Education & shelter for homeless children in India

by Association for Rural and Urban Needy
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Education & shelter for homeless children in India
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Education & shelter for homeless children in India
Education & shelter for homeless children in India
Education & shelter for homeless children in India
Education & shelter for homeless children in India
Education & shelter for homeless children in India
Education & shelter for homeless children in India
Education & shelter for homeless children in India
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Dear friend of the Rainbows

Hope you're well and keeping safe.

As Indua slowly comes out of the second wave and its horrific effects the common man is trying to find some balance of precaution prevention and the daily life in Covid. What's worse in this second year of the pandemic - that now children too are severely at risk of infection with many deaths and infection cases reported across.

A strong ray of hope is that the vaccine regimes have begun across all the cities for citizens aged 18 and above. As the cities gear up for this large scale immunization, we at the Rainbow Homes Program too aim to actively participate and get an approximate of 1200 staff and the young adults with their first round of vaccination.

Few updates from the cities:

Online learning: online learning is continuing and evolving more as we have different experts and volunteers in each city who are bringing in new ways through, films, dialogues, themed sessions, and current update around the world. These expert sessions break out the monotony of regular course lessons and excite the children engaging and encouraging indoor physical activities and interactive learning through group work.

Vaccination: The homes and states have taken up vaccine regime and we are in pursuits of CSR groups, volunteer organisations and government facilities to get our teams and young adults over 18 get vaccines.

Covid Care Centres: We are grateful to the few organisations, groups and government authorities who have come forward to support us in putting Covid care isolation and quarantine facilities near the home premises so that children coming back to the homes can stay and complete their isolation process. We need good funding opportunities for the same.

JJ session: to get a better clarity on the Juvenile Justice Act 2015 in India, we have planned all cities carers and state teams undergo its facilitation and learning session in batches by a qualified expert. This knowledge will help us get more clear with the child care mechanisms and processes in the legal compliance. We are near finish one session with 3 cities for now.

Schools and colleges: As the cities across India have slowly lifted their lockdown measures we are expecting the government orders to open schools and college, slowly but only for vaccinated pupils I.e for 18 above. Keeping that in mind, we are in touch with the respective school authorities to know of the change in curriculum, examinations and classes pattern in the digital scenario.

What is relieving overall is that with due care and efforts of the teams we have zero fatalities and infection cases as of now in the children and staff. Still, we have ahead of us a mammoth task of vaccination and continued care and protection against the pandemic.

We are again very grateful for your continued support that helps us continue our way forward. In these times we hope you stay safe, be vigilant and be positive to stay negative. It would be wonderful if you can ask your friends and family to reach out to our cause and help in any way possible to embrace, educate and enable the children  escape different vulnerabilities.

 

Regards

Rainbow Homes Program 

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Dear Friend of the Rainbows!

Hope you're keeping well and safe.

After what seems like ages, the society, public spaces, workplace and people's everyday routines are coming back to the old normal. And we cannot thank you enough for staying connected with us and the children at Rainbow Homes Program. With your support, we've been able to chart the eventful year and out from a pandemic situation to some sense of normalcy. 

1. Back to School

The very first good news with which we want to start this report is by informing you all that children from the Rainbow Homes Program like all other students, after almost a year of school closures, are returning to schools across the country. While individual states are approaching the challenge in different ways, the general trend has seen more school boards trying to facilitate the return of students and teachers into classrooms while ensuring all necessary precautions are being taken. Considering the number of children living in individual homes, it is imperative that all precautions be taken during this period, so as to avoid any health issues for our children or home team members. The Learning Loss for children which occurred during this past year is another aspect being addressed, with home education teams focusing their efforts towards foundational literacy and numeracy skills for all children.

2. Focus on Social and Emotional Learning

The past year has also seen the Rainbow Homes Program initiate several programs which address the social and emotional learning needs of our staff and children. Several state teams have associated with organisations that have led intensive thematic workshops with our children on topics such as gender sensitivity, justice, mental health, career preparedness, citizenship and life skills. Parallelly, our internal teams have initiated life education programs at the home level which will lead to a lasting impact on the well-being and positivity of both our children and home teams.

3. Exam Preparation

With important examinations around the corner, home teams have focussed time and effort to assist our children who are preparing to write these examinations. In addition to the existing teaching teams present in each home, additional subject experts have been brought in virtually and at some level physically to assist these children in the final months and weeks before the examinations. Volunteers and organisations are also participating as tutors and guides. With a wide range of responsible volunteering and  educational organisations, Rainbow Homes is happy and grateful to have hands to help and guide through examinations preparations,

4. Welcome Support during the lockdown

The past year has seen several organisations and individuals reach out to the Rainbow Homes Program to interact with and support our children through this difficult time. Through online interactions, competitions and visits, virtual conferences, exposure visits, webinars, the number of people who have engaged with our children through tutoring classes, mentoring sessions, games, interviews and ordinary conversations has been overwhelming.

