Christmas celebration with Umang beneficiaries
Rima* age 4 years, when enrolled in the Umang Program could not even hold a spoon. Due to the health condition. Annoyed by the cranky behaviour mother hit the child which made the child replicate a similar behaviour in the center. Understanding the issue child was facing the teachers focused and tried to improve the health of the child by providing the child with timely nutritious meal. They also oriented the mother about the issue and how she could take care of the child. The child started showing improvement in health and showed controlled behaviour. The child now participates in all the activities and is one of the sincere children in the Umang Program.
This quarter through outreach we were able to enroll 4 new members in our Umang programme, these beneficiaries have access to kindergarten education (Balwadi), assistance with their health (ex: referrals, camps, nutritional support, etc.), therapies, interactive activities, exposure and recreational visits and rehabilitative measures like night-shelter house amongst other general support and aid.
This quarter teacher’s focused more on the creative skills of beneficiaries while stimulating their cognitive development. The overall activities that are being conducted revolved around concepts such as comparison, measurement, arrangement of objects in series, recognition of patterns etc. Teachers have conducted special activity music class to improve the beneficiaries’ auditory skill by exposing them to different sounds. Recognition of various sound and their auditory perception has improved having an impact on their speaking skills.
Educational classes are conducted to impart knowledge along with bringing a development in their auditory, oral, gross motor skills for the beneficiaries which include identification of alphabets, identification of two letter- three letter words,Dominos, Identification of numbers, poems, identification of shapes and formulation, memory game, drama session to make beneficiaries familiar with different types of vegetable vendors, Listening and telling.
Ms Marina Dutta’s session are fruitful for the beneficiaries as English learning has speeded up faster they recite stories they understand exercises given and complete the same. Along with education table etiquettes are being focused on the beneficiaries are learning how to have soup with the help of spoon. Marina Ma’am also celebrated Christmas with the beneficiaries during which she distributed Santa caps to the beneficiaries and sang songs with them.
Regular child future planning sessions are undertaken where the mothers are made aware about their child’s progress and are also instilled with skills to help them nurture their child in a better way. This quarter mothers were given awareness about Diwali vacation and how they need to take care of their child during the time period they are at home. They were also made aware about immunization.
Regular oral assessments are conducted this quarter during the assessment it was noticed that the performance of day care and night care shelter was better than the day care beneficiaries. The teachers have started working hard towards the academics of the day care beneficiaries.
Regular social skill sessions are conducted in topics such as good touch bad touch, toilet training and cleanliness, fighting and hitting other children, not to cling to the visitors or teachers, eat without making fuss, eating healthy and not using abusive language with an objective to bring and overall social skill development.
Various Art and Craft sessions were conducted with the beneficiaries which included Diya painting, and lantern making through this session teacher’s tried to promote the cognitive skills of the beneficiaries through the concepts of recognizing the pattern, and comparison. During this activity it was observed that the beneficiaries are improving in their creative skills they also learnt to make Making Zig – Zag, Fish, Gandhi Cap and Rose
Udaan-Umang session was conducted wherein the elder Udaan beneficiaries spoke to the Umang beneficiaries about good touch and bad touch and traffic rules. Umang beneficiaries were attentive and listened carefully. The session was good as the Udaan beneficiaries were effective to convey the preventive measures while walking/crossing the road and also give detailed knowledge about good touch and bad touch.
Due to the age group maximum amount of nutrition is required for further physical development taking these criteria into consideration we provide our beneficiaries with healthy and nutritional meal, which is prepared according to the diet chart. In order to track progress of the health regularly height and weight measurement is done of the beneficiaries an increase in height and weight show a positive development whereas loss in weight indicates health problem or sudden increase in height.
Monthly medical checkup for the beneficiaries were conducted during which the beneficiaries were thoroughly checked on the basis of the updates provided by the teacher and the beneficiary. The beneficiaries were confident and not scared of the doctors. It was noticed that no beneficiary was suffering from any major illness.
