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.
Dec 9, 2014

Moving Forward... Improving Sanitation in Schools!

Girls in School
Girls in School

Dear Friends,

It has been a busy few months at Reaching Hand and we having been reaching out to new schools who are in need! This year we have partnered with schools in the North of Bangalore, and we are now working with 35 schools that have a huge requirement for help in many areas such as sanitation, infrastructure, and resources.

Surveys in schools

We have been undertaking needs assessments in each of our schools to identify areas of focus and which schools are in particular need of help with water facilities, toilets and the overall cleanliness and safety of the infrastructure. We are also documenting all the girls from the 5th Standard who are reaching/going through puberty to monitor their attendance and therefore document the impact made through our programs.

Toilets for All!

In preparation for our factory set up and the distribution of Reaching Hand’s very own brand of sanitary wear, this quarter we are concentrating on building toilets for our partnered schools. It is the case that many schools we work with lack the proper infrastructure for clean and sanitary toilets. Some schools do not have any functional facilities at all. Some are in a state of disrepair and do not have separate toilets for boys and girls. We have identified the first 10 schools that are in real need of toilet facilities and we are working towards constructing separate male and female toilets in all of them together with hand-washing facilities.  Without a clean and private toilet, we are finding that menstruating girls are often missing school due to pain, lack of management options (lack of sanitary wear) or embarrassment.

In the Making…

We are working towards creating our very own factory set up!  Now we are underway with our plans of a small manufacturing unit at our site in Manchappana Hosahalli Village, Hobli, Bangalore North. Producing our own napkins will allow us to provide napkins to over 25,000 girls in five years. It will also allow us to employ and provide incomes to the local women in the village, empowering them to contribute to their households.

Feeling Festive!

We are fast approaching Christmas, and this year we are distributing ‘Christmas Care Packages’ in our schools for every student. If you would like to contribute towards this drive and help provide hygiene items such as soaps for hand washing and the napkins. Please do consider donating to our cause in this festive season. Just $8 can provide a hygiene package to a girl, along with some school essentials!

We wish all our supporters and well-wishers a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Please do keep our children in your thoughts and help us build a successful project for years to come!

Warm wishes,

The Reaching Hand Team

The Current Situation in many Schools
The Current Situation in many Schools
Unusable Toilets for Girls
Unusable Toilets for Girls
Land for the Factory
Land for the Factory

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Nov 28, 2014

"Now We are on Top of the World...!"

The Children Perform
The Children Perform 'As Long as You Love Me'

Monisha Reaches Nationals!

We are so very proud of Monisha, who participated in the ICSE National Athletics Meet on 6th and 7th November. Monisha ran the 200m and came 4th in the heats. Back in September Monisha went straight through to competing at National level after taking 1st place against 47 other schools in Karnataka. Narrowly missing out on the finals, Monisha is continuing her training at Kanteerava Stadium three times a week under the guidance of a Personal Coach (an Asian Gold Medallist) and is working hard towards the next competitions!

The Stars at St. Michaels!

23 of our children study at St. Michaels English medium School. On the 15th and 17th November, our children took part in the Annual Sports Day, and once again stunned the Reaching Hand family by bringing home 55 medals! Together, all 23 children won 28 Gold, 12 Silver and 15 Bronze. Also a huge congratulations to Sneha, Leshini and Sigesh who are the new Individual Champions, bringing home 3 Championship Trophies!

Leshini and Sneha also took part in an Inter School Relay Competition at St. Charles’ School and came third place, winning the Bronze medal!

Settling in to their new Schools

The children have settled in well at their new schools, Capstone and Brighton Community Schools, both of which are English Medium Schools.

We have 7 children studying at Brighton School, and are delighted that our boy Prem Kumar (7th Standard) has been selected as Head Boy! We are happy to report a very positive response from the teachers, who were very impressed by the children in the first parent and teachers meetings. All the children are doing a fantastic job in their academics and sports, as well as enjoying the extra-curricular activities on offer there, such as Karate. Another 12 students are studying in Capstone Community School, a new school that only recently opened, Capstone offers more individual attention to our children who need it. They offer a host of activities in their lovely campus, such as home sciences, gardening, and music. In November, the Capstone children celebrated Children’s Day by visiting to a local old age home, where they brought small gifts to give the elderly. Esther has especially shone in school, and has been selected as class monitor, as well as extra responsibilities such as organising the Teacher’s Day event!

