Dear <<First Name>>,
When she first arrived from her hometown which is a small village in West Bengal, 9 year old Suman* couldn’t understand a word of Hindi and found it intimidating to stay away from her family. Suman’s journey from an intimidated and docile girl to a hardworking and expressive person has been remarkable as she willingly takes responsibilities at the AAWC night shelter and has begun to speak fluent Hindi. She credits her growth to her best friend Kiran* who has been a constant source of support along with her other peers.

Today, Suman* forms a communication bridge between non-Bengali and Bengali speaking girls who are gradually learning Hindi as well.

*names changed to protect identity
General Medical Health Camp for beneficiaries        Postcard from New York to Mumbai sessions
Festival Celebrations: AAWC celebrated various festivals with our beneficiaries this quarter, such as Eid, Rakhi, Independence Day, Janmasthmi, Guru Purnima, Gopalkala and Teacher’s Day with children participating enthusiastically in skits, dance programs and fancy dress competition!

AAWC Representation: Online fundraising portal GlobalGiving presented AAWC with the opportunity to talk about our partnership with them and the benefits of field evaluation program, during a workshop conducted by GlobalGiving in Mumbai.

AAWC was also given the opportunity to talk about child labour in the red light district in a seminar organized by Kelkar College.

Capacity Building: AAWC staff attended MAF meetings where they discussed about Antiretroviral Therapy, 
stock out and ill treatment of HIV+ beneficiaries in hospitals.

Monthly Checkup: Monthly check-ups of the beneficiaries were conducted each month followed by providing medical assistance as required. A medical camp in association with E-Ward was also conducted in July for all beneficiaries.
Rakhi celebrations with Umeed women                   Presentation on AAWC and  GlobalGiving                                                                                     partnership 
Hope you have a great Diwali!

Warm Regards,
Manju Vyas
Chief Executive Officer
Career Guidance: Counselors from Aavishkar Centre conducted psychometric assessments of the older girls, and explored career options, based on their aptitude and interest.

Volunteers Olivia and Gabby from Berry College and UC Berkeley respectively, conducted daily computer classes for younger girls, wherein they learnt computer basics and MS-Office. Spoken-English classes were also conducted by volunteers to develop girls’ communication skills.

Mentoring: Mentors from partner organizations Mentor Me India and The Lighthouse Project have been conducting one-on-one mentoring sessions with the girls, which involve activities such as reading stories and teaching moral values lessons. The girls look forward to meeting their mentors every week!

Edutainment Workshops: The girls have been participating in New York to Mumbai drawing sessions organized by volunteer artist Antoinette from New York.  The girls are taught a new drawing technique each month via posts which they interpret and draw. They have mastered gesture drawing, contour drawing and paint wash techniques!

General knowledge quiz competition helped increase the girls’ knowledge and also fostered healthy competition amongst them, who supported and won prizes for their teams!

Workshops conducted during the last quarter included guitar classes by Mewsic Foundation, craft workshops by volunteers and dance, music and craft activities by Social Service League of St. Xavier’s College.
Girls engaged in making flower crowns                   Girls having fun making pizzas at Kidzania
Recreational Excursions: The girls visited KidZania, an indoor theme park that inspired them to explore different career opportunities through real life role play activities. The girls enjoyed managing their own money whilst emulating real life professions such as bakers, doctors, mechanics and choreographers.

Garden visits were also conducted on the weekends and the girls went pandal hopping in the community during

Counseling sessions: Group counseling sessions by AAWC’s Counseling Psychologist and Dog Therapy sessions by Animal Angels Foundation have been conducted regularly to address topics such as anger management, social skills and provide a platform for experience sharing.

Health: A nutrition workshop was conducted by TATA Memorial Hospital’s nutritionists and dieticians, who talked about unhygienic food and health dietary habits. 
Monthly meetings:  Monthly meetings on topics of self expression, safe abortion practices, tuberculosis, stress management, cancer, menstrual hygiene, savings, and identity documents were conducted with the beneficiaries over the past three months at the AAWC centers.

Vocational Training: AAWC started the second beautician training batch this quarter. Women who graduated from the first batch began their practice sessions at AAWC center and were also taken for an exposure visit to Nalini and Yasmin salon. Some women started their 4 week advanced hair training course at Nalini and Yasmin. 
Stress Management session conducted by              Soft Skill Training Workshop organized by AAWC counsellor                                                   IMPA and VSDF
Child’s Future Planning Session: CFS session involved a discussion on the importance of teamwork and self worth through a card game session lead by Shailaja Rao.

AAWC counselor conducted a session with the Umang mothers on handling stubbornness amongst children.

Recreation: Umeed women celebrated Rakhsha Bandhan at the AAWC center where the field director spoke to them on building trust within community members. 
Night Shelter: AAWC commenced the Umang Night Shelter in July for children living in high risk or unsafe home environment in the red light district.

Recreational excursions: The children have been enjoying their visits to the local garden twice a week where they enjoy playing on slides, swings and simply running around. They also visited Ganpati pandals during the Ganesh Utsav.

Art and Craft activities: Children had fun with foam paper as they learnt about geometric shapes, and created images of flowers using vegetable prints, spray paints and straws.

They also partook in craft activities during Independence Day and Rakhi celebrations by making various festivity décor.
Independence Day art work done by children          Umang children during drawing sessions
Movie Screening: The children watched the Lion King, Madagascar and Jungle Book during movie screening sessions at the AAWC center.

Therapy sessions: Dog therapy sessions continued for the children and they also participated in stress buster sessions which involved jumping, shouting and colouring.

Story-telling sessions: Stories with moral lessons were conducted in an interactive way through puppets for the children. They also learnt about various animals by watching animation movie!
Umang beneficiary’s mother- “Mere Bacche ko mein balwadi mein chod ke jaati hu toh mereko sukun hota hai, ki baccha aapake paas padh raha hai."

(“When I drop my children at AAWC, I feel at peace knowing that they are in good hands.”)

Binu, Mentor Me India Program Coordinator– “It is impressive to know that the Udaan girls know a great deal about Indian politics.”
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