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.
Jun 11, 2014

The Start of Something New

Women
Women's Group

Dear All,

Work has begun on the launch of this exciting new project with Reaching Hand!

The first stage: Reaching Out has been a great success. We have targeted low-income families from poorer communities of Bangalore. Most of the women we met with are domestic workers who earn very little and do not have any kind of financial security. All can speak basic English and are able to communicate in Kannada, the local language. Through this initiative, the women shall have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the income of their households with an average wage of Rs. 8000-12000 per month. This opportunity will have far reaching benefits to the women’s children and family, as increased income to the household will enhance standard of living of all members. The women will be provided with the necessary and relevant skills to take into life; enhancing independence and employability. We have met with various groups of women who are in need of stable employment, and discussed their needs and opinions about taking part in the driver’s training. Met with much excitement, we have over 30 women who want to be involved in our first batch of training!

The Road Ahead…

The next stage in this project is forming partnerships to facilitate the appropriate training for each woman. Reaching Hand shall be working with a driver’s training centre to provide the driving course over 3 months. Once completed the women will have their own driver’s license. Along with the drivers training they shall also be intensively trained on how to:

1. Administer First Aid – by partnering with medical institutions and volunteering medical intern students, the women shall be trained on how to deal with medical emergencies and give first aid.

2. Develop language and communication skills – Reach volunteers will teach soft skills and English speaking skills to the women in classes.

3. Ensure Safety – Reach volunteers and self-defence trainers will teach the women the correct self-defence and safety measures to take for themselves and their passengers, in case of an emergency. Also, they will be taught to use a GPS mapping system fitted within the cars.

A Call for Support

We would like to say a huge thank you for donating towards the empowerment of our women, and being a part of this exciting initiative that will encourage their integration into the wider workforce and society.

The Government of Karnataka is planning to start the taxi services for the women by the women hence we are holding on to this project as of now and will be officially launching this project in the month of August once we get the nod from the Government & corporate partners otherwise it would be very difficult on our part to sustain this project.

Thank you for supporting us,

Reaching Hand Team

Ready to sign up!
Ready to sign up!

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Jun 4, 2014

Girls - Step in to School with Dignity.

Rotary Donation
Rotary Donation

Dear Girl’s Glory supporter, 

We are delighted to share our latest activities from the last three months in this new project with you. First of all, THANK YOU for being a part of this project from the start! It is truly remarkable how far $10/£6 can go in making a difference to girls’ lives by creating awareness about sanitary hygiene, which in turn will benefit her health, education, and rights! 

The project is shaping well as we have been getting excellent support from our stakeholders in terms of their time, skill and resources. We have started this project couple of months ago but have been getting some incredible remarks & feedback from our well-wisher and volunteers. We are planning to start an online global campaign so that everybody is aware about the issue and take this movement forward. The aim of this project is to make sure that the girl children is regularly attending school with confidence and dignity and not dropping out because of their monthly cycle. 

School Year begins… 

The school year has begun and the planning for Menstrual Health sessions are well underway! The program will be delivered through an active network of trained community members and volunteers who give their time, skills and experiences. This will consist of one-hour sessions which will take place in the schools to girls of 6th Standard and above and each new year-group. The sessions will include; a short video, volunteers sharing own experiences, an engaging activity and an opportunity for students to ask questions. This will be followed by the distribution - where the girls will receive sanitary napkins and by which point, will have already been taught how to use them correctly. 

A Great Start! 

We have been busy spreading the word about Girls Glory and it has been met with fantastic response! A huge thank you to the Rotary Club Jeevanbima Nagar, Bangalore for sponsoring 750 packs of sanitary napkins – enough to support 32 girls for an entire year! We are now providing our New Home girls with these napkins also! 

We have also held several stalls at corporate companies, such as Unilever and HP, where we are spreading awareness of this issue and hope to engage many future volunteers! 

The Bangalore TCS 10K Marathon on the 18th May was a huge success, and we would like to say a warm hearted thank you to all who sponsored a Care Champion or ICare runner! Of course a huge thank you to all our fundraisers for the event including Derek Dsouza, Patrick Pitchappa, D.V Krishnan, Ansh Jain, Kumar Raju, Suresh Joel, and Emily Parkes! This is always the biggest event of the year, and this time we were a strong team of over 150 volunteers who ran in the 10K, Majja run (5.7K) and Kingfisher (fancy dress) competition! They all ran to support our Girls Glory project that aims to impact more than 400 girls this year who are studying in the government schools. 

A Special Visit 

The Reaching Hand team made a very special exposure visit at the beginning of June to see the Hoskote factory (20km North East of Bangalore) where affordable sanitary napkins are made! We visited the Mythri factory and watched the process unfold before our eyes as the women were preparing the raw material to the final product! It takes approximately 2.5 minutes to make each sanitary napkin, a relatively quick process that involves three women working at a time. This small factory is able to support 17 women from the village with a stable income working part time.

We are raising funds for this machine so that we can manufacture the napkins locally, have enough capacity for growth, so that we may reach out to over 25,000 girls in the next 5 years, and provide employment for underprivileged women in our area! The estimated cost of one machine with raw material is more than 3.5 lacs ($6,000/ £3,500). 

