Support underprivileged children begin their educational journey by UDAAN India Foundation

Support underprivileged children begin their educational journey

Impact

Little Shabnam no longer spends her days doing domestic chores

"I have always wanted my children to be educated and stand on their own feet. I want my girl to be equally educated as my son. I don't want my daughter to get married early, like I did. My daughter will be an independent person in life." This was Shabnam's mother's dream for her.

Shabnam Seth is a 5 year old girl who lives with her parents in the construction workers' slum in Powai, Mumbai. Both her parents are daily wage workers. Their family income was less than Rs.6000/- ($83) per month. School was never considered a priority. Even at that tender age, little Shabnam would help her mother with daily household chores.

One of the Udaan Kindergarten teachers who was conducting an outreach program in the colony saw Shabnam. They counselled her parents to send her to school. Her mother couldn't believe that they could now not only send her to school but also an English school.

They enrolled in the Kindergarten at Udaan and made a commitment that they will enroll her in a government (BMC) school after kindergarten.

Shabnam now studies in the Tirandaz Municipal School in Powai. She loves school and her new friends. Her day is no longer filled with domestic chores but rather learning and playing with her friends. She also gets a nutritious snack before she goes back home.

Today her mother can't hold back her happiness seeing her young girl speak in English.

Children like Shabnam can dream of future beyond the slums with a little sustained support from donors like you.

Your help can make many more poor children like Shabnam. You can donate so that they can get an education which can change their lives. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Early Education
What you get
Tax Exemption
Periodic Reports
Program Description

The Kindergarten program at Udaan is a one year foundation level programme that aims to facilitate school readiness for children of 4-6 years from low income communities.

Donations to this program cover the cost of teachers' salaries in the schools

The program aims at building a strong foundation in numeracy, language and social skills in a safe, secure and happy learning environment.

There are 4 Kindergarten centres run by Udaan located in the construction workers' slum in Powai, Tirandaz MCGM School in Powai, Udaan Learning Centre at Pawar Public School, Chandivali, and MPS School Varsha Nagar, Vikhroli Parksite.

The average class size of this programme is 30 with a teacher student ratio of 1: 15. The school admissions work on both outreach by the Udaan staff as well as direct enquiries by the parents.

The students belong to low-income communities in and around the school. The class teacher follows up on any absentee students if they do not attend school for more than 3 days and takes corrective action as appropriate.

Impact of the program are as follows:

School readiness in children

Awareness of desired behaviour

Foundation for basic literacy and numeracy, fine and gross motor skills

Development of social skills

Increased parental awareness about education

The Kindergarten programme at Udaan has been operational since 2009.

The Udaan Kindergarten runs daily for three hours every Monday through Friday from June to March. The KG team of 10 lead teachers, 10 assistant teachers, and 2 supervisors are responsible for implementation of the programme. Their remuneration is provided from Udaan India Foundation.

When you donate to this program you help poor children take their first steps in education that can change their life.

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About The NGO

UDAAN India Foundation
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UDAAN India Foundation

Udaan India Foundation works with the motive of enabling a brighter future for children from low-income communities by providing them with desired knowledge, skills, values and support to achieve their true potential.

The foundation of what Udaan is today was laid in 2004 when a group of people came together to help children from the construction workers' community to get into mainstream schools. Thus began Project Udaan. The overwhelming progress shown by the children enrolled at Udaan Learning Centre programs over the years paved the way for Project Udaan to be registered as Udaan India Foundation in 2009.

Mamta Rangan founded Udaan India Foundation as the informal Project Udaan. Taking a sabbatical from the corporate sector, her move to Mumbai brought her face to face with the stark inequities that we so often fail to notice in our busy lives. Her belief, "education is key to Change" led her to start Project Udaan to help children of construction workers to enrol in mainstream schools. The project was registered as a non-profit in 2009 to support the educational needs of children from low-income communities. The organisation today offers a range of programs that include Kindergarten, Learning Center, School Support, Saturday Club, Library, Alumni support and Scholarships and Skills Enhancement.

