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.
Jun 9, 2015

The school Girls are in for a surprise-New Toilet!

The new toilets for Girls of RM Govt. School
The new toilets for Girls of RM Govt. School

True education must correspond to the surrounding circumstances or it is not a healthy growth.- M.K Gandhi

Hoping all of you are doing good. On behalf of Reaching Hand  yet again and again and again a big THANK YOU, because of all your generosity over the last three months we have been able to bring a new change in the lives of Girls in Rural Bangalore.

Building of Toilets

The children at Schools were out on School Summer Holidays due to which we were able to work on constructing Toilets in Three Schools and Five more to be completed in the mid of June. Do Scroll down to get a glimpse of the pictures of the new toilets. When the Girls come back after vacation, they are all in for a surprise and as Mahatma Gandhi rightly said we will be able to bring in a healthy growth in them.

Inaugral Program

On May 29th we had the inaugration of the toilets at Ramurthynagar Government School which is one of the Schools we have adopted under our Girls Glory Project. We were previleged to hear from the principal what he had to say about this initiative and how it would help the girls. It was pretty sad condition in this particular School, because all the Girls had to run to their own homes back to use toilets in case of emergency. Now they longer have to do that. Since its a big School we decided to build two more toilets for girls, which is under construction.

Run for Girls Glory

As mentioned in our previous letter, about 90 volunteers from various corporates ran in the marathon conducted by the Tata Consultancy Services on May 17th to raise funds for our Girls Glory Project. It was a success and especially the Children from our New Home ran with a lot of enthusiasm and most of them completed the 5.7Km race. Do look below or onto our Facebook page for the photos of the event.

Painting and Cleaning Programs

We are continuously working on cleaning the surroundings and keeping the class rooms clean and hence atleast thrice every week along with the help of corporate volunteers we paint classrooms of various Schools and also clean the surroundings.

Future Plans

We plan to construct many more toilets and to reach out to every Government School in Bangalore with all of your help and bring in a bright future and healthy and balanced education for the Girls. We have attached a link to the video made by one of our volunteers who is taking an initiative to raise funds to build toilet in a particular School. Do watch it to hear about her experience. 

With the help of our donors like you we as an organisation are growing day by day. We'll be attaching on the annual report of all our works last year along with our next report.

Wishing you a wonderful months and may God bless you for all that you are doing to bring a change in the lives of the little Girls.

Warm regards

A quick look inside of Toilets and construction
A quick look inside of Toilets and construction
TCS Marathon Namma Bengaluru 2015
TCS Marathon Namma Bengaluru 2015
26 of our Children took part in the TCS Marathon
26 of our Children took part in the TCS Marathon
Just Painted Kothanur Govt. School
Just Painted Kothanur Govt. School

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May 26, 2015

Summer always ends with good memories

Surya Our little Jugglur
Surya Our little Jugglur

Dear sponsor,

Greetings to all of you from our founder and from Reaching Hand. Hoping all is well with you and your family. Because of all your support, our children are doing well and a belated but not very late Happy Mothers Day to all our sponsors who are also moms.

Here are some highlights of our previous three months.

Acedemics
We had mentioned in the last letter that all the children at Reaching Hand were busy preparing for their exams. Here I am proud to say that most of our children have done exceptionally well in their academics. Our children have yet again made our sponsors like you and Reaching Hand proud of them yet again. This year few children are going to special classes at school as they are going to their 10th grade this academic year which is one of the most important milestone for students in India. Our oldest boy Chuimayo is perceiving his college along with specialized coaching classes.

New Joinees
In the month of April three new children have joined in to our home. All three with different characters. Its a lot of fun having new faces. Thanks to all of you for your continual support. We hope yo touch many more lives like this.

Summer vacation
Meanwhile all our children are enjoying their summer vacations. They had many volunteers and corporates visiting and engaging the children in different activities , outings, character building exercises and games. 

Trip to Goshen Camp center Idukki
Children also got a chance to visit Idukki a tourist spot south of Kerala and stay at a Goshen Camp as part of their summer camp. Their they learned about teamwork and courage and were counselled on various issues that children's face and quality time was also spent with our wardens in building them up and dealing with their issues.

TCS Marathon
On May 17th we had the Tata Consultancy services Marathon at Bangalore and 25of our New Home children ran 5.7 Km for another project of Reaching Hand called the Girls Glory Project through which Reaching Hand along with corporates is building toilets for Girls in Government schools to stop the tabu around menstruation and stop school dropouts.

Home for 500
Its our dream as I mentioned in our previous letter to build a permanent home. We still want lot of funds to start. But we are hoping to start the foundation by August this year. Thank you to all of you for your continual support . Do visit our website for more details on this.

Ruth one of the girls is growing up to be a good composer and singer. Hoping to send you all the songs written by her in the coming letter. And Believe it or not, our girls organised a mothers day party for all the mothers who belong to Reaching Hand family and prepared a sumptuous dinner for them. It was yummy indeed. Maybe you all should visit us and taste it too.You are always invited.

Finally a big thank you again to all of you for your support, wishes and prayers. Do continue supporting us. We grow each day only because of all your supports. 

Warm regards

Children all prepared for the TCS Marathon 2015
Children all prepared for the TCS Marathon 2015
Girls learning dance from an Volunteer
Girls learning dance from an Volunteer
Building made of paper cups by Sigesh
Building made of paper cups by Sigesh
Team Building Activity at the Summer Camp
Team Building Activity at the Summer Camp
Rock Climbing Activity at the summer camp
Rock Climbing Activity at the summer camp

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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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