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
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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Nov 17, 2015

A new ray of hope !

Saraswathi with the lantern she made
Saraswathi with the lantern she made

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies,” said Andy Dufresne played by Tim Robbins in a letter to his friend Red (Morgan Freeman) in the uplifting movie The Shawshank Redemption. He was talking about how hope keeps us going in the most difficult of times, carrying us through the storms of life in the anticipation of better, brighter days. For us at Reaching Hand all of you donors are our ray of hope which brings light to the children at New Home. 

The New Building 

On the 26th of August, We gladly laid the foundation stone of the New Home permanent home building for our children which we are hoping to complete the Phase II i.e the construction of ground floor which can accommodate 100 Children along with canteen, play area and recreational area by October 2016 tentatively according to the flow of funds. Attached below is the 3D final design. 

The Children

All the children are doing well except for their naughtiness sometimes which is very common in childhood. They had 10 days’ vacation for the two main festivals in India the Dussehra and Diwali during which they got to visit a resort and also were visited by various visitors. They also engaged in making diwali lanterns (Photo attached) for Diwali sale at a mall and a corporate. They also had Sports meet conducted at New Home in honour of Uday Marty an Intel VP who tragically died in a mountaineering accident. The children had lot of fun. ( Photo Attached). The children were taken to STD Chartered Bank on study tour which was very informative to them, esp. the older children. (Photo Attached)

School Events

August is the time for competitions like singing, dancing, elocution, and painting. Some of our children did extremely well. In September children had Sports day at St. Michael`s .Our 21 children brought in 57 medals (29 Gold,21 Silver,7 Bronze) and Sneha, Sivaganesh and Praveena won Individual championship trophies in their respective categories. Thomba was adjudged as the Chess Champion of 2015. PRAVEENA WAS ADJUDGED AS THE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION IN THE JUNIOR CATEGORY ( which means she has won 5 medals gold and silver in various athletic events).We could not help but scream as each of our children won prizes after prizes. Every achievement boosts the morale of the kids. As we see our children become leaders year after year, we are absolutely thrilled and we Thank God for the talent and abilities they are blessed with. (Photos Attached)

The Diwali Fundraiser

During Diwali, Volunteers sold few products made by our children and products from other organisation for 9 days and raised about INR 21000 as profit. The children had exciting time making it. (Photos attached) 

A big thank you for your support which is indeed making a difference in the lives of our children and will continue too. Do continue supporting us and it would be great too if you could send us back your feedbacks and suggestions to with regards to anything about holistic development of children and how we can provide improved care to our children.

Best Wishes

Reaching Hand 

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony
Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony
Proposed Girls Hostel Building
Proposed Girls Hostel Building
Girls Posing with their medals from Sports Day
Girls Posing with their medals from Sports Day
Boys playing sack race
Boys playing sack race
Visit to STD Chartered Bank
Visit to STD Chartered Bank
Sep 10, 2015

Success is not final,it is the courage to continue

Girls at the Government School
Girls at the Government School

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

                                                                                                                                         - Winston S. Churchill

June-September was a very eventful month for Reaching Hand in terms of all the activities that’s happened under the Girls Glory Project and the progress we have made in reaching out to 2500 Girl Students from 10 Schools. Thanks to you for your constant support and wishes.

Healthy Sanitation Project

We are glad to inform you that we have successfully built 9 toilets for School Girls and renovated 5 existing toilets for boys in 10 Schools in various parts of Bangalore. As Winston S. Churchill said we are pressing on courageously believing on the backing support from you and all our sponsors and have again started constructing another 5 Toilet buildings in 5 more schools. We are hopeful that we’ll be able to reach out to at least 30 Schools by the end of this year.

Health and hygiene education

Last term, we were blessed with two foreign national volunteers from United States of America and Jamaica, who passionately took up this project and conducted health, sanitation and hygiene education for the girls of the 6th to 8th STD students in 4 Government Schools. They also prepared study materials and also handouts for each of the girls. We were also able to give each of the attendees Sanitary Pads, Tissue rolls, Hand Sanitizer and some hygiene awareness book marks.

It was really shocking for us to find out the grip of menstrual tabu and lack of awareness in most of the girls and how they never enquired from the parents about all the restrictions they were put into during their menstrual period. Thanks to our volunteers who helped us in breaking this tabu and educating the girls about the reason for these superstitious practices and to break out of it and also educating them about menstrual hygiene.

Need of the hour

Proper sanitation facility is the most needed approach in India to stop school dropouts and also to arrest the epidemics. It is found according to the latest statistic that 1.3 crore toilets built by government in our nation remain non-functional and become defunct.

Hence Reaching Hand wants to keep stretching out its hands as far as possible and reach out to as many Govt. Schools as possible with your help and stop this issue from progressing. For doing so, we need your continued support. Thank you for your generous support.

Warm Regards

Reaching hand

Girls waiting for the chief guests for the opening
Girls waiting for the chief guests for the opening
Inaugral function of Girls Glory
Inaugral function of Girls Glory
The volunteers who made H&H education possible
The volunteers who made H&H education possible
The volunteers who made H&H education possible
The volunteers who made H&H education possible

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