No. of 10th students for mentoring, guidance and scholarships program - 123

No. of support learning programmes for Municipal school - 755

No. of children from low-income community for Pre school programme - 83

No. of youths for spoken English and computer literacy courses - 202

No. of children for after school programme in Municipal school - 392

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Mamta Rangan

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Children | education

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Maharashtra

last audited
Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

December 2018

reporting
Verification Visit Reports
Verification Visit Reports

Verification Report 1

Verification Report 2

Program Updates

Program Updates

5 October, 2021

Programme Impact Report

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Udaan India Foundation’s (Udaan) pre-primary School Support Programme is an in-school intervention, where we work with students of Jr. KG and Sr. KG in Model Public School, Varsha Nagar in Vikhroli (West), Mumbai to make them school-ready, and enhance quality education in municipal schools. During the academic year 2020-21, we bridged the digital divide by providing smart devices to each child, and swiftly adapted to virtual learning with an emphasis on providing access to students to quality education, and preventing learning loss during the pandemic. Our focus between January and June 2021 was to strengthen synchronous learning in the virtual setting. With a fixed timetable, and 2 hours of synchronous learning engagement every day, our students achieved their learning outcomes. In addition to focusing on foundational numeracy and literacy skills, we also focused on building resilience in our students, by integrating life skills into the curriculum. The curriculum included sessions on identifying and dealing with feelings and emotions, building self-awareness and personal safety. The sessions were implemented through stories, videos, discussions, art-based activities and games. Major highlights from January 2021 to June 2021• Virtual competitions provided students with an opportunity to present their learnings. In January 2021, students of Jr. KG and Sr. KG participated in the competition titled, ‘What makes me unique. While some students shared their talent in dancing makes them unique, some shared their ability to help others in the house makes them unique. • Term End Assessments were conducted in March 2021 to assess learning outcomes in the students. The median score for Jr.KG and Sr. KG was 98%. All students performed well and were promoted to the next grade. Report cards with a snapshot of their scores were distributed to the parents. • The first-ever virtual summer camp at the School Support Programme was organized from April 1 to April 15, 2021. 216 students engaged in read-aloud activities, storytelling sessions, art-based activities and hands-on experiments. The summer camp was an exciting end to the academic year 2020-2021. • Before the new academic year 2021-22 began, admissions were conducted for both Jr. and Sr. KG. Intensive teacher training was conducted around the flipped classroom approach, specific pedagogical techniques on reading, numeracy, teaching science, classroom management, student and parent engagement and encouraging social-emotional well being of students. • New academic year commenced on June 1st 2021 with 135 students with an average attendance of 78% connected in pre-primary grades. The year started with much fervour with parents being active partners in a child’s learning process.


Challenges faced and next steps

The second wave of the pandemic hit everyone hard. With rising cases, many of our students' families suffered financially and emotionally. Parent-Teacher meetings were conducted to create safe spaces for parents to share their concerns and address them. To address parent’s financial challenges, Udaan recharged phones for students to ease access to virtual learning. Parents were also assured of Udaan’s support, emotionally and in their children’s access to learning. The programme coordinator continues to provide an emotional anchor for parents during weekly well-being check-in calls with them. We connected with several students who had not been a part of the education system over the previous year, due to lack of connectivity. They continue to face the impact of the learning loss. A rigorous remedial learning program set-up continues to cater to their needs. We ensured that class teachers communicated regularly with all students and continue to focus on connecting with students. Our monitoring system included 5 student calls every day. This encouraged student participation and allowed the redressal of any student-specific problem. Over the next six months, we aim to:1. Bridge the digital divide of new students connected this year.2. Ensure reach to 200 pre-primary students with an average attendance above 85%3. Build strong foundations for language and Maths, critical thinking and scientific temperament4. Enhance the physical and emotional well being of our students by focusing on health and hygiene, emotional awareness and resilience.


Stories from the ground

Impact story: Naitik Avadhi is currently a Grade Sr. KG student at Varsha Nagar MPS School. He joined Grade Jr. KG in the School Support Programme in August 2020. Realizing early years of learning for critical growth of a child’s brain, Udaan provided a smartphone to him to provide access to virtual learning. Even then, his parents were not comfortable with online learning. He seldom attended his classes, and when he did, he lacked attention. His mother started to lose hope. Naitik’s class teacher invested time to understand the challenges faced by the family. She had a focused conversation with Naitik’s mother and made her realize the importance of foundational skills that will develop in the initial years of school. She also made her understand the long term impact of any learning loss at this age. Her conversation resulted in improved attendance. Continued focused intervention with Naitik’s mother, extra sessions with Naitik, ensured that by March 2021, he reflected a good grasp on the learning outcomes. Naitik is now in Sr. KG and has a different class teacher. The new class teacher of the year 2021-22 happily shares that Naitik does not show any learning gaps or lack of interest in class and that she could never have guessed that he was once a student who was on the verge of dropping out of school.


