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Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)

by ASHWINI CHARITABLE TRUST
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)
Pradeep
Pradeep

Pradeep isa student of the Government Tamil  Higher Primary School, Murphy Town  studying in 4th standard. He comes from a very poor family, his mother is working as a maid and his father has abandoned the family when Pradeep was 2 years old child. Pradeep is the youngest among  three siblings. His eldest brother has discontinued his studies and his other brother is studying in 5th std in the same school. Pradeep  is a intelligent student in and  is very regular to  school.His mother goes for work early in the morning and returns late at  night . His family is in need of money so Pradeep  works in a shop  during his summer holidays. In spite of all these difficulties ,Pradeep is determined  to  attend school  regularly  and get a basic education.We are committed to all these children and will help them continue their education beyond this  primary school.

 Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) has adopted the Government Tamil Higher Primary School in Murphy Town, Bangalore in 2013. After the adoption, we have been working hard to increase the student strength of the school and absorb this children into our trust to finish their basic education These children are first generation literates, so they do not have the motivation to come to school or to continue their education.So we will go to the homes of these children to bring them back to school with the help of the school teachers.We have been providing all the basic academic support and school necessities like books,shoes,stationery to the children of the school. We also arranged school van to pick and drop the children from the  school.We distribute a healthy porridge every alternate  morning and goodies  to all the students during special celebrations like Christmas or Diwali.

The months of April and May are school annual vacations after the final exams which happen during the middle of March. Our staff help the teachers for the smooth conduct of the exams. .We at ACT motivate the students to come to the school regularly by engaging volunteers to spend time with the children regularly.We also have volunteers from different organisations interacting with the children. Six  ACT volunteers and staff go to  the school regularly and help  the students by teaching english,maths and craft. ACT has taken shoe measurements for all the students and will provide shoes along with school bags,stationery and sweaters to each student during the next academic year

ACT sent a proposal to Lodge Tirunalu no. 179 from Bangalore  for the renovation of the  leaking asbestos sheet roofs of the building containing classrooms for the students.They kindly accepted the proposal and completed the renovation of the school building during this time since the children are not in school. When the children return to school after the holidays they will be thrilled to see the new building .It has been newly painted ,cleaned and all the electrical fittings installed.  

The original school building is very old built in 1924 and it has been declared as a heritage building .It has many infrastructure issues such as leaking roofs, damp walls and broken floor tiles.Lack of funds is constraining us from doing more work to make this school a happy place for these underprivileged children.We appeal for more funds through GlobalGiving, so that the poverty stricken parents can send their children to a safe and happy place.

Renovated classrooms
Renovated classrooms
Arvind,a student of the school.
Arvind,a student of the school.

This is a story of a boy called Arvind , a student of the Government Tamil  Higher Primary School, Murphy Town,Bangalore.

Arvind  is studying in 7th standard. He comes from a very poor family, his parents are daily wage labourers. Arvind is the youngest among  the four siblings. He is an average student and  is not encouraged  or supported by his family  to get an decent education or even attend school regularly.His parents go to work early in the morning and return late at  night His older brothers are working but are not supporting the family financially.The parents are expecting Arvind to work to supplement their meagre income. In spite of all these difficultie,Arvind is determined  to attend school  regularly and get a basic education.

Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) has adopted the Government Tamil Higher Primary School in MurphyTown, Bangalore. After the adoption,we have been working hard to increase the student strength of the school and to raise funds to repair and maintain  the existing infrastructure.

These children are first generation literates, so they do not have the motivation to study or to continue their education. We have been providing all the basic academic support and school necessities like books,shoes,stationery to the children of the school. We distribute a healthy porridge every morning and goodies to all the students during special celebrations like Childrens day or Christmas.

