To do our best so that the current generation of underprivileged children living below the poverty line integrates seamlessly within mainstream society.
To impart quality education, and all round development, including skill building, in order to provide avenues for employment that are suited to every child’s dominant intelligence and strengths.
Our Mission Statement
To educate and empower underprivileged children and support them till they are gainfully employed.
What do we do to achieve our Mission?
Going by our motto “The next step…”
We have several levels of intervention to meet the WHO(World Health Organization) model. What follows is a summary of the same.
Creating Young Managers:
We have a Students’ Parliamentary System of administering the Resource Centre. This Student Parliament consists of Head Girl, an Assistant Head Girl, 14 Prefects and Monitors for every class. These Leaders monitor the children’s attendance, discipline, and distribution of snacks, food and other goodies. They make decisions regarding the allotment of duties to juniors, selection of monitors rewards for adaptive behaviour or punishments that will be imposed for maladaptive behaviour.
The Student Parliament checks if the school work has been completed by the children in a neat manner. This has improved the children’s performance in tests and exams and besides their overall behaviour. Our Parliamentary System has empowered the Leaders to mentor a group of youngsters. They learn Assertive skills of giving, receiving and managing Feedback.
They plan their day to accommodate their college assignments, supervise the juniors and their various other responsibilities. This leads to greater Time Management and reduction of Stress in their lives. Since the parliament is “for the children, of the children and by the children” it is the children who elect their leaders for each year thus honing their Decision Making and Problem Solving Skills. The election is followed by an Investiture Ceremony in the presence of some of their Family.
Mothers’ Empowerment Program
We wanted to empower the mothers of our children with Life skills training as well. Our techniques have gone a long way to remove the customary helplessness and frustration that is ingrained in these women especially when they face debilitating social stressors. Mothers Meetings are held every quarter for all the mothers in the Trust. We sensitize these underprivileged semi-literate women in parenting. Meetings are held to build awareness about exam preparations. Some of the other issues discussed are: sensitive disciplinary measures, felicitating top scorers at the final exams, health care, hygiene etc. We also distribute provisions, towels and bed sheets to each family during these meetings.
Office Training Program
Begun a year ago, this program has successfully trained 3 mothers who now help us in the administration of the various programs. They have designated portfolios.
- Procurement Officer: Buys and maintains all supplies required for the smooth running of the programs. This also entails maintenance of accounts for the same. Participates in advocacy of the Trust around the neighborhood and at the schools where the children study.
- Administrative Clerk: Helps in Bank work including depositing and withdrawing money on behalf of the Trust. Helps mothers in depositing money in the Bank and maintaining their passbooks. Attends to phone calls and visitors. Helps in filing work. Reports absenteeism.
- House Mother: Supervises the preparation and distribution of snacks and meals for the children. She also maintains the Resource Center and Learning Center.