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.
May 26, 2015

Summer always ends with good memories

Surya Our little Jugglur
Surya Our little Jugglur

Dear sponsor,

Greetings to all of you from our founder and from Reaching Hand. Hoping all is well with you and your family. Because of all your support, our children are doing well and a belated but not very late Happy Mothers Day to all our sponsors who are also moms.

Here are some highlights of our previous three months.

Acedemics
We had mentioned in the last letter that all the children at Reaching Hand were busy preparing for their exams. Here I am proud to say that most of our children have done exceptionally well in their academics. Our children have yet again made our sponsors like you and Reaching Hand proud of them yet again. This year few children are going to special classes at school as they are going to their 10th grade this academic year which is one of the most important milestone for students in India. Our oldest boy Chuimayo is perceiving his college along with specialized coaching classes.

New Joinees
In the month of April three new children have joined in to our home. All three with different characters. Its a lot of fun having new faces. Thanks to all of you for your continual support. We hope yo touch many more lives like this.

Summer vacation
Meanwhile all our children are enjoying their summer vacations. They had many volunteers and corporates visiting and engaging the children in different activities , outings, character building exercises and games. 

Trip to Goshen Camp center Idukki
Children also got a chance to visit Idukki a tourist spot south of Kerala and stay at a Goshen Camp as part of their summer camp. Their they learned about teamwork and courage and were counselled on various issues that children's face and quality time was also spent with our wardens in building them up and dealing with their issues.

TCS Marathon
On May 17th we had the Tata Consultancy services Marathon at Bangalore and 25of our New Home children ran 5.7 Km for another project of Reaching Hand called the Girls Glory Project through which Reaching Hand along with corporates is building toilets for Girls in Government schools to stop the tabu around menstruation and stop school dropouts.

Home for 500
Its our dream as I mentioned in our previous letter to build a permanent home. We still want lot of funds to start. But we are hoping to start the foundation by August this year. Thank you to all of you for your continual support . Do visit our website for more details on this.

Ruth one of the girls is growing up to be a good composer and singer. Hoping to send you all the songs written by her in the coming letter. And Believe it or not, our girls organised a mothers day party for all the mothers who belong to Reaching Hand family and prepared a sumptuous dinner for them. It was yummy indeed. Maybe you all should visit us and taste it too.You are always invited.

Finally a big thank you again to all of you for your support, wishes and prayers. Do continue supporting us. We grow each day only because of all your supports. 

Warm regards

Children all prepared for the TCS Marathon 2015
Children all prepared for the TCS Marathon 2015
Girls learning dance from an Volunteer
Girls learning dance from an Volunteer
Building made of paper cups by Sigesh
Building made of paper cups by Sigesh
Team Building Activity at the Summer Camp
Team Building Activity at the Summer Camp
Rock Climbing Activity at the summer camp
Rock Climbing Activity at the summer camp

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Mar 11, 2015

All good things comes in small packages

Hi, 

Thank you to all for supporting us in this campaign. It's been a great three months for Reaching Hand. Thanks to your generosity. Our main focus this year has been to build toilets for girls as a part of our project for all the schools adopted by us.We are happy to say the project is going quiet well.

Projects undertaken

As of now with the funds raised we have completed building toilet for the Varanasi School and we have started building two toilets at the Ramamurty Nagar School.The Varanasi School didnt have a toilet which was a very sad condition and the Ramamurty Nagar School had a toilet but in a very unhygeinic condition. So we decided to demolish and reconstruct it and also build a new one as the number of students have increased over the years and the present toilet cannot be used by many students.  

Vending machines of Sanitary Napkins

This is a new idea that we are planning to giving wings to soon about attaching Sanitary Pads Vending Machine with a smart card for each child. Each girl will be allotted 16 sanitary pads every month which can be availed through swiping of the smart cards.This will prevent misuse of funds and pads and prevent corruption and it will also be easier to monitor the impact of the project. 

Color Splashes

As a part of this project, we painted classrooms and verandah of more than 20 Schools along with the help of volunteers from the corporates. It was overwhelming to see the joy on the faces of the students on seeing their newly painted classrooms.

Education on Health and Hygiene

We did two programs educating the children, teachers and parents about health and hygeine. Some of the topics covered were- How to take care of their health, Importance of washing hands, How to use sanitary napkins and methods of disposal,etc. Recently on March 6th we celebrated Women's day with more than 100 women which included teachers,parents and students and conducted a Health and Hygiene workshop along with other women empowerment topics.

