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Towards Creating Capability
1, Reach out to clusters of migrant workers and other slum-dwellers and encourage them to send their Children to our Centres.
2, These children are then motivated and enabled to join the main stream schooling System, wherever possible.
3, They continue to regularly come to our Centres where support is provided in their studies and other activities as they get almost no guidance from their parents. It is because of this lack of vital support that children develop fear for studies and dropout from schools.
• Through our ‘School Plus’ program we endeavor to assist children with their formal education. We strongly believe in the power of literacy and formal education. We encourage all our children to get enrolled in formal schools. Once enrolled we support their educational needs so that they can keep up with their school work.
We also try to lower drop our rates by following up with the children, their families and the community.
• For change to happen the community needs to change …one person at a time.
• We try to create a awareness to society about the rights and plight of the migrant workers and there children.
• Keeping this in mind we regulary hold meetings with the parents, at our centre and also in their communities.
• From time to time we organize Health camps and dental checkups for not just the children but their families too.
• We distribute warm clothes and blankets.
• Distribution of solar lights and bicycles.
• Help in opening bank accounts .
• Regular meetings with the parents at the center and in their communities
• Operation Blue Line - Under this Program we distribute Sanitary Napkins to arrround 15 girls.
• Organizing puppet show, magic show etc to create awareness of vital issues like gender equality, girl education, cleanliness, hygiene and pollution.
Samarth Foundation has been also promoting creativity and confidence building measures for our children by enabling them to present on Stage in front of large, distinguished audiences. They have performed at various platforms like Mohommad Bagh Club, State Bank of India, Rotary Club, Lions Club etc.
A Variety Programme was staged at Valmiki Rangshala (Sangeet Natak Academy) Amongst the dignitaries who graced the occasion were Mrs. F. Abraham, Principal- La Martiniere Girls College; Ms. Sunita Aron, Resident Editor- Hindustan Times; Ms Amrita Dass, Director- Centre for Career Studies, Shri ShriRam Arun erstwhile DG Police of UP.
we were honoured by the gracious presence Surabhi Ranjan & Dr. Farah Usmani, the Ex. President of ‘Akanksha Samiti’ The children presented a Variety Programme. The power-packed programme captivated the audience. Dr Usmani encouraged the children with her inspiring words. She praised the children for their effort, appreciated their energy. In 2013 children celebrated Independence Day with Farah Usmani, President of Akanksha Samiti.
the Team of Seven Bikers from Gujrat visited the Gomti Nagar Centre. They were travelling throughout India to spread awareness for education. They were amazed by the performance staged by our children.
We firmly believe in utilizing every resource we can and are keen on working together with likeminded people and other organizations. Some of the organizations we have collaborated with over the years include -Collaboration with the Social Work Department, University of Lucknow
Collaboration with Bimba Kala Kendra
Children attend various Cultural functions organized by it. They also distribute useful items like blankets stationary etc. Often their members organize sessions to create awareness about various relevant issues.
A six member group interacted and played with the children of our organization from 2nd Aug. to 14th August, 2013 through the good offices of ‘Project Khel’. For our kids it was once in a lifetime opportunity and an honour to be guided and cheered by them. Undeterred by the sweltering summer heat these foreign students taught the children new games and activities. The children reciprocated by playing Kho-Kho and Kabaddi with them. Beth commented that the talent and the skills of the children far exceeded their expectations.
Collaboration with ‘Teach India’ (A ‘Times of India’ of Initiative)
We entered into collaboration with the ‘Teach India’ programme launched by the ‘Times of India’ in 2008 and 2009. Accordingly twenty six volunteers joined the organization. It was largely due to the support of these volunteers that we have been able to sustain our activities in the initial stages.
Children of Migrant Workers When families migrate in search of work to urban areas, the able bodied members take up jobs at various construction sites and other places. The children are however left to their own devices; helping their parents, looking after the household and taking care of their younger siblings. They often live in squalid and unsafe conditions. Some of these migrant workers also move into domestic work. They have no permanent settlement and have to move from one place to another As a result of this unique situation the migrant workers and their children get caught in a cycle of exploitation and neglect. In this whole process their childhood. Almost 90% of the children belong to this group.
Children Belonging to OBC/SC Classes
Almost 65% of our students belong to this category. Generally their support systems in the cities are weak
As much as 70% of our students are girls. Their progress and confidence level is to be seen to believe.
One of the girl was selected for Kennedy-Kruger Youth Exchange and Studies Program by the State Department, USA in 2014: She's back and now pursuing BBA.
A painting of a girl was selected in an All India Art Competition organized by ICS. ( Institute of Career Studies) Forty schools across India as well as Singapore and Dubai participated in it. The painting has been published in the calendar of 2014 that was taken out by the institute to celebrate its 25 years of establishment.
Our children are a doing exceedingly well and securing position. In 2018 seven children topped in their individual classes.
Another boy is preparing for Civil Services.
We are a small organization and believe in utilizing all available resources to the maximum. We have a strong support group of volunteers, like minded individual, groups and organizations. Through this model we try to ensure that our children come first and most of the donations that we get are used for them and very little go towards administrative expenses.
Ours is a Grass-Root Organization that works directly with the people. We believe that children need to be nurtured and loved and educated if they are to grow up into responsible citizens.
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