Reaching Hand

Vision: Reaching Hand is a charitable organization ushering holistic transformation in economically & socially challenged individuals thus impacting communities. Mission: Build the lives of children at risk Care for the sick and broken-hearted Serve the helpless and neglected by equipping and empowering individuals and communities.
Mar 11, 2015

All good things comes in small packages

Hi, 

Thank you to all for supporting us in this campaign. It's been a great three months for Reaching Hand. Thanks to your generosity. Our main focus this year has been to build toilets for girls as a part of our project for all the schools adopted by us.We are happy to say the project is going quiet well.

Projects undertaken

As of now with the funds raised we have completed building toilet for the Varanasi School and we have started building two toilets at the Ramamurty Nagar School.The Varanasi School didnt have a toilet which was a very sad condition and the Ramamurty Nagar School had a toilet but in a very unhygeinic condition. So we decided to demolish and reconstruct it and also build a new one as the number of students have increased over the years and the present toilet cannot be used by many students.  

Vending machines of Sanitary Napkins

This is a new idea that we are planning to giving wings to soon about attaching Sanitary Pads Vending Machine with a smart card for each child. Each girl will be allotted 16 sanitary pads every month which can be availed through swiping of the smart cards.This will prevent misuse of funds and pads and prevent corruption and it will also be easier to monitor the impact of the project. 

Color Splashes

As a part of this project, we painted classrooms and verandah of more than 20 Schools along with the help of volunteers from the corporates. It was overwhelming to see the joy on the faces of the students on seeing their newly painted classrooms.

Education on Health and Hygiene

We did two programs educating the children, teachers and parents about health and hygeine. Some of the topics covered were- How to take care of their health, Importance of washing hands, How to use sanitary napkins and methods of disposal,etc. Recently on March 6th we celebrated Women's day with more than 100 women which included teachers,parents and students and conducted a Health and Hygiene workshop along with other women empowerment topics.

Upcoming Projects

In the coming three months we are planning to construct toilets in 15 schools for which the design has already been drawn by the Architect and we'll be holding more Health and Hygiene workshops in all these schools. As of now, we are on the look out for many more workers for constructing the toilets to speeden the construction and daily wage workers for the maintenance of the toilets. We are also planning to Run for this project in the coming up Tata Consultancy Services marathon on May17.It is going to be a huge international event. Do join us for the run if you are in Bangalore, India during that time for the Marathon.For more details do visit our website here.

Thank you again for your generosity.Please continue supporting us as we aim to impact 10000 girls this year. Do feel free to come and visit these projects or to find out more about our activities, please do follow us on Facebook, or Twitter. For further information, or contributions, please click to view our website here.

Toilet built by Reaching Hand at Varanasi School
Toilet built by Reaching Hand at Varanasi School
Toilet at Ramurthynagar School being recostructed
Toilet at Ramurthynagar School being recostructed
Conditions of toilets in Schools
Conditions of toilets in Schools
Women
Women's Day Program
Women
Women's Day Program-2

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Feb 18, 2015

The journey of a thousand mile starts with single step.

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness

Wishing everyone a happy new year 2015 and a big thank you to everyone who donated to us on the Microsoft Youth Sparks Giving Tuesday. Our children had a wonderful Christmas in 2014 and have started off their new year with more medals and prizes. The kids are back to School after the Christmas and New Year Break. Some went back to Unit Tests and others to results of Unit Tests done before the holidays.

Awards

Our Nine kids at Brighton brought in 20 medals (6 Gold, 7 Silver,7 Bronze )at the Athletic Meet in School. Prem the Head Boy of Brighton School led the March Past. Sam was the Torch runner. They have also made us Proud!!!(Photo has been attached below). Brighton school had their Annual Day .All the children participated in dances, singing and skit.Prem won the 2nd Prize in the All Rounders Category.Sneha also won a prize for Sports.  (Photo has been attached below)

Christmas Program

Capstone School had a Special Christmas Program on 20th Dec. Tanu who joined School this year for the first time acted as Joseph in the Christmas Scene and seated close to him with scarved heads are Indra and Shreedevi both first timers at School. They were the Shepherds. All the children took part in dances or skit and put up a Good show considering that many of them were first time on Stage.(Photo has been attached below)

Young Supporters of Bengaluru Football Club

 New Home children were delighted to support Bengaluru FC in their match against Pune on 25th Jan. BFC cares sponsored the tickets for our kids. They cheered Bengaluru but Pune won. Our young fans while analysing the debacle are still thrilled that their dream of watching a match at the Stadium came true.(Photo has been attached below)

