Clay modelling at the Boys Home
U&I Bi-monthly report Jan-Feb 2013
1. PROJECT MANAGEMENT
At U&I’S Educational projects-
1) Tuitions for the children at oasis took place from Monday to Friday at the Oasis Office located on Mosque road. With the intention and vision of being the change the volunteers at Oasis decided to take special tuitions for the 10th standard boys and girls to help them study and prepare for the board exams. These classes will continue until their exams and are held at the U&I office.
2) Hygiene awareness was brought to attention at the Girls Home this Thursday and Saturday. The volunteers engaged the students in discussions about health hygiene and shared various hygiene and health tips with them as well.
3) English and life skills classes were held at the Women’s home on Friday and Saturday by a group of 8 volunteers at Dairy Circle.
4) Tuitions were also held at 2 other projects around the city. English tuitions were conducted at Karunalaya on Saturday and Sunday. Tuitions in History, Economics and Political Science and other such Art subjects were held at Snehadeep on Monday and Wednesday.
2. VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT AND AMC :
Last week’s update for project management and Home for the Mentally Challenged.:
1) Research was conducted for the requirements of a Hospital Management software, to manage and track the daily activities and progress of the nurses and boys at the Home for the Mentally Challenged located at Diary Circle.
2) We are in the process of hiring maids to maintain high standards of hygiene and to help the boys in various activities. This week a few maids visited the home and were taken around and shown the working of the home.
3) A monthly review was done with the nurses to access the performance and the targets achieved by them
4) The Sunday volunteers of the government home met to discuss the schedule and activities to be followed at the home for the next month.
5) For effective management and better retention of volunteers, a feedback form was created and sent to the existing volunteers. The form will help us identify reasons for attrition.
3. VOLUNTEER STORY
Apart from educating and caring for 500 beautiful children, U&I also inspires people on a daily basis. Here is a heartfelt story written by one of the volunteers, Jacob, who has learnt and grown so much after joining U&I. Jacob teaches the boys at the Home for the Mentally Challenged at Diary Circle every Sunday and this is what he had to say:
Life at the Government Home
I got to know about the govt. home through a close friend of mine who I felt had undergone drastic changes in her life, for the better. I couldn’t help notice how passionately she talked about the home and so I attributed these changes to her work at the govt. home. Later my brother joined as a volunteer during the U&I summer camps but then decided it wasn’t enough and got involved full time. It was then that I was intrigued by the whole thing and decided to join as a volunteer myself.
My first day at the govt. home was pretty much what most volunteers felt entering such a place. A deep sense of sympathy for the boys and a strong sense of ‘savior complex’ (feeling that I can solve all their problems), obviously these sentiments were short lived. But I understood one solid fact, the way in which Bangalore projected itself to be just a highly successful IT hub was shattered by the reality of what I saw that day!!
I tried my best to keep going to the govt. home week after week even though most Sunday afternoons I had strong urges to continue sleepingJ I really couldn’t figure out what emotion I felt for these kids and my intentions for doing the things I did there. As time went by a boy called Prakasha developed a strong attachment towards me. He used to run to me when I entered, look around to dance with me during ‘tape time’ and cling to me while teaching. I had never given him any special attention nor gifts of any kind but he used to love me so unconditionally for just the way I was. It showed me a certain perspective that if such an underprivileged child can love like this, how much more should I. This is just one of the incidents with one boy, there are 86 more boys in the home that have opened each volunteer’s eyes in different ways that no educated or intellectual adult can.
I thank U&I for giving me the opportunity to make the lives of these boys a little better and to channelize my love in such a meaningful way. If I were to draw a graph of the values I have learnt in my life till now, this would definitely be one of the peaks. I have come to the realization that each and every boy in the home is as much a child of God as I am, so it is my Loving duty and privilege as a more blessed Child of God to be HIS hands in benevolence to these boys.
Tuition for upcoming exams
Jacob Cheriyan- U&I volunteer at the Boys home