Greetings from Adharshila.
This newsletter brings some heartbreaking news. One of our brightest young sparks at Adharshila, Sunil, lost his battle with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis last month. Sunil was diagnosed with TB last year, and had been undergoing the DOTS treatment. His situation began to deteriorate a couple of months ago and he stopped responding to the medication.
We will miss his crazy antics, hilarious role play, brilliant shot-putting and happy presence in the school. We are keen to start a scholarship in his name and will also continue to help his family and his siblings (his younger sister studies at Adharshila). But the untimely loss of this bright and dearly beloved young man leaves a big hole in the life of the students, teachers and staff of Adharshila. Rest in peace, dear Sunil...
Helping our students to become good teachers
This year we focused intensively on developing the capacity and perspective of our young teachers, many of whom have joined us as primary school teachers straight after completing their higher secondary school at Adharshila. A series of trainings, exposure visits and regular in-house support has helped our teachers in building their skills.
During an 8-day workshop held this month, Deepa, a fresh graduate from Adharshila who has recently joined as a primary teacher, said, "As a student, I never thought teachers put any effort in their work or prepare so much. But now I think, it actually takes a lot to be a teacher".
Rekha, one of our teachers, said, "We didn’t even know we could design so many activities on our own. In this workshop we realized that we know so many things". Another teacher, Sultan shared, "Since we have designed the activities ourselves, it is going to be much easier for us to use them in class. We know what are we teaching and why".
Please follow the attached link to learn about how Adharshila is harnessing the power of the Internet to get more people involved in training our teachers and reaching out to our students. This was a very exciting new development for us, and we hope to develop many more such partnerships in the future. In fact, some of you, dear donors, could become more actively involved with us if you want to give time for such trainings and interactions regularly! Also, we will be very grateful if you can suggest ways in which timely medical consultation and financial assistance can be made available to our community, so that we never have to meaninglessly lose another bright child like Sunil.
We hope to keep receiving your support for the difficult and challenging, yet deeply exciting work being done at Adharshila. Please do take a little time write to us with your thoughts and comments.