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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Success only comes to those who work for it.

We bring to you our 6 children who hail from humble backgrounds, had fragmented education till few years ago and and are making us proud today by their academic achievements.

  1. Shubham - His mother is an illiterate construction worker. He has got First Division Honors in 12th board exam with 73%. He is an aspiring engineer.
  2. Amla – She belongs to a scheduled caste in Chakrata. Her parents are virtually crippled and require both financial and medical support. She has got First Division honors in 10th board exam with 75%.
  3. Harsh - His father is a temple priest and lives in a rented room in Haridwar. Harsh has got First Division Honors in 10th board exam with 83%.
  4. Anshul  - He belongs to scheduled caste in Chakrata and his father is a daily wage worker. He has got 397th rank in the Uttarakhand Polytechnic Result 2018.
  5. Mohit  - His father is a marginalized farmer. He has got 539th rank in the Uttarakhand Polytechnic Result 2018.
  6. Salim – His father owns a tea stall in Dehradun. He has secured second division marks in 12th board exam and is selected for a 2-year course of Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology at Dr. Ahuja’s Institute of Imaging and Lab Medicine (AIILM), Dehradun.

Time for the Summer Break!

58 shelter home children went for camping to Himalayan Adventure Institute, an outdoor education centre based in beautiful Himalayan surroundings, for 6 days. Children participated in activities which were a test of their courage, endurance, mental and physical strength such as treks, yoga, shooting, rappelling, river crossing with rope bridges and rock climbing! These valuable lessons in mental and physical discipline, team work and life skills will go a long way in inculcating confidence, self esteem - great motivators for learning and achieving goals & building responsible citizens. 

Children also removed the garbage left by tourists and cleaned up the hillside during their trip to observe World Environment Day.

A BIG THANK YOU to all our friends, donors and supporters for believing in our cause and helping us empower the most vulnerable children of our society!

Shubham
Shubham
Amla
Amla
Harsh
Harsh
Anshul
Anshul
Salim
Salim
Summer Exposure Trip 2018
Summer Exposure Trip 2018
Cleanup drive
Cleanup drive
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I would like to begin with a big thank you for the faith that you have placed in our endeavor. Your support has enabled us to enhance the scope and quality of our work. 

Past four years have been times of tremendous growth for Aasraa. As we sat down to work out the financial projections for this year, we realized how much we have grown. The impact has been spectacular, especially for Street Smart. Last year alone, 240 children were mainstreamed; 151 into regular schools and 89 into the NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling). This year we have over a 150 children ready for mainstreaming. 

We have been feeling overwhelmed, scared even...as every child who crosses the threshold of one of our programs is making a conscious decision to change their lives. It is our responsibility therefore, to ensure that this happens.  Even though we make every rupee stretch till it screams, our inability to say no to children who need us makes the situation difficult for us sometimes.

 This year we plan to focus on deepening our impact by spending more time and money in further enhancing the quality of education provided at our projects. Hiring specialized teachers, Intensive Teacher training, (we are now included in all teacher training workshops conducted at The Doon School) more detailed lesson planning, integrating Computer Aided Learning (CAL), we are going to do it all. 

Our goal is to give these children an education that they deserve, one that empowers them. We are also going to look at ways of regulating some of the costs incurred, without compromising on quality.

We are so thankful we have a friend like you in our crusade to bring these children into education, helping their dreams take flight. You have made it possible for us to come thus far. 

In this letter, I just want to express my gratitude and take a moment to tell you how valued this association is for us.

Thank you !

Warm Regards,

Neelu Khanna

Secretary - Aasraa Trust

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In our quest to spread literacy, we have launched our FIRST MOBILE EDUCATION CART in Dehradun! It negotiates the tight ‘gullies’ of the slums and allows us to reach and teach previously unreachable and unteachable children!!! Colourful, attractive and fun, children are drawn out of curiosity and into education. There is a dedicated team to bring children to this cart and engage them in meaningful activities. The cart is equipped with activity books, drawing sheets, colours, chart papers, play blocks and learning toys. The idea is to prevent them from begging and rag picking.

The slum and street children deserve an equal chance to be introduced to the joy of learning. Our aim is to reach to out to these children and bring them under Aasraa’s umbrella. If they can’t come to us, we go to them wherever they are. The second mobile education cart will be out on streets by the end of March 2018. These carts are great mediums to enhance our outreach on streets, thereby enabling us to impact many more vulnerable children who are living meaningless lives.

As we continue our efforts to maximize the impact of our programs, the 2017/18 academic year is coming to an end… On one hand, Aasraa’s Street Smart children are gearing up to be mainstreamed into regular schools and on other hand, our mainstreamed students are preparing for their annual examination. Children who are studying under the National Institute of Open Schooling – Open Basic Education programme have appeared for their annual exams. The results shall be out by the month of June. There is lot of excitement along with a twinge of nervousness amongst all of us. Wish us luck. We are positive that our dedication and commitment will surely reap fruitful results for every child at Aasraa.

