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Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children

by Aasraa Trust
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
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
Identifying children not in school
Identifying children not in school

There is only one thing that proves to be more expensive than education in life. The lack of it. – GB Santiago

At Aasraa, we firmly believe that providing children with access to quality education, supporting them in a holistic manner and working with their families and community, we can successfully influence the community outcomes. We are not just providing education, but ushering in a larger social change. Through your support, all children at Aasraa get a chance to achieve their full potential and transform the lives of not just themselves but their families and communities.

 Education is a secondary consideration in the lives of the street children and  residents of the  slum clusters we work with.  The struggle to earn a living takes precedence. Child labour is common as  children rag-pick, work in tea stalls, clean people’s homes. In most families, both parents work, so children are left to be supervised by the older girl children in the family. The level of alcoholism and abuse is high in these neighbourhoods. Life is hard and dreams are few. 

As we spend more time understanding how our children live their lives, we see the many barriers that impede their advancement - poverty combined with illiteracy, poor health and  lack of nutrition, marginalises and excludes the children. To become an inclusive organisation, in addition to education, we have to rear healthy children who do not feel excluded from their peer group in schools for lack of good health. With good health comes self esteem and the confidence to compete . Hence, healthcare, which includes nutrition and medical care is a mandatory part of our work.
Thank you  for supporting us in delivering solutions to break down the barriers created for the marginalised.

With your benevolent support, we now impact the lives of 3250 children who are educated, immunised, fed, mainstreamed to school, get remedial support and  we provide shelter for those who are homeless.

Mobile Learning Centers reach out to children
Mobile Learning Centers reach out to children
Including all children in our programmes
Including all children in our programmes
Education Centers on refurbished vendor carts
Education Centers on refurbished vendor carts
Fighting gender bias for inclusivity
Fighting gender bias for inclusivity
Meeting with the parents & community
Meeting with the parents & community
Radhika with her favourite teacher
Radhika with her favourite teacher


Aasraa aims to bring every vulnerable child under the umbrella of literacy. The first step to this is our Street Smart program in which we provide basic education to all the children that are brought in to our centers by our Outreach team. A baseline survey which assesses a child’s ability and grasping power is our 1st step towards their education.   No child can study well if they are not hearty and healthy, which is why we provide them with adequate nutrition so they can learn to the best of their abilities.

Under the loving guidance of our teachers, the students are made to feel at home so they can be open and develop healthy friendships with their peers.  After the assiduous efforts of the children with guidance from the teachers, we mainstream them into regular schools.

The most exciting among the recent developments at Aasraa is the triumvirate partnership between Aasraa Trust, The Education Alliance and the Government of Uttarakhand. This partnership gives us the opportunity to convert 6 under-performing government schools into centers of quality education. The project, School Quality Enhancement Program(SQEP), has helped us enhance the quality of education for the students already enrolled in these schools, as well as the out of school children that Aasraa has mainstreamed to the school through our Street Smart centers.   

Because of the SQEP program, now we can supervise all facets of their further education and ensure that they are receiving the best possible guidance. With Computer Aided Learning(CAL), the students are able to grasp concepts better.

One such student, who was mainstreamed from Street Smart, Haven to one of our SQEP programs is Radhika. She’s a quiet child but with a cheerful disposition. She is exceling at academics and all the teachers are proud of her relentless progress.                                     


In a family of four brothers and six sisters, the means of livelihood often fall short. Her father is an alcoholic who doesn’t try too hard to provide for the family, leaving them in miserable living conditions. Two of her brother’s ran away from home to get married to their choice of bride. The family lacks bread earners.

Even in such conditions, Radhika continues to study hard and participate in extracurricular activities like drawing and dancing. One of her strongest qualities is her ability to empathize. She has developed a strong attachment to one of her teachers and is always delighted to spend some time with her and learn from her. She has an inclination to help those who seem emotionally troubled.

With help of our benevolent donors, we are able to help children like Radhika and rescue them from the vicious cycle of poverty.  Our heartfelt and grateful thanks to each one of you for joining us in our crusade to educate the underserved.

Radhika studies in second grade
Radhika studies in second grade

Dipika, an 8-year old daughter of a daily wage worker and a house maid servant, is a keen learner. Her determination to study knows no bounds.

Her parents refused to enroll her in school. She had to baby sit her younger brother at home while they were out for work. Her elder siblings have never been to school or have dropped out. Dipika always wanted to study. She tried to convince her parents several times but was left disappointed.

In 2017, she learned about Aasraa and how it was helping children like her to go to school. She wasted no time and asked her parents if she could join Aasraa’s learning program at Welham Boys’ School in the evening. They denied. Our outreach team intervened and finally convinced her parents to send both Dipika and her younger brother to the centre.

