The U&I Teach Program has had a very sucessful first quarter, with our centers completing the scheduled lesson plans and our teachers building a great relationship with the students. Over the past few months we have taught 650 women and children through 500 volunteers who have given upwards of 10000 hours in volunteering.
This report describes what we have been doing in each of our Learning Centres in the 4 months (July to Oct) and below is one of the many stories of success in the lives of the ones we reach.
Kanchana has lived most of her life seeing extreme poverty around her, everyday. Her parents beg on the streets of Bangalore and her drunken father squanders away their 'earnings'. With the little money that she manages to save, Kanchana's mother tries to buy things for her and her little siblings. Having never seen any other form of earning, Kanchana believed that begging is normal and her way of life. With this worldview came arrogance, fierce independence, disrespectful behaviour and a low self-esteem.
Kanchana was brought into Chaitanya to help rehabilitate her, give her a home and schooling and a chance at a better life. She proved to be a very bright and intelligent student but was very averse to positive affirmation as she did not believe that it was true. She disliked the other children and would disrupt class everyday. Throwing tantrums and crying continuously until she was left alone, Kanchana would then study by herself and did not like being instructed.
The U&I Teach Manager who heads up our work in Chaitanya along with the volunteers who teach the children there, were very distressed about the situation and were determined to help Kanchana. Along with a Counsellor, they worked out a program to help Kanchana overcome her anger and aggressive behaviour. They also counselled the other children to help them understand Kanchana's difficulty and extend love and warmth towards her.
We've been amazed to see a marked difference in Kanchana over the past few months; today she is a lot more positive in her interactions, enthusiastic and keen on learning in order to give herself a chance at a life different from that of her parents. It is truly heart-warming and encouraging to see Kanchana heal and blossom and we look forward to more of these successes in the lives of the women and children that we work with.
A big THANK YOU for partnering with us, our work is made possible through your generous and continuing support.