Date: February 17, 2017 Place: Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Date : February 15, 2017. Time : 11 am – 12 pm. Place: Dhokali, Thane
We started the Value Education on 15th Feb, in a government owned school with 69 9th standard students.
The Headmistress welcomed us and addressed the class before handing it over to us. The students were attentive and participative. They had good grasp of the reality too.
Next sessions will be in the Virtual Classroom. Hence, we will be able to use Powerpoints to make it more appealing.
Date : August 12, 2016. Place : DCC, Thane
Various competitions are conducted, such as, drawing or painting. Games and other fun activities. Children learn the importatance of Independance Day.
It’s been a year since we have partnered with Jeevan Sahara Kendra, (an organization that provides medical care to people living with HIV/AIDS). Our second testing camp at Kokanipada in August saw great results with 137 people being tested. People generally have apprehensions about getting tested at such camps, and according to JSK staff, this ICTC (government-recognized) camp has seen a tremendous response.
Each summer, Jeevan Asha hosts a three day summer club for kids between the ages of 5 and 14 in the slums of Thane. Children look forward to these events soon after they finish their academic year. April 2015 witnessed a record 746 children participate in summer clubs held at seven different locations. Amidst games and fun activities, the children learn to work in a team, accept one another and absorb different values from the stories told. Over this period, we also had 32 excited volunteers, who were grateful for the opportunity to serve.
We took up the cause of HIV/AIDS patients in 2002 in the Ghodbunder road area of Thane city. We work alongside an organisation called Jeevan Sahara Kendra . The organisation helps us by identifying cases that require our immediate attention and we send our volunteers to look after them. Most of these patients are in the initial stages of the dreaded disease, so our volunteers ensure that they are following a proper diet and taking their antiretroviral therapy (ART) medicines.
What started out as a small project in a rented out building has become the face of Jeevan Asha today. The Day Care Centre is our most popular and successful programme that reaches out to over 30,000 people living in five slum pockets along Ghodbunder road in Thane city. Providing a secure and clean environment with personal care and attention to these children is our major goal.
Parents from areas near the centre who work as daily wage labourers and house maids in the nearby houses, come every morning and drop off their youngsters in the care of this centre knowing well that their children will be fed a nutritious meal, taught and fully taken care of while they are there. Basic language and mathematical skills, good values, general knowledge, hygiene are taught here with the aim of getting these children admitted to a municipal school.
In the last 14 years, the Jeevan Asha Day Care Centre has benefitted more than 2000 children who came to this centre as nervous and undernourished tots and have grown up to be confident young adults with big aspirations and dreams for themselves and their families.
The 79 children enrolled in our Day Care Centre this academic year, have reported a marked improvement in their literacy and mathematical skills and have gained weight since June 2014. The same facilities have been replicated in Orissa, where 70 children are currently being educated at the Jeevan Asha Day Care Centre.
An unforgettable moment for us came year before last when the 10 children who were amongst our first batch, gave their 10th grade exams.
The Adult Literacy Program was started with an aim to promote literacy among socio-economically backward groups, ensuring basic literacy skills for adults.
We believe that education is the only tool that can break the vicious cycle of poverty, oppression and backwardness. Though the Day Care Centre is the face of Jeevan Asha, we believe it is imperative to educate and empower adults living in the slum areas so as to motivate them, better their living standards and improve their livelihood options.
The program started with a group of 8 women in 1999. After various challenges that included almost fading out the program due to poor attendance, the class was revived in September 2012 in three different areas of Thane city – Manpada, Sai Nagar and Dnyaneshwar Nagar. It has seen considerable success since then and in the last year alone, 30 women benefitted from this program.
Fun and innovative ways to teach these adults is the USP of the programme. Text books with bigger alphabets, flash cards, colourful pictures, games and books are used for faster and effective learning in these classes.