2014 has ended with the speed of an Olympian 100m dash!!
We have barely had time to catch our breath before we have begun the New Year with in house training for all our staff, tuitions in Math & Science for the children sitting their Board Exams this year in February, 45 children sitting for the 1st NIOS Exam at our very own NIOS Centre, new children waiting to be mainstreamed in March ..........
On behalf of Aasraa Trust's Board of Trustees, Staff, Volunteers and Children our heartfelt thanks to you for your support through 2014, without which our work would not have been possible.
Wings and Street Smart Come Home to the Haven:The ‘Haven’ in Indira Nagar is now the epicenter of Aasraa Trust. The Street Smart program, the senior Wings program, the NIOS program, the Boys Shelter and the main Computer Center are now located at the Haven! It is three storey structure with class rooms which allow us the space to offer a better quality of education to the children. A room per class is an absolute luxury after teaching on the pavements. A huge thank you to all who helped us in achieving this milestone.
From Begging to English Reading: An English presentation was made by our oldest street children who a couple of years back spent their entire day on the streets begging, rag picking, inhaling whitener. It was an emotionally overwhelming moment when Santosh (paraplegic) started reading the story of Aladdin, followed by Roshan, Kamlesh Guddu & Malti.
DEEPAK (abandoned, hearing impaired) joined Bajaj Institute:Deepak has now been admitted to the Bajaj
Institute of Learning for the Hearing Impaired. This is the next step inthe right direction. We thank Nav Prerna Foundation for helping him to settle down. He will be an excellent scholar. Last week he was made class monitor for the first time. He was so proud!
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon: 20 children participated in ADHM on 23th November 2014. It was a great exposure for our kids, who went on stage chanting: 'Bhiksha Nahin, Shiksha Dein', (do not give us alms, give us an education).
Exposure Visit to ‘Four Points of Sheraton’ Hotel:Our children had a great opportunity to visit the premises of Sheraton Hotel, Rajpur, Dehradun where they saw the facility and introduced to the hospitality sector by different department heads of Sheraton. They kindly offered to train some children inclined towards hospitality at the Four Points in Dehradun after they pass Class XII.
The strength of education and the dignity of skilled work will define the future for Aasraa’s children. Thank you again for your continued support.
Wish you the very best for 2015.
Shaila & Neelu
Guddu - reading
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon
Chandini & Sunita at the Marathon
Hope in her eyes.....