The Boys on Christmas Day
Here’s to 2014!
It’s been a fabulous start to the year at Reaching Hand. During the Christmas holidays, our children enjoyed lots of special treats! Some performed a nativity play and sketches, and lots of games, gifts, carols, and food were enjoyed!
Soon it was back to school for all the children, and their achievements this term have already started to roll in - a thrilled Chandana came Home all smiling from School as she had won a prize in the Drawing Competition.
The 7th of February was a particularly proud moment for us all at Reaching Hand. Chuimayo, one of our first boys to join us over 9 years ago graduated from 10th Standard as Football Captain and Head Boy of St. Michaels School. He led the students into the hall, and our New Home staff watched as he passed on the flame to next year’s students… an emotional moment for many! Chuimayo has proved that regardless of your background, past and hardship, you can succeed in life… as we are sure he will as he continues to carry the fire inside him! All the best to Chuimayo, who is now looking forward to college!
Republic Day Celebrations!
On the 26th January, India celebrated Republic Day! This day commemorates the date and moment when the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950. We at Reaching Hand joined the nation celebrating this important event in colourful and exciting ways! Early on the Sunday morning our schools were enjoying the celebrations, with the children dancing and performing, singing the National Anthem, and speeches being made, finished off with the hoisting of the flag, a great time that exhibits our National pride, rich history and vibrant culture!
Welcoming many Special Guests!
This quarter, the New Home has had many special visitors, from Father Christmas to volunteers from all over the world! Between January and February Pallavi, Payal (Management & Engineering Student of XIME-Cochi), and Beth (UK) came to intern for 3 -4 weeks at Reaching Hand. They spent time volunteering for all our projects at Reaching Hand, but time with the New Home children was what they enjoyed the most! We also had a huge group of volunteers from all over the world visit the New Home in January! Many fun activities were had, organised by the group, and the children blew them away with beat boxing and football! Over the last three months, we have engaged 5 different corporates with over 200 of their employees in our regular programs!
A New member of the Reaching Hand family
On 11th Feb, the New Home welcomed into its arms Thanu who is six years old, after spending the last two years in Wenlock`s Hospital in Mangalore. Thanu suffered a great tragedy two years ago, when his mother was electrocuted with Thanu in her arms. She died on the spot, whilst Thanu suffered 40% burns and lost his left leg. His right leg is also affected by the burns and he has an artificial left leg, however they are not strong enough to take his body weight. He is unable to walk more than 10 to 15 feet. He can drag himself in a seated position on the ground.
Thanu is a bright and brilliant boy, and is always smiling, regardless. All that Thanu wants is to go to School, and is eager for the new term to start in June! He loves technology, mobile games and watching cartoons.
Thanu will be reunited with his older brother, Shashi in April once Shashi has finished his year end exams in 4th Standard at his current school. Shashi currently visits every weekend, and is very much looking forward to being back with his beloved brother.
Come June Thanu will be off to School to start his future. Of course his disability hinders his movement, and he will have to be carried everywhere, however we know how much he has fought his way this far and we are sure with his grit and determination he will make it through School in flying colours.
So the end of another school year will come for our children, and they are working hard towards their end of year exams! However they are very much looking forward to a well – deserved long Summer Holiday, where they will be free to enjoy summer camps, sports, and special days out.
The next big date in Reaching Hand’s diary is 18th May. The time has come around to our biggest fundraising event of the year, the TCS World 10K Marathon, Bangalore! You can encourage us by donating towards the event… but why not go a step further and join with your friends, family, colleagues and organise a mini marathon in aid of Reaching Hand! Be a part of the action! You can create a fundraiser on Global Giving and share away to get your sponsorship!
Another great incentive run by Global Giving is YouthSpark, a reoccurring donation campaign where Microsoft will match any donations made! Your Funds will be matched on April 16th by 50% for donations up to $500.
For donors in the UK, Global Giving, for one week only will be giving away a bonus of one pound for every two pounds you raise - up to a maximum of £600 per donation! This is taking place from 3rd March until the 9th! This makes a huge difference to any contribution made, so please do consider making a donation this week!
Thank you once again for your continued support, and watch out for more of our projects that will be uploaded onto Global Giving soon! We are diversifying our projects this year to reach out to more of the needy, through the following new programs -
1. Steer to Change - An all-woman taxi service, run by women, for women.
2. Future Connect Technology Training Center (FCTTC) - A hub for youths in slum communities, based near each of our Government schools that offers a safe space to learn and enjoy new activities and skills, as well as discover career opportunities.
3. Girl’s Glory – (a sanitary hygiene project for girls) - Working with all our girls in our Government schools who are going through puberty to provide them with hygiene advice and sanitary wear in order for them to live healthily and maintain high attendance at school.
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Head Boy Chuimayo passing on the flame
Celebrating Republic Day
Chaitra and Pooja with volunteers, Beth and Payal