Dear <<First Name>>,

We are pleased to let you know that in the month of June, we successfully placed 20 of our Udaan girls into private English medium schools. The step of moving the girls from vernacular government schools to private English medium school was taken after we felt the need of providing better quality education to the girls. This significant step was made possible with the support and contribution of many donors and we are grateful for it.

Consequently, this academic year we will be focusing on preparing the girls to match the standards of the private education system. For the same, we have enrolled the girls into additional tutoring programs that will aid their transition process and help them match the new set standards.
General Medical camp at Kamathipura center          AAWC children visit the CSMVS Museum
Capacity Building: During the quarter, AAWC Staff attended a Patient’s Rights Workshop conducted by Rangoonwala Foundation and a workshop on CSR and Intellectual Property Rights organized by International Resources for Fairer Trade.

Medical Camp: A Dental Camp and a General Medical Camp were organized at AAWC in association with Angels Dentist Network for all our beneficiaries. 141 AAWC and other community members benefited from the camps.

Dental camp in progress at Falkland Road center   Visit to PwC office for career guidance session

Warm Regards,
Manju Vyas
Chief Executive Officer

Education: All of our Udaan girls who appeared for their 10th Grade Board Examination secured first and second class marks. One beneficiary secured 80% marks in her 12th Grade Board Examination and wishes to take up commerce to pursue Chartered Accountancy. Tutoring classes for all girls were also commenced from June.

Exposure Visit and Sessions: The Pricewaterhouse Coopers team in Bandra warmly organized an exposure visit for the Udaan girls to their office and talked to them about the importance of an education, merits of hard work and future goal setting. The girls had a great time playing different games and took back a positive message, along with various gifts.

The girls were also introduced to Journalism during a Career Guidance Session conducted by Editor Ajay Kamalakaran from ‘Russia Beyond the Headlines’. The girls learnt a lot about journalism during the session and made sure to ask various questions pertaining to the field.

Recreational Excursions: With the summer vacation beginning in April, the Udaan beneficiaries got a chance to visit a lot of places such as museums, beaches, gardens, and a movie screening, which they attended with their mothers. They also visited the American Library where they were introduced to the concept of e-books, and the Chowpatty Beach with volunteer B’jorn who taught football to the girls.

Farmer's sketch inspired by the work of                  Girls interact with U.S. consulate staff during artist A.A. Almelkar                                               their visit to American Library
The girls also attended weekly sessions organized by corporate partner Hexaware, where Hexaware employees engaged the girls in educative and recreational sessions on topics such as earthquake, fire safety, solar system and Indian states, along with various games.

Extra-Curricular Activities: After their visit to the National Gallery of Modern Art with volunteer Antoinette, Udaan beneficiaries drew inspiration from the work of famous artist A.A. Almelkar and imitated his sketching style. The girls also participated in a self-defense session organized by instructor Martial Vout, where he trained the girls to defend themselves in various dangerous situations and shared easy tricks.

Also, to ensure that the girls utilized their summer vacation time to the fullest, we made sure to involve the girls in a host of engaging sessions where they learnt new musical instruments, songs in various foreign language, jazz dance form, drama classes, glass painting and paper quilling workshops as well as mehendi (henna) designing classes.

Counseling: AAWC’s in-house counselor took various sessions on mental health, self-acceptance, expressing emotions and Personal Safety Education with the girls. Animal-assisted therapy sessions were also continued for the younger girls.

Awareness Meetings: The monthly Awareness Meetings this quarter focused on topics such as domestic violence, STI awareness, family planning, pregnancy and child birth. One session addressed ways of dealing with stress, with the resource persons engaging women in a series of games, body movements, relaxing techniques and breathing exercises.

Area Activity: AAWC Outreach Workers conducted regular area activities on-field and inside the brothels to address crucial topics amongst small groups of women. These topics included nutrition, hygiene, tobacco and alcohol de-addiction, gauging TB and diabetes symptoms, patient’s rights, education, and domestic violence.

Introducing family planning to women during        Child's Future Planning session in progress monthly meeting
Child’s Future Planning Session: Under the Child’s Future Planning Session, mothers were engaged in topics such as single parenting and secure attachment. They were also briefed about various activities that they could do with their children.

With many girls placed into private English-medium schools, a meeting with their mothers was also conducted to brief them about the co-operation and support expected of them towards their child's education.

Other On-Field Services: AAWC continued with the Adult Literacy and Nutritional Supplement Program during the quarter and also assisted women in accessing government recognized Identity Documentation and opening Bank Accounts.

Education: Umang children attended daily kindergarten classes which included e-learning sessions, learning poems, counting, and days of the week through series of games.

They also learnt about table etiquettes, anatomy, wildlife, geometric designs and architecture, through sorting, counting, picture matching, and other innovative exercises during weekly educational sessions with volunteer Marina Dutta.

Recreational Excursions: The children visited the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum and Hanging Garden with volunteer Marina Dutta. During the Museum visit, the children saw exhibits in the Natural History, Himalayan Art, Sculpture and Miniature Gallery of the Museum and also participated in a treasure hunt contest.

Children engaged in dog therapy session               Foam Block activity with the Umang children
Art and Craft Activity: The children participated in various art and craft sessions that involved an innovative printing exercise using their fingers and feathers, making sun and butterflies using clay and leaves as well as a pulse activity wherein they stuck different pulses on a flower sketch. They also made various art works using colors and paints. 

Animