Reaching Hand

The mission of the organization is divided into three folds: Create opportunities through innovative strategies across our focus communities Connect with beneficiaries through life-transforming engagements Collaborate with like-minded partners across the globe to raise volunteers and resources
Jun 3, 2016

1300 Girls find brand new toilets just for them !!

After a puberty workshop!
After a puberty workshop!

Hope you are doing well. Our girls here in India also are doing well and happy and excited. Over the last quarter we were able to impact the lives of 1300 Girls by providing them with new sanitation facility in their schools as well as renovating few toilets, drainage system and water pumps. 

The TCS Marathon

This year again we had a fundraiser for the TCS Marathon, we had 15 volunteers raising funds and 120 volunteers running for the marathon for the cause of Girls Glory. All of us had a good fun running the 6k and the 10K marathon. It indirectly forced all of us to be fit and going as well as build awareness among the Bangloreans about the need for health and sanitation. {Photos attached below} 

Girls Glory Workshops

We were able to finalise on our Girls Glory Puberty, Health and Hygiene education book which is under review currenly. We were basically looking for a positive behavioural change in the children in terms of hygiene and taboos and we are happy we could achieve it among the students. We are gonna persist on our endeavour and build the lives of children with your support.

Building of toilets

Last quarter we built 19 New Toilets and Renovated 5 Toilets for the children. All the children were on vacation last two months and would be happy to see the new toilets when they start Schools this month. We are scaling up the project coming quarter to East Karnataka, West Bengal, Jammu Kashmir and Orissa, 

New Plans 

We are looking to conduct free health camps for girls and teachers for this achedemic year to check on health issues. And we are also thinking of helping the school to do rain water harvesting and use the water from the hand wash facility and the rain water to set up a garden in the Schools. We need more ideas on the same and we need your help to do it better, so please do write back your review to us on the same. We look forward to built toilets in 10 more Schools in the coming quarter.

Success story

Manjula{Photo attached below} is studying at 5 th grade in government school, their family is migrated to Bangalore a decade ago. Father works as mason and mother is daily labour at construction site. She has beenstudying in the same school for the past 3 years, initial days of her schooling the school did not have proper toilet facility as there was lack of water facility in toilet therefore some time children were into practice to go outside for the open defecation. During such situation Manjula went through lot of embarrassment as she knows practicing open defecation will cause infection, fear of insect bite or snake and also disgrace on self. She has learned and aware that open defecation is not good for health and also it will dirty the surroundings of school and living place of others in the society, also she is very much conscious about consequences. She deserves appreciation for not practising open defecation and also practicing the same continuously, thus she is with single mind not practice any more open defecation. Therefore Manjula likes having clean toilets at school for the use of children she says it means a lot to all children.

 

Thank you for all your support and do write back your reviews to us. Have a blessed months ahead.

Manjula- Success Story
Manjula- Success Story
TCS Marathon 2016
TCS Marathon 2016
Construction work at Mandya School
Construction work at Mandya School

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May 12, 2016

He who opens the School door, closes the prison!

Art and Crafts Session
Art and Crafts Session

He who opens the School door, closes the prison! - Victor Hugo

It’s been an amazing few months for us at Reaching Hand. We would like to extend our gratitude to you for helping us in educating these wonderful children at our New Home. Education is the biggest gift we can give to every child. Before we go on further, we would like to tell you that, 5 of our children have cleared their 10th Grade Board exam in ICSC Syllabus with distinction. These children were brought to us when they were 5-8 years old and to see them grow up so soon and also exceling in their academics so much is the biggest news for us and they indeed made you and Reaching Hand proud.

Exam Time

In the month of February, our children were busy preparing for their academics and the 10th and 12th Graders had their graduation ceremony in their Schools. Monisha, Chuimayo, Elisha, Thotsem, Arun and Surya were part of the Graduation. (Photo attached below). In the month of March all our children at the home wrote their exams. So it was completely study time.

Tanu’s surgery

Tanu, who had succumbed burns in the arms of his mother after being pushed by his father on to a live electric wire was walking with bent leg. So he underwent a surgery to straighten his legs immediately after exam. He is recovering well and is under bed rest. Heat is taking a toll on the wounds. But he is doing better now. (Photo Attached)

Vacation Time

Its vacation time and our kids are having a whale of a time doing all the things they could not do during the academic year. Good movies are screened for them to watch. Art and Craft classes are conducted by volunteers which they thoroughly enjoy. Dance classes and debate sessions on different topics are held just to take away the stage fear and also cause them to think on the negative and positive side of every topic. (Photo Attached)

Results

By the Grace of God Elisha got 85%, Monisha and Thotsem got 84%, Surya got 71% while Arun got 74%. Monisha scored over 90% in 3 subjects and Thotsem and Elisha got 95 in Commercial studies. Elisha got a whopping 95 in Kannada and Monisha and Thotsem who used to struggle with Kannada got 90 and 80 respectively. We are so happy for them. They will continue with their PUC or Junior College studies now. As for Arun and Surya who happily fooled around we were hoping they would pass.

They will all be continuing with their studies in the 11th Std which is called Junior College. We are so happy for them. To think that these kids who were nowhere with no one to care have crossed a landmark in their lives is noteworthy. All Glory to Him alone.

Academic Awards

Prem got all-rounder award, Chitra and Umesh were awarded as the star pupils of the School, Charan and Thomba also got awards as subject toppers. (Photo Attached)

Land Construction

We are 50% done with the construction of the first phase. In the first phase, we are building home for 50 Girls,50 Boys, a cafeteria with a playground. We need your continuous support to complete this project. (Photo Attached)

Way Forward

We would like to keep providing the best education to our children. We have been assessing the children continuously and trying to do our best as each one of them grows into beautiful and unique individuals. And it is our biggest dream to complete the construction of the permanent home, so that we can accomodate more children as well as provide more space for the growth of the Children.

We believe that you are an integral part of our journey to give these little one’s a wonderful home with loads of love and care. We would like to thank you from the bottom of hearts for being there and for contributing to this cause. We believe it’s a lifetime investment with eternal rewards. Do write to us with your opinions and suggestions. We are open to any advises that will help our children as well as our organisation.

10th Grade Graduation
10th Grade Graduation
Tanu after the surgery with the implants
Tanu after the surgery with the implants
Showing off their artefacts made of plastic bottle
Showing off their artefacts made of plastic bottle
Construction of New Home in process
Construction of New Home in process
Umesh,Charan and Thomba the prize winners
Umesh,Charan and Thomba the prize winners

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Mar 8, 2016

Great things take time! We won't give up!

A Student
A Student's response to getting new toilets

It's that time of the year when we look back to the last whole year and celebrate the good times as well as work on improving our approaches the coming year. With ‘your’ support we have reached to 2962 Girls and 400 Boys over the last year. We were able to build 51 New Toilets and Renovate 35 Toilets and reach to 28 Government Schools across India. Few more are under construction right now. We were also able to conduct 34 Awareness workshops.

Challenges that we faced!

There were lot of challenges we came across the most glaring one was the crisis of maintenance. In the beginning of the year we were focused on building toilets but later we were awakened to the new issue i.e. of maintenance. So from mid of the year we tried various ways to tackle this issue and finally now be believe we have almost have a fool proof plan. 

Reaching Hand now not only builds toilet but also vouches for the maintenance. One of the biggest breakthroughs came when we started involving the beneficiaries as well as all the stakeholders in maintenance. We conducted awareness programs and made committees to ensure cleanliness. 

Achievements!

  • The TCS Marathon fundraiser was a huge success as we were able to share our cause with 1000's of people.
  • We were able to create our own and good syllabus for health and hygiene and puberty workshops with the help of volunteers.
  • We could strategize maintenance of toilets.
  • We could empower the teachers and School Management along with students about the importance of toilets.

In the coming year!

  • We will be doing awareness campaigns in the slums in Bangalore along with full-fledged health camps.
  • Research on eco-toilets and its sustainability.
  • We will be reaching out to 50 more schools across India
  • Empower all the Schools about health and hygiene.
  • Release the Workshop material officially as tried and tested.
  • Work on stronger materials to fit inside the toilets as the children or the community tend to break during the after school hours.

Thanks to you for all the progress we could make. We are also thankful to Global Giving UK for the funds they have donated to Reaching Hand for scaling up our projects. We want to scale up our project to the whole of India. Do give us your feedback and suggestions so that we can improve our project. Do continue supporting us and also visit us if you come down to India.

Thanks a ton again.!!!! Few photos have been attached below portraying the accomplishments. Do look into it.

Toilet renovated at Horamavu School
Toilet renovated at Horamavu School
Toilets made to look appealing to children
Toilets made to look appealing to children
Health and Hygiene workshop
Health and Hygiene workshop

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