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.
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

Sep 8, 2014

Taking Action Inspires our Girls!

Our Girls
Our Girls

Dear Friends,

It has been a tremendous month for the Girls Glory project, as we officially launched the programme in schools, and met with inspirational individuals who are making their mark! Here is what we have been up to over the last 3 months...

Girls Glory has its Official Launch!

A significant day for the Girl’s Glory project, we are pleased to report that on Saturday, July 12th we officially launched the Girl’s Glory Project in our partnered schools! The event was held in our Higher Primary school, Vijinapura, with thanks to the Headmistress and teachers there. We welcomed many special guests, including School officials – the MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly), BEO (Block Education Officer), our friends from our partnered corporations and Rotary Club as well as our Chairman and Trustees. We would like to add a special thanks to the teachers, volunteers and our staff who coordinated the event successfully! It was a fun morning, filled with some traditional dances and short plays from the children, speeches and the first ever distribution to our girls, led by the MLA! More than 500 children were present and of which 200 young girls from 16 different schools got the sanitary napkins for the first time. The children were joyous and so are we.

Gaining Inspiration from an “Unlikely Crusader”

We had the pleasure of meeting Arunachalam - Who was recently voted as one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People’ 2014 by TIME - http://time.com/70861/arunachalam-muruganantham-2014-time-100/

Arunachalam is now famed across the world for creating a cheap and easy to use machine that makes sanitary napkins at very lost cost. In the beginning, he was simply trying to help his wife, who was using old and dirty rags to manage her monthly periods. Soon he realised many women faced this dilemma, as commercial napkins were too high in cost for many in the community. His venture was not easy, and Arunachalam shared with us his amazing story, where he faced separation from his wife, disowned from his mother and ostracised by his community. Through all of his struggles, he now supplies machines to rural communities, employing local women and providing sanitary wear to millions of women in India, parts of Africa and South America!

We are still working towards a machine of Arunachalam so that we can provide local women an income in manufacturing the napkins as well as supply our girls in our partnered Government Schools. If you would like to support us in this venture, where we can sustainably supply napkins, and reach out to 25,000 girls in need, please donate to this project today!

A Sponsored Swim in Support of Girls Glory!

We are greatly encouraged by Ruth for supporting this project by setting up a fundraiser for her 10K swim (the aquatic equivalence of a marathon!) along the River Dart in Devon, U.K. Ruth is taking part in the Dart 10K on Sunday 14th September. Ruth has been braving the waves and waters come rain or shine over the last 6 months in preparation for the challenge! We wish Ruth all the very best for her swim and braving the cold waters. A huge THANK YOU to Ruth, her family, friends and those who have already contributed towards her challenge!

If you would like to show your support for Ruth and her efforts, as well as our Girl’s in need of sanitary education and hygiene, please do sponsor her swim by following the link below -

http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/fundraisers/9649/

If you are feeling inspired by Ruth’s efforts, why not challenge yourself and raise money for a good cause? Fundraisers are a fantastic way to get involved in something good, and are very easy to set up with the help of the Global Giving platform. Please do contact us for ideas, fundraising advice or participation in our upcoming fundraising events. You can reach out to emilyparkes@reachinghand.org

Coming Up….

We are fast approaching Daan Utsav (formerly known as the Joy of Giving Week) which takes place every year in the first week of October. Daan Utsav is India's "festival of giving"! Launched in 2009, the festival is celebrated every year, in the week including Gandhi Jayanti, (October 2-8), and brings together Indians from all walks of life, to celebrate "giving". It is a celebration of people giving their time, money, resources and skills back to society through volunteering, donating and fundraising.

Reaching Hand is taking part in several events and activities during Daan Utsav, including ‘Under the Stars’ on Wednesday the 1st October bring in the festivities! Under the Stars is happening for the second time in India and is an event that invites people to take up the challenge of sleeping rough for a night without shelter in the city. This is in support of, and to raise awareness for those who face homelessness across India.

We are also looking forward to holding our first ever Reach Inter-Corporate Charity Olympics on Saturday the 11th October. After such a great response to our 2 previous ‘Goals to Goodness’ football events, we are now adding an array of sports for participants to take part in, including, football, basketball, cricket, volleyball and throw ball!

Once again, a huge thank you to you all for encouraging us and supporting our children at Reaching Hand.

We urge you continue carrying that compassion and care for our children in need… together we can make huge changes in their lives and reach out to many more who need it!

