Children graduate from the Street Smart program to Wings of Doon (after school support classes). These are children we found in the streets & slums. They come from illiterate families with no means to go to school; inducted gradually into Street Smart through counselling, basic literacy classes and finally sponsored into school. These children need after school conceptual and curriculum support to bring them up to speed with their counterparts in school. Mentor ship & guidance is imperative.
Rita & Sanjana were ex rag pickers who were brought into our Street Smart program few years back. With regular classes and hard work they gained basic literacy and were mainstreamed into local schools. Sadly, their parents were illiterate daily wage laborers who had long working hours. With no one to teach them at home, Rita & Sanjana needed tutorial support to help them cope with their studies in school. Besides, they needed mentor ship and guidance to enhance their personality.
Aasraa's Wings of Doon project was started to help hundreds of children like Rita and Sanjana gain after school homework, tutorial, curriculum & concept support. This project provides students with after school support in subjects like English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Computer Education, Commerce, Economics, Accounts, General Knowledge. In addition to academics, we provide for activities like sports, art, craft, music, theatre to help in the holistic development of our children.
Aasraa's after school program has grown from 35 students to 819 students across 7 centres in 7 years. Children from economically deprived backgrounds, children from slum colonies, children from rural districts in Uttarakhand are receiving quality education, nutrition and medical care since we believe no child can be educated if they are hungry, cold or sick. We wish to see these children pursue further education, possibly gain university degrees and earn a respectable livelihood in the future.