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
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.

Aug 9, 2016

Tears of joy engulfs us as we see our child excel!

Chuimayo, oldest Child of our Home
Chuimayo, oldest Child of our Home

The last couple of months have been eventful, and we want to thank each one of you for your support, encouragement and investment into the lives of our children. The best news of the quarter is that Chuimayo the oldest of our children has finished his schooling and joined in to a reputed college for an Engineering Degree. It was all tears of joy trickling down our eyes as we bid him adieu for a greater future away from home. Anyway we have already started looking forward to his first vacation.

 

Summer Break Internship

During the summer break this year, Thotsem, Monisha and Bhavana interned at the Reaching Hand office. It was a great opportunity for them to see how we functioned, and in turn be a part of giving back to society. As part of their internship, our kids hand-created beautiful quilling thank-you cards that we now use to thank all our supporters and well-wishers.


Back to School
As the new academic year began, we had to shift our kids from Brighton School to R.K. Gautam Techno School, as Brighton was not planning to continue with classes after 8th Grade.

Monisha and Thotsem have joined for 11th Grade in ISC (Commerce). They scored 85% in their ICSE Boards. Being a new School they had to make a new set of friends. Thotsem has got into the football team and Monisha has got into the athletics squad, so that made the transition smoother.

 

Tanu's Recovery

Tanu is back to school, on a wheelchair, specially made so as to rest his operated leg in a horizontal plane. The School authorities have been very supportive and his cheerful face makes it all seem worthwhile. In a month`s time he will be going through another surgery to take off the implants which helped straighten his leg and to get his patella into position. Then he would have a plaster on his entire leg for may be another 45 days. Praying that we would see him walk erect without his wheel chair soon.

 

Our Newest Members

We had to let go of some of our 18 year olds, with a heavy heart, as they do not come under the juvenile Act and as per law cannot stay with us. We have ensured that they are with the right relatives and also continuing with their education. However, we have several new members to our family, including baby Sanha who is our littlest. She is growing fast, keeping us all in splits with her pranks.

 

Building Progress

The construction work is steadily progressing, and we hope to complete the first phase soon that would house 50 girls and 50 boys. Phase one will also include a playground and a cafeteria. Hoping that we will be able to move in the children there by December.

 

Thank you again for all your support. Do continue to support us as we head towards the completion of the First Phase of our New Home building project and continue to build the lives of our Children. Thank you for always being our pillars of support.

New Additions to our Home
New Additions to our Home
Katini wants to become Fashion Designer
Katini wants to become Fashion Designer
Tanu recovering from surgery
Tanu recovering from surgery
Internship at Reaching Hand office
Internship at Reaching Hand office
New admissions
New admissions

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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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