23 March, 2021

Udaan 2.0 - No Lockdown on Learning

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In these unprecedented times, more than 1.5 billion students and youth across the planet are or have been affected by school and university closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We, at Udaan India Foundation, decided to ensure ‘No lockdown on Learning’ for our community and in June 2020, the team designed a response intervention to help students meet their basic needs and continue their learning journey. We focused on three themes - connectivity, well-being, and learning. We work with families who are primarily engaged in blue-collar jobs, a sector that was worst hit due to the pandemic and the consequent lockdown. A majority of the students are also first-generation learners. To address the basic needs of the community, we provided ration to 225 disadvantaged families who were worst hit by the lockdown.
A lot of students' families did not own a smartphone. Ones that had access to smartphones had to share it with multiple siblings, faced data constraints, or were taken to work by the parents. The digital divide meant that children could not be engaged meaningfully. To bridge the digital divide and ensure connectivity and access for students, we partnered with ConnectFor to distribute 236 phones and tabs.
Lastly, we set up structures with simple design interventions. We kept in mind that the solutions were low tech, simple, and effective. To achieve this goal, our teachers went through intensive training to upskill their knowledge on how to teach remotely and in a virtual setting. Currently, we have 362 students connected with us virtually. At the learning center, we use the blended learning approach to focus on curricular and co-curricular teaching. Curricular learning is achieved through synchronous and asynchronous learning.
In asynchronous learning, teachers send videos and worksheets to students on WhatsApp, and in synchronous, teachers conduct weekly zoom classes to strengthen the learning and address any gap in their understanding. Creativity and critical thinking is an integral component of the model. These skills are encouraged through weekly project times, art activities, reflection activities, science experiments, problems solving situations, and monthly competitions.



5 July, 2020

Foundation years of 21st century learners!

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Foundation years of 21st century learners!




In the last quarter, the focus of the programmes was on providing unique learning opportunities for the children. The emphasis was on co-scholastic learning to ensure the children become confident learners with enhanced general awareness and good communication skills. Children of Grade 1 and Grade 2 participated in a Spell Bee competition that enabled them to memorize spellings and learn the meanings of words in a context. The learners from these grades also participated in the General Knowledge quiz that strengthened their general awareness. During Sports day, held on 7th and 8th January 2020, students and volunteers participated in various games such as relay race, hurdles race, hoop race and cone weave race that ensured they learnt collaboration, team work, handling failures and celebrating victories. Focusing on building scientific temperament in children, the first ever science exhibition was conducted in the school, where 20 students of Grade 1 and Grade 2 explained concepts of science ranging from rotation of Earth to solubility to magnetism. The first ever annual day with more than 100 participants was organized on 28th and 29th February 2020 to provide an opportunity for children to showcase their creative talents. The students performed in the musical based on the theme - Mumbai. From showcasing the Koli community, to highlighting Mumbai as an entertainment and financial capital, to celebrating the spirit of Mumbaikars, the children enthralled all with their performances. In our school support programme, the highlight of the quarter was that parents became partners in their children’s learning and actively participated across all events.



19 November, 2019

Kids engaged in diverse extra-curricular activities

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Kids engaged in diverse extra-curricular activities








22 July, 2019

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Program Update


The Kindergarten programme at Udaan provides access to affordable preschool holistic learning to children from low income communities. The programme aims at facilitating school readiness, developing language, numeracy and social skills in addition to engaging parents in the child's learning process. The focus of the last quarter was on building creativity, communication and general awareness of children through fancy dress competition, story telling competition, and general knowledge quiz. Sports is an integral part of child's learning at Udaan Kindergarten. Children enthusiastically participated in the Annual Sports Day while proud parents cheering for their little ones.


Story from the field


Sakshi Upadhyay lives with her guardians in Varsha Nagar community in Vikhroli Parksite. Her father, Vikas Upadhyay, is a farmer and mother, Sadhana Upadhyay is a home maker. Both her parents live at their native place in U.P and Sakshi came to Mumbai at the age of 5 years to live with her relatives.
Away from her parents when Sakshi joined Udaan Kindergarten at MPS Varsha Nagar,in August 2019 she used to cry a lot. Scared about the new environment, she was introverted and would just sit in one place and not participate in classroom activities. With constant care, motivation and support from her class teacher, within few months Sakshi became comfortable and adjusted to the new environment. Also, the class teacher regularly met her guardians to ensure they are equally supportive towards her at home.
Through the active partnership between the teachers and her guardians, Sakshi has become an active learner. She is usually the first one to answer any questions and loves reciting rhymes. She has become more social and interacts with her classmates and teachers with confidence. She participated in Dance and MPS Sports Day and scored 1st position in hula hoop race. She has shown a positive learning curve and enjoys coming to school. She now maintains a high attendance and was one of the top students in final assessments


What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?250
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date264
Village/City/State where project is locatedPowai, Mumbai
Total Budget for the project for FY18-192009494
Total Expenses for the project YTD1748032