Street to School : Mainstreaming Street Children
'Street to School' is the first step of bringing children into education. This is where the magic happens. The program transforms the begging, rag picking and working 'Out of School' street & slum children into confident, happy children who can read and write. The aim of this program is to mainstream children into formal education. Our after school remedial classes reinforce their concepts and provide them support to thrive academically. WE ARE A VEHICLE FOR EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EDUCATION.
India is home to over 30% of almost 385 million children living in extreme poverty, the highest in south Asia, according to a 2016 report by World Bank Group and UNICEF. Street & slum children have been deprived of education, nutrition, medical attention and laughter. The day to day struggle to survive for children has robbed them of a chance to compete fairly in our society. They need education to break their poverty cycle and to be able to lead healthy and productive lives.
More than a thousand children will be protected from the harmful effects of living on streets. Children will be enrolled in mainstream education. Orphan children will stay in the shelter provided by the organization and continue their education & vocational training. The performance of the project will set an example and encourage the government to support us in empowering lives of marginalized children. Adequate nutrition and proper medical care will ensure their good health.
Aasraa empowers slum and street children through education; education combined with vocational training, nutrition and healthcare. The 'Street to School' program is just the beginning. We believe our responsibility extends far beyond just education - we strive to provide them economic self-sustainability along with social integration into mainstream society. We envision our future generations to be strong, independent and gainfully employed.
Wings of Doon : An After School Support Program
Children graduate from the Street Smart program to Wings of Doon (after school support classes). These are children we found in the streets & slums. They come from illiterate families with no means to go to school; inducted gradually into Street Smart through counselling, basic literacy classes and finally sponsored into school. These children need after school conceptual and curriculum support to bring them up to speed with their counterparts in school. Mentor ship & guidance is imperative.
Rita & Sanjana were ex rag pickers who were brought into our Street Smart program few years back. With regular classes and hard work they gained basic literacy and were mainstreamed into local schools. Sadly, their parents were illiterate daily wage laborers who had long working hours. With no one to teach them at home, Rita & Sanjana needed tutorial support to help them cope with their studies in school. Besides, they needed mentor ship and guidance to enhance their personality.
Aasraa Wings of Doon project was started to help hundreds of children like Rita and Sanjana gain after school homework, tutorial, curriculum & concept support. This project provides students with after school support in subjects like English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Computer Education, Commerce, Economics, Accounts, General Knowledge. In addition to academics, we provide for activities like sports, art, craft, music, theatre to help in the holistic development of our children.
Aasraa after school program has grown from 35 students to 1889 students across 14 centres in 10 years Children from economically deprived backgrounds, children from slum colonies, children from rural districts in Uttarakhand are receiving quality education, nutrition and medical care since we believe no child can be educated if they are hungry, cold or sick. We wish to see these children pursue further education, possibly gain university degrees and earn a respectable livelihood in the future.