Education  India Project #45849

Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children

by Aasraa Trust
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Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
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Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
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Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
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Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
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Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
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Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
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Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
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Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School -Mainstreaming Street Children
Photograph of Aasraa Students after Holi
Photograph of Aasraa Students after Holi

Dear Patrons,

    2022 has been a wonderful year for Aasraa Trust so far. A lot has happened; we have reached many goalposts, and are excited about our new project, which we shall tell you all about in a bit! 

Before that, here are some updates to keep you abreast with our activities.

Aasraa was selected as one of GROW's 100 stellar grassroot organisations

   GROW is an initiative by EdelGive Foundation to strengthen civil society and support grassroot NGOs for 24 months. This January, Aasraa Trust was selected as one of GROW’s 100 stellar grassroot organisations from across India.

Collaboration with the Embassy of Japan

   We collaborated with the Embassy of Japan for our project ‘Education on the Move’.

This collaboration is for the addition of 2 more buses to our existing Mobile Classrooms; these buses reach out to the most vulnerable populations and give a child their first opportunity to be literate and educated. With this collaboration, we shall be able to reach even more children across Dehradun.

Aasraa’s Higher Education Programme

   Students who dream of going to college and finding the job of their dreams also have a place at Aasraa. Our Higher Education programme supports students in this dream, and a whopping 106 of our students are appearing for their Board examinations this year. 48 students are already enrolled in different colleges and universities and are being supported by us.

Rescue Operations carried out by Aasraa

   A fire raged through Bhauwala Slum, 20 kilometers from the town center. Aasraa put together an immediate response to provide affected families with essential goods for survival, and reached out to over 55 families.

Skillability Centre @ Aasraa

   With the lockdown, many families are now in a state of disarray, and employment is the need of the hour. Towards this purpose, Aasraa Trust has embarked on a new journey, towards building a Skill Development Centre for not only Aasraa students but those in Dehradun city who have graduated but not been able to find jobs.

This centre, being built by Gyan Jyoti Trust, will provide skills, exposure and practice in many vocational fields and allow students to explore their interests and passions, and help them find a job in the domain. 

   We are excited about our new endeavors and are striving to uplift the most vulnerable populations of Dehradun. A lot more needs to be done, to find equity, balance and harmony in our society. With you by our side we hope that we can achieve our students’ dreams of finding education, employment, and a way out of poverty.

Collaboration with the Embassy of Japan
Collaboration with the Embassy of Japan
Collaboration with the Embassy of Japan
Collaboration with the Embassy of Japan
Aasraa's Tinkering Lab is now complete!
Aasraa's Tinkering Lab is now complete!
Fire at Bhauwala slum
Fire at Bhauwala slum
Relief provided by Aasraa Trust after fire
Relief provided by Aasraa Trust after fire

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Dear Patron,

     As Aasraa marks 12 years of empowering underserved children in Dehradun, we would like to share our year-end reflections with you. 

Covid Relief in 2021

     During the second wave of Covid 19, we sent urgently needed medicines and equipment to 6 districts of Uttarakhand (Dehradun, Tehri, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, Pauri) at 22 different locations and provided healthcare supplies to 10 Community Health Centres. We also helped to set up 2 Child Covid Care Units (CCCU) in Chinyalisaur, Uttarkashi and Pokhari, Chamoli. 

2000+ children were brought on the grid. Under the Silver Lining Project, 264 smartphones were distributed to students in clusters. We mapped the communities, trained them how to use the smartphone and applications, and have been having regular classes online.

Education and Skill training

     We added 3 more schools under our School Quality Enhancement Programme where we provide quality education in government-partner schools. We now work with nine government schools.

New enrollments : We have 116 new children in our project, Street Smart, and 355 students have been enrolled in partner schools & NIOS. Education is key to breaking the poverty cycle, and as we mainstream children, we start them on a journey to self-belief and a better future.

We are consistently reaching students who are too old to be mainstreamed into age-appropriate classrooms and preparing children to be enrolled in academics.

31 students wrote their NIOS-OBE examinations and 79 students wrote their Board examinations in 2021. We are thrilled that all of our 79 children passed with flying colours in their board examinations this year. Our three toppers scored more than 90%.

