Every monthly donation helps educate more kids like Rashid
Rashid was seven when lost his father and due to financial constraints they were rendered homeless. Rashid discontinued his education and started helping his mother, a street vendor. They earn about Rs.2000/- ($31) monthly.
He was then enrolled in the Education Centre. Rashid is a quick learner. He is an average student but a positive child. He's always ready to learn new things. With guidance, he has blossomed into a confident student. He currently studies in 4th grade. Rashid loves to play cricket, dancing and participates in all the cultural events of the School.
The nominal school admission charges have been waived off for him. He is also provided free books and uniform. Children like Rashid are looking for your help for their education.
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You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month
What the beneficiary gets
EMSRD runs a school for the school dropouts children in an urban slum in Ghaziabad. The parents of the children do not have a steady income. The beneficiaries come from the destitute families that earn less than Rs 4000 per month and they work as rickshaw pullers, auto drivers etc.
Unaware of the importance of education, they do not send their children to school. The school is situated in the same locality where these children come from for easy access. The eligible beneficiaries are identified through surveys.The school runs both formal and non-formal classes as well as a computer room and a library.They are also provided school supplies.
The progress of the child is regularly tracked.After class V, the children are admitted to the nearby Govt. school.A donation to this program can help in re-enrolling a child back into school and save their education.
Empowering Minds Society for Research and Development
25 November, 2021
Education of underprivileged Children during Pandemic
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
The Empowering Minds Education Centre was closed due to the pandemic situation. But the board and the staff worked on various strategies to support the children and their families during this challenging period. A survey was conducted to find out who many families have smartphones, normal phones, and those who have no phones. As per availability, the classes were conducted online through WhatsApp and other means. For those children who do not have any phones, the teachers made visits to their houses, gave worksheets, and teach them. Some of them were also brought to the centre in batches of 10 children and following all the norms were given classes. In March final exams were In May and June, Summer Camp was conducted for children so that they come out from their houses and do some fun activities following learning by doing. They felt rejuvenated. During this period their families were supported with Rations like Rice, Pulses, Oil, Salt, Sugar, Flour, etc. They were also provided Sanitation Kits like Sanitizer, Masks, soaps, etc.Total 210 beneficiaries joined the program. The break-up of beneficiaries is 121 Girls and 89 boys.
Challenges faced and next steps
The centre faced a lot of difficulties especially at the peak of COVID in April and May. Many families had their members suffering from the infection. However, with awareness and counselling, they were taken care of. Thankfully the symptoms were not acute. There were few cases where the child had lost the family members to COVID.Another challenge was how to reach out to the children for their education and food. As families had started going to their village due to loss of livelihood, lack of food etc. These challenges were overcome by supporting them to get petty jobs and with Ration distribution. Awareness was made that people get their vaccination done. The centre is working towards conducting all the activities which are there in the curriculum. With the subject classes, it is also decided to celebrate all the National and Religious functions in the community following the norms of social distancing, wearing masks and sanitation.
Stories from the ground
Name: AyeshaClass: 6thAyesha’s father is a fish seller. His shop was closed during the lockdown and therefore the family has to suffer a lot. Ayesha is a very good, inquisitive student. She had scored 91% marks in the fifth standard. She is regular in doing homework and assignments and very attentive in class. She follows all instructions thoroughly. Her favourite subject is EVS and art and she loves to dance. Despite odds in daily living, her family is very positive and motivates the child to study.
23 March, 2021
Empowering Inquisitive Minds
Empowering Minds Education Centre conducted two assessments during the reporting period; the First term and Second term or half yearly exams. Majority of the children passed in good grades. The teacher’s trainings were done and children were given training on life skills through Online. During this period most of the lclasses were held through worksheets on Online as not all children parents had smart phone. Apart from these activities, children celebrated Christmas, Diwali, Children’s day and other festivals with great enthusiasm over the last few months through activities done Online and offline. All these festivities filled the young minds with great enthusiasm and happiness and they were not bogged down due to pandemic stress. The centre is also serving hot nutritious meals to the students daily with the permission from the local authorities. During the lockdown they were given Dry Ration Kits too.
5 July, 2020
Panchhi- Giving Wings to their Dreams
Panchhi- Giving Wings to their Dreams
Empowering Minds and it's Education Centre completed 10th Anniversary and it was decided to celebrate this by organising a first ever Children’s Cultural Festival, “Panchhi’ in Ghaziabad.The theme of the festival was Inclusive Education -ensuring that no child, however different from expectations and general norms, feels alienated and excluded. The festival had many sessions on Laughter Yoga, life skills, storytelling, Emotional Expressions through Creative Movement, Happiness Workshop, Good Touch - Bad Touch, Panel on Child Abuse poems, essay and slogan writing competitions, drawing competitions for smaller children and Flower making workshop. It was a great platform to interact and mingle among children from the community and the public school children. The children enjoyed every moment and had lot of fun with learning.
