When U&I’s volunteer team in Guwahati realized that their students may have to discontinue schooling if they failed 10th grade final exams, they decided to do something about it. They called their new project: Mission Metric.
For every single day for the next two months our volunteers tutored the students before and after school, and sometimes, even during lunch.
The result was spectacular - all our students cleared the final exam with flying colors.
The leadership teams not only managed to run the academic classes, but also managed to create a stronger volunteer community without whom this result would have been possible.
We have now expanded and are starting our third Learning Center in Guwahati - Ila Snehalaya. And we are looking forward to creating a wider impact through the three centers in a part of India where volunteerism has traditionally been minimal.
Thank you for standing with U&I to transform the lives of more than 2000 children across India.
While our in-person classes for the new year have been put on hold because of the pandemic, U&I is poised to take on the challenges that COVID-19 has brought on.
The last few months saw U&I quickly switching gears to ensure that our Learning Center Partners (LCP) had the basic requirements in terms of food supplies for the children we reach. A large percentage of our students live in care homes and orphanages where basic food security was threatened because of the national lockdown. From ascertaining the need to buying supplies to providing for our LCPs, U&I jumped into action ensuring that our students did not slip through the cracks.
The next order of business, of course, is our learning plan for this year. While we are unsure of when the government will allow schools and tutoring hubs like ours to resume, we are completely sure that our students will receive access to learning resources in the most effective and practical manner possible. With this in mind, we have categorized all our Learning Centres based on their internet connectivity and access to devices and have come up with a robust plan for remote learning. While those centres with high connectivity will continue tutoring through zoom calls and online workshops, others with medium connectivity will learn through YouTube videos and other similar platforms, while those with no connectivity will be provided with weekly learning kits which will include worksheets. Our funding team is working hard to make digital classrooms a possibility for all our students not just for these unprecedented times, but also to ensure their digital literacy in a world where that can be a determining factor when it comes to employment.
We thank you for your continued support through these challenging times. We believe that together we can ensure that our children beat the odds and become the best version of themselves.
When U&I volunteer tutor Arathy walked into class in Thrissur, Kerala, she was in for a surprise. The students looked excited - like they had something up their sleeve!
A few minutes later, Arathy and the other volunteer tutors were asked to take their seats as the students had a play to perform for them.
The students in Arathy's English tutoring class had, on their own initiative, written a script for a play on the theme of kindness. They had practiced for a few days and now they were ready for their audience.
While the script may not have been perfect and while the acting may not have been award-worthy, the play was remarkable for all the right reasons. From the theme to the execution, the students had poured their creativity into this little production.
For Arathy and the other volunteers, this was a testimony not just to their work, but to the relationship they had built with each student. They were now seeing the fruit of their labor.
This is how U&I is transforming lives - one classroom at a time, one student at a time. We are giving them the confidence they need to shine where they choose.
Thank you for standing with us to transform the lives of more than 2000 children across India.
When 7-year-old Tina at our Vizag Learning Center was asked to draw a picture of what she wanted to be when she grew up, we were not expecting that particular response.
Tina drew a picture of herself in a multi-colored dress, standing by the Indian National flag. Next to the flag, she drew a green helmet - part of a soldier's uniform.
Yes, Tina's dream was to be a soldier in the Indian army. When her volunteer asked her about it, Tina replied that she wanted to protect her country. That was the motivation behind her dream.
When our volunteers sign up to be tutors at our Learning Centers, we inspire them with the U&I tagline, "Be the Change." We believe that they have the potential and power to change the lives of those we impact.
But, sometimes, the children we reach surprise us by choosing to be the change themselves.
Today, U&I reaches 2000 other children like Tina who are mentored to believe in themselves and believe in their dreams. Tomorrow's India is going to be different because of these children.
India celebrated her 73rd year of independence and hundreds of U&I students celebrated with the country!
At one of our Learning Centers in Mysore, for instance, the children worked for weeks, along with our volunteers, to put on a show for Independence Day. Some of the children delivered speeches, others sang songs about the country and a few got to demonstrate their artistic side with rangolis (floral patterns made on the floor with colored powder).
While to many this may not have been a spectacular show, to the children it was a unique chance to express themselves and build their confidence.
Our tutors couldn't have been prouder to see the excited kids work hard and take on the stage with exuberance. This is partly whatIndia's independence is about - that every individual, irrespective of caste or income, has the right to education, the right to express themselves and the right to be heard. The country's future is in these children.
Without our donors and their support, we wouldn't be able to build these future generations. We are investing in children. We are investing in the country.
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