Nethra blooms with the care she received in her new home
Nethra still remembers the day she lost her mother. "I regret not having spent enough time with her."
After her mother passed away, her brother was the only family left. She had an elder sister who was married and lived in a different city. Due to this distance, she lost touch with her as well.
As the only earning member, her brother worked long hours. This further made Nethra feel lonely. With their financial challenges increased, it was getting very hard for them to make ends meet.
It was then that her brother came across the Make a Difference hostels. He enrolled her in the hostel when he was convinced that she would be better taken care of there rather than at home.
Nethra soon settled down in the hostel and liked living there. However, she missed her brother a lot. She also felt sad that unlike a few girls who occasionally visited their homes, she could never go home with her brother. He would visit her regularly but due to their constraints he could not take her home.
The volunteers in the home counselled her and helped her feel better. With proper care and nurturing she was motivated to do better in school. She began to enjoy learning and became interested in science. She also loves to dance and looking to learn classical dancing and perform professionally when she grows up.
Nethra is now a much happier girl. She wants to become a doctor when she grows up. She wants to help many more children like her. She feels that being a doctor will help her take care of them. She also wants to help children to find education and hostel and have a good life like she has been able to have.
Children like Nethra can safeguard their future if they get a second chance at life.
You can help vulnerable children across shelter homes in India lead a safe, supported, and stress free life. You can donate so that they can get a safe shelter, care and education. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.
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What the beneficiary gets
MAD Holistic Child support program works to provide shelter and education to homeless and children from vulnerable backgrounds. This program has shown great impact over the last 3 years. With the intervention, the number of youth going to universities in the partner shelter homes of Make A Difference has gone up from around 20% to close to 78%.
Donations to this program will be used to covers the expenses related to providing quality academic support including funding their college and university fees.
MAD works with children in orphanages and shelter homes across India such as Coimbatore, Bhopal, Nagpur, Cochin, Trivandrum, Mangalore, Lucknow, Vellore, Hyderabad.
These children have been abandoned from families and are placed with shelter homes in their cities. The aftercare support works with youth beyond the age of 18 transitioning out of shelter homes providing higher education and career counselling support to pursue viable careers.
MAD directly pays for university fees after a formal scholarship agreement signed by the beneficiary with MAD. All the details of such transfers along with originals bills are filed for reference and available upon request.
Transitional Readiness and Aftercare enables children to build their career paths that are in sync with their interests and is aimed at those who are poised to pass out from shelter homes. This is a volunteer driven system. At an average every youth under the programme is associated with a minimum of 3 volunteers. One of the volunteers is compulsorily a part of the Make a Difference Fellowship programme and is inducted and trained thoroughly around the nuances of the programme through a 4 day Training and Development conference. Apart from the volunteers are a part of an on-going Fellowship curriculum for the entire course of their fellowship.
Over 90% of the children successfully pass their 10th standard. Where children progress into class 11 and 12 the program provides more intensive one-to-one mentoring for a minimum of 2-3 hours a week, supported by placement into University where possible or jobs where more appropriate.
The mentor additionally engages a host of academic support volunteers (ASVs) who provide additional teaching support for up to 8 hours a week if the individual needs academic support, assuming the shelter is willing to provide access. Mentors also aim to interact with the parent of the child (where there is one) up to 6 times a year to ensure buy in and support.
Alongside this they are also provided professional career counselling based on which an appropriate future career path is determined, and the mentor also provides support for documentation and admissions/job placements as needed.
Some of the indicators collected to track the progress of the project are:
- 12th Std Grades
- No. of active scholarships awarded
- % of youth who scored 60% or more in their year-end exams
- % of youth who continued on to Higher Education (University)
- % of youth who successfully moved to second year of higher education
- Stable housing post shelter
- Progression to career oriented work
- Financial stability
- Earning Threshold
- Fundamentals of literacy and numeracy
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Core life and social skills
When you donate to this program you will help abandoned children living in shelter homes get access o a quality college education which can change their life.
Make A Difference
31 May, 2022
Nothing can stop MAD from giving education support to children in the CCI
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
In the last 6 months, Make A Difference recruited 2000+ volunteers to support operations and take classes for children. Community events were conducted between December and January, where volunteers came together to connect with the children for the first time over zoom. The volunteers took their learnings from Developmental Relationship training based on studies from Search Institute to build deeper connections with children.
Over 60+ Ed Support classes and 50+ Foundational Program sessions have commenced after the volunteers underwent their training. The training equipped the volunteer with tools that’ll help them deliver online classes with more efficiency and gave them an understanding as to how to make the best of the digital medium. Volunteers also extended immediate academic support to youth to help with exam preparations. We had 94% of children passing their 10th Board exams and 94% of youth clearing their 12th board exams.