We at ACT motivate the students to come to the school regularly by engaging volunteers to spend time with the children regularly.We also have volunteers from different organisations interacting with the children

  • Volunteers from ISB visited the school and had music  and dance therapy classes for the  the students. They played different musical instruments and danced with them. They also sponsored some sports equipment for the school, took individual photographs of all children and distributed snacks.  These volunteers visit the school every Saturday.They also take spoken english classes for the children since this is a vernacular medium school..
  • ACT hired a JCB for a day  clear the grounds behind the school  to make  football and throwball fields. Children are very happy now and play in the ground every day.  
  • Thomson Reuters volunteers visited the school and engaged all the children by conducting English and Math classes.
  • We organised a comprehensive health camp for  students , teachers and for the supporting staff of the school 74 people  benefitted from the camp where doctors checked for physical ,dental and optical problems.We also had blood and urine tests done for each of them.
  • 6 ACT volunteers and staff go to  the school regularly and help  the students by teaching english,maths and craft

The original school building is very old built in 1924  and it has been declared as a  heritage building.It has many infrastructure issues such as leaking roofs, damp walls and broken floor tiles. Lack of funds is constraining us from doing more work to make this school a happy place for these underprivileged children.  We appeal for more funds through Global Giving, so that the poverty stricken parents can send their children to a safe and cheerful place..





Health camp for the children
Health camp for the children
Doctor seeing a child
Doctor seeing a child
Volunteers with the school children
Volunteers with the school children
Ashwatha
Ashwatha

Here is a story of a girl called Ashwatha, a student of the Government Tamil Higher Primary School.

She is studying in the 4th standard and is the eldest of three daughters of the family. Her sisters Aishwarya and Anushree are in 3rd and 2nd standard respectively. Ashwatha is good at studies and she helps her sisters in their studies as well. She is from a very poor family where her father is the only bread winner of the family and her mother was not employed. Her father was an alcoholic and abused all the members at home. In spite of the problems at home, Ashwatha started coming to the school around three years ago. She later started bringing her very small sisters to the school just to avoid them being at home. Seeing her commitment to attend school, the teachers decided to employ her mother to work in the school. After a lot of intervention by the teachers, her father has changed his attitude and is proactively assisting their children in their academics

 Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) has adopted the Government Tamil Higher Primary School in Murphy Town, Bangalore three years ago.  After the adoption, we have been working hard to increase the student strength of the school and to raise funds to repair the infrastructure. This year we decided to renew the adoption agreement in July 2016.  

These children are first generation literates, so they do not have the right motivation to come to school. We have been providing all the basic necessities to the children of the school. We distribute a healthy porridge every morning and have given sweaters, sandals and kurtas to all the students. We try and motivate the students to come to the school regularly by engaging volunteers to spend time with the children at regular intervals

  • Volunteers from an auditing firm had come to the school to spend a few hours interacting with students, teaching English and Math to elementary students and drawing and painting to other students
  • Volunteers from a multinational mass media and information firm worked in the school area for almost 70 hours in October. The volunteers planted 10 saplingsacleaned the garden and play area and interacted with the students
  • Volunteers from an architecture firm, spent a full day in the school, they painted the 1st standard class room, interacted with the students and distributed chocolates and juices

Since the school building is very old, built in 1924, it has been declared a heritage building and has many infrastructure issues such as leaking roofs, damp walls and broken floor tiles. Lack of funds is constraining us from doing more. We appeal for more funds through Global Giving, so that the poverty stricken parents and their underprivileged children are attracted by the facilities and amenities and hence come back to school.

Ashwatha with her mother and sisters
Ashwatha with her mother and sisters
Volunteering
Volunteering

 

Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) adopted the Government Tamil Higher Primary School in Murphy Town, Bangalore  3 years ago when the school buildings, toilets, drinking water facility were all in a run down condition and the surrounding ground was overgrown with thorny weeds. ACT worked hard to mobilise funds for repairing and renovating the infrastructure of the school. As a result, now  94 children studying in the school in clean and accessible environment.

Infrastructure

ACT set up a science lab and computer lab in the Govt. School and appointed a teacher to teach the  practical application of scientific  concepts through live experiments. It is gratifying to report that the school children love these live demonstrations and eagerly participate in the,. ACT has also setup a Library, built a new Kitchen and Watchman’s room, rebuilt the Toilets and the Drinking water facility . All the rooms are well ventilated and have electricity. ACT has handed over the watchman’s room to a family which now provides the security for the school and the children. ACT prepares a special porridge mix keeping in mind the nutritional needs of growing children, and this with jaggery to sweeten the porridge is supplied to the school children. The porridge and milk for the children are now prepared in the new clean, and well lit kitchen. The garden is maintained by a gardener employed by the Trust. It is de-weeded regularly and the stone benches and walls of the park were painted recently. The children and the teachers are proud of their garden with bright flowers and growing fruit trees. The fence was redone and bricks were arranged around the plants. Recently, ACT has provided the BSNL telephone and internet connection in the school so as to enable the children to access the internet on the computers provided by the Trust to enhance their learning. ACT distributed sandals for 47 old students in govt school.    