Thank you once again for your kind support. Please follow us on Facebook for regular updates on Reaching Hand’s work - https://www.facebook.com/ReachingHand

New Home Girls with Napkins
New Home Girls with Napkins
Raw material for a weigh in!
Raw material for a weigh in!
Pressed into shape
Pressed into shape
The Finished Product!
The Finished Product!
Jun 3, 2014

A Summer of Fun for the New Home Children!

First ever dip in the sea!!
First ever dip in the sea!!

Dear All,

It’s been a fun-filled summer for our children at the New Home! From enjoying the beautiful weather in Kerala, to learning fancy tricks and kicks in taekwondo!

Here is what the children have been doing over the last three months… 

Chuimayo Graduates

The first of our children to graduate from 10th Standard! We are so very proud of Chuimayo who received his ICSE results in the 21st May and got an amazing 81% overall, and an astounding 94% in computing and 92% in maths! He also graduated as Football Captain and Head Boy.   

A Special Trip to God’s Own Country… Kerala!!! 

The highlight of the summer was a one week trip to Kochi in Kerala! As March saw the end of the Annual Exams… early April brought in the results. All the children had worked hard and done well, so deserved a well-earned break. With thanks to all our supporters and well-wishers, the entire trip was sponsored… from travel bags and transport to WonderLa waterpark passes! The children could barely sleep leading up to the trip for all their excitement! Check out the photos here -  https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104312771346486228616/albums/6013141745133935089 

After a long, yet comfortable train journey, the children arrived in Kerala for the first time in their lives. "Everything we dreamt of was unfolding before our eyes" said Monisha – one of our girls at New Home. 

Whilst in Kerala, the kids enjoyed a variety of special treats, including boating on the backwaters; visiting Fort Kochi; Kochi Harbour; a cable ride; art gallery; and Boothathankettu (Monster) Dam - The calm lake and the tall mountains provided a perfect setting for a trek through the forests and watching the elephants! The absolute highlight however was cooling off at Kerala’s beaches and splashing around in Wonder La’s many pools! Most of the children had never seen the sea before, and the feeling of sand between their toes was a first! 

Summertime Activities 

As well as some much needed rest and relaxation, our children have been keeping busy throughout the summer with numerous activities! A host of volunteers have kept the children busy with sports, films, crafts, dance, and all kinds of entertainment! The children have also been learning the martial art taekwondo three times a week throughout this summer period! These lessons will be continued throughout the year. All the children’s achievements and work were displayed on May 30th – the New Home Annual Day! The children were delighted to show off their talents in front of Reaching Hand Staff, Trustees and guests and performed dance routines, songs, dramatic sketches, and their taekwondo moves! 

New Prosthetics for Thanu 

Thanu, who was seriously injured in an electrical accident at the age of 4, was delighted to be fitted with his new prosthetic leg on the 22nd May. With great determination, Thanu manages to walk short distances on his own. Now he able to do so with a little more comfort. Thanu was also reunited with his brother, Shashikumar who joined the New Home in April. The brothers are inseparable, and Shashi does a brilliant job caring for his lively and energetic younger brother Thanu! 

Sisters Indra and Sreedevi join our family 

We also welcomed another pair of siblings to the family of New Home on Monday 26th May. Indra and Sreedevi aged about 7 years and 4 years respectively. They do not have a birth certificate, as their single mother is a casual labourer, working on construction sites. The girls have never been to school, and were without a home until now. They are settling in well, and are very well cared for and tended to by the other children! 

Bangalore TCS World 10K Marathon 

On the 18th May, Reaching Hand took part in the biggest event of the year, the Bangalore Marathon! We were a strong team of over 150 volunteers who ran in the 10K, Majja run (5.7K) and Kingfisher (fancy dress) competition! A huge thank you to all who participated, including our Care Champions; Derek Dsouza, Patrick Pitchappa, D.V. Krishnan, Ansh Jain and Emily Parkes; our Corporate Cares partner – HUL, all our volunteers who ran on the day, and of course all donors from Global Giving who sponsored a Care Champion, or donated towards the event! 

It was a fantastic event and we were able to share it with the older children from New Home, who also participated in the run! 

How you can help… 

So the children are looking forward to another year of school ahead… but they are always in need of your kind support! Your small contribution can make a huge difference in our lives as we continue to provide the best possible services to our children.

Bonus Day is coming up! On June 25th, through Microsoft YouthSpark, GlobalGiving are matching any donations made to us by 100%! So for every USD donated, we recieve double the amount! Please do take note in your diary, and donate on this day so we can benefit from this great initiative. 

We would also like to say a huge thank you to GlobalGiving for giving Reaching Hand Superstar Status! 

Don’t forget to like and share our Facebook page for regular updates -  www.facebook.com/ReachingHand

Thank You!!

We look forward to your continued support and enduring relationship. 

With Gratitude

Reaching Hand Team

Taekwondo moves!
Taekwondo moves!
Thanu gets his prosthetic fixed
Thanu gets his prosthetic fixed
Our girls gearing up to run in the marathon!
Our girls gearing up to run in the marathon!
Chuimayo Graduates
Chuimayo Graduates

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