We continue to engage the children in a productive and innovative routine to ensure they do not feel stressed to go back to school routine and rigorous studies which were lax virtually in pandemic times. Apart from the interventions listed above, we also went into training sessions, expert talks, webinars and specific sessions for our educators who are involved with the children to ensure quality education. We hope to continue receiving your moral and fund support to help us scale these initiatives and to help the children learn not only what knowledge is there but also to enable them to explore more above & beyond the ideal education. 

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Dear friend of the Rainbows!

Hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and doing well.

As updated to you all in the past reports, we are currently charting our way out trying to adapt to the new normal and protecting our children in the care homes from the affects of the ongoing global pandemic. In the same regards, as we move through, we want to do every bit in trying to empower our digital infrastructure at the homes, to cater to digital education and online learning. As the teaching pédagogies are changing & adpating, so are we! Some major highlights in this quarter were:

1. With the continued stress on safety in schools, and the same remaining shut, children continue to receive their lessons online. Educators both from the schools, and the residential teachers, subject matter experts, counselors, tutor & volunteers engage with different groups as per need and the time schedule fixed.

2. We are proud to announce almost all high school & secondary school children (10th &12th grade) were able to write exams and score above aggregate marks. Some gross figures are 64 girls from Kolkata, 17 children - Delhi, Patna - 12 children & so on.

3. Monthly excercises -neither the new education policy and changed pedagogy the national team disseminates monthly lesson plan with continuous check with the teachers to see where it's needed most and in which area. It's a work in progress.

4. Cities with good strength were in need of new education coordinators so we got new hires in the city of Hyderabad with 17 homes & Patna with 5 homes.

5. New guidelines - utlisong these months to work on foundation language &math skills, we looked for new volunteer organisations to develop better understanding in-house on life education.

6. National Education workshop - a forum to bring in Home management & education coordinators who spend the maximum of time enagaging & teaching children to deliberate on immédiates on practice and way forward for education at its best.

Apart from the achievements there are a number of challenges too:

1. Franework old & new : with the change in FCRA rules, new education policy & the lockdown, the schools and the existing curriculum isn't clear with set down parameters or goals, in this we do not want the child to loose out on his/her academic year, hence with the sim to continue the education, we are struggling with clear cut framework & guidelines. 

2. Funding : with the lockdown the traditional fundraising & resource mobilisation scenario took a hit and is still nowhere stable, so we need all hands in support to empower the digital péripherals in all the existing 53 homes.

3. Teaching pédagogies : new methods are good and exciting, but a basic strong foundation is of utmost importance. With this as aim we plan to bring about good courses, life education, and strong knowledge learning of the foundation subjects to ensure the child learns the necessary.

4. Current atmosphere : what us needed for the child both in our homes, and in yours is to not feel pressure or stress of learning or scoring. Taking things slow and at a gradual speed will ensure they develop a live of learning first, for them to learn and excel. 

We certainly hope you continue to spread, share and talk of the project to help these little geniuses grab their share of knowledge in the works of education and learning. 
Together we can!

Regards

Rainbow Homes Program

 

 

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Rainbow Homes Response to Covid-19 Crisis and Lockdown

From mid-March 2020, the Rainbow Foundation of India took the decision to lock down each of their 54 homes across the country. While several government officials pressurized the Foundation and the staff of individual homes to return our children to their parents or guardians, the decision was taken to retain as many of our children within our homes, where they would receive better nutrition and care than they might if they had returned to their parents. Despite explaining the benefits of allowing their children to remain within the homes, some parents did choose to remove their children from the home in these worrying times.

Once the homes were placed under lock-down, the educational situation was affected in the following ways:

  1. Schools were shut and teachers no longer came to the schools where our children studied.
  2. The home teaching staff, who are employed by RFI, were unable to visit the homes to conduct their after-school programs. Although in some homes, the residential home teaching staff are amongst those who are in the homes with the children during the lockdown.
  3. The children cannot leave the home to attend school or classes at nearby tuition centers.
  4. Other volunteer groups who conduct a range of extracurricular activities for our children could no longer visit the homes.