Academics

The school reopened on 1st June, and ACT volunteers,a ACT appointed science and Computer teacher and theACT program coordinator  are back to assist the teachers and students with their academic work, especially in English and Maths.

 

Volunteering

ACT facilitates the CSR activities in the school.

  1. 10 Volunteers from Thomson Reuters came on 18th July 2016 and taught English for 45 students for 20 hours, all together.
  2. 3 Volunteers from France taught the students Jewellery making, took Computer classes, Drawing and Painting and Flow of English classes for 30 days - every day for 4 hours .  

ACT’s work in the school is ongoing and a lot more has to be done. The school has a huge ground behind it, which can be utilized very effectively for the benefit of the children.  

Appeal

Since the school is an almost hundred year old heritage building, there are many infrastructure issues such as leaking roofs, damp walls and broken floor tiles.

Currently ACT is in the process of consulting experts as to whether the roof tiles have to be replaced or whether putting a tarpaulin sheet above the tiles would take care of the problem, at least temporarily.

Lack of funds is constraining us from doing more.  We appeal for more funds through global giving, so that the poverty stricken parents and their underprivileged children are attracted by the facilities and amenities and come back to school regularly.

French girls Volunteering in school
French girls Volunteering in school
Distribution of shoes to the children
Distribution of shoes to the children
Flag hoisting at school
Flag hoisting at school

When Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) adopted the Government Tamil Primary School in Murphy Town, Bangalore the school surroundings  was in a bad shape. ACT worked hard to mobilise funds for repairing  and rebuilding the infrastructure of the school. As a result, now  80+ children studying there are in a safe, secure, clean and attractive environment.These efforts are not enough and we need to bring back more children to school.

 Recently, ACT set up a science lab in the Govt. School, which was inaugurated by Ms. Nadia Haton,  a good friend of the Trust Now, apart from providing/rebuilding the basic facilities like a Kitchen, Toilets, Drinking water and Watchman’s room, ACT has also facilitated additional educational aids such as the Computer Lab, Library and Science Lab. All the rooms are well ventilated and have electricity. ACT has handed over the watchman’s room to a family which now provides the security for the school and the children. ACT prepares a special porridge mix keeping in mind the nutritional needs of growing children, and this with jaggery to sweeten the porridge is supplied to the school children every week. The porridge and milk for the children are now prepared in the new clean, and well lit kitchen

 The garden is maintained by a gardener employed by the Trust. It was de-weeded regularly and stone benches and walls of the park were painted recently. The fence was redone and bricks were arranged around the plants and saplings.

 ACT facilitates the CSR activities. Volunteers from Thomson Reuters had come to the Govt. School and they taught the students how to make paper bags and charts and also conducted some quizzes and other activities which the children enjoyed immensely.  April and May are months when the school is closed for summer vacations, hence there was no volunteering activity during these months. The school reopened on 1st June, and ACT volunteers are back to assist the teachers and students with their academic work, especially in English and Maths.

ACT’s work in the school is ongoing and a lot more has to be done. The school has a huge ground behind it, which can be utilized very effectively for the benefit of the children.  Since the school is an almost hundred year old heritage building, there are many infrastructure issues such as leaking roofs, damp walls and broken floor tiles.

Currently ACT is in the process of consulting experts as to whether the roof tiles have to be replaced or whether putting a tarpaulin sheet above the tiles would be sufficient to see us through this year’s monsoon rains.

ACT is keen to get internet wifi connectivity to the school so that the children are exposed to computers and the e - world at the earliest. Authorities from BSNL have been consulted and we are hopeful that the Govt. School children will soon be digitally connected.

Lack of funds is constraining us from doing more.  We appeal for more funds through global giving, so that the poverty stricken parents and their underprivileged children are attracted by the facilities and amenities and come back to school.

Children in class
Children in class
Nadia Haton with the Headmistress of the school
Nadia Haton with the Headmistress of the school
 

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ASHWINI CHARITABLE TRUST

Location: BANGALORE, KARNATAKA - India
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Project Leader:
RADHIKA ARVINDAM
BANGALORE, KARNATAKA India

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