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Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children

by Aasraa Trust
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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
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Street to School - Mainstreaming Street Children
Deepak
Deepak

All of you, our wonderful and supportive friends, have helped us create magic for the children of Aasraa! We have grown from 35 children to 1800 over the last 8 years. Mainstreaming children and watching them grow continues to be an exhilarating process, although we have encountered our fair share of bumps along the way. We are thrilled to report that we have successfully mainstreamed 240 children into regular schools this year. Watching them walk into school in their brand new school uniforms, school bags and water bottles in hand, makes our hearts overflow with joy.

 

In 2016-2017 we promised we would not grow at the cost of compromising the quality of education and care we offer our children. We are so excited by what we have been able to achieve that it seemed a waste not to share it with even more children. So we did. Better quality & more children. Such an exciting combination!

 

Our children would not have the opportunities they do had it not been for the support of our generous donors and dedicated volunteers. We can't help but reflect on the daily challenges and triumphs that are faced by our team of teachers and students that make up the Aasraa family - teachers, outreach workers, educational coordinators, fund raisers, and managers.


This quarter we would like to highlight the story of Deepak, a bright, vivacious, and energetic, adolescent, who is nonverbal and hearing impaired. Deepak currently attends a school for special needs and is making great strides, but his journey was fraught with challenges and setbacks.

 

Deepak was abandoned twice by his mother before he turned six years old! The second time he was handed to us by CWC (Child Welfare Council, a government department) after being abused at a facility where he was residing. Deepak’s quick silver intelligence was immediately apparent to all of us at Aasraa. With no formal schooling and negligible exposure to technology, this seven-year-old child lost no time in learning how to log on to the computer and was independently able to figure out how to play games on a smart phone! He also appeared highly self-willed and would revolt anytime he was asked to do something he did not want to.  The staff spent countless hours dealing with behavioural issues ranging from sulks to punching others, to knocking himself senseless by banging his head on the wall. With consistent positive redirection, structure, and unconditional love, Deepak learned to trust again and after two years, succumbed to the positivity surrounding him.


Deepak is but one child that a team of people, right from the outreach workers to board members support and encourage on a day to day basis.


Here at Aasraa we realize that our work is never complete. Our focus is a child’s journey – a journey from street to school, from servitude to empowerment, from misery to hope.
Our team works tirelessly to educate and nurture children and help them become independent and contributing members of society. It is an uphill battle, fraught with daily challenges, but the joy and satisfaction that comes from sharing in our children’s success is unparalleled. We are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child and we know that we could never do this without the support and generosity of our donors.

Deepak using sign Language
Deepak using sign Language
Animated discussion with Educational Coordinator
Animated discussion with Educational Coordinator
Debating...should I or shouldn't I??
Debating...should I or shouldn't I??
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Phool Kumari
Phool Kumari

Aasraa Trust would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to all its wonderful donors. Kind and generous people such as you make it possible for us to continue our work for the education and empowerment of slum and street children. Our goal is to give each of these children an education that they deserve, an education that empowers them. Because of your constant support and encouragement, we are able to bring more and more children under Aasraa's umbrella.

This month, we bring to you the story of Phool Kumari, one of the brightest stars of Aasraa Trust. This little girl is a power-house of energy, always up for a challenge. When we found her on the streets, 4 years back, she used to rag pick to support her family’s income. Both her parents are illiterate and with 5 children to take care of, they never considered education as an option. With counseling and encouragement, Phool Kumari  started attending the Street Smart program regularly.

After one year in the Street Smart program, Phool Kumari was mainstreamed into St. Agnes School in Class I. The following year, she was transferred to Sri Guru Ram Rai Public School in Class II. Phool Kumari has just been promoted to Class IV for the academic year 2017-18. She wants to become a doctor when she grows up and we are going to do all that we can to help her achieve this dream.

Phool Kumari is a classic example of a child who had all the odds stacked against her. Without an outside intervention, she would have continued to beg or rag pick, with no chance of breaking out of the poverty cycle. In India, there are thousands of girls like Phool Kumari who are smart, intelligent and have a fire in them - a fire to learn. All they need is an opportunity to dream, aspire and fly ! With your support, we at Aasraa are helping them do just that.

