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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
Chandni attending mainstream school
Chandni attending mainstream school

Aasraa Trust discovered Chandni begging on one of Dehradun’s busiest intersections six years ago.After many months of counselling, she joined our Street Smart program with the lure of a bath, a meal and an education. After almost two years of ABCs and 123, Chandni was deemed fit to start formal education at a local government residential school supported by Aasraa Trust in 3rd grade. Besides education, we felt the need to give Chandni her independence back, so we had a special prosthetic leg made for her by an Australian gentleman called Mr. Pete Farrand.

Today, Chandni is in 5th grade, she can read and writes her name with great pride. She walks around her school campus comfortably and likes to play games with other girls.  She enjoys reading Hindi and solving Maths questions.

Chandni’s parents, who are daily wage laborers, are proud of her achievements. They once thought she deserved to be a beggar just because she was differently abled. Thankfully, with her determination Chandni has proved them wrong and has forced them to change their opinion.

Her friends describe her as a sociable girl who believes in sharing; she is the same Chandni who was too possessive about her belongings and would carry her small bag everywhere few years back.

Chandni’s teacher, warden and confidant, Ms. Sangeeta Joshi says, “She would cry and fall asleep during her classes in the initial days of joining school, and today she is sincere in her schoolwork and completes her classwork and homework with dedication & diligence.”

She is a gifted composer of her own music and lyrics which she remembered until now by memory as she was illiterate. We are happy she can read and write; maybe she will record her own album one day!

Chandni has gone beyond just looking out for herself. Not only is she is independent and well organized in her school work but she has taken over a big sisters responsibility for junior students in the hostel.

Chandni is constantly described as a model student by her peers and teachers, a girl who is exemplary. But more importantly this little girl is a lesson for the rest of the world- ‘Everyone deserves a second chance.’

 A lot has changed in the life of Chandni in the last few years but her radiant smile remains… ALL THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF OUR DONORS.

Chandni attending Street Smart program
Chandni attending Street Smart program
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Aasraa’s literacy program started more than four years ago in Dehradun’s famous Astley Hall parking lot. It wasn’t even a ‘literacy’ program then! It was about getting street children in and around Astley Hall to stop, notice and hopefully participate. The joys and struggles of the initial days have been beautifully captured in the first few blogs called the ‘Street Smart’ diaries.

To grab the attention of children, one has to use all tactics. There is the adult to child approach, the friendly approach, coaxing, emotional blackmail and the royal ignore! And back then, all of this was done to get them painting and chatting!

So much has changed over the last four years. ‘Under the mango tree’ classes have turned into proper classroom with a black-board, tables and chairs. Bare foots are now covered in snug shoes. Children who did not know how to hold a pen are going to main stream schools. Our outreach team that works tirelessly through the day trying to convince parents to send their kids to the learning centres are a happy bunch. They now see children proactively waiting on their bus routes, eagerly waiting to learn something new.

When so much as changed, we have decided to evolve the way we ‘teach’ as well. Slowly and steadily, we have welcomed a more structured approach to teaching. While informal way of teaching worked for us in the past, with passing time and the number of children increasing in classes; a more ‘structured approach’ was the need of the hour.

Our teacher’s trainer, Siya Sir, has been instrumental in bringing about the changes. Our teachers are now working on weekly ‘lesson plans’, weekly teacher’s meetings are planned to exchange information and discuss new ideas. Timely workshops are organised to bring together teachers from different centres to revise their skills and talk about best practices that can be implemented across platforms.

“Lesson planning brings about clarity of thought and streamlines the approach to teaching”, points out Siya Sir. The teachers are in agreement too, they feel that lesson planning and workshops have brought about a change in the way they approach the children.

“The teacher’s workshop has taught us to understand a child’s perspective and learn about challenges that they face while studying”, says Deepika Ramola, teacher supervisor at Shiv Sena Centre, Kanwali Road. Talking about her last big takeaway from a workshop, she quickly adds, “Associating words and letters with pictures has been a successful learning technique with the kids”.

As we step into new territories and continue our learning, we would like to say a big thanks to all of those who have supported us through our journey and relentlessly backed our endeavours. Your generous donations are helping us provide essential learning tools and much more to our children, as always.

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Children from our projects
Children from our projects

 

They say if you need a fresh perspective of the world around you, see it through the eyes of a child. At ‘Aasraa’, we did just that. The children of ‘Aasraa Trust’ celebrated World Environment Day with a drawing and painting competition across our 3 learning centers in the quaint valley of Dehradun, India.

It was clear to see that; lush green mountain ranges, smiling suns and flowing river streams had captured the imagination of our children. As little as five year olds were hard at work with paint brushes, sketch pens and crayons, creating their little masterpieces.

Also, as a part of an interactive session, the teachers and children discussed the importance of conserving the environment and GOing-Green. The  children pledged not to purchase food items sold in polythene bags. They described how to reuse polythene to fix leaky roofs during monsoons. Some suggested ways to turn old clothes into cloth bags for shopping. They also pledged against wasting food and towards protecting trees.

Many of our children come from families whose livelihood depends on what we call ‘waste’. It was especially heartening to see these children recommit and pledge to REDUCE, RECYCLE and RE-USE plastic and so called ‘waste materials’.

The purpose of the event was to involve the children in a creative fun filled activity which makes them aware about their responsibility towards the environment. 

Art Work - Paper Maiche Model of Earth
Art Work - Paper Maiche Model of Earth
Art Competitors!
Art Competitors!
Children From Afternoon Remedial Classes
Children From Afternoon Remedial Classes

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Raja & Akhilesh
Raja & Akhilesh

Raja, 12 years old, and his little brother Akhilesh, 8 years old, have been with us for over 3 years. When they first arrived they were spending most of their days begging in and around Dehradun, little Akhilesh guiding Raja acting as his ‘seeing eye’.

It is a well-known fact that if a child has a disability their begging income increases dramatically, and sadly such children are exploited as a result. In the beginning they both came for one hour a day which slowly increased each week, during this time we trained a volunteer to start teaching Raja the basics of braille, at the same time this gave Akhilesh a break from his responsibilities to Raja and freedom to learn and play.

We tried desperately to get Raja admitted to NIVH (a local govt. institute for the blind) but to no avail, as they have strict rules that they will not give admission to any child over 5 years or under 18, a rule with reasoning which baffles us to this day. We did not give up there and finally came across ‘Sharp Memorial School for the blind’, not only does Raja now attend regular school but also his little brother Akhilesh, as they have facility for teaching the ‘seeing eye’s’ too. We cover their school fees/expenses, transport and medical needs. We are delighted with their tremendous progress!!!

Chandini the young girl from our poster video is progressing well, it has been a slow yet steady process guiding Chandini through basic literacy, with the help of computers and dedicated teachers she is now able to read basic Hindi.

Thank you all so much for your generous donations over the past few months, without which we would not be able to carry on our much needed work with the street and slum children.

 

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Deepak
Deepak

 

Dear Friends,

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.

Aasraa News:

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.

Warm regards,

Shaila & Neelu

English presentation
English presentation
Guddu - reading
Guddu - reading
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon
Chandini & Sunita at the Marathon
Chandini & Sunita at the Marathon
Hope in her eyes.....
Hope in her eyes.....
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