Education
 India
Project #5828

Support Orphans and Disadvantaged Children, India

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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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One of our students at Thamaraparambu School
One of our students at Thamaraparambu School

Dear Supporter,

For many years the main problems facing Indian schools were enrolment levels and attendance, however through a combination of the institution of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (2010), improved access, the banning of child labour and a growing middle class the past six years have seen a consistent enrolment level of 96%+.

So if the issues of enrolment and attendance are dwindling problems, what issues face Government Schools in India in 2015? And what can GVI do to alleviate these issues and improve attainment levels?

The single biggest issue confronted by Thamaraparambu school is the number of pupils currently enrolled, twenty students spread across seven standards. The school offers fairly unique perks; free auto-rickshaw pick up from two separate slum settlements (funded by school staff), free breakfast every day (funded by GVI), Native English speakers delivering English lessons, a beautiful school environment, and a central location attached to the District Educational Authority’s headquarters meaning school staff don’t miss lessons when training or resource distribution occur. These excellent features combined with low enrolment encouraged further research into the situation.

All research quickly seemed to identify the rising proliferation of private, fee-paying schools across India, particularly here in Kerala. Across the board on all measured indicators children in government schools perform worse than their direct counterparts in private schools, this despite the fact that in government schools 85.9% of teachers have received formal training as opposed to only 43.8% of teachers in private schools and consistently earn more. So while private schools outperform government schools the need remains for a raising of standards in ‘free’ schools.

So what are GVI doing to address this gap?

In collaboration with the teachers GVI have instituted a clear and thorough English curriculum, enabling volunteers to come in and pick up directly where previous volunteers finished, preventing repetition and enabling better opportunities for monitoring and evaluation of students’ progress and continued to modernise and beautify the school environment, with development of a large-scale educational game and construction of library carts. Other commonly held causes for the ‘flight of the middle classes’ from government institutions are teacher absenteeism, indifference and/or use of corporeal punishment. Collectively with the school GVI have overseen the abolition of corporal punishment within Thamaraparambu, and through demonstration of effective teaching methodologies and good practise have begun to provoke interest and desire to develop and deliver lessons which are stimulating for both the teacher and the student.

Thank you for continuing support and helping us bridge this gap in the educational system in Kerala.

All the best.

GVI India

Thank You!
Thank You!

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Organization Information

Global Vision International Charitable Trust

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