Education
 India
Project #5828

Support for the people of Kerala, India

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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The old toilet block
The old toilet block

Dear Supporters, 

We have recently completed the construction of a brand new block of toilets at St Loius School. The toilet block will serve more than 100 students and several teachers. 

It has been built on raised foundations and incorporated a septic tank so that it may last for many years and withstand the effects of the annual monsoon seasons which affects the underlying soil and wrecks havoc on buildings. 

But why was this needed and what impact will it have? 

The old boys and girls toilet blocks at the school were in an unusable state, both structurally and hygienically, and were therefore not fit for purpose. The sisters at the school stopped the children from using them due to concern for the children’s health and safety. This caused the children to go to the toilet in the open, and staff reported that the girls were suffering from urinary tract infections.

The condition of the old toilets was largely due to poor construction in the first instance. The ground they are built on is prone to flooding during monsoon season, and adequate foundations were not built on a suitable sub-base.

The new structure has been built to an extremely high standard and in such a way that the previous issues of flooding during monsoon and subsistence are extremely unlikely. The whole structure has been built at a high level above ground on substantial foundations and the cess tanks are incorporated into the solid foundations also above ground to avoid flooding or collapse. The previous structures have been demolished and broken up to be used to raise the ground level of the pathway to the toilets.

The toilets allow for a greater intake of pupils over the coming years, as well as for admission of disabled pupils as a ramp has been built to access part of the toilet block.

The health and safety of the staff and pupils at St. Louis School has been tremendously improved due to the building of the toilets, and all involved are immensely grateful.

Thank you for your continued support and generosity. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI India

The new toilet block
The new toilet block

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The happy children at Raksha
The happy children at Raksha

Dear Supporter, 

Raksha is a special needs school that has dozens of students ranging from 18-month-old children in the early intervention unit, up to 20-year-old men and women in the vocational unit. The children have a huge range of impairments such as muscular dystrophy, Down ’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and developmental delay. The school has passionate staff despite limited teachers and resources and the children are a delight to work with.

During December, GVI health care volunteers worked in close partnership with the staff at Raksha to identify children who were in need of assessment. The aim is to identify goals and areas of development depending on the children’s individual needs and abilities.   

A total of 29 children had Occupational Therapy assessments. Therapeutic activities have since been completed to work on areas such as social interaction, dexterity and gross motor skills, alongside educational tasks to improve overall well-being and development.    

After a 12 month gap, health volunteers have started to build upon the already working relationship between GVI Kerala and the staff at Raksha. A steady stream of volunteers have been working at Raksha over the last few months- including two occupational therapists, a music therapist and other volunteers with varying degrees of health experience. The staff expressed the desperate need occupational therapists to assess certain children so that the teachers knew what areas needed help developing. The volunteers were more than happy to assist.

The assessments were lots of fun, especially when more resources were acquired such as a mini trampoline, toy tuk-tuks and drums! Following the assessments, goals were set to try and develop the child in various ways. 

Another exciting project that the volunteers participated in was the redecoration of one of the classrooms. This was not just a beautification project, it was to improve the learning environment to help with engagement, education and sensory work. The bare walls soon were covered with a beautiful mural. The room took two days to transform with the help of volunteers and GVI staff over the Christmas period. The children, teachers and volunteers were delighted with the result and can’t wait to start using in 2016!

The relationship between GVI and Raksha is really developing and exciting changes are about to happen with regards to focused, structured therapeutic activities and encouragement of the more able-bodied students to develop academically – all thanks to the volunteers, GVI staff, Raksha staff and, more importantly, the enthusiasm and sheer joy from the children.

Watch this space!

With Gratitude, 

GVI India

    

Music therapy
Music therapy
Painting the mural
Painting the mural

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The Dil Se house
The Dil Se house

Dear Supporter, 

We are very pleased to bring you news of the growth and expansion of some of our projects here in Kerala. 

Dil Se, an organization with an Indian committee, is the partner responsible for starting Tejus Girls Home in 2012and has done great work for the children of Kerala. They also run and manage the Dil Se Counselling Centre.

Construction

Dil Se started as a home for up to 15 children in 2001. Unfortunately it was badly damaged in the 2004 tsunami and they have been unable to finish the repair work and the home was closed down.

Since March this year, Dil Se has been actively sourcing funds to renovate the property from its previous use as a children’s home to a counselling centre for children who have suffered sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is alarmingly common in the area. In the last month or so, funds have finally arrived and the task of getting the house back in to shape could begin in earnest.