During her Street Smart days-3rd frm Right
During her Street Smart days-3rd frm Right
A powerhouse of energy !
A powerhouse of energy !
At home with her siblings
At home with her siblings
We want all children to dream, aspire and fly !
We want all children to dream, aspire and fly !
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Morning Assembly
Morning Assembly

Aasraa’s Mobile Learning Center at ISBT has been a tremendous success. On most days, we have more than 100 children flocking to the bus, excited to learn and play. So in order to effectively cater to the needs of all the children coming in, we decided to find a spacious location within the locality. Our new center is centrally located in Azad Colony and easily accessible from all the surrounding slum settlements.

Our new ISBT Center has 8 large rooms, which can easily accommodate more than 100 children and keep them safe from heat, rain and cold. So while the teachers have more space to teach the children, the e-learning continues on the Mobile Learning Center. Also, now our children have more space for playing games and for other activities.

We have also hired a dedicated teacher for the playgroup children. The center has a fully functional playgroup, complete with toys and learning aids. This is especially crucial for our work since the older children can now get their younger siblings to school instead of being stuck at home, minding them. Additionally, the tiny tots get early access to a much needed education.

Based on feedback received from the community, Aasraa has also started Vocational Training at the ISBT center. We have started with two trades for now; tailoring and computers. This program is targeted at the many young girls in the area who have passed the age for formal education. Apart from trade specific skills, we are also teaching them conversational English and soft skills with the aim of increasing their employability. We have hired specialized teachers to facilitate these trainings. The response received by the Vocational Training program has been overwhelming and 54 young girls from the Azad Colony area are already attending the trainings in different sessions. We are also encouraging them to start studying via the National Institute of Open Schooling.


This month, we are busy making sure all our children have warm clothes for the winter; buying sweaters, thermals and winter uniforms for them. 

We want to thank all our donors for their constant support and encouragment towards our children and projects.

Playgroup
Playgroup
More than 100 children attend classes everyday
More than 100 children attend classes everyday
Tailoring class
Tailoring class
Computer classes for the young girls
Computer classes for the young girls
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Aasraa Trust would like to thank all the donors who make it possible for us to continue our work for the education and empowerment of slum and street children. Because of your constant support and encouragement, we are relentlessly working to mainstream children into regular schools.

This month, we would like to share with you "Rita's Story". Resident of Kanwali slum in Dehradun, Rita is one of the 327 children who have been mainstreamed through Aasraa's Street to School program. A student of standard 4th at Sri Guru Ram Rai Public School, Rita is an achiever;a dreamer. We at Aasraa are elated to help her chase her dreams.

 

Street to School - Rita's Story

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Tamanna reading at Aasraa's Learning Centre
Tamanna reading at Aasraa's Learning Centre

Tamanna is going to school again! This brilliant 10 year old girl was forced to drop out of a local school due to financial constraints of her family. Tamanna joined Aasraa's Sreet Smart program­ 'Mobile Learning Centre' for 6 months to continue her education. Tamanna is intellegent, hardworking and regular. With her commitment and dedication, she continued her learning with Aasraa. This year, she gained admission in a reputed English medium school! They are many other students like Tamanna, who have gained admission in schools in Dehradun.

We are bursting with pride­- the dedicated hard work of our children and staff has been amazing, resulting in truly incredible results. Our Street Smart project this year brought 164 children up to an educational level that allowed us to mainstream them in a combination of local schools and our NIOS project (National Institute of Open Schooling). NIOS is a boon for children who are unable to find an appropriate place in the conventional school structure. 

We would like to highlight that the excitement of studying at the technology enabled Mobile Learning Centers has yielded excellent results! 40 children from these centres in Bindal & ISBT have now joined school. This is an incredible achievement for us, as most of these children had fallen off the education cycle. Our USP is no that no child is left unreachable or unteachable! 

As we have mainstreamed these 164 children in April, our commitment to them remains as strong to ensure school fees, uniforms, textbooks and of course after school support. These children have now graduated from Street Smart program to Aasraa’s Wings of Doon program.

We have successfully mainstreamed 327 children in total in the past few years. 330 children are now attending our Street Smart program for mainstreaming preparation. 

We are thankful to our well wishers who have supported our cause and have helped us ensure that children get an opportunity to learn and gain the education they deserve. 

Govind, a runaway, back to school
Govind, a runaway, back to school
Rohit has gained admission in standard 3
Rohit has gained admission in standard 3
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Aasraa Trust

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

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