306 of our students also enrolled in the world's largest coding event, the HT Code-a-thon

     Our shelter home is for children with special needs who come from distressed backgrounds. The number of children has grown in strength from 54 to 84 in the last year during the pandemic.

Nutrition, health & well-being

     This initiative is ensuring improved health, regular attendance and thus, efficient learning in classrooms - Aasraa's Centralized Kitchen was inaugarated in October 2021. The kitchen provides fresh, hygienic and nutritious food to all the children in Aasraa's care, and we aim to feed 1,600 children every day.

Under the Winter Appeal 2021, we successfully reached the most vulnerable population of children with warm clothing to help them survive through the harsh winter months. We distributed 2866 winter care packages including blankets, thermals, tracksuits, caps and socks to our students.

In 2022, we are looking forward to our new shelter home, which is being constructed for girls and will house over 200 children. Our Tinkering Lab, sponsored by ASED Geneva will foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds.

A Skill training centre is also being constructed at Nala Pani Road in collaboration with Gyan Jyoti Trust. The aim is to provideunderserved youth with skills to secure jobs for a dignified livelihood.  

You can also watch our Year-end Reflections video here.

     It is your philanthropy that helps the vulnerable sections of our population survive. And with the global pandeic, inequality has only been excerbated.

We are grateful for your consistent support, which has enabled us to cater to the children across 42 projects.

Covid Relief in 6 districts of Uttarakhand
Covid Relief in 6 districts of Uttarakhand
Children using Smartphones: Silver Lining Project
Children using Smartphones: Silver Lining Project
Code-a-thon
Code-a-thon
Garden at Special needs Centre
Garden at Special needs Centre

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Dear Friend,

It has been a busy, and exciting month at Aasraa Trust. We finally have a Centralized Kitchen for our children in Araghar! The kitchen aims to provide for over 1600 children and will ensure the nutrition that is key to the health and well-being of our children.

We also organized Aasraa's first ever  aan Manthan Mela, a Science and Math Fest with Aasraa children and teachers on 25 September 2021. With the objective of fostering curiosity, inspiring creativity, and igniting imagination in young minds, this initiative encourages children to go beyond classrooms and find solutions from around us by means of a Tinkering Lab at Aasraa.

Each year, hundreds of children and families rely on your support to sail through the brutal season. This October, with winter around the corner, we appeal to you once again to help our children access basic needs that everyone must have access to. 

In Dehradun, temperatures can go as low as minus one in the months of December and January. We need your help in raising funds for winter kits and food for the children and their families. 

At Aasraa, our motto is to level the playing field, and we aim to reach each and every child to provide the much-needed last-mile services. With your support, we can provide them with winter wear including tracksuits, thermal vests, caps, etc. to keep them warm and safe and food to keep them alive. 

Please consider contributing to this fundraiser, and you can directly impact the lives of so many bound to suffer miserably during the upcoming winters. 

We are counting on you.

Jungle Fire Alarm, Gyaan Manthan Mela 2021
Jungle Fire Alarm, Gyaan Manthan Mela 2021
Clock Project at Gyaan Manthan 2021
Clock Project at Gyaan Manthan 2021
Centralized Kitchen & Multipurpose Hall
Centralized Kitchen & Multipurpose Hall
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Volunteer Program with Help Alliance
Volunteer Program with Help Alliance

When children forgo classrooms, it is also the chattering of peers and peels of laughter that is forgotten. In a world where the mute button is slowly replacing a teacher’s gentle chiding, we need to find newer ways for children to experience social and emotional learning from their peers. And what better way is there, than a volunteering program?

Despite the pandemic, we have had 24 individual volunteers as well as 36 volunteers from 15 institutions working closely with us and providing a spectrum of support to everyone at Aasraa Trust. 