The site had been filled with drift wood and other rubbish deposited by high tides over the years, as well as becoming quite overgrown. In August Dil Se staff began clearing the site, generating a huge mound of rubbish and unearthing extra jobs to do. This is when we came in! GVI made themselves available to help clear the rubbish, cut back vegetation and generally clear and tidy the site for the construction work.

Women’s Empowerment

Dil Se is also involved with Tejus Girl’s Home and earlier this year, during routine partner feedback we discovered we could possibly use our stream of bright and enthusiastic volunteers on the Women’s Empowerment project better- by giving the girls of Tejus English lessons tailored to their personal level and challenges. Throughout August we delivered high-quality English lessons, whilst assisting with childcare at the centre. After several weeks of working well together, and excellent communication between GVI and Dil Se, we agreed to trial extra classes. So far the girls at the home have loved it – as have our volunteers!

We are really pleased with this new partnership and are looking forward to continuing this great relationship with Dil Se.

With Gratitude,

GVI India. 

Clearing the rubble and rubish
Clearing the rubble and rubish
So much to clear!
So much to clear!

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Dear Supporter,

We are very excited to announce that our education project is expanding. Due to the overwhelming numbers of volunteers who have signed up for our education project, GVI India will be including St Louis School in their English teaching program.

Splitting their time over our current government school, Thamaraparambu (Thambu) Government School and St Louis, volunteers will have the opportunity to teach one-on-one lessons at Thambu, as well as larger classes at St Louis. 

The St Louis school has similar age groups to the children we are already teaching at Thambu, but they have four times as many students. This is an exciting development for us because not only will we be able to reach more children, but we are also expanding our programs beyond Engish lessons. We will be including classes in art, sport and any other subjects the volunteers are passionate about. 

Here is what one of our volunteers had to say about our education program at Thambu:

Education volunteers spend their days at school teaching English to the students. The students assembly begins at 10am. From there, the volunteers begin their lessons. Classes are specific to the needs of the students and aim to develop the children's learning skills as well as their English. During times that the volunteers are not teaching a class, they are free to develop their own lessons for the next day and are also encouraged to research and create resources for future use in the school. This program has also aided in developing other school projects such as school photos for the children and teachers.”

We are very excited to see this passion and commitment carry across in our new partnership with St Louis. 

Thank you for your continued support.

With Gratitude, 

GVI-India

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Dear Supporter,

The Education project is well into its summer sessions at Santhom, Don Bosco orphanage and Pratyasha Bhavan orphanage. The kids have been learning science, maths, English, sports, drama and sex education for the next 8 weeks – and number of children attending is increasing by the day! We have also begun swimming lessons with the children: a whole week of swimming glory has passed that the children have absolutely loved! Thanks to our sports volunteer, Arnaud, for his amazing hard work. We are looking forward to our next swimming week in 2 weeks.

 Santhom after school club

Since September 2014 GVI India have been supporting Watharuthy Settlement in West Cochin, delivering freshly prepared sessions alongside homework help and one-to-one tuition for 20 children, 2 evenings per week. Supporting the existing teacher, who had previously been delivering sessions each weekday we saw excellent progress in the children’s communicative level.

However following volunteer feedback and locating greater need within a separate community GVI decided to set up its own separate after school club within Santhom colony, where we already deliver vocational training for ladies, run weekly eye clinics in conjunction with a local hospital and we are rebuilding an entire section of the colony.

Beginning with locating a suitable space to conduct lessons, liaising with local residents and the councillor we procured access to the community centre and established that there was a desire for these sessions. The next job was rounding up some students!

Our first evening was fantastic with 28 children turning up to register and be grouped, along with many interested parents and bystanders, eager to see what we were doing, the following session saw a drop to 23 children which has held steadily for the last 4 weeks, our volunteers have done an amazing job, together we have split the children into 3 distinct levels, grouped by ability and provided high-quality original lessons to each group each week.

Moving forward GVI will continue to deliver these bi-weekly sessions and are currently establishing whether we will have the manpower to also deliver sessions to adults within the settlement, in addition to all this throughout the summer holidays GVI will be working on the settlement 3 days per week throughout the day, providing the children with structure, education and fun all through the summer break.

Thank you for your continued support.

All the best

GVI India

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.gvi.org
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Kate Robey
St Albans, Herts United Kingdom

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