3 December, 2019
Children engrossed in the sessions and activities
Children engrossed in the sessions and activities
22 July, 2019
The Empowering Minds Non-Formal Education Centre conducted lots of activities for the teachers, children and the community. In Jan the centre received interns from the top business schools from Mumbai and Ghaziabad. They trained the teachers as well as the students on different skill sets. Teachers training was conducted with the educationist who is dedicated to the field of education and specially primary school. During the reporting period the children had taken final exams and secured good grades. Parents teachers Meetings are being held regularly.
Regular meetings of teachers and staff are held.Children were taken for the exposure visit and picnic to the place known as Dalit Sthal and botanical garden, Noida. Children's workshop on various topics were held; Health and hygiene, safety and cleanliness, nutrional hygiene, electricity and it uses and how to save, Good touch and bad touch, bal panchayat etc. Life skills trainings through dance movement therapy and storytelling was conducted.
The centre celebrated Republic Day, Holi and other festivals with great enthusiasm. Fancy dress competitions, Rallies, etc were taken out.
Story from the field
Name: Amna, aged 12yrs, studies in class IV. Her mother’s occupation is Odd jobs at home. She has a brother and another sister. Bother her siblings studies at the centre.
Socio-Economic Profile: Low family income as her father expired when she was 5yrs old. She lives with his maternal grandmother who has a petty shop at home. And now this shop is also shut down by the Nagar Nigam.
Difficulties and Struggles faced by the family: Her mother was ousted from her grandparents’ house after her father died. She came to live with her mother and three children. Her mother was not allowed to go out and earn a living. She does odd jobs like bindi sticking, Bed cover stitching etc which come to home through the agent but brings not enough earning to support five people.
Amna is a strong girl. She is an innocent and pleasing girl. She gives due respect to all elders, as the family give her good manners. She actively participates in all the school activities like cultural, sports, and workshops etc. She is good in studies so scores good grades in test and exams. She is one of the best student. She secured 80% marks in the annual examinations.
Future Aim of the Beneficiary: She desires to become a teacher.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||210|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||210|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Sanjay Colony, Arthala, Mohan Nagar, Ghaziabad, UP|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||2200000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||2500000|
23 May, 2019
Educate an Underprivileged' child is a non-formal education program for out-of-school children. The children are provided all the facilities of a formal school during their stay at the centre. The major activities includes a well planned curriculum delivered by the trained teachers coming from the community itself. All national and religious festivals are celebrated, during the last quarter children celebrated Dusshera, Diwali, Christmas, Childrens Day,At the event named Kilkari, they did lots of activities like flower making, puppet show and music therapy workshops. A life skill workshop was conducted at the centre to give the children a space to express themselves freely. They also participated in the International Children's Film festival and enjoyed Films from various countries with lot of play things and picture opportunities. In this quarter they also gave their first term exams and most of them did well. The children had gone for the exposure visit to various places. This gives a holistic experience of education to the children studying at the centre.
Story from the field
Zeeshan is a student in 5th class. Her father, Muzamil Salmani is an auto driver while her mother, Saqila Salmani is a housewife but she also cooks with us at the center. He has a small family comprising of one sister who is pursuing her education and one sister who is a teacher and supplements the family income. Initially, he used to go to school but his father lost his job so both brother and sister along with his elder sister who is a teacher was dropped out of the school, this was very depressing according to him. They came to know about the EM centre and his elder sister joined the centre as a helper teacher for Nursery class to supplement the family income. She then discussed about her brother and sister who were sitting idle at home and not studying with the head teacher who advised her sister to get them admitted to the EM NFE Centre. Zeeshan says the centre has helped her family in many ways. Her mother cooks delicious meals for nutrition program at school. He shares that he likes the food given to the students in the school and this has improved his health and interest in coming to school. He says he gets lots of opportunities to showcase his talent in school which increases his self-esteem. Earlier he did’nt like going to school and roam in the community with his stray friends, but now things have changed and he wants to study further and remain in this school. He is also very talented and made a hand fan out of waste material, an activity for all the students, he won prizes too. He further says that this has actually improved the health of whole family; it has given independence, extra income, courage to his mother. He is now self –confident that he can also do something in life. future Aim of the Beneficiary: He wants to study further and want to become a businessman.
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||180|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Arthala/Ghaziabad/UP|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||1700000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||1500000|