Dear <<First Name>>,
3 year old Anuj* had been coming to AAWC day care facility for the last 6 months, after which he was admitted into the night shelter. However, he would cry all day long due to his attachment to his father. Because of this, Anuj’s family withdrew him from the night shelter.

However, in past one month Anuj* was again admitted into the night shelter and he has now gotten accustomed to the new living facility and rarely cries or throws a tantrum. This is mostly owing to night shelter staff Shimla who provides Anuj* with parental care and makes him feel at home! Moreover, weekly visitation hours ensure that Anuj* is able to meet his father frequently!

*name changed to protect identity
Gulabrao Ganacharya Award for 2015                   Beneficiaries getting checked during eye camp
Marathon: AAWC is once again participating in the 13th edition of the Mumbai Marathon and we are glad to have supporters run for our cause. To view and support their campaign, click here.
Festival Celebrations: Navratri, Dusshera, Children’s Day, Diwali and Christmas were celebrated with all beneficiaries. The Udaan girls also attended Diwali party organized by Salaam Bombay Foundation.

Accolades: AAWC was awarded the Gulabrao Ganacharya Award for 2015 in November.

Capacity Building: Session on Team Building and Child Sexual Abuse was conducted with AAWC staff during the last quarter.
Medical Camp: An Eye camp and a General Medical Camp was conducted for the beneficiaries in the past quarter.
Fundraising: AAWC participated in HerVoice, a year-end fundraising campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and children in India.

Advocacy: AAWC Outreach Worker’s participated in a rally organized by Mumbai Aids Forum to protest against possible stoppage of government funding for treatment of HIV/ AIDS patients.

Children cheer excitedly as Santa comes in            AAWC staff during the rally organized by MAF
Wish you a Happy New Year!

Warm Regards,
Manju Vyas
Chief Executive Officer

Career Guidance: Udaan beneficiaries were taken for an exposure visit to Thomson Reuters office where a session on importance of hard work, education, knowledge and how to overcome challenges were shared.

The girls in 10th grade were also exposed to career options that different educational streams can help them pursue.

Extra-curricular Workshops: The girls learnt Mosaic Art through a volunteer and were able to make beautiful jewellery boxes. They also attended a photography session by volunteer Jill and later went to the beach to test their photography skills. English speaking sessions were conducted by volunteers Johanna, Kari, Marjanna and Clemence with a special focus on different countries and their culture.

Weekly craft classes by Allie and Penny saw the girls create pompoms, collages and Christmas decor. The girls also made traditional Spanish piñatas in a session conducted by Clem.

Udaan girls during visit to Thomson Reuters        Understanding the camera during photography                                                                            session
Mentoring: The girls visited Parkinson’s Institute with The Lighthouse Project to understand the concept of volunteering as they spent few hours with Parkinson’s patients.

Regular mentoring sessions for the girls with Mentor Me India and Lighthouse Project mentors were conducted. The girls are developing confidence and self-awareness which is facilitated by one-on-one mentoring.

Recreational Excursions: The girls visited the Gateway of India to witness Navy Day’s Beating the Retreat performance, Golden circus, Chowpatty Beach and were also an audience to Bharat Natyam performance of their volunteer from St. Xavier’s Social Service League.
Counseling Sessions: Group counseling sessions by AAWC counselor and dog therapy sessions by Animal Angels Foundation were conducted regularly and addressed topics such as hygiene, sex education, behaviour modification and social skills.
Vocational Training: After completing their training at AAWC, 2 women from the first batch of beauty parlor program started their internship at the renowned Mad-O-Wot salon in Bandra.

Further, 4 women from the second batch have started their advance training at IICTN in hair and beauty.

Monthly Meetings: A resource person spoke about the stigma attached towards HIV and her personal experience during a monthly meeting. Another monthly meeting oriented new Umeed beneficiaries to the services provided by AAWC and how they can benefit from them.

Other meetings during the quarter celebrated various festivals wherein women enjoyed by dancing and celebrating friendship.

Diwali Celebrations with Umeed women              Practice session with hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani 
Child’s Future Planning Session: Child’s Future Planning sessions were conducted by AAWC's in-house counselor who spoke to mothers about anger management, stress management, how to spend quality time with children and how to improve sleeping habits. The sessions were successful as the women paid rapt attention and followed up with what they learnt.
Art and Craft Activities: Children participated in clay activities wherein they used their creative imagination to make different objects and also partook in activities such as paper mache, origami and paper cutting activity. They were also able to make beautiful lanterns and animals with the help of Balwadi teachers.

Educational Activities: Umang children enjoyed their educational sessions with volunteer Marina Dutta very much as the sessions involved puppet show, yoga, song and story time which made the sessions very active.

Recreational Excursions: The children visited garden twice a week and had a good time playing on slides, racing and playing with ball. Regular excursions have helped develop motor skills of the children.

Children pose with the famous 'shoe'  at                Children use tables in kindergarten sessions Kamla Nehru Park                                                 
Story-telling Sessions: Story telling sessions were conducted with the aim of improving the listening and concentration skills of children. The sessions were interactive as the children participated in a role play demonstration.

Therapy Sessions: Dog therapy sessions were conducted in two groups once a week. The groups were formed according to the nature of the behavioural problems seen in the children. The re-grouping worked wonders as the children were able to open up in the therapy sessions in a more effective manner.

Umeed Beneficiary- “With AAWC's help, my child was placed into a good boarding home outside the red light area and for that I'm thankful."

Marina Dutta, Volunteer : “Umang children are very clever and grasp fast. They are well behaved and I feel happy when they understand and remember what I taught
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