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
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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Feb 17, 2016

Its graduation day already. Children grow up fast!

Graduation Day
Graduation Day

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. - Henry David

This is what we wished the 5 little to us but grown up teens from New Home as they attended the Graduation Day ceremony last week. The week gone by has been very special for us.  We at Reaching Hand were absolutely thrilled to see the four and five year old kids, who have been with us for a decade GRADUATING from 10th and 12th Grades. It’s difficult to believe that the kids who once held on tightly to our fingers, today have metamorphosed into… a pretty young lady and handsome young men.

Chuimayo wants to pursue Automobile Engineering and the 10th Graders wish to pursue Commerce. In a few days from now they will be appearing for their Board Exams. You can be Proud too.. as you have been an integral part of their EDUCATION and GROWTH. Our Kids would not have made it this far, had it not been for HIS GRACE and your UNSTINTED SUPPORT.

At NEW HOME

The kids were having loads of fun the last two months with the School Annual Days and Sports Day and it’s preparation. Many of our children as always made us proud by bringing in loads of medals and trophies. The photos of the same are attached.

Skill Training

Over the last few months we have also been continuously consulting few organisations to place two of our children for Skill Training as their IQ level has been found to be low and wouldn’t be able to continue their schooling.

Exam Time again.

As the end of the academic year approaches, kids are busy with their studies. Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world and we do want each of our children to be the change makers. Do pray that each of our kids will ace in their exams.

THANKS A TON!!!

A cheerful heart
A cheerful heart
Dayanand posing with his achievements
Dayanand posing with his achievements

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Dec 9, 2015

I stay in separate room during my period!- Student

Seasonal greetings to you from Reaching Hand. It’s our pleasure again to update you about the happenings at this part of the world. It wasn't a great three months though, as we are in the process of assessing the menstrual taboos and current knowledge about menstruation in our schools. We are saddened to hear the responses of girls with regards to the seclusion they go through at their home, school, temples and communities during their menstrual time. "I stay in separate room during my period!" was one of the responses. 

Progress report during the previous quarter

Over the last three months we conducted about 13 Assessments in Schools, 2 Puberty Education and 8 Health and Hygiene Education. We also inaugurated 3 renovated toilet blocks and are in the process of building totally 14 new toilet blocks in the coming quarter. The construction was little slow previous quarter due to rains and flood in our neighboring state Chennai.

Information on our Girls Glory Education

Along with the help of amazing volunteers Saldon from Jammu and Kashmir, Rashmi from Florida, Audrey and Danny Forest from Montreal we have put together two manuals one on Puberty Education and other on General Health and Hygiene for the age group of 7-14 years. We are focusing on removing the menstrual taboos and also most importantly explaining the process of puberty and reason behind blood flow, so that girls are aware that menstruation and onset of puberty is just a normal function of the body just like other functions. Through Health and Hygiene Education, we are focusing on educating children on how to keep themselves away from germs to avoid epidemics and viral fevers of various kinds which is rampant here at Bangalore. 

Issues and concerns

Maintenance of toilets that are being constructed is one of the main issues we are facing currently. Many of the schools we are providing additional support by engaging third party agencies for cleaning and also fixing tanks to store water around the toilets to ensure continuous water flow even at times when there are long power cuts. We have also planned to make a WASH Committee in each of these schools including the School Authorities, Local Leaders and Students to ensure on maintenance and daily checks on the cleanliness of the Sanitation Facilities.

Celebration

November 19th being the World Toilet Day, we celebrated the same in our Nagenahalli School with inauguration of renovated toilet and Health and Hygiene Awareness Program.

We at Reaching Hand have made it our motto to remove all menstrual taboos among the children and their communities at Bangalore. Thanks to your support that we can continue our work relentlessly. Do continue supporting us, and join hands with us in making Bangalore menstrual taboo free.

Health and Hygiene Program
Health and Hygiene Program
World Toilet Day Celebration
World Toilet Day Celebration
Toilet blocks under construction
Toilet blocks under construction

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