Education
 India
Project #9316

Education & hope for 50 orphan children in India

by Reaching Hand
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SANHA is 2
SANHA is 2

We take this opportunity in thanking each of our valuable contributors for their selfless support and investment in our venture. Its been an exhaustive 3 months for our children with the school activities and teaching happening in full swing. Even as they enjoy their schedule as they progress ahead we are proud to put across their achievements.

 In academics Thotsem and Monisha received a Special Prize from Guardians of Dreams for their excellent performance at the Boards. Its been almost 3 months since Chuimayo left for Engg. College to Mangalore. He is adjusting very well.

 Our  Sports Achievements highlights St. Michael`s children hauled 42 medals at their Annual Sports Day (22 Gold,12 Silver and 8 Bronze).Sneha won the Overall Individual Championship trophy in the Sub Sr. Category with an impressive haul of 4 Gold and 2 Silver medals .Thomba was declared the Chess Champion .Umesh qualified for the Nationals in the Triple Jump.Puneet broke his arm playing football, underwent a complicated surgery, but won the Football Trophy for his House. Sneha  won a Gold Medal, Sarla won a Silver medal and Silas won a Bronze Medal in their respective events at the School Sports Day held on 2nd Sept.

 On medical grounds Bhavana  had a successful ear surgery and follow up. Tanu is mobile on his wheelchair and is very thankful for it. Punnet who injured his arm in school had to undergo a surgery and is back to school. Anand is excited about his hearing aid and speech therapy sessions as he hears the world again.

At the New home it has been raining activities starting with teaching arts and crafts ,attending drawing class and tuitions. Various volunteers , well wishers , donors sponsored steel plates and glasses, lunch, pizza party etc

 New Home building is under progress in a very steady manner. However we are facing some financial difficulties to complete the kitchen and would appreciate your support in this regard. We hope to move our children to their home by December.

SANHA-  BEACON OF HOPE THROUGH DESPAIR

Red light area of  Kamatipura was  Sunita’s home for 10 years. She was living with Kannada devdasi community. Bleak is her memory of her hometown but  does remember she was used by men often at construction site and neighborhood which gained much money for her. She had 3 children with different men. She sold her first child for 500 Rs and the other two passed away due to health issues. Eventually she was into prostitution and was in good demand.

 At the Red light area her life was controlled by alcohol and drugs that she didn’t realize she was pregnant again. She was physically, sexually and verbally abused for not cooperating with the customers. It was through her colleague that she was connected to a staff at Oasis Organization. Eventually YCFU (you can free us NGO) intervened.

YCFU counseled her and encouraged her willingness to come out of the red light area. Sunita fared well without alcohol and was bought to safe house. When found she was mal- nutritioned, fearful , highly traumatized due to abuse , mentally challenged and unaware she was 8 months pregnant. She was cared and prayed for and with time regained her health.

On 18th September Sunita delivered a healthy baby girl and named her SANHA. Unfortunately she showed no interest in the upbringing of her child. She even thought of selling her child for money. Sunita was diagnosed with TB a year later. She tried leaving the safe house few times but was bought back to safety. She is currently battling depression and mental instability and chances for her to lead a normal life is bleak.

SANHA has been adopted in NEW HOME in April 2016 and is cared for with the best available facilities.

Baby Sanha celebrated her 2nd birthday on 19th Sept in a grand manner. She is enjoying her new found life at our home and we are very happy and proud to have this little angle as part of our family.

 We are extremely thankful to all who have made donations and supported us through our very challenging times. We look forward to your continued support in the days ahead to impact the life and make a difference to many of the underprivileged children around us.

New Home building in Progress
New Home building in Progress
Monisha with her gold medal
Monisha with her gold medal
Sneha the "Sports Champion"
Sneha the "Sports Champion"
Chuimayo, oldest Child of our Home
Chuimayo, oldest Child of our Home

The last couple of months have been eventful, and we want to thank each one of you for your support, encouragement and investment into the lives of our children. The best news of the quarter is that Chuimayo the oldest of our children has finished his schooling and joined in to a reputed college for an Engineering Degree. It was all tears of joy trickling down our eyes as we bid him adieu for a greater future away from home. Anyway we have already started looking forward to his first vacation.

 

Summer Break Internship

During the summer break this year, Thotsem, Monisha and Bhavana interned at the Reaching Hand office. It was a great opportunity for them to see how we functioned, and in turn be a part of giving back to society. As part of their internship, our kids hand-created beautiful quilling thank-you cards that we now use to thank all our supporters and well-wishers.


Back to School
As the new academic year began, we had to shift our kids from Brighton School to R.K. Gautam Techno School, as Brighton was not planning to continue with classes after 8th Grade.