We thank all our donors and well wishers for the invaluable support and encouragement. With your generous contributions, we’ve been able to continue our beautiful journey of empowering lives of the most vulnerable children of our society.

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It's been an extraordinary year… our dreams of pushing education boundaries for our slum and street children through technology have come through.

Using Computer Aided Learning programs in all our centers, on our Mobile Education Buses and on our dedicated Mobile Computer Lab, we are able to bring modern exciting teaching techniques via an audio Visual and interactive medium. This has captured the imagination of our children and sent the quality of the education we offer through the roof.

Our USP at Aasraa has been that there is no unreachable or unteachable child…. This has never been more true! Our outreach teams work tirelessly at street level and with the community to build trust so that we can bring out of school children into our mainstreaming centers. We made ourselves a promise; we would not take on more children if it compromised the quality of what we do….. We are delighted to report that the quality of education has risen AND we have brought more children into the Aasraa fold.

We have undergone successful complicated surgeries, rescued abandoned children, nurtured and fed our flock; they are beaming, shiny and bright!

Our class 10 and 12 children surpassed themselves in the Board exams; all passed and we had 6 out of 7 first divisions in class 12! These are all children who would not have had the opportunity to study past class 8. We are indeed proud parents. Now we need to focus on the future of these children. Having received our NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) certification for Vocational Training we are pushing ahead with our plan to provide focused skills training for our children. 2017/18 will see the opening of our first dedicated Vocational Training Center.

As we look forward to 2017/18, it is clear that the stepping stones laid down this year gone past are part of the incredible journey our children are embarking on.

Thank you to all of our fabulous donors for making such a difference in our children’s lives. A heartwarming and loving thank you to you all!

I would like to take this opportunity to make Aasraa’s Christmas appeal for warm clothing.

Its winter again in the Himalaya. Temperatures have dropped. Children are shivering. 

Winter time in the Himalaya is brutal. The cold is bad enough, but when the harsh wind blows off the mountain, it is bone chilling freezing.

Every year we respond to the cold because our slum and street children get sick without proper clothing for the winter. If they are sick, they cannot attend school.

It’s a terrible cycle that further marginalizes our children…

Please help us to break this cycle!!!

As you wrap up, warm in front of your heaters and sheltered from the elements, please spare a thought for our children.

INR 1,000 / $ 15.5 provides a child a thermal lined undershirt, tracksuit and cap.

APPEAL * APPEAL * APPEAL * APPEAL 

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Aasraa has proudly grown from 35 street and slum children to 1800 since its inception in 2009. However, there are still numerous children in Dehradun who are willing to learn and go to school but are unable to access the necessary platforms. Children who rag pick cannot attend school, the timings clash. Economic necessity forces them to work. Rag picking children start at dawn and do not finish before the start of school and as they cannot enter school late, they forfeit any chance at literacy.

Aasraa wanted to address the issues of illiteracy and lack of skill training amongst children and young adults living on the streets & slums of Dehradun. Both issues stop the children from leading a respectable life in the future. While the rest of the world progresses into the 21st century, these children are still far away from accessing the right opportunity to learn and earn a decent living due to their social and economic conditions.

Traditionally, we have rented buildings in the slum area and converted them into learning centres. But buildings are expensive to rent and run. Location of the building is of prime importance as proximity to the slum works in favor of the success of the project. If these children cannot go to school, Aasraa decided to take the school to them through these centres. These centres are buses that have been modified to become a high tech classroom on wheels. The buses are parked next to any slum and provide education or skills to children all day at various locations at any time.

With a huge push in computer aided learning across all our programs, our focus going forward is to incorporate ‘smart classes’ into our teaching methodology. When the world is progressing at a rate beyond our imagination, there should not be any stone left unturned to bring the benefits of computer technology to these children. We are now able to reach out to maximum amount of children in different slums at different times. As of 31st August 2017, with our 4 mobile learning classrooms including 1 Mobile Computer Lab (MCL), we are impacting over 720 street and slum children in Dehradun on an everyday basis.

The MCL has 10 computer systems and is able to hold a class of maximum 20 students at a time. The bus is also internet enabled and has power back up. Our MCL alone reaches 160 children per day, at schools and slums across Dehradun. Children not only develop the necessary IT skills but also get the opportunity to explore and read about different topics that fascinate them.  

Aasraa’s vision is to equip all of our staff and the staff in government schools in computer aided learning techniques, slowly making way for smart classrooms. So far we have conducted day long training sessions with teachers at GIC Dobhalwala, CNI Girls Inter College and multiple rounds of training with Aasraa teachers. As informed by the government school officials, there has been drastic improvement in children’s attendance after Aasraa’s initiated efforts to include computer aided learning in classrooms.  

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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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