We are grateful to our individual volunteers: Aditya, Avishi, Barrie, Caitlin, Dylan, Hassanain, Karam, Kaustubh, Naman, Neha, Prabha, Prabha, Priyanka, Reah, Ruchi, Sachiel, Shreya, Sidharth, Silvio, Sparsh, Stephanie, Veni and Vrinda as well as our institutional volunteers: Aleena, Andreas, Anna, Anneesha, Ambika, Aryan & Aashi, Arrisaa, Baebara, Camila, Charul, Deepa, Esha, Gowri, Heluer, Julie, Jacqueline, Keziah, Mara, Mahika & Soumya, Manan, Manisha, Monica, Muskan, Nitesh, Preeti, Rohit, Rishika, Rita, Seeya & Vrinda, Sheeba, Smriti, and Tapish.

These good samaritans have conducted trainings for our teachers, project managers, outreach team, staff, and of course for our students. From teaching physics, chemistry, mathematics, english, to topics like sustainable development, lifeskills, art training, drama, physical exercise, our volunteers have ventured into every field and given it their all.

As teachers and students transition to a world of Zoom calls, apps, and poor internet connectivity, we at Aasraa Trust believe that human interaction is the foundation of an educational and learning experience.

Mainstreaming street children requires careful guidance, and the learnings are often two-way. Our volunteers have shown us that with hard work and dedication, teaching itself can be very rewarding.

Aasraa Trust is immensely grateful for the philanthropy that sustains our projects. Educational empowerment is the key to breaking the vicious cycles of poverty and deprivation, and the street and slum children of Dehradun can now imagine a better future because of your support.

We cannot thank our donors enough for their contribution, and shall continue in our endeavour to positively affect the lives of the children in Dehradun with your kind support. 

Shreya with grade 5 students, RMPV Shelter Home
Shreya with grade 5 students, RMPV Shelter Home
Sheeba's "Spoken English" class with teachers
Sheeba's "Spoken English" class with teachers
Sidharth taking a Mathematics class with students
Sidharth taking a Mathematics class with students
Sessions by Help Alliance volunteers
Sessions by Help Alliance volunteers
Activities conducted by Welham Boys School
Activities conducted by Welham Boys School
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Delivery of Covid Relief Material
Delivery of Covid Relief Material

 

 

As the world reels under Covid 2.0, we sincerely hope you and your family have kept safe and well. 

With the uncertainty of the present crisis and the duration that this may continue, devastating isolated struggling communities, Aasraa is in the frontline of defence in collaboration with the government to reach aid to them.   As Covid ravages our interiors, Community Health Centers (CHC) in Uttarakhand are struggling due to lack of basic equipment to diagnose & treat people infected with Covid 19, leading to increased death rate & transmission.

The situation needed  immediate attention before the monsoons made the roads impassable.  Aasraa is working with the Chief Medical Officer in several districts to identify their urgent requirements.  Leading a large-scale effort, with NGOs & individuals, we are sending urgent supplies to CHCs. 

Supplies include oxygen cylinders, concentrators, nebulizers, inverters, medicines, protective clothing & sanitizing materials. Our team is in constant touch with CHCs & their doctors to track the needs & to ensure that supplies are maintained. We have delivered supplies in three lots to CHCs in Districts of Tehri, Chakrata,Chamoli & Rudraprayag. 

We have converted one of our centres in Dehradun to give primary health care to our children to lessen the strain on the few hospitals in the city which have no beds available anyway.  These are fully equipped with concentrators, oxygen cylinders, essential medicines, and Covid protective gear and medical care packs.

We have set up Help Desks, by circulating the mobile numbers of our staff, in the communities we work with, for any emergency help for medical intervention or for distribution of ration packs for those who need it.

An initial small amount has been set aside to help with hospital bills of sub staff and children who may not get covered under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme. (a Government of India Health Insurance scheme).

 We are incredibly indebted to you for the outpouring of support to our Covid-19 appeal. The prompt help you have so kindly given us has expanded in its value touching upon many aspects of helping fight COVID and keeping our children, their families and other marginalised communities safe.You are making the world a better place by being the hope that people need!

Thank you for going above and beyond in aid of those otherwise unreachable.  The people of Uttarakhand owe you forever. 

Delivery of Covid Relief Material
Delivery of Covid Relief Material
Delivery of Covid Relief Material
Delivery of Covid Relief Material
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Aasraa Trust

Location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand - India
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Neelu Khanna
Dehradun, Uttarakhand India
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