Education  India Project #16805

Save a School with Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT)

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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)
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
The 100 year old school building
The 100 year old school building

"We need to get children back to school"

Three years ago, when ACT (Ashwini Charitable Trust)adopted the Tamil Government Higher Primary School, it was in dire need of help in terms of infrastructure and academics. Though we were totally charmed by the almost 100 years old red tiled school building, it had broken windows, doors, termite ridden classroom walls, a leaky roof, no drinking water and clogged toilets. To set things right, ACT required a lot of funds. This is when ACT put together all the requirements of the “Save a School” project on the Global Giving website.

 With the funds raised for this project, ACT has made significant inroads, but a lot more has to be accomplished in this school. We started by cleaning the large grounds surrounding the school building. Simultaneously, we started clearing classrooms that were piled with old and broken furniture and first set up a computer lab and library. Recently we have set up a science lab.      

 ACT has appointed a science teacher, exclusively for the Government Tamil Higher Primary School. This was done in order to ensure that students of classes 4, 5, 6 and 7 can be initiated to the joys of learning scientific concepts by first observing, and then conducting the experiments themselves. These classes included instruction and practical application of concepts such as the functioning of parachutes, helicopter wings, film projectors, and hover crafts.The computer literacy classes conducted by ACT volunteers are also very popular with the students. For almost all our students, this is their first introduction to computers. They love the fact that they are getting the chance to work on the laptops set up in the Computer Lab by ACT. Small groups, each consisting of two to three students, are instructed by experts, who start by teaching them the very basics, including how to switch on the computer. The children are then introduced to concepts like computer hardware, power, accessories, the menu bar and its applications, the Microsoft suite etc. ACT volunteers have conducted computer training sessions for the Head Mistress and the teachers of the school too.  

In terms of infrastructure improvement, recently ACT has been concentrating mainly on setting up a science lab in the school for the children of the higher classes.

 In the school premises ACT has reconstructed a formerly dilapidated room. For a part of the construction costs of this structure ACT utilized the funds given by Global Giving. We have now built two separate rooms – one a kitchen and the other a watchman’s room. Both these rooms are well ventilated and well lit and also have electricity and running water facilities. ACT has handed over the watchman’s room to a family which now provides the security for the school and the children.The porridge and milk for the children are now prepared in the new clean, and well lit kitchen .The mid-day meal provided by the Akshaya Patra foundation is also now kept here before it is served to the children. Near this new kitchen and watchman’s room, ACT has also constructed a small seating area under the peepal tree, so that when the weather is pleasant the children can sit under its shade and have their lunch.  

 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. But lack of funds is constraining us from doing more.  We appeal for more funds from like-minded people through global giving, so that the underprivileged children are attracted by the facilities and amenities and come back to school.

  

         

 

         

Newly constructed Building
Newly constructed Building
Inside the new kitchen
Inside the new kitchen
Inside the Watchman
Inside the Watchman's Room

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Science lab in progress
Science lab in progress

In the last three months, Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) focused on setting up the science lab and providing computer training to the children of the Government Tamil Higher Primary School, Murphy Town, Bangalore. 

Infrastructure

The newly constructed kitchen and the security room are completed. Now, the children’s milk porridge is cooked, and their mid-day meal is heated in hygienic conditions.

Field Trip

ACT organized a ride in the Bangalore Metro Rail for all the children and teachers of the Government Tamil Higher Primary School. The children travelled from Ulsoor to the Baiyappanahalli station and then back to Ulsoor. In an attempt to inspire and motivate school children, Namma Metro allows a guided tour of its facilities. Then Namma Metro screened a wonderful film on how the train works for the children, followed by a sumptuous meal.

Providing Shoes

ACT distributed white sports shoes and socks to all the children of the school, which they can use while playing games and during the sports programs.

Science Lab

ACT has a new volunteer, Mr. Ram Pavan, who is an enthusiastic science teacher. He has set up a science lab and at the start of each new chapter; he demonstrates a science experiment that is related to that chapter. He also explains the scientific principles that make them work. The children are completely enthralled by the lab and are completely motivated to learn Science.

Computer Skills Class

 ACT has recruited Mr. Sachin Nadig as a computer teacher for the Government schools.We want to teach the children of the Government school computer basics like:

  • Introduction: What is a computer.
  • Hardware Basics: Basic parts of a computer; what is inside a computer.
  • Using a Computer:  Basic setting up and use of a computer and connecting to the internet.
  • Basic Maintenance: Safety and   basic maintenance.
  • Laptop: How to use it.

We will look forward to your support in the coming year to meet our mission to educate and empower the children studying in Government schols in India. We appeal to you all to contribute generously next year so that we can achieve our target.,Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2016 !

Children in their new sports shoes
Children in their new sports shoes
Children enjoying the Metro ride
Children enjoying the Metro ride
Newly constructed building
Newly constructed building
 

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ASHWINI CHARITABLE TRUST

Location: BANGALORE, KARNATAKA - India
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Project Leader:
RADHIKA ARVINDAM
BANGALORE, KARNATAKA India
$10,664 raised of $45,000 goal
 
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