Project #5718

Giving Children Wings to their Dreams

by Dream A Dream
Apr 23, 2013

Glimpses of the Year Gone By!

All set to strike a goal
All set to strike a goal

"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die."  ~ Edward Kennedy 

As we continue to create a vibrant, positive and healthy future for our young people, by nurturing and nourishing them to “not give up hope,” and believe in their dreams, your support has been critical to make it happen.  Thank you for your continued support to help us in our endeavour to empower and transform the lives of young people from vulnerable backgrounds.

We have had an absolutely fantastic year and we write to you today to engage you in the celebration of everything that we have achieved over the last year.

What better way to celebrate than to celebrate the achievements of the young people who give purpose to our lives.  One such celebration is of Janardhan (name changed) An 11 year old who has been an active participant in our Life Skills through Arts programme for 2 years now.

The Challenge:  He comes from a broken, abusive and violent background which has made him very aggressive and short-tempered.   He was very naughty; hitting, biting, irritating others, tearing paper, and walking away from the class.  No one would sit with him.  He would tear his drawing sheets because he felt he was not good enough.   He would use foul language, wear dirty clothes to school, and would not wear his shoes;  instead he held them in his hand.  One day, the facilitator asked Janardhan about his problems and he explained to her all his pain.  He shared how his mother is very abusive, beats him, and will not let him wear his shoes because they will get dirty. The facilitator requested his classmates to assist him and many of them started to do so.

The Change:  When it was observed by the facilitator that he was not participating, she asked what had happened and he replied, “Mam, I don’t know how to draw.”  Janardhan was then asked to draw whatever he feels like.  He then asked his facilitator if he can copy a drawing from a book and she approved.  Then after a few minutes, he finally drew something and the facilitator praised him for participating and showed the entire group.

After receiving praise from the facilitator and some of his classmates that day, he stopped tearing and crushing his drawing sheets.

The Dream Power:  More recently, when the facilitator has asked the classmates about Janardhan, they gave very positive feedback. “Mam, he has become silent. Sometimes he is aggressive but because other children tell him to do bad things, tell lies about him and complain to the teacher. The teacher still punishes him. He still gets angry with other boys but it is no longer his fault. He has become a good boy now.” Some of his classmates even share their lunch with him.

Over the years, we have seen Janardhan transform into a less aggressive and more supportive participant.

The facilitator stood rock-solid through this violent behaviour in sessions; all the time noticing and validating his positive behaviour.  He has now learnt to draw without worrying about being laughed at, to attend sessions regularly, even negotiating with his mother amongst other demands, has started showing healthy habits of being clean for the sessions and throwing litter in a garbage bin and as per his peers, he is less of a bully now.

All small but extremely significant changes that will help Janardhan learn to trust himself and people around him and hopefully make healthy choices in life.  For us at Dream A Dream, these subtle changes mean a life time of healthy choices.

Organizational Highlights

  • Over 31,000 young people directly and indirectly impacted in the year.
  • Started the year with inviting two remarkable people onto the Board of Trustees of Dream A Dream – Sandeep Farias and Meera Harish. You can read more about them at In addition, Vishal Talreja, our current Executive Director also joined the Board while continuing in his current role.
  • Raised and got commitments for Rs. 2.7 Crore (USD 540,000) from our hugely committed network of donors which include individuals, corporates and foundations.
  • Participated in the Sony European Graduate Programme Enterprise Project through StreetFootballworld. As part of this project 5 of SONY’s Graduate Students supported Dream A Dream with establishing a strategic partnership with a sports based club, association or company to further Dream A Dream’s scale plans.
  • Ms.  Suchetha Bhat, COO was featured in the local newspaper, Bangalore Mirror, where she talks about our Dream Mentoring Programme.  Please follow the link below to read the article
  • Other media coverage of Dream A Dream through the year at
  • Awarded as 3rd highest fundraising NGO at the TCS World 10K Bangalore held in May 2012
  • Received Silver Trophy at the Global Sports Forum, Barcelona for our work in the arena of Sports 4 Development
  • A committed team of 50 staff members helped us achieve our targets.

Programme Highlights

  • 3050 young people actively engaged in our core life skills programmes – 1663 in Life skills through Sports and 1387 in Life skills through Creative Arts.
  • For every 2 boys there is 1 girl participating in the Programmes - with more boys participating in the Life Skills through Sports programme and more girls in the Life Skills through Arts programme.
  • Over 117 batches are run across 18 locations in Bangalore, engaging 25-30 young people per batch in the core Life Skills programmes
  • 24 Life Skills facilitators trained to deliver the curriculum based sessions; 86% of the sessions conducted are consistent across facilitators and over 90% met quality expectations in the delivery of programmes.
  • A healthy average attendance of 81.3% across programmes
  • Implementing new session delivery model –
    • 9 month intervention
    • 30-35 sessions per batch
    • 2 hours per session once a week
    • 20 curriculum based and 10-15 unstructured sessions
  • 10 Outdoor Experiential Camps completed engaging over 367 young people.
  • 948 young people actively engaged.  488 girls and 460 boys engaged with 83% average attendance in skills for Career Development such as Computer education, Spoken English, Outdoor Experiential Camps, Mentoring, Career guidance courses.
  • 65 young people have access to a volunteer mentor.  103 volunteer mentors have been trained in the year.
  • 1271 volunteers have been engaged clocking over 19,767 volunteers hours.  Dream A Dream is amongst 10 organizations short-listed from across India for its Volunteer Engagement Programme by IVolunteer India.
  • Over 27000 young people indirectly impacted through 276 Teachers/youth workers/facilitators through 2-day Life Skill Facilitation workshops.
  • Geographic spread of Partnerships and Trainings - Built partnerships with two organizations running programmes outside Bangalore – Mumbai and Rural Karnataka. Additionally, have successfully developed partnerships with schools in Bangalore, where other Dream A Dream Life Skills programmes are delivered.
  • Strategic Support received from Marshall Foundation, Oberoi Family Foundation and through a fundraising evening hosted by Ian and Victoria Watson in London jointly with Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE). 

Once again, Thank You for your continuous support and we look forward to building a long lasting relationship with you to realize many more "Dreams"

Our future Stars!!
Our future Stars!!

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Organization Information

Dream A Dream

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Vishal Talreja
Cofounder & CEO
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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