'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India

by Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)
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'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
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'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India
Yoga in the community
Yoga in the community

Dear friends of IDEA Foundation,

Warm greetings!

Diwali, the festival of lights is just around the corner. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for sharing the light of kindness within you. You have been a great asset for this project to bring smile on the faces of so many children in need.

Presently we have 15 study centers located in different localities in Pune and Bhor. There are approximately 700 children attending these study centers operating in 2 to 3 batches maintaining social distancing and Covid appropriate behaviour. We conduct numerous activities for children in communities so that they do not lose out any opportunity contributing to their holistic development. Apart from regular remedial classes, we try to focus on a lot of extracurricular activities as children are going through a lot of emotional turmoil. It is especially true for the families which had Covid patient, or they lost someone very close. Parents living in urban slum communities were distressed and lack of their support left children lonely and vulnerable.

Art and craft activities help instill a sense of achievement and pride in children, boosting their self-confidence and they get the platform to show their newly acquired creative skills. Therefore, in this period, we continued to bring out their talent and expressions in various art forms like Rakhi making, clay activity, pencil waste craft, warli painting, spray painting, palm painting, palkhi (palanquin) making, rangoli and drawing competitions.

Teachers and students are well versed with E-learning through tabs and mini-PCs as an additional resource for learning and teaching. Your support has really opened them a window of opportunity to become the new generation global citizens. India holds a tradition of respecting teachers after parents and therefore Teachers Day is celebrated at a large scale on 5th September expressing gratitude towards teachers. This time, youth club members conducted classes for smaller children in study centers and imparted their skills in sports and academics. Is it not fun for children to become a teacher just for one day?

Hindi day and Ozone Day were celebrated along with fun activities like hairstyle competition. Gandhi Jayanti was commemorated reiterating his principles of truth, nonviolence, simplicity and harmony. Older children rallied in the community and spread awareness about Corona and hygiene. They also celebrated Ganpati festival with precautions. This time, along with the help of youth club members, children made eco-friendly Ganesha, painted it, drew rangolis and choreographed group dances. Festivals help children stay connected to their roots. Those special moments are rejoiced more at the young age. They also learn to develop a sense of respect and understanding for each other’s customs and traditions. Navratri is celebrated in India signifying the victory of good over evil. The popular attraction during this festival is Garba/Dandiya dance, a cyclical form of dance symbolising life and honouring womanhood. Have a look here how IDEA girls in the community danced on the tunes of peace and harmony.

All of it is possible only because of your gracious support to this project. A little help with a little smile gives meaning to your life. Do donate in this festive season and be the light for less privileged.

Say no to plastic bag and yes to paper bag!
Say no to plastic bag and yes to paper bag!
It's a small world..
It's a small world..
The world at his fingertips
The world at his fingertips
Drawing competition
Drawing competition
Learning by doing
Learning by doing

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Work Sheet  for learning English
Work Sheet for learning English

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings!  You will be glad to hear that our after school programmes have become a great support to children during this pandemic. It almost replaced the main stream schooling now as children hardly have any schooling due to lock down since last academic year.

Our after-school programmes were aimed to keep children from dropping out from school. It has become a great success and have helped thousands of children to complete education and realise their potential, because of the generous support from all of you.  Our programmes not only concentrate on keeping the children in school but also in ensuring that all the children enrolled are getting opportunities for their holistic development. Greater efforts are needed here to keep a continuous survey of communities as our project also cover tribal migratory population with illiterate parents.  Even during lockdown, our field workers are trying their best to reach out physically as the remote support was not very effective with less access to internet and lack of smart devices in some communities. To children without access to internet connection and smart phones , we provide hard copies of activity worksheets in these areas through our social workers and they make sure that the children complete their assignments on time. Children are encouraged to take photos of their work and submit it to the teachers for checking.

As it seems, virtual learning will continue for another year, we are helping our students to register with an educational app, an online education app for school children. Along with that we have also distributed school stationaries to children to ensure that all the students are continuing education. All our activities like self- defence classes, spoken English, career guidance, sports , art and craft .. etc are taking place on online platforms. Recently we have also experimented with  virtual exposure visits for our students and showed them places of historical importance. I am glad to share a feedback from a student about our program.

