Dear <<First Name>>,
 
Anju*, an Umeed beneficiary, was so determined and keen to educate herself that initially she sat with the toddlers learning basic Hindi alphabets. Deprived of an education due to being trafficked at a young age, she was firm not to leave any opportunity that now comes her way. Slowly, she moved on to learning English with the older girls. She comes to AAWC center everyday despite outreach workers going on the field daily to provide adult literacy class. And now she dreams of teaching the children at AAWC one day.

Strong determination and hard work prove that it is never too late to chase your dreams and Anju* is a proud example!
AAWC had a bright first quarter in the New Year!

Accolades: AAWC was shortlisted as the top 5 finalists at the Dasra Girl Power Award. The award recognizes innovative and impactful programs that work with adolescent girls and our Udaan program was shortlisted under it!
AAWC has received Gold status as a certified NGO under GuideStar. 

Mumbai Marathon: AAWC was privileged to be represented by Aria Parikh, Amruda Nair, Shalab Misra and Avanish Kumar at the 2015 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in January.

Festival celebrations: This season AAWC celebrated Makarsankrati where the children flew kites. On Republic Day, the girls made presentations on the famous freedom fighters of India and during Holi the beneficiaries celebrated with colors, dance, food and merriment!
AAWC shortlisted as the top 5 finalists at                  Presentation on sustainable livelihoods for 
Dasra Girl Power Awards                                        EDI of India students
Capacity Building: Our Outreach Workers attended the MAF Meeting regarding the stock out for HIV Medicines in the hospitals. They also attended a session with Mumbai Districts Aid Control Society and learned about the counseling hours with doctors, behavior of the departments towards a positive person and the problems faced by NGO’s in government hospitals.
 
AAWC hosted students from Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India where a presentation on sustainable livelihood based on our Umeed vocational training program was conducted. 

Monthly Check-ups: Monthly medical check-up and dental camp was conducted for the beneficiaries.
Holi Celebrations with the beneficiaries at                Amruda Nair running for AAAWC at the AAWC                                                                  Mumbai Marathon
Happy Summer!
Regards,

Manju Vyas
Chief Executive Officer
Career guidance: Computer classes organized by Vedanta Foundation have been a success and the girls are enjoying practicing MS-Office on computer.
 
Mentoring: The mentors from Project Lighthouse have been conducting one on one guidance and activity with the girls every Saturday.
 
Edutainment Workshops: Guitar classes in association with Mewsic Foundation are conducted thrice a week for the Udaan girls and they are enjoying the sessions and showing keen interest in it. 

The bead jewellery making sessions with the girls have taught them to make beautiful earrings and necklaces using magazine paper. It helps improve their sense of colour co-ordination, concentration and nurtures their creative side.

The girls are enjoying art classes by Kavita Nanavati where they have been learning about famous painters such as Picasso and Modigliani and incorporating the artist’s work in their own art.
Fun excursion learning Organic Gardening              Visit to Radio One Studio with RJ Rishi K
Recreational excursion: The girls visited Radio One Studio and RJ Rishi K taught them how to record and talk with listeners. It was a new experience for them and they were delighted.

Sports Day was celebrated where the girls participated in huge numbers and while a few were winners the others had a good time cheering for their friends. A healthy sportsman spirit was displayed by all our young budding stars.

The girls enjoyed a live comedy show by the artists of “Clowns without Borders”. 

Girls had a fun excursion and exposure to organic gardening organized by Project Lighthouse where they learnt how to sow seeds and grow plants in an innovative way.
Vocational training: AAWC started its first Beautician training course in collaboration with Vedanta Foundation at the Kamathipura Center. The 2 month course will enable the women to learn basic parlor skills. They are already forming teams and practicing on each other!
 
Monthly meetings: During the monthly meeting, women were briefed about alternative job opportunities in the field of baking by Tender Hand Bakery; beautician by Nalini & Yasmin Salon and Vedanta Foundation.

A session on Hepatitis B and its consequences was organized by resource person Shilpa from United Way. The women were informed about the cause, symptoms, preventive methods and the treatment for the same. The women found it very useful.
E-ward conducted an awareness session on TB and distributed brochures. Also, they were briefed on menstrual hygiene. 
Women beneficiaries learning dedicatedly               Annual Picnic to Pratibalaji Shirdi
during Vocational Training                 
Child’s Future Planning session: The women were educated on importance of saving money and budget their expenditure according to urgent and essential needs.

The women were shown a documentary ‘Bua bhatiji’ which was on sustainable livelihoods.
 
Excursion: Annual Picnic to Pratibalaji Shirdi in Pune was conducted for the women and they enjoyed the outing immensely.
Recreational excursion: The Umang children enjoyed a day out for outdoor games on the ground. They were taught different exercises including jumping, running and races.
 
Activities: A fun activity called “Identify the taste” was conducted with the Umang kids to gauge if they could spot the taste for food items such as chili powder, salt and sugar. Most of them could recognize the item and were excited for the activity.

Thread painting, show and tell activity was also conducted with the Umang kids.
Children participate in a race at the AAWC             Animated kids during the Dog Therapy 
Sports Day   
Dog Therapy Sessions: All the kids are now comfortable with the dog and they have become friendly with each other. They have learnt to maintain discipline and patience. They also feed carrot and biscuits to the dog.
Umeed beneficiary: “I have developed confidence in myself and am now able to talk in front of large crowds, something which earlier made me nervous. I learnt mehendi designing and am now taking an active interest in the beautician course as well. I’m learning so much and it is all very interesting.”
 
Susan, Volunteer: “AAWC is one of the best organizations that I have taught. The children are always excited to learn new craft activities.”
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