Lama (Beatboxer), Shaktiraj Singh Jadeja (Film maker), Smita (Arts and crafts), Low Rhyderz (Hip hop group) and Jacob Cherian (volunteer) who was the creative force behind the whole project. The children clearly connect to the words in the song and made their own version. They had a fabulous time putting together the performance, as can be seen throughout the video! Please do take a look by following the link below.
We even made it to the social news site BuzzFeed in America! Check out our page by following the BuzzFeed link and be sure to share it amongst your friends!
All the funds raised from this video are going towards the building of the children’s permanent home. The New Home will be expanded to house up to 100 children in need and will offer a much bigger living space to our children! The plot of land is slowly being developed and we hope to start constructing soon! Please consider donating on Bonus Day to raise funds for this huge project.
On the 2nd December, we are participating in Microsoft YouthSpark GivingTuesday on GlobalGiving. For 24 hours we will be competing for "most donors" and "most funds raised" bonus prizes. Additionally, all donations made to our project from the U.S or from the U.K will be matched 100% up to $500 (£300) per donor per project while funds remain. Funds will go quickly, so be sure to set your alarm clocks to make your dollar go further to support our cause!
Please do consider making a Christmas donation to our children, while the funds have the potential to be doubled!
We are fast approaching the Festive Season, and can’t believe how quickly 2014 has passed! To celebrate Christmas this year we are planning a fun day for the children and they are very much looking forward to their holidays and are working hard on a Christmas performance with a special ‘Jingle hip-hop’ dance! To keep up to date with the children’s activities, please do follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Wishing you happy holidays during the Christmas Season, and again a huge Thank You from all at Reaching Hand! Please do continue to share our cause and contribute to the lives of our children, YOU and your collective efforts make it all a possibility!
With Warm Regards from the Reaching Hand Team
This quarter we at Reaching Hand have focused on the futures of our children, from ensuring quality education that is built around each of our children's needs, to raising funds and awareness to build them a permanent home. Please read on!
A Shining Start at School
For Tanu, Indra and Shree who recently joined the New Home family, it was School for the first time in June. They are all attending the local Capstone Community School, where they receive the best individual support and attention so they may learn important basics such as English and Maths at their own pace. They are responding in a great way, and have already picked up a great deal of English! It has been a pleasure for all the staff and minders to see how easily they have adapted to their new surroundings, friends and teachers. They simply love school! They have found the teachers are very kind, with few in a class they get undivided attention and even learning is taught in a fun way!
For Shashi and Bhavana (also studying in Capstone Community College) it was a significant shift from a Kannada and Telugu Government school to an English Medium School. In their words - "Now we wait for each day to go to School!" Every morning is met with a brilliant smile.
All five of the children acted in an English skit (short play) on Independence Day.
Sneha won the first prize and Praveena won the second prize in Solo singing in a Competition at St. Michaels School. Jyothi also sang during the Independence Day celebrations at Brighton School.
Taking on the World with His Next Steps...
Our first boy in college, Chuimayo is thoroughly enjoying his time at CMR College, Bangalore. Chuimayo is fascinated by Science, and is currently studying Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Maths and French. He has recently been selected to be a part of his School`s football team, and has already participated in matches against other local colleges!
Toccata – A Musical Extravaganza for Reaching Hand!
Over the last 3 months, the Reaching Hand Team focused on our event ‘NOSTALGIA’, presented by the Toccata Musical Foundation based in Ireland. “Toccata”, a group of professional and semi-professional UK based musicians, features Top West-End soloists and a UN recognised orchestra. United in the mission to use their collective talents to help support charities such as Reaching Hand, Toccata performed for our cause on the 2nd and 3rd August in Chowdiah Memorial Hall.
A huge team of over 70 musicians, singers and dancers came to Bangalore to perform some classic songs from ABBA and Elton John to a traditional Kenyan song – Malika!
The event raised money for the construction of a permanent home for our children at New Home. At present the New Home is situated in rented buildings. It will also allow expansion so that we can care for 50 more children in need.
In their performances, Toccata worked with our children, incorporating them into their performances with the opening and closing acts! A small team of three Toccata performers spent a week working with our children, practising songs and dance and working on their performance. The children were thrilled to be a part of it, as well as watching a brilliant show!
If you would like to help build a permanent place for our children, please donate today!
We are fast approaching Daan Utsav (formerly known as the Joy of Giving Week) which takes place every year in the first week of October. Daan Utsav is India's "festival of giving"! Launched in 2009, the festival is celebrated every year, in the week including Gandhi Jayanti, (October 2-8), and brings together Indians from all walks of life, to celebrate "giving". It is a celebration of people giving their time, money, resources and skills back to society through volunteering, donating and fundraising.
Reaching Hand is taking part in several events and activities during Daan Utsav, including ‘Under the Stars’ on Wednesday the 1st October bring in the festivities! Under the Stars is happening for the second time in India and is an event that invites people to take up the challenge of sleeping rough for a night without shelter in the city. This is in support of, and to raise awareness for those who face homelessness across India.
We are also looking forward to holding our first ever Reach Inter-Corporate Charity Olympics on Saturday the 11th October. After such a great response to our 2 previous ‘Goals to Goodness’ football events, we are now adding an array of sports for participants to take part in, including, football, basketball, cricket, volleyball and throwball!
To be updated regularly on our events and happenings at Reaching Hand, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Once again, a huge thank you to you all for encouraging us and supporting our children at Reaching Hand. We urge you continue carrying that compassion and care for our children in need… together we can make huge changes in their lives and reach out to many more who need it!
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