Monisha and Thotsem have joined for 11th Grade in ISC (Commerce). They scored 85% in their ICSE Boards. Being a new School they had to make a new set of friends. Thotsem has got into the football team and Monisha has got into the athletics squad, so that made the transition smoother.

 

Tanu's Recovery

Tanu is back to school, on a wheelchair, specially made so as to rest his operated leg in a horizontal plane. The School authorities have been very supportive and his cheerful face makes it all seem worthwhile. In a month`s time he will be going through another surgery to take off the implants which helped straighten his leg and to get his patella into position. Then he would have a plaster on his entire leg for may be another 45 days. Praying that we would see him walk erect without his wheel chair soon.

 

Our Newest Members

We had to let go of some of our 18 year olds, with a heavy heart, as they do not come under the juvenile Act and as per law cannot stay with us. We have ensured that they are with the right relatives and also continuing with their education. However, we have several new members to our family, including baby Sanha who is our littlest. She is growing fast, keeping us all in splits with her pranks.

 

Building Progress

The construction work is steadily progressing, and we hope to complete the first phase soon that would house 50 girls and 50 boys. Phase one will also include a playground and a cafeteria. Hoping that we will be able to move in the children there by December.

 

Thank you again for all your support. Do continue to support us as we head towards the completion of the First Phase of our New Home building project and continue to build the lives of our Children. Thank you for always being our pillars of support.

New Additions to our Home
New Additions to our Home
Katini wants to become Fashion Designer
Katini wants to become Fashion Designer
Tanu recovering from surgery
Tanu recovering from surgery
Internship at Reaching Hand office
Internship at Reaching Hand office
New admissions
New admissions

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Art and Crafts Session
Art and Crafts Session

He who opens the School door, closes the prison! - Victor Hugo

It’s been an amazing few months for us at Reaching Hand. We would like to extend our gratitude to you for helping us in educating these wonderful children at our New Home. Education is the biggest gift we can give to every child. Before we go on further, we would like to tell you that, 5 of our children have cleared their 10th Grade Board exam in ICSC Syllabus with distinction. These children were brought to us when they were 5-8 years old and to see them grow up so soon and also exceling in their academics so much is the biggest news for us and they indeed made you and Reaching Hand proud.

Exam Time

In the month of February, our children were busy preparing for their academics and the 10th and 12th Graders had their graduation ceremony in their Schools. Monisha, Chuimayo, Elisha, Thotsem, Arun and Surya were part of the Graduation. (Photo attached below). In the month of March all our children at the home wrote their exams. So it was completely study time.

Tanu’s surgery

Tanu, who had succumbed burns in the arms of his mother after being pushed by his father on to a live electric wire was walking with bent leg. So he underwent a surgery to straighten his legs immediately after exam. He is recovering well and is under bed rest. Heat is taking a toll on the wounds. But he is doing better now. (Photo Attached)

Vacation Time

Its vacation time and our kids are having a whale of a time doing all the things they could not do during the academic year. Good movies are screened for them to watch. Art and Craft classes are conducted by volunteers which they thoroughly enjoy. Dance classes and debate sessions on different topics are held just to take away the stage fear and also cause them to think on the negative and positive side of every topic. (Photo Attached)

Results

By the Grace of God Elisha got 85%, Monisha and Thotsem got 84%, Surya got 71% while Arun got 74%. Monisha scored over 90% in 3 subjects and Thotsem and Elisha got 95 in Commercial studies. Elisha got a whopping 95 in Kannada and Monisha and Thotsem who used to struggle with Kannada got 90 and 80 respectively. We are so happy for them. They will continue with their PUC or Junior College studies now. As for Arun and Surya who happily fooled around we were hoping they would pass.

They will all be continuing with their studies in the 11th Std which is called Junior College. We are so happy for them. To think that these kids who were nowhere with no one to care have crossed a landmark in their lives is noteworthy. All Glory to Him alone.

Academic Awards

Prem got all-rounder award, Chitra and Umesh were awarded as the star pupils of the School, Charan and Thomba also got awards as subject toppers. (Photo Attached)

Land Construction

We are 50% done with the construction of the first phase. In the first phase, we are building home for 50 Girls,50 Boys, a cafeteria with a playground. We need your continuous support to complete this project. (Photo Attached)

Way Forward

We would like to keep providing the best education to our children. We have been assessing the children continuously and trying to do our best as each one of them grows into beautiful and unique individuals. And it is our biggest dream to complete the construction of the permanent home, so that we can accomodate more children as well as provide more space for the growth of the Children.

We believe that you are an integral part of our journey to give these little one’s a wonderful home with loads of love and care. We would like to thank you from the bottom of hearts for being there and for contributing to this cause. We believe it’s a lifetime investment with eternal rewards. Do write to us with your opinions and suggestions. We are open to any advises that will help our children as well as our organisation.