General health camp was conducted in collaboration with doctors from BMC E ward in order to provide Umang beneficiaries with medical assistance. The doctors checked the beneficiaries and prescribed medicines to beneficiaries who were suffering for cold and cough.
Medical camp was conducted in Falkland road center in collaboration with Lion’s Club of Bombay Crescent. Through these camp potential beneficiaries that require medical assistance were identified. The beneficiaries were mainly suffering from mild cold and cough.
Immunization camp was conducted wherein beneficiaries were immunized by trained professional from Nair hospital. During the camp mothers were given awareness about the importance of immunization and not missing on the dates which it needs to be given they were asked to maintain the record of their child.
Initially it was noticed that post enrollment the beneficiaries have to be taken for frequent medical referrals but as days pass and the immunity gets stronger the medical referrals reduce as a result of the nutritional meal, multivitamins, maintenance of health and hygiene.
To combat further development of their emotional instability and prevent any mental health crisis in the future, we hold various therapy sessions with our Umang beneficiaries. This include art therapy and referrals to external experts for aid with severe mental health issues.
For recreational purposes beneficiaries are taken to garden visits and are engaged in indoor games and outdoor games. Which has positive impact on the overall behaviour of the beneficiaries leading them to be active and relaxed throughout the day.
To promote physical and mental development beneficiaries do exercises and meditation every morning which has become a habit proving to make beneficiaries productive and energetic throughout the day.
All festivals are celebrated with the beneficiaries to make them understand about varied festivals and why they are celebrated. This quarter the beneficiaries celebrated Diwali, Children’s day and Christmas. During Diwali celebrations beneficiaries were made aware about why Diwali is celebrated and it is harmful for the environment to burn crackers.
During children’s day beneficiaries were imparted knowledge about Children’s Day & Chacha Nehru (Jawaharlal lal Nehru) as a symbolization the beneficiaries wore Gandhi Cap and tucked in rose in their shirt. A magic show was organized for the beneficiaries it was seen that the beneficiaries were excited to see the magic and were not scared of any act performed. The beneficiaries thoroughly enjoyed themselves. During Christmas celebration Christmas tree and snow man was made. The also learnt about Christmas and why is it celebrated.
Annual picnic of Umang beneficiaries were conducted wherein the beneficiaries were taken to Tikujiniwadi a fun resort. The beneficiaries enjoyed the varied rides and were excited about the overall surrounding of the place. The beneficiaries also enjoyed the meal provided.
The training was conducted with staff along with support staff in order to develop their knowledge and sensitivity among staff members about POCSO Act. The session was interactive, provided an open platform for the participants to raise doubts. The staff members learnt about signs that are to kept an eye upon for identifying a victim of sexual abuse. They also gained knowledge of the law that is in place for protection of children against sexual abuse.
Crisis Management and work Ownership
The training was conducted by Adrian Rosario to explain the staff how a crisis can be managed and importance of work ownership. Through this training session the Staff learned about the importance of being alert and proactive and through the group activities staff realized that trust is the most important thing while working in the team. Discussion with regards to attributes of a good leader was also done.
The ICRI training sessions are conducted in order to train the teachers in various skills of teaching keeping in mind the perspective of the child. Through this training teachers learn varied innovative techniques of imparting knowledge to the beneficiaries and understand the essence of every child’s need and level of grasping knowledge. During the training session in this quarters how they can help a child overcome his limitations and inhibition and learn things faster.
To train staff members upon effectively conducting English language learning sessions with young beneficiaries. The training was conducted with the help of educational videos. The participants learnt about ways to effectively teach alphabets, words and sentences to students of primary academic level. The method they learnt was to use e learning content by BCPT, use of flash cards, drawings and live objects for the purpose.
Art and craft activity with Umang beneficiaries
Fruit activity with Umang beneficiaries
Immunization camp for Umang beneficiaries
Children's day celebration