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by U&I
Jul 10, 2013

U&I Report - April to June

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Dear Friend of U&I,

It's been a crazy summer at U&I this year, with 7 summer camps for the U&I Teach students (400 lesser privileged kids) in the months of April & May. The month of June flags off a new acedemic year and the team has been busy setting up 10 learning centers, recruiting volunteers and assessing the 500+ kids, who are enrolled for this acedemic year. For this report instead of us sending you a write up about what we've been upto over the last 3 months here is a newspaper article the appreared in on the Times of India, June 3rd  2013.

Harbingers of change: College students turn mentors for underprivileged kids

It's a summer afternoon. The quiet surroundings of Karunalaya, a home for children in Kacharakanahalli, don't betray the hustle and bustle inside. In the hall, children in the age group of 8-16 years are getting trained in arts, crafts, personality development and having fun through games. Training them is an enthusiastic gang of students from city colleges.

The youngsters have chosen not to join their counterparts at their favourite hangouts. For, they are more concerned about striving to be the change they want to see by teaching underprivileged children, engaging them in games, and training them in life skills.

Providing these college students an opportunity is U&I, a volunteer-driven organization, committed to partnering with social organizations to work towards positive changes in the field of education, anti-trafficking, children and women welfare, and mental health.

U&I recruits 40-50 college students in the age group of 18-24 years for an internship programme every year. About 20% of them are volunteers who work with the underprivileged throughout the year while the rest are recruited for summer camps. "We had about 250 active volunteers last year. They pitch in after college and on weekends. Their passion drives them to work seven days a week, even during their summer vacations," says Suchita Isaac, media head, U&I. "They want to bring about a change in the place where they live and they believe they can change it for the better," she adds.

Talk to one of the youngsters and you know it's true. "This is my third summer camp with U&I. I have learnt many things here... like even the smallest things that we take for granted are a luxury to these children," says Ektha YP, an MSc counselling student at Christ College. Ektha teaches lifeskills, English and also counsels children.

The young interns spend time at orphanages, destitute homes and mental health care homes, involving the inmates in arts and crafts as well as other fun activities. "Two or three interns take part in these activities to fulfill their academic needs. For the rest, which is the majority, this is voluntary work. In fact, even those who do it for academic purposes stick around even after their college requirement is over," Saahas Patil, centre manager, U&I.

Regular volunteers with U&I work throughout the year and take tuitions for underprivileged children at their learning centres located in orphanages, state homes and slums.

Ebby Johnson and Ronald Smith, who finished PU from St Joseph's and Christ College, respectively, say, "While working with these children we realize how privileged we are. Their touching gestures make us want to do more for them."

The beneficiaries also enjoy it to the maximum. "We had lot of fun during the summer camps. The volunteers are very thoughtful. They taught us how to use our skills and made us play games," says Krishnappa K of Karunalaya. "They taught us to make paper bags too," adds Anitha S, flashing her flowery bag with a smile.

"I have learned more from them than they have from me. The feeling that I'm making a change in someone's life is amazing," says Saira Saldanha, III year student at Mount Carmel College. "I once read that this world is not inherited from our ancestors, but borrowed from our children. I want my children to live in a better world," she signs off.             -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Link to the article-

Hope you enjoyed that article. Fell free to mail me if you need any more info.

Thanks and Regards,

Ajit Sivaram.

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Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Project Leader:
Ajit Sivaram
Bangalore, Karnataka India
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