10th Grade Graduation
10th Grade Graduation
Tanu after the surgery with the implants
Tanu after the surgery with the implants
Showing off their artefacts made of plastic bottle
Showing off their artefacts made of plastic bottle
Construction of New Home in process
Construction of New Home in process
Umesh,Charan and Thomba the prize winners
Umesh,Charan and Thomba the prize winners

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Graduation Day
Graduation Day

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. - Henry David

This is what we wished the 5 little to us but grown up teens from New Home as they attended the Graduation Day ceremony last week. The week gone by has been very special for us.  We at Reaching Hand were absolutely thrilled to see the four and five year old kids, who have been with us for a decade GRADUATING from 10th and 12th Grades. It’s difficult to believe that the kids who once held on tightly to our fingers, today have metamorphosed into… a pretty young lady and handsome young men.

Chuimayo wants to pursue Automobile Engineering and the 10th Graders wish to pursue Commerce. In a few days from now they will be appearing for their Board Exams. You can be Proud too.. as you have been an integral part of their EDUCATION and GROWTH. Our Kids would not have made it this far, had it not been for HIS GRACE and your UNSTINTED SUPPORT.

At NEW HOME

The kids were having loads of fun the last two months with the School Annual Days and Sports Day and it’s preparation. Many of our children as always made us proud by bringing in loads of medals and trophies. The photos of the same are attached.

Skill Training

Over the last few months we have also been continuously consulting few organisations to place two of our children for Skill Training as their IQ level has been found to be low and wouldn’t be able to continue their schooling.

Exam Time again.

As the end of the academic year approaches, kids are busy with their studies. Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world and we do want each of our children to be the change makers. Do pray that each of our kids will ace in their exams.

THANKS A TON!!!

A cheerful heart
A cheerful heart
Dayanand posing with his achievements
Dayanand posing with his achievements

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Saraswathi with the lantern she made
Saraswathi with the lantern she made

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies,” said Andy Dufresne played by Tim Robbins in a letter to his friend Red (Morgan Freeman) in the uplifting movie The Shawshank Redemption. He was talking about how hope keeps us going in the most difficult of times, carrying us through the storms of life in the anticipation of better, brighter days. For us at Reaching Hand all of you donors are our ray of hope which brings light to the children at New Home. 

The New Building 

On the 26th of August, We gladly laid the foundation stone of the New Home permanent home building for our children which we are hoping to complete the Phase II i.e the construction of ground floor which can accommodate 100 Children along with canteen, play area and recreational area by October 2016 tentatively according to the flow of funds. Attached below is the 3D final design. 

The Children

All the children are doing well except for their naughtiness sometimes which is very common in childhood. They had 10 days’ vacation for the two main festivals in India the Dussehra and Diwali during which they got to visit a resort and also were visited by various visitors. They also engaged in making diwali lanterns (Photo attached) for Diwali sale at a mall and a corporate. They also had Sports meet conducted at New Home in honour of Uday Marty an Intel VP who tragically died in a mountaineering accident. The children had lot of fun. ( Photo Attached). The children were taken to STD Chartered Bank on study tour which was very informative to them, esp. the older children. (Photo Attached)

School Events

August is the time for competitions like singing, dancing, elocution, and painting. Some of our children did extremely well. In September children had Sports day at St. Michael`s .Our 21 children brought in 57 medals (29 Gold,21 Silver,7 Bronze) and Sneha, Sivaganesh and Praveena won Individual championship trophies in their respective categories. Thomba was adjudged as the Chess Champion of 2015. PRAVEENA WAS ADJUDGED AS THE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION IN THE JUNIOR CATEGORY ( which means she has won 5 medals gold and silver in various athletic events).We could not help but scream as each of our children won prizes after prizes. Every achievement boosts the morale of the kids. As we see our children become leaders year after year, we are absolutely thrilled and we Thank God for the talent and abilities they are blessed with. (Photos Attached)

The Diwali Fundraiser

During Diwali, Volunteers sold few products made by our children and products from other organisation for 9 days and raised about INR 21000 as profit. The children had exciting time making it. (Photos attached) 

A big thank you for your support which is indeed making a difference in the lives of our children and will continue too. Do continue supporting us and it would be great too if you could send us back your feedbacks and suggestions to with regards to anything about holistic development of children and how we can provide improved care to our children.

Best Wishes

Reaching Hand 

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony
Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony
Proposed Girls Hostel Building
Proposed Girls Hostel Building
Girls Posing with their medals from Sports Day
Girls Posing with their medals from Sports Day
Boys playing sack race
Boys playing sack race
Visit to STD Chartered Bank
Visit to STD Chartered Bank
 

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Reaching Hand

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
Website: http:/​/​www.reachinghand.org
Project Leader:
Akhaya Sagar
Bangalore, Karnataka India
$48,341 raised of $96,000 goal
 
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