 As Long As You Love Me

Our volunteers have been working hard on creating a special video of some of our children covering their favourite song ‘As Long As You Love Me’ by Justin Bieber. All thanks to the tremendous efforts of Davin Lama (Beatboxer), Shaktiraj Singh Jadeja (Film maker), Smita (Arts and crafts), Low Rhyderz (Hip hop group) and Jacob Cherian (volunteer) who was the creative force behind the whole project. The children clearly connect to the words in the song and made their own version. They had a fabulous time putting together the performance, as can be seen throughout the video! Please do take a look by following the link below.

We even made it to the social news site BuzzFeed in America! Check out our page by following the BuzzFeed link and be sure to share it amongst your friends!  

All the funds raised from this video are going towards the building of the children’s permanent home. The New Home will be expanded to house up to 100 children in need and will offer a much bigger living space to our children! The plot of land is slowly being developed and we hope to start constructing soon! Please consider donating on Bonus Day to raise funds for this huge project.

Bonus Day!

On the 2nd December, we are participating in Microsoft YouthSpark GivingTuesday on GlobalGiving. For 24 hours we will be competing for "most donors" and "most funds raised" bonus prizes. Additionally, all donations made to our project from the U.S or from the U.K will be matched 100% up to $500 (£300) per donor per project while funds remain. Funds will go quickly, so be sure to set your alarm clocks to make your dollar go further to support our cause!

Important information:

 

  • Microsoft YouthSpark will match up to $500 per donor

 

  • Microsoft has $175,000 USD  to give to campaigns at 2 different times of the day.  FUNDS WILL GO FAST (within 15 minutes!) so it is vital to make the donation at the exact time!  
    • United States  - Donate at these times for matching donations. 
      • 6:00am PST / 9:00am EST   December 2nd
      • 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST    December 2nd
    • UK – Donate at these times for matching donations. 
      • 2:00pm GMT December 2nd
      • 8:00pm GMT  December 2nd 
    • India - Donate at these times for matching donations.  
      • 7:30pm IST   December 2nd
      • 1:30am IST   December 3rd  

Please do consider making a Christmas donation to our children, while the funds have the potential to be doubled!

Looking Ahead….

We are fast approaching the Festive Season, and can’t believe how quickly 2014 has passed! To celebrate Christmas this year we are planning a fun day for the children and they are very much looking forward to their holidays and are working hard on a Christmas performance with a special ‘Jingle hip-hop’ dance! To keep up to date with the children’s activities, please do follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Wishing you happy holidays during the Christmas Season, and again a huge Thank You from all at Reaching Hand! Please do continue to share our cause and contribute to the lives of our children, YOU and your collective efforts make it all a possibility!

 With Warm Regards from the Reaching Hand Team

Monisha Competing at Nationals!
Monisha Competing at Nationals!
Thotsem, Prem (HEAD BOY) and Elisha
Thotsem, Prem (HEAD BOY) and Elisha
Individual Champion Sneha
Individual Champion Sneha
Umesh on top of the Lotus Flower
Umesh on top of the Lotus Flower
Giving Tuesday is on the 2nd December!
Giving Tuesday is on the 2nd December!

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Sep 16, 2014

Thank you for Supporting Steer to Change

Dear Friends,

First of all we would like to say a huge Thank You for showing your support for this project. We are very excited to start this new venture, however we are unable to take it forward at this point in time. At present we are focusing on our Girls Glory Project and continuing to support women in Bangalore through our training in tailoring and embroidery. 

The money donated to this particular project will be used instead towards our Girls Glory Project. Just INR600/- ($10) can provide a girl sanitary wear and women's health education for a year. The money raised through your donations means that we are able to support 10 girls in need! 

For now, we are deactivating Steer 2 Change on Global Giving.... but watch this space! We hope to bring it back in the New Year 2015! 

With warm regards,

The Reaching Hand Team

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