Harsha- our beneficiary-speaks…..

Harsha has been with  IDEA foundation for a total of 14 years. And in those years, she has grown from being a small, naive, fearful girl to a confident, independent, and fearless woman. The journey was not easy; there were times, as Harsha reminiscences,  where she felt that she would never sound confident while speaking English. However, after the first spoken English class that taught 9th-grade level English to her, she felt her confidence in her ability to master a complex language to come back. With the aid of courses that not only taught her to speak a universal language but also empower her with weekend classes of learning how to manage a bank account, self-defense classes, etc she became confident in her abilities. All the students, including Harsha, were provided with all necessary school supplies, including but not limited to books, compass, study materials, etc. Harsha believes that the knowledge and opportunities that the IDEA foundation has enlightened her with have made her a confident student and sister and most of all, a proud daughter to her family. She now firmly believes that she has a much stronger, holistic approach to tackling her studies and securing a potentially good job. Lastly, She also very admirably mentioned how IDEA foundation, even in the face of a global pandemic, managed to procure and conduct online classes so as not to deter students from their path to becoming successful individuals.

The year-long lockdown is a great loss of children especially from rural villages, but we make all the efforts to continue different offline activities and ensure that at least communities under our project get enough support during this pandemic.

Thank you for being a continuous support to us!

Hand Writing Activity
Hand Writing Activity
Home Work -Online Checking
Home Work -Online Checking
Drawing Activity
Drawing Activity
Art and Craft Activities
Art and Craft Activities
World Environment Day - Awareness Program
World Environment Day - Awareness Program
Online spoken English classes
Online spoken English classes
Six hat thinking techniques taught online
Six hat thinking techniques taught online
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Routine Health Check up in study centres
Routine Health Check up in study centres

Dear Donors,

Greetings from IDEA Foundation!

IDEA Foundation is continuing to support the marginalized communities in Pune by providing access to reliable resources for the holistic development of children in this most challenging situation we have ever faced.

When IDEA started its study centres in 2002, the objective was to reduce school drop-out ratio among children from underprivileged communities by bridging the socio economic gap by interventions designed to motivate children to complete schooling, through academic support programs. As time progressed, we understood other areas in the life of these children which also needed attention, so we took the responsibilities to make sure that the children are healthy, by conducting health check-up camps wherever necessary and nutrition and hygiene awareness programs for parents. Instead of a focus merely academics, we have started concentrating on the holistic development of our beneficiaries through many extra-curricular programs.

 Now with the outbreak of COVID 19, as the schools are closed, many of the children are facing health risks, including difficulty to access health care services usually provided through school. The school was also a place for safety for these children when the parents go out for work. As we work closely among these community children, we understand that this social isolation is causing stress and anxiety in children. Added to which, less physical activity of our children for such a prolonged period is a major concern for all of us. Our social workers are in contact with all the children and keep a check on their well-being.

We have conducted many activities and sports competitions online to keep the children motivated and in good spirits during lockdown. Online drawing and painting competitions brought out the best creativity of the children.

Now that the government has withdrawn the lockdown, we have started physical sessions in many of our centres which were difficult to reach through digital medium. However, we ensure that we strictly adhere to all the COVID protocols. In remote areas, music classes are also being conducted along with the academics. Science day was celebrated and children were encouraged to make different scientific models. I am sure you will be excited to see the happy faces of the children back in our centres, though we might again go to online mode as the third wave is on the rise.

 We have conducted health check-up camps of all the children in IDEA’s study centres with the help of a team of doctors from Sahyadri Hospital, Pune. We have made the participants of this camp aware of the importance of health and immunity. We have distributed first aid kits, snacks and masks to all the children and insisted that the children on follow and develop a disciplined hygienic routine.

Dear donors, we are greatful to you for supporting us and enabling us to continue our work throughout these difficult period. We request your support in the coming months too.

Thank you!

Children are excited to receive the workbooks
Children are excited to receive the workbooks
Drawing  activities - online particiapation
Drawing activities - online particiapation
Encouraging children to attend classes
Encouraging children to attend classes
Doctor's visits
Doctor's visits
Music classes restarted in our study centres
Music classes restarted in our study centres
Science day activity
Science day activity
Routine health check ups
Routine health check ups
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Dear Friends,

NEW YEAR WISHES FROM THE ENTIRE IDEA TEAM !  