 

 

 

Distribution of Napkins at the Launch
Distribution of Napkins at the Launch
Each Girl Received Their Very Own Sanitary Kit
Each Girl Received Their Very Own Sanitary Kit
Reaching Hand Team meet Arunachalam
Reaching Hand Team meet Arunachalam
Ruth gearing up for her BIG SWIM!
Ruth gearing up for her BIG SWIM!
Ruth in Action!
Ruth in Action!

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Sep 5, 2014

A New Term Met With Much Excitement!

Our Children Performing on Stage with Toccata
Our Children Performing on Stage with Toccata

Dear Friends,

This quarter we at Reaching Hand have focused on the futures of our children, from ensuring quality education that is built around each of our children's needs, to raising funds and awareness to build them a permanent home. Please read on!

Thank you!

 

A Shining Start at School

For Tanu, Indra and Shree who recently joined the New Home family, it was School for the first time in June. They are all attending the local Capstone Community School, where they receive the best individual support and attention so they may learn important basics such as English and Maths at their own pace.  They are responding in a great way, and have already picked up a great deal of English! It has been a pleasure for all the staff and minders to see how easily they have adapted to their new surroundings, friends and teachers. They simply love school! They have found the teachers are very kind, with few in a class they get undivided attention and even learning is taught in a fun way!

For Shashi and Bhavana (also studying in Capstone Community College) it was a significant shift from a Kannada and Telugu Government school to an English Medium School. In their words - "Now we wait for each day to go to School!" Every morning is met with a brilliant smile.

All five of the children acted in an English skit (short play) on Independence Day.

Sneha won the first prize and Praveena won the second prize in Solo singing in a Competition at St. Michaels School. Jyothi also sang during the Independence Day celebrations at Brighton School.

Taking on the World with His Next Steps... 

Our first boy in college, Chuimayo is thoroughly enjoying his time at CMR College, Bangalore. Chuimayo is fascinated by Science, and is currently studying Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Maths and French. He has recently been selected to be a part of his School`s football team, and has already participated in matches against other local colleges!  

Toccata – A Musical Extravaganza for Reaching Hand!

Over the last 3 months, the Reaching Hand Team focused on our event ‘NOSTALGIA’, presented by the Toccata Musical Foundation based in Ireland.  “Toccata”, a group of professional and semi-professional UK based musicians, features Top West-End soloists and a UN recognised orchestra. United in the mission to use their collective talents to help support charities such as Reaching Hand, Toccata performed for our cause on the 2nd and 3rd August in Chowdiah Memorial Hall.

A huge team of over 70 musicians, singers and dancers came to Bangalore to perform some classic songs from ABBA and Elton John to a traditional Kenyan song – Malika!

The event raised money for the construction of a permanent home for our children at New Home. At present the New Home is situated in rented buildings. It will also allow expansion so that we can care for 50 more children in need.  

In their performances, Toccata worked with our children, incorporating them into their performances with the opening and closing acts! A small team of three Toccata performers spent a week working with our children, practising songs and dance and working on their performance. The children were thrilled to be a part of it, as well as watching a brilliant show!

If you would like to help build a permanent place for our children, please donate today!

Coming Up….

We are fast approaching Daan Utsav (formerly known as the Joy of Giving Week) which takes place every year in the first week of October. Daan Utsav is India's "festival of giving"! Launched in 2009, the festival is celebrated every year, in the week including Gandhi Jayanti, (October 2-8), and brings together Indians from all walks of life, to celebrate "giving". It is a celebration of people giving their time, money, resources and skills back to society through volunteering, donating and fundraising.

Reaching Hand is taking part in several events and activities during Daan Utsav, including ‘Under the Stars’ on Wednesday the 1st October bring in the festivities! Under the Stars is happening for the second time in India and is an event that invites people to take up the challenge of sleeping rough for a night without shelter in the city. This is in support of, and to raise awareness for those who face homelessness across India.

We are also looking forward to holding our first ever Reach Inter-Corporate Charity Olympics on Saturday the 11th October. After such a great response to our 2 previous ‘Goals to Goodness’ football events, we are now adding an array of sports for participants to take part in, including, football, basketball, cricket, volleyball and throwball!

To be updated regularly on our events and happenings at Reaching Hand, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Once again, a huge thank you to you all for encouraging us and supporting our children at Reaching Hand. We urge you continue carrying that compassion and care for our children in need… together we can make huge changes in their lives and reach out to many more who need it!

 

 

 

 

Fabulous Show by Toccata
Fabulous Show by Toccata
New Home Children Attending Brighton School
New Home Children Attending Brighton School
Our Children at Capstone Community School
Our Children at Capstone Community School
A New Term for St. Michaels School Children
A New Term for St. Michaels School Children

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