To continue to bridge the gap of digital inequality, Make A Difference under the project MAKING MAD Digital continues to support all the device maintenance services, procurement of new devices were ever needed, and internet services. We have been able to provide children with 150 laptops and 210 tablets in 64 CCI’s across the county. It has been six weeks since classes started. Cities MAD operations are active in Ahmedabad Bangalore Chandigarh Chennai Cochin Coimbatore Delhi Hyderabad Lucknow Mumbai Mysore Mangalore Nagpur Pune Trivandrum Vellore Vijayawada
Challenges faced and next steps
The primary challenge we continue to face is not able to meet children in person. All the devices set up we did across the country for 60+ CCI’s is done remotely with support from CCI staff who have very little knowledge about devices that incurred delays but with volunteers continuously supporting them we completed the process.
What is your goal/aim/activity plan for the next 6 months for this program? This will have to be programmatic
Roll out exam readiness modules to children to help them prepare for the year-end examination and procure the required study material and stationery Train volunteers on how to support children for examination Collect exam scores and track progression Provide career counseling sessions to youth 16-18 years old Support with higher education placements to colleges and diploma courses
Stories from the ground
With the pandemic ongoing, MAD continues to support children only through digital infrastructure. With cases slightly decreasing the number of children back to the CCI got increased. The number of devices in CCI’s is not sufficient. Chennai, Bangalore, Vijayawada, Chandigarh, Guntur, Cochin city teams requested more devices and we could immediately supply them. We sent 20 laptops,19 tablets in total. With the increase in device count in these cities the interaction time has increased and children are getting better support. With end-of-year on ground exams about to start next month after two years of pause, the classes volunteers take are crucial for children to pass the examinations.
28 November, 2021
Support education of children in a shelter home
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
Any milestones achieved?- 94% (69/73) youth passed in 12th std against a target of 75% and out of which 41% passed with first-class against the target of 30%. - Out of these 69 youths who have passed, 57 of them are availing for placements and 53 of the 57 youths will be moving to aftercare.- The baseline target set for child participation in class was 85%. We could increase the child participation and maintain it in the range of 85.5% - 87% from Oct to Feb.- The baseline target set for the Check for understanding to find the impact after each class was 75%. There was a jump from 70% to 82% for CFU in November and a linear growth from there to March, maintaining it at 87% in February.- The baseline target set for the child attendance in each class was 70% in November and since then we have improved and maintained the rate in a range of 72.5% - 73.4% over the last six months.The number of people impacted?479
Challenges faced and next steps
Any challenges faced?Onground Operations PausedOne of the biggest challenges was on ground operations stopped in mid-March in all the cities. On the ground, operations include all the activities that were planned for the volunteers and children. Everything took a pause. Despite the various challenges, few cities went ahead and ensured we can establish support for children who were preparing for their public/board examinations through worksheets and online classes. After doing so, cities started engaging with the children who had digital access. Going forward, at MAD, we have kickstarted the Make MAD Digital project whereupon needs assessment of each shelter we would be making custom plans for digital operations in the upcoming quarter.What is your goal/aim/activity plan for the next 6 months for this program?Operational analysis of the year 2019-20 to formalize the operational design for the upcoming yearIdentify fellows and strategists in the city who have settled for a long duration & help them build the necessary skills to build a pipeline for full-time rolesBuild a roadmap for expansion of TR intervention across the MAD footprintUpskill Strategists and fellows to provide support to the youth during placements
Stories from the ground
Rajesh was one of the youths who has always been very bright in his academic performance and our ambitions were always a little high for him. During the placement process, he got admission to St Josephs college of commerce, one of the most reputed colleges in Bangalore for Commerce.As soon as he cleared his second round of interview, there was a deadline to pay the fee within 48 hours, we were very excited at the same time a little tensed as they were some confusion with regards to transferring of funds, however, it all worked out it in the end with the help of the wingman supporting Rajesh, we were able to pay the fee on time and it was great to see Rajesh's WhatsApp story on him attending his first class in his new college! ❤️
23 March, 2021
Making education possible for Children in CCI in the Pandemic
In times of need, the MAD community came together to support Child Care Institutions (CCI), children, and youth. 32 Community events were conducted between December and January, where volunteers came together to connect with the children for the first time over zoom. The volunteers took their learnings from Developmental Relationship training based on studies from Search Institute to build deeper connections with children.
Over 60+ Ed Support classes and 50+ Foundational Program sessions have commenced after the volunteers underwent their training. The training equipped the volunteer with tools that’ll help them deliver online classes with more efficiency and gave them an understanding as to how to make the best of the digital medium.
Volunteers also extended immediate academic support to youth to help with exam preparations. We had 94% of children passing their 10th Board exams and 94% youth clearing their 12th board exams.
To bridge the gap of digital inequality, Make A Difference strategized a project MAKING MAD Digital with an intention to provide uninterrupted support to the children in Child Care Institutions. The project began in August 2020 and since then we have been able to provide children with 150 laptops and 210 tablets in 64 CCI’s across the county. It has been six weeks since classes started.