 Pune city is known as the Oxford of the east for its rich legacy in education. But that is only one face of the city. For people who have migrated to the city from the nearby villages to make a living by working as laborers and daily wagers, education was still not a priority. Their children as first-generation learners found it difficult to continue schooling though government had made it mandatory to enroll all children in school. In 2002, IDEA started its educational projects in slums and underprivileged communities to bridge the gap between educational initiatives taken by government and the uneducated parents and to make sure that every child gets equal opportunity to complete their schooling. IDEA study centers have made a difference in many children’s lives. Many of them have not only completed schooling but also have taken up professional courses and got placed in good companies.   

 In 2020, everything has changed.  Our study centers were running very smoothly and successfully for 16 years, suddenly we are faced with new challenges. For a while, we thought we won’t be able to continue with our work as the lockdown continued for months and months. Schools closed everywhere and we didn’t have a choice but to close down all our activities.  But unlike other children, we couldn’t leave these children to their own families as their environment and the family background is not at all suitable for their progress.  So, like other NGOs, we have also decided to switch to online interventions, though it wasn’t easy for us as we are already dealing with families with less resources and income. IDEA social workers consistently worked to keep in touch with the children over phone and made them aware of the current COVID situation and precautions to be taken as well as to keep the learning process ignited. We are able to continue all our study center activities online now and we have also modified our extracurricular to fit into the virtual platforms. 

 We have arranged programs on every important day, like Gandhi Jayanthi on 2nd October, children’s day on November 14th. We have organized programs on festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali, children and their parents were equally excited and supported their children in taking part on extracurricular activities. Every year children look forward to IDEA sports competitions, so this year instead of cancelling it, we looked for alternate methods. Our team was very innovative to organize sports events which can be done in their own small rooms. The categories included were skipping challenge, Ball Dribbling, Hopping, High jump and Ball balancing. Children were very excited to take part in these activities.     

 Thank you so much for your support so far and please continue to support us because we can only continue our interventions and meet the extra expenses with your generous support.  

  Hope the new year will be better than last year, and we all will be able to live a normal life as before.  

  Thank you! 

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Art and Craft
Art and Craft

Dear Donors, 

Warm greetings from IDEA Foundation.

As you know ,the work of NGOs has never been an easy one.

With the unexpected breakout of Corona virus it has become even more difficult. In most parts of the world, the community work has completely stopped or the channels and the availability of human, financial and logistic resources to assist the community have been severely affected.

Although we are not able to run our study centres and women empowerment programs on the ground, we have been working on various strategies to connect with the communities and our beneficiaries. Most of programs are running online now. Our social workers are constantly in touch with our beneficiaries through phone calls.

Online competitions keep children cheerful and it help them to develop healthy spirit and team work.  So competitions like patriotic Dancing, essay writing, drawing, and Art and Craft were held. The objectives of these events were creating more awareness about Covid and to  increase the attendance of students in virtual sessions.

Rakshabandahan is one of the most celebrated festival in India, we organized Rakhi making competition for students where children got engaged with study center and got a platform to show their creative skills.

Drawings are best medium where we can express our emotions without any words, so we organised Drawing Competition on two occasions one on Dahi Handi Festival and the other on Independence Day. Children participated with enthusiasm and sent photographs of their drawings.

We have organised parents sessions also to make them aware of the changes in education methods and encouraged them to support their children in their online learning. Teacher training sessions were conducted for our study centre teachers to equip them with the new technologies and platforms used in the current remote education methods.

We have also partnered with different platforms like Call and Connect for mentoring support of our children enlisted under our programs.Nevertheless we have enrolled more children in our study centres and we will continue to do our best with your support.

Thanking each one of you and our dedicated social workers for the support. Please continue to support us.

Awareness
Awareness
Teachers Day
Teachers Day
Drawing Competition
Drawing Competition
Essay Competition
Essay Competition
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Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)

Location: Pune, Maharashtra - India
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Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)
Dr.Usha Pillai
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Dr.Usha Pillai
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Pune, Maharashtra India

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