She was overjoyed with the thought of studying. Every minute at the centre was a blessing to her. As months passed by, her commitment grew stronger. She wanted to dedicate more time to studies. And this was when Aasraa launched a new mobile learning program at Chuna Bhatta area, close to her home. This was a morning program. Dipika jumped at the opportunity and became a regular student at both morning and evening programs.

Dipika is an ambitious child. She wants to become a doctor and treat poor children for free. She says, “My elder sister is a rebel. My mother forced me to take care of our younger brother and did not send me to school. I want to wear a school uniform. When I will join a school, I will help my brother get admission too.

This year, Aasraa plans to mainstream 230 children from the Street Smart program into formal education; 180 into regular schools and 50 into National Institute of Open Schooling.

Dipika is one of them!

Our mission to fulfill dreams of children like Dipika would not accomplish without you. Your unwavering support strengthens our capacity to hand-hold more marginalized slum and street children. Thank you very much for your kind generosity!

Dipika with her friends
Dipika with her friends
Mobile Classroom at Chuna Bhatta construction site
Mobile Classroom at Chuna Bhatta construction site

We would like to begin with a big 'thank you' for the faith that you have placed in our work. Your magnanimous support has enabled us to enhance the scope and quality of our work, charting us to areas where the marginalised can be seen but are largely forgotten.

The infrastructure development in Dehradun city continues to draw migrant workers from other cities and states for livelihood opportunities. Children of these workers move along construction sites with their families. Interestingly, even though some of these children may be enrolled in their native village school, they have no access to education and remain absent for long periods of time and eventually drop out. Hence, the children of these migrant labourers remain deprived of their basic right to education.

Chuna Bhatta in Dehradun city is one such area where many migrant families have settled. As a response, Aasraa launched it new mobile learning project at Chuna Bhatta in August 2018. Our outreach team collects and brings children to the bus for mobile classroom learning. 25 out-of-school children, mostly aged between 6-8 years, are presently attending the project.

Subjects include Hindi, English and Mathematics. Computer Aided Learning (CAL), through a 40-inch LED TV screen installed in the bus, enables children to learn concepts faster and better. Attracted to the visual method of learning, children happily flock together to learn with greater interests. Nutrition in the form of banana is provided to all children.

The project in Chuna Bhatta has enabled us to bring the out-of-school children into education. We initially struggled to convince the families but our incessant efforts grew our project from 4 to 25 regular children in a short time. Our outreach efforts ensure that no child in the community is left without education.

Aasraa is highly indebted to all its well-wishers and supporters like you. You have enabled us to extend our support to 2,885 children today; from working in one slum with a motley group of 40 odd children to working with children from slums across the length and breadth of Dehradun. Our heartfelt gratitude for backing our endeavours and helping us pursue our dream of education for all.

Computer Aided Learning
Computer Aided Learning
Mobile Classroom
Mobile Classroom
Nutrition in Mobile Classroom
Nutrition in Mobile Classroom
Shaila Brijnath with State Project Director, SSA
Shaila Brijnath with State Project Director, SSA

Aasraa Trust reached another milestone in August 2018. We signed our much-awaited Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Department of School Education. The MoU affiliates all of our Street Smart projects as the Non-Residential Special Training (NRST) Centres under ‘Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan’ (SSA) for the out of school children aged 6-14 years. SSA is an Integrated Scheme of the government to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels of school education.

We are now a proud implementation partner of the SSA to prepare the underprivileged children for mainstreaming as per their age appropriate levels in Dehradun. Almost 200 children have been currently enrolled under the NRST program at Aasraa.

Taking forward our association with the government, we initiated another project at a government school to provide quality education to slum and street children. 85 children were mainstreamed into the Government Primary School on Chakrata Road for the academic year 2018-19. This brings the total strength of the school to 114.

With the kind permission of the Department of Education and generous support of individual and group donors, Aasraa renovated the government school building and gave it a new face. The school now looks spacious, brighter and cleaner.

Computer Aided Learning (CAL) is one of the important components of the project. We have installed a 50-inch LED screen dedicated to the CAL program. We have set a computer centre with 12 systems to introduce digital literacy to all students.

We have 5 qualified teachers and 2 helpers at the centre. Subjects include Hindi, English, Mathematics, Environmental Science and Computer Education.

Our children are growing and so are we… we attribute our success and achievements to our valuable donors and well-wishers like you. Thank you very much for helping us in our journey so far!

Mainstreamed students at Government Primary School
Mainstreamed students at Government Primary School
Computer Aided Learning
Computer Aided Learning
Renovation of school building (work in progress)
Renovation of school building (work in progress)
Renovated School Building
Renovated School Building
Class in progress
Class in progress
 

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Aasraa Trust

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

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