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
Nov 28, 2016

All glory comes from daring to begin!

Health and Hygiene Classes at Sikkim
Health and Hygiene Classes at Sikkim

Season greetings from Reaching Hand! As November 24th was Thanks Giving Day, our Reaching Hand Team is very thankful for supporters like you who gives wings to our dreams of stopping drop out of Girls from Schools across India.

Last quarter through  constant support  from you through GlobalGiving, we could complete the Toilet construction in three Schools in Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and Bellary(Karnataka). We impacted 604 Girls with Clean Toilets, Good water flow, Menstrual, Health and Hygiene education. 

Through Girls Glory project we also constructed 10 more toilets in 3 Schools and created awareness among 1260 Children about Sanitation and Hygiene in the last quarter.

One more step into progress…

Reaching Hand started working with Government Higher Secondary School Devalapura located in an interior village in Karnataka about 3 months ago. The School consisted of 800 Students, 9 Teachers, 1 Principal and 20 SDMC (School Development Committee Members). The School was built more than 30 years ago, and was in a very bad condition in terms of Infrastructure, Sanitation and Hygiene. The drainage facilities ran in between classrooms and the School stinked of the waste water and was a breeding place for mosquitoes. Since the School was located in a remote area, no teacher wanted to teach in the School and there were constant fights among the SDMC as there were people belonging to different political partys. After the intervention of Reaching Hand we are glad to say that we could unite the Teachers and SDMC and the local Panchayat members and bring an awareness in them about the importance of education for the children in the village and thereby every member contributed their best and along with the help of Reaching Hand the drainage facilities were moved out of the School, the School building was fixed and re-painted. This was one of the most memorable achievements for us as a team.

Its #GivingTuesday again…

As we move on forward on this journey we require more financial support and encouragement as we want to really focus on reaching out to remote communities across India with proper sanitation facility and awareness among them about Sanitation, Health and Hygiene. This coming Tuesday i.e 29.11.16 is Giving Tuesday at GlobalGiving.

There will be an unprecedented 50% matching for #GivingTuesday donations up to the first $1 million raised! This is the largest amount of matching funds GlobalGiving has ever had in one day in order to match more donations than ever before!

In addition to this huge matching opportunity, all new recurring donations made from #GivingTuesday through December 31st will be matched at 200% up to $100, on the fourth donation!

Hence we would like to appeal to all our donors and well-wishers to contribute to our cause through GlobalGiving on #GivingTuesday and help us reach out to more communities.

Thank you for your support. The Reaching Hand team wishes all our partners and donors A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year in advance.

New Toilets at Sikkim supported by Global Giving
New Toilets at Sikkim supported by Global Giving
New Toilets at Jammu supported by Global Giving
New Toilets at Jammu supported by Global Giving
Help us reach more this #GivingTuesday
Help us reach more this #GivingTuesday
Celebration of World Toilet Day on November 19th
Celebration of World Toilet Day on November 19th

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Nov 8, 2016

BEACON OF HOPE THROUGH DESPAIR

SANHA is 2
SANHA is 2

We take this opportunity in thanking each of our valuable contributors for their selfless support and investment in our venture. Its been an exhaustive 3 months for our children with the school activities and teaching happening in full swing. Even as they enjoy their schedule as they progress ahead we are proud to put across their achievements.

 In academics Thotsem and Monisha received a Special Prize from Guardians of Dreams for their excellent performance at the Boards. Its been almost 3 months since Chuimayo left for Engg. College to Mangalore. He is adjusting very well.

 Our  Sports Achievements highlights St. Michael`s children hauled 42 medals at their Annual Sports Day (22 Gold,12 Silver and 8 Bronze).Sneha won the Overall Individual Championship trophy in the Sub Sr. Category with an impressive haul of 4 Gold and 2 Silver medals .Thomba was declared the Chess Champion .Umesh qualified for the Nationals in the Triple Jump.Puneet broke his arm playing football, underwent a complicated surgery, but won the Football Trophy for his House. Sneha  won a Gold Medal, Sarla won a Silver medal and Silas won a Bronze Medal in their respective events at the School Sports Day held on 2nd Sept.

 On medical grounds Bhavana  had a successful ear surgery and follow up. Tanu is mobile on his wheelchair and is very thankful for it. Punnet who injured his arm in school had to undergo a surgery and is back to school. Anand is excited about his hearing aid and speech therapy sessions as he hears the world again.

At the New home it has been raining activities starting with teaching arts and crafts ,attending drawing class and tuitions. Various volunteers , well wishers , donors sponsored steel plates and glasses, lunch, pizza party etc

 New Home building is under progress in a very steady manner. However we are facing some financial difficulties to complete the kitchen and would appreciate your support in this regard. We hope to move our children to their home by December.

SANHA-  BEACON OF HOPE THROUGH DESPAIR

Red light area of  Kamatipura was  Sunita’s home for 10 years. She was living with Kannada devdasi community. Bleak is her memory of her hometown but  does remember she was used by men often at construction site and neighborhood which gained much money for her. She had 3 children with different men. She sold her first child for 500 Rs and the other two passed away due to health issues. Eventually she was into prostitution and was in good demand.

 At the Red light area her life was controlled by alcohol and drugs that she didn’t realize she was pregnant again. She was physically, sexually and verbally abused for not cooperating with the customers. It was through her colleague that she was connected to a staff at Oasis Organization. Eventually YCFU (you can free us NGO) intervened.

YCFU counseled her and encouraged her willingness to come out of the red light area. Sunita fared well without alcohol and was bought to safe house. When found she was mal- nutritioned, fearful , highly traumatized due to abuse , mentally challenged and unaware she was 8 months pregnant. She was cared and prayed for and with time regained her health.

On 18th September Sunita delivered a healthy baby girl and named her SANHA. Unfortunately she showed no interest in the upbringing of her child. She even thought of selling her child for money. Sunita was diagnosed with TB a year later. She tried leaving the safe house few times but was bought back to safety. She is currently battling depression and mental instability and chances for her to lead a normal life is bleak.

SANHA has been adopted in NEW HOME in April 2016 and is cared for with the best available facilities.

Baby Sanha celebrated her 2nd birthday on 19th Sept in a grand manner. She is enjoying her new found life at our home and we are very happy and proud to have this little angle as part of our family.

 We are extremely thankful to all who have made donations and supported us through our very challenging times. We look forward to your continued support in the days ahead to impact the life and make a difference to many of the underprivileged children around us.

New Home building in Progress
New Home building in Progress
Monisha with her gold medal
Monisha with her gold medal
Sneha the "Sports Champion"
Sneha the "Sports Champion"
Sep 1, 2016

Building confidence through sustainable sanitation

We are glad to acknowledge your contributions over the last quarter and for helping Reaching Hand “Grow and Reach Beyond Borders”. We would like to bring you the good news that over the last quarter because of your contribution we expanded our work to reach the wonderful girls in North Karnataka, Jammu, Sikkim and Goa by providing them Puberty, Health and Hygiene Education and we are also in the process of completing the construction of Toilets in these places.

Measure of Construction done last Quarter

As part of the Girls Glory Project we constructed 28 Toilets in 7 Schools and Renovated 5 Toilets in 1 School. We are in the process of Constructing 15 Toilets and 10 Toilets are under renovation in 5 Schools. As per the availability of funds we will be expanding our project more.

Behavioral Changes

We were able to Conduct workshops for Girls in Goa, Sikkim, Jammu and 5 Schools in Bangalore about Puberty and Health and Hygiene. We were able to educate 1190 Girls over the last Quarter.

What we often notice from these workshops are about how these Girls due to lack of Education about Puberty, go into a negative mode of thinking about themselves as inferior, born to suffer, ugly and unwanted. This thinking mainly arises because of the taboos followed in their homes. We come across Taboos like- don’t enter the kitchen, Don’t mingle with Boys, Don’t Play, Don’t enter the Temple, the menstrual blood is unclean, Only Girls suffer from Bodily changes, etc.

It takes us quite some time during workshops to build the self-esteem of Girls, but the results are wonderful. We strive to make the Girls realize themselves, their beauty and potential during our workshops.

Our small step to save the environment

In order to stop the issue of Garbage, and water Clogs in School, we decided to partner with another organization who provide free cloth sanitary pads for under-privileged girls which when taught how to properly maintain can be re-used for two years.

Success Stories

Sahana 8th B Anju 8th c

“…Through this Girls Glory Workshop I learned that the menstrual blood is not bad, I learned how to manage pain during periods and how to keep myself clean…”

Mrs. Sarvamangala- Class Teacher of 1st and 2nd Standard

“Reaching Hand Renovated the toilets for our School, it is very much beneficial to our Students. They also educated the children about Health and Hygiene. Now the children have stopped defecating outside in the ground...”

Do continue supporting us as we are trying to take the message of use of Toilets for Defecation and continue breaking the bad Menstrual Taboos is the society and increase the awareness on Health and Hygiene. We would also be really happy to know your feedbacks and views on various issues in the society relating to our Project. We wish you a wonderful Quarter ahead.

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