5 July, 2020
Dream Camps - Newer ways of educating and engaging the children
Dream Camps - Newer ways of educating and engaging the children
Dream Camps are outbound experiential camps that help children dream about their future goals and understand what it takes to achieve those dreams. This understanding is facilitated through personal discovery, exploring new talents by challenging themselves and taking responsibility of their actions for the duration of the camp.
In the last quarter, we conducted 26 such dream camps for children across more than 15 cities in the country.
We were able to impact the lives of more than 1430 children through these camps.
Dream Camps are thus, MAD’s way of driving self-motivation and self-confidence by helping these children dream, exposing them to new experiences and providing a holiday experience.
22 July, 2019
Focus for 2018-19
- Create a strong bond among the members of the Aftercare self support groups.
- Develop the programme design
- Build test and pilot content for self help group meetings and wingman-youth interactions
- Create and deploy systems to support youth to cope with life crisis
- Create and deploy systems for mental health support
- Strengthen volunteer trainings and mentoring support provided to youth
- Design, test and scale job readiness support provided to youth moving out of university.
- Ensure smooth delivery of resources to the youth under MAD scholarship project
- Scale the programme to have community centers in all major Aftercare cities like Bangalore, Delhi.
- Test, pilot and redesign the new city operational delivery structure.
Scholarship Project Outcomes for 2018-19*
90% of beneficiaries passed into the next year of the university (Out 0f 139 youth under the scholarship programme of MAD)
70% of beneficiaries placed (in jobs/post graduation/skill building programmes) after completion of their university (Out of the 39 youth who may be eligible for it post the academic year 2018-19)
<5% of dropout of University due to financial constraints (Out of 139 youth under the scholarship programme of MAD)
- Note: These outcomes are tracked over a period of a youth’s academic year and an update on these stats will be be submitted on August 2019.
Story from the field
Leelavathi is one of the first beneficiaries of the Aftercare programme of Make A Difference. She is the only one pursuing a degree in law. Leela had reached a stage in her course where she had given up. She had multiple backs and had zero confidence to clear them. Her family set up her marriage with her consent and it looked like that was the end of her academic journey. Contrary to it, she continued studying post her marriage with the support of MAD. Her husband is extremely supportive too.
Leelavathi had been a spirited youth who had tirelessly worked together with her wingmen and ASVs to secure a seat at one of the reputed law schools in Bangalore. Her accomplishment had inspired many on the team to go that extra mile, as it motivated her to set higher goals for herself. In reality, college proved to be much more difficult than she had anticipated.
Leelavathi painfully became aware of the ‘difference’ between her and her classmates. She started craving for a better bag, a smartphone and absolutely anything that acted as a constant reminder of her so-called ‘inferiority’. She became paranoid every time any of her professors were kind to her. As for her, they were only being nice because they knew of her background. In reality, they reached out to her because Leelavathi, the spirited girl from a shelter who had fought her way to a law school, was failing her papers.
Her wingman sensed this insecurity in Leelavathi that was constantly gnawing at her. She was also aware of Leelavathi’s traumatic past-both her parents had spent over a decade in prison, with her mother having been released just a few months prior to her starting college. At this sensitive juncture, her wingman tried to talk to Leelavathi in terms that she knew Leelavathi would understand. “I could not tell her that wanting material things was wrong/bad, especially sitting from an ivory tower,” her wingman recounts, “So I told her about the time I was at a place where I was the oddball and what it took to make it through.” Leelavathi’s wingman also roped in the help of her mother, who could connect to Leelavathi at a much more intimate level. Fortuitously, this was a time when Leelavathi met a classmate who came from an economically backward class as well and with whom she could gain peer support.
Slowly, her circle expanded. She formed a study group with a few of her classmates through which she gained the peer support she needed. Her grades improved.Now and then she did require a pep talk, but this time she was determined to rise up stronger lest she should fall. Even if she could not manage to clear a paper, she would come to her wingman and say, “I will clear it the next time!” and she delivered on that promise. Soon after, she grabbed a much coveted internship at Amnesty.
The profile is that of a legal intern aiding research about the distress of undertrials and the delay in legal proceeding in the Indian Judicial System. Leelavathi’s own parents, kept as undertrials in prison for 13 years, was her primary source of motivation. Her mother accused in over seven cases was never convicted. Her father remains
incarcerated. “I want to do this so that the system gets better and no one has to suffer the same distress as we did”, says Leelavathi. Her latest gift? A phone bought with the money her father had saved up from his wages at the prison.
Leelavathi is a third year law student at Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies (BILS) and currently under the Aftercare Program.
“Working with Leelavathi has been extremely rewarding at the same time challenging. Leelavathi is an extremely independent and confident young woman. As her wingman my focus primarily was to ensure she was confident to pursue her legal studies without giving up as she did face challenges in clearing her papers, and be by her side emotionally and financially through the help of Make A Difference. However, now along with me and MAD, she has support from her Husband as well. We are all looking forward to becoming a fine Lawyer one day.” - Mohanavalli, Leelavathi’s Wingman
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||199|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||199|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Multiple cities|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||9027000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||4335567|