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.
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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Nov 28, 2014

"Now We are on Top of the World...!"

The Children Perform
The Children Perform 'As Long as You Love Me'

Monisha Reaches Nationals!

We are so very proud of Monisha, who participated in the ICSE National Athletics Meet on 6th and 7th November. Monisha ran the 200m and came 4th in the heats. Back in September Monisha went straight through to competing at National level after taking 1st place against 47 other schools in Karnataka. Narrowly missing out on the finals, Monisha is continuing her training at Kanteerava Stadium three times a week under the guidance of a Personal Coach (an Asian Gold Medallist) and is working hard towards the next competitions!

The Stars at St. Michaels!

23 of our children study at St. Michaels English medium School. On the 15th and 17th November, our children took part in the Annual Sports Day, and once again stunned the Reaching Hand family by bringing home 55 medals! Together, all 23 children won 28 Gold, 12 Silver and 15 Bronze. Also a huge congratulations to Sneha, Leshini and Sigesh who are the new Individual Champions, bringing home 3 Championship Trophies!

Leshini and Sneha also took part in an Inter School Relay Competition at St. Charles’ School and came third place, winning the Bronze medal!

Settling in to their new Schools

The children have settled in well at their new schools, Capstone and Brighton Community Schools, both of which are English Medium Schools.

We have 7 children studying at Brighton School, and are delighted that our boy Prem Kumar (7th Standard) has been selected as Head Boy! We are happy to report a very positive response from the teachers, who were very impressed by the children in the first parent and teachers meetings. All the children are doing a fantastic job in their academics and sports, as well as enjoying the extra-curricular activities on offer there, such as Karate. Another 12 students are studying in Capstone Community School, a new school that only recently opened, Capstone offers more individual attention to our children who need it. They offer a host of activities in their lovely campus, such as home sciences, gardening, and music. In November, the Capstone children celebrated Children’s Day by visiting to a local old age home, where they brought small gifts to give the elderly. Esther has especially shone in school, and has been selected as class monitor, as well as extra responsibilities such as organising the Teacher’s Day event!

 As Long As You Love Me

Our volunteers have been working hard on creating a special video of some of our children covering their favourite song ‘As Long As You Love Me’ by Justin Bieber. All thanks to the tremendous efforts of Davin Lama (Beatboxer), Shaktiraj Singh Jadeja (Film maker), Smita (Arts and crafts), Low Rhyderz (Hip hop group) and Jacob Cherian (volunteer) who was the creative force behind the whole project. The children clearly connect to the words in the song and made their own version. They had a fabulous time putting together the performance, as can be seen throughout the video! Please do take a look by following the link below.

We even made it to the social news site BuzzFeed in America! Check out our page by following the BuzzFeed link and be sure to share it amongst your friends!  

All the funds raised from this video are going towards the building of the children’s permanent home. The New Home will be expanded to house up to 100 children in need and will offer a much bigger living space to our children! The plot of land is slowly being developed and we hope to start constructing soon! Please consider donating on Bonus Day to raise funds for this huge project.

Bonus Day!

On the 2nd December, we are participating in Microsoft YouthSpark GivingTuesday on GlobalGiving. For 24 hours we will be competing for "most donors" and "most funds raised" bonus prizes. Additionally, all donations made to our project from the U.S or from the U.K will be matched 100% up to $500 (£300) per donor per project while funds remain. Funds will go quickly, so be sure to set your alarm clocks to make your dollar go further to support our cause!

Important information:

 

  • Microsoft YouthSpark will match up to $500 per donor

 

  • Microsoft has $175,000 USD  to give to campaigns at 2 different times of the day.  FUNDS WILL GO FAST (within 15 minutes!) so it is vital to make the donation at the exact time!  
    • United States  - Donate at these times for matching donations. 
      • 6:00am PST / 9:00am EST   December 2nd
      • 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST    December 2nd
    • UK – Donate at these times for matching donations. 
      • 2:00pm GMT December 2nd
      • 8:00pm GMT  December 2nd 
    • India - Donate at these times for matching donations.  
      • 7:30pm IST   December 2nd
      • 1:30am IST   December 3rd  

Please do consider making a Christmas donation to our children, while the funds have the potential to be doubled!

Looking Ahead….

We are fast approaching the Festive Season, and can’t believe how quickly 2014 has passed! To celebrate Christmas this year we are planning a fun day for the children and they are very much looking forward to their holidays and are working hard on a Christmas performance with a special ‘Jingle hip-hop’ dance! To keep up to date with the children’s activities, please do follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Wishing you happy holidays during the Christmas Season, and again a huge Thank You from all at Reaching Hand! Please do continue to share our cause and contribute to the lives of our children, YOU and your collective efforts make it all a possibility!

 With Warm Regards from the Reaching Hand Team

Monisha Competing at Nationals!
Monisha Competing at Nationals!
Thotsem, Prem (HEAD BOY) and Elisha
Thotsem, Prem (HEAD BOY) and Elisha
Individual Champion Sneha
Individual Champion Sneha
Umesh on top of the Lotus Flower
Umesh on top of the Lotus Flower
Giving Tuesday is on the 2nd December!
Giving Tuesday is on the 2nd December!

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