Therefore, in light of these constraints, the home education component during the lockdown has had to create alternative ways to engage our children so as to address their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development requirements. Some of the initiatives are listed below:

  1. Using videos to educate: Children are shown videos of topics and concepts directly relevant to their academic routines and levels. For example, Children from class 2-4 are shown videos that explain addition and subtraction in a local language.
  2. Using videos to engage: Children are shown videos of places like museums, monuments, zoos, forests, and jungles, or short films or documentaries which engage children on a particular theme like justice, honesty, love, joy, etc. These videos are used to start conversations and explorations of these ideas and concepts.
  3. Using movies to engage: During this lockdown, movies have been used more readily as a way to let our children enjoy themselves and be entertained.
  4. Using Art and Craft: Before the lockdown, art and craft activities were conducted regularly in all our homes. Now, our children, many of whom are already quite adept at creating wonderful works of art from a variety of objects, have regularly spent time creating and making new things. Also, videos that teach our children new techniques and designs have been sourced and shared with each home.
  5. Exercise: In each home, children are engaged physically with morning yoga and meditation sessions, free-play time in the evenings, and dance sessions as well. These keep children active and are also extremely enjoyable and relaxing.
  6. Academic Worksheets: The home teaching teams and government school teachers (in some states) have been creating worksheets for our children. These are used to keep children engaged with their school work during the lockdown.
  7. Using long-term engagement projects: Long-term projects which attempt to engage students on key themes (such as thankfulness, sharing, etc.) in a variety of ways – writing, theatre, song-making, poster-making.
  8. Using video-conferencing to teach: Our home teaching staff conduct classes for our children at home via video-conferencing. These classes focus largely on academic topics and happen regularly. Some organizations also engage our children with topics of Life Education, counseling, and art and craft skills.
  9. Using online learning resources: Individual states have tied up with organizations that provide digital learning resources which our children access through laptops, tablets, or phones. These focus on basic literacy and numeracy.

These initiatives have been successful up until a certain point but several challenges and constraints remain.

  1. Internet connectivity and the availability of laptops and projectors in each home makes it difficult to connect teachers with children in a seamless fashion. This also makes it difficult to watch videos and use e-learning resources effectively.
  2. While children have started to adjust to the routine of the lockdown, some do still face emotional and psychological issues related to it. Concern for parents or relatives and a desire to return to an earlier way of living and growing up are issues that are being addressed every day in every home. Finding a balance between addressing these emotional and psychological concerns and ensuring that the academic development of each child remains on track is a challenge but one that we are addressing.

There is a sustained effort being made by all the education teams to keep children engaged through this challenging time despite the constraints that must be worked around. It is an evolving process and slowly the focus is returning to every children’s academic, emotional and social development, as well as the nutritional and health needs which were the focus in the initial period of the lockdown. Your continued support will help us provide for the children to upkeep a balanced diet where food rations aren’t readily available, digital infrastructure – laptops, projector screens, and equipment to build live classrooms, teachers, and home staff salaries, our children other basic necessities.

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The importance of education for street children cannot be overstated. It is a catalyst out of poverty and a path to independence. The education plan is, therefore, a central facet of the Rainbow Homes Program. It is unique in its holistic approach as it overcomes gaps in education, supports children with personal and psychological demands as well as catering to unique learning difficulties. As such, Rainbow Homes cater to the unique needs of every child, supporting them through the most important years of education to lead happy, healthy, fulfilled lives.

Last year, all 4120 Rainbow Home’s children were enrolled in age, grade-appropriate education. Children with a disability or learning difficultly were all provided with special interventions. This is an impressive achievement since 51% of our children had never enrolled in formal education prior to Rainbow Homes. Child-specific education plans and bridge courses taught by specialized teachers help our children begin their journey in education. Children then go on to access our vast support network that assists them through to completing their board exams. Last year, volunteers donated their time as role models and tutors, part-time teachers were appointed to offer remedial education support, in house Education Committees consisting of fellow children acted as stewards and confidants in times of need and finally, house mothers continued to create an environment of love and care that is vital for children when faced with the ups and downs of education.

We strive to make education more stimulating, exciting and effective. The following notable
initiatives were implemented last year:

1. The Delhi Rainbow Homes and Sneh Ghar has inducted dedicated, specialized English and
computer teachers. These teachers make use of the newly equipped computer lab and library to
ensure every child from 4th class is provided with basic computer and English skills. This has been
made possible with the help from institutes such as Inlingua, who provide child-centric English
lessons.

2. Bridge courses are central to the success of our education program. In this regard, homes in Patna
and Pune implemented training sessions with the help from Prayas in Patna and Sarva Shiksha
Abhiyan, MSCERT and Quest in Pune to teach participatory and interactive methods. These methods
have been actively implemented with noticeable increased participation and understanding from
children.

3. Hyderabad homes have implemented new education techniques with the help from Learning
Space. These new techniques promote equity and equal opportunities in the classroom through
democratic, secular values that incorporate inclusive, transparent and sustainable learning practices.
By engaging, the children in real-world issues children form a greater understanding and can relate to
the topics.

4. In an attempt to introduce more arts and crafts into our children’s lives, homes in Patna have received help from retired volunteers from renowned art institutes to teach children local crafts and art. Furthermore, every Sunday, children from all Patna homes are attending “Kilkari Bihar Baal Bhawan”, by the Dept. of Education, to take part in arts and crafts and various other activities. They are learning photography, skating, dance, singing and statue making among others.

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Location: Hyderabad, Telangana - India
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