Twitter Bomb Fundraiser

On the 10th of February, at the sparkling idea of one of our volunteer Emily Parkes along with Jacob Cherian had run a twitter bomb campaign titled '#Homefor500' which aimed at getting the attention of Justin Beiber to watch the video 'As long as you love me' and direct him to fund for building a dream home for our children and also staff many other homeless children. As per the analysis of Talwalker Stats it reached upto 55.1 million viewers in 7 days. As a result of the amazing impact of this campaign website like opnlttr ,giveforgranted , folomojo , homegrown , techtraveleatrepeat and The Hindu Newspaper (Photo has been attached below) featured our campaigns. Not sure if Justin Beiber had viewed the video, but still our wonderful volunteers haven't given up their hopes yet and are still hopeful of the positive results. If you would also like to join in, do visit #homefor500 on twitter and retweet the posts and you can add in your innovations too.

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work learning from failure.” ~ General Colin Powell.

Exam time

In the month of January the kids were fully into their books giving their last unit tests for the year as all the academic events have come to an end and kids are busy preparing for the upcoming annual exams. Most of our kids are doing well in their studies, except few for whom special tuitions are being given.

Coming up

We’ll be continuing with the twitter campaign #Homefor500 to build Home for the kids, as we are in urgent need to build a home for the new home kids with a capacity of accommodating 500 kids, as the proprietor of the place where these kids are currently residing wants it back. Meanwhile the kids are busy preparing for their upcoming exams and are also excited about the upcoming vacations which is the most exciting time for our kids as they anticipate going on tours and outings.

Thank You again from all at Reaching Hand! You are a generous and valued member of our community. If you would like to schedule a visit to see, firsthand, the difference your gift is making, please contact Reaching Hand.Our sincere thanks for your support throughout the years.

Warm Regards

Reaching Hand Team

A victorious pose.
A victorious pose.
Champions.
Champions.
Our little one
Our little one's in Christmas program at school.
An hug can say what words cannot
An hug can say what words cannot
Dance Competition at School.
Dance Competition at School.
#Homefor500 featured in The Hindu Newspaper
#Homefor500 featured in The Hindu Newspaper

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Dec 9, 2014

Moving Forward... Improving Sanitation in Schools!

Girls in School
Girls in School

Dear Friends,

It has been a busy few months at Reaching Hand and we having been reaching out to new schools who are in need! This year we have partnered with schools in the North of Bangalore, and we are now working with 35 schools that have a huge requirement for help in many areas such as sanitation, infrastructure, and resources.

Surveys in schools

We have been undertaking needs assessments in each of our schools to identify areas of focus and which schools are in particular need of help with water facilities, toilets and the overall cleanliness and safety of the infrastructure. We are also documenting all the girls from the 5th Standard who are reaching/going through puberty to monitor their attendance and therefore document the impact made through our programs.

Toilets for All!

In preparation for our factory set up and the distribution of Reaching Hand’s very own brand of sanitary wear, this quarter we are concentrating on building toilets for our partnered schools. It is the case that many schools we work with lack the proper infrastructure for clean and sanitary toilets. Some schools do not have any functional facilities at all. Some are in a state of disrepair and do not have separate toilets for boys and girls. We have identified the first 10 schools that are in real need of toilet facilities and we are working towards constructing separate male and female toilets in all of them together with hand-washing facilities.  Without a clean and private toilet, we are finding that menstruating girls are often missing school due to pain, lack of management options (lack of sanitary wear) or embarrassment.

In the Making…

We are working towards creating our very own factory set up!  Now we are underway with our plans of a small manufacturing unit at our site in Manchappana Hosahalli Village, Hobli, Bangalore North. Producing our own napkins will allow us to provide napkins to over 25,000 girls in five years. It will also allow us to employ and provide incomes to the local women in the village, empowering them to contribute to their households.

Feeling Festive!

We are fast approaching Christmas, and this year we are distributing ‘Christmas Care Packages’ in our schools for every student. If you would like to contribute towards this drive and help provide hygiene items such as soaps for hand washing and the napkins. Please do consider donating to our cause in this festive season. Just $8 can provide a hygiene package to a girl, along with some school essentials!

We wish all our supporters and well-wishers a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Please do keep our children in your thoughts and help us build a successful project for years to come!

Warm wishes,

The Reaching Hand Team

The Current Situation in many Schools
The Current Situation in many Schools
Unusable Toilets for Girls
Unusable Toilets for Girls
Land for the Factory
Land for the Factory

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