Upcoming Projects

In the coming three months we are planning to construct toilets in 15 schools for which the design has already been drawn by the Architect and we'll be holding more Health and Hygiene workshops in all these schools. As of now, we are on the look out for many more workers for constructing the toilets to speeden the construction and daily wage workers for the maintenance of the toilets. We are also planning to Run for this project in the coming up Tata Consultancy Services marathon on May17.It is going to be a huge international event. Do join us for the run if you are in Bangalore, India during that time for the Marathon.For more details do visit our website here.

Thank you again for your generosity.Please continue supporting us as we aim to impact 10000 girls this year. Do feel free to come and visit these projects or to find out more about our activities, please do follow us on Facebook, or Twitter. For further information, or contributions, please click to view our website here.

Toilet built by Reaching Hand at Varanasi School
Toilet built by Reaching Hand at Varanasi School
Toilet at Ramurthynagar School being recostructed
Toilet at Ramurthynagar School being recostructed
Conditions of toilets in Schools
Conditions of toilets in Schools
Women
Women's Day Program
Women
Women's Day Program-2

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Feb 18, 2015

The journey of a thousand mile starts with single step.

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness

Wishing everyone a happy new year 2015 and a big thank you to everyone who donated to us on the Microsoft Youth Sparks Giving Tuesday. Our children had a wonderful Christmas in 2014 and have started off their new year with more medals and prizes. The kids are back to School after the Christmas and New Year Break. Some went back to Unit Tests and others to results of Unit Tests done before the holidays.

Awards

Our Nine kids at Brighton brought in 20 medals (6 Gold, 7 Silver,7 Bronze )at the Athletic Meet in School. Prem the Head Boy of Brighton School led the March Past. Sam was the Torch runner. They have also made us Proud!!!(Photo has been attached below). Brighton school had their Annual Day .All the children participated in dances, singing and skit.Prem won the 2nd Prize in the All Rounders Category.Sneha also won a prize for Sports.  (Photo has been attached below)

Christmas Program

Capstone School had a Special Christmas Program on 20th Dec. Tanu who joined School this year for the first time acted as Joseph in the Christmas Scene and seated close to him with scarved heads are Indra and Shreedevi both first timers at School. They were the Shepherds. All the children took part in dances or skit and put up a Good show considering that many of them were first time on Stage.(Photo has been attached below)

Young Supporters of Bengaluru Football Club

 New Home children were delighted to support Bengaluru FC in their match against Pune on 25th Jan. BFC cares sponsored the tickets for our kids. They cheered Bengaluru but Pune won. Our young fans while analysing the debacle are still thrilled that their dream of watching a match at the Stadium came true.(Photo has been attached below)

Twitter Bomb Fundraiser

On the 10th of February, at the sparkling idea of one of our volunteer Emily Parkes along with Jacob Cherian had run a twitter bomb campaign titled '#Homefor500' which aimed at getting the attention of Justin Beiber to watch the video 'As long as you love me' and direct him to fund for building a dream home for our children and also staff many other homeless children. As per the analysis of Talwalker Stats it reached upto 55.1 million viewers in 7 days. As a result of the amazing impact of this campaign website like opnlttr ,giveforgranted , folomojo , homegrown , techtraveleatrepeat and The Hindu Newspaper (Photo has been attached below) featured our campaigns. Not sure if Justin Beiber had viewed the video, but still our wonderful volunteers haven't given up their hopes yet and are still hopeful of the positive results. If you would also like to join in, do visit #homefor500 on twitter and retweet the posts and you can add in your innovations too.

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work learning from failure.” ~ General Colin Powell.

Exam time

In the month of January the kids were fully into their books giving their last unit tests for the year as all the academic events have come to an end and kids are busy preparing for the upcoming annual exams. Most of our kids are doing well in their studies, except few for whom special tuitions are being given.

Coming up

We’ll be continuing with the twitter campaign #Homefor500 to build Home for the kids, as we are in urgent need to build a home for the new home kids with a capacity of accommodating 500 kids, as the proprietor of the place where these kids are currently residing wants it back. Meanwhile the kids are busy preparing for their upcoming exams and are also excited about the upcoming vacations which is the most exciting time for our kids as they anticipate going on tours and outings.

Thank You again from all at Reaching Hand! You are a generous and valued member of our community. If you would like to schedule a visit to see, firsthand, the difference your gift is making, please contact Reaching Hand.Our sincere thanks for your support throughout the years.

Warm Regards

Reaching Hand Team

A victorious pose.
A victorious pose.
Champions.
Champions.
Our little one
Our little one's in Christmas program at school.
An hug can say what words cannot
An hug can say what words cannot
Dance Competition at School.
Dance Competition at School.
#Homefor500 featured in The Hindu Newspaper
#Homefor500 featured in The Hindu Newspaper

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