You would be much excited to know that our children from the special schools for child labourers participated in competitive events with their peers in the month of November 2012. Drawing, embroidery, essay writing competitions were conducted. 7 of our children got prizes and were appreciated by the District Collector, Trichirappalli in a meeting held in the month of February 2013.
Thirumalai, one of our children who got first prize in drawing competition is from a family of ottars. His parents go out to places to earn their living by carving in the grinding stones in homes. He too have been accompanying them. When he was found by our counsellor, the boy was enrolled to the special school. Now he has developed his skills in drawing too. We are so happy for him!
We take this opportunity to appreciate our team of teachers, vocatinal teachers and counselors who works with these children, had been so kind enough and patient to motivate these children and had brought them up to this level. And all this is possible only with the noble support of people like you. Our heartfelt gratitude for being with us and supporting us continuosly.
"I am 12 years old and was found in the streets of Thideer Nagar picking up the waste paper by our special school teacher. My father is a drunkard and my parents fight often and my mother goes to my grandma’s house at least once in three months. She took me with her not worrying about my studies. Hence I had to drop out from school and I became a rag picker" says Danushkumar, our special school student in Thideer Nagar.
The special school teacher of New Life on seeing this child, talked to his parents. The counsellor counselled the boy to attend the special school where the child labourers are rehabilitated. After repeated counselling the boy joined our special school.
When he joined he could not read or write properly. Now he can read and write. He is also performing well in drawing and games.
Deprived children like Danush can get their rights restored through your support. Kindly spread words about our work to your friends and relatives to help the children like Danush.
At the outset I wish to thank you for your continued support to the children and women of New Life. All that we could achieve in the past is only with the support of people like you who encouraged us through your words and donations.
You will be excited to know that New Life is now participating in the Bonus Day Challenge conducted by the “Global Giving” on October 17th. This is the final bonus day of the year. By donating $ 100 to New Life you provide the organization an opportunity to earn an additional $30. The amount you donate and the bonus we receive will be used to educate the child labour children.
We are happy to share the story of Kowshan with you.
Kowshan is living in Kaja pettai. He has one younger brother and one younger sister. His father is a drunkard. His mother often gets arrested for theft and commercial sex work and she spends 3/4th of her year in the prison. His father is working in a medical shop. The family situation does not allow Kowshan to concentrate in his studies. But he is interested in the traditional game “Kabadi”. He has won many prizes in Kabadi. He is interested in sports.
His father’s monthly income is Rs.9000. But Kowshan’s father does not give money for household expenses. Since the parents are irresponsible, Kowshan is forced to take care of his siblings. Hence he started working in a lathe shop.
Gowshan earned the Rs.300 per week. He was not admitted to a school and the parents never thought of it. He started smoking with his friends. Our New Life staff identified this boy. The counselor and the special school teacher went to Kowshan’s house and spoke about the importance of education to him. He did not want to come to school. We found his feeling of anxiety about the plight of his siblings. Hence we assured that all the three will be admitted and they can have a full meal in the noon. He accepted after several attempts and was admitted to the Child Labour Special School with his brother and sister.
In the very beginning he did not sit in the school. He used to go away. It was difficult for him to concentrate and learn. He does not even knew the basic letters in Tamil/ English. Later he started studying. Now he has improved a lot and is able to read and write Tamil/English words. He likes to come to school now and study. He respects and obeys the teacher now.
This is made possible only by the noble donors like you. We are grateful for your continued support. We request you to spread words about our work to your friends and relatives (you know them better and they respect you).
We also request you to mark in your dairy the October 17th bonus day of Global Giving when your donations are matched by 30% (up to $1,000 per donor, per project). Hence we kindly request you to keep supporting us and our children whose futures are bright because of you.
Thank you dear donors, for choosing to support our project.
Maheswari is a 10 years old girl. She is studying 5th standard in New Life’s special school now. Her father’s name is S. Sekar. He is selling ice cream in Karur. He never takes care of Maheswari. Three years before Maheswari’s mother died. After that Maheswari had to live with her grand mother. Grand mother did not send Maheswari to school, asked her to do household works and sent her for rag picking.
During her leisure times Maheswari will be wandering in the streets. New Life staff saw her spending her childhood like this and talked with her. She expressed her interest to study. Then we had to counsel her grandmother who was very reluctant to admit Maheswari to the special school. After continuous counselling Maheswari is now admitted in New Life’s special school for child labourers in Ukkadai. In the beginning she was not able to read or write. She is studying in our school for two years. Now she can read newspapers and others books also. She helps younger children to read and write. She is much interested in handwork.
Since she is picking up her studies quickly we hope she will be admitted to the sixth standard next year. She is now happy that she can study and play with children of her age. So many such children could be helped to get educated with the noble support from people like you.
Kindly spread words about our work to your friends and relatives who are like-minded. We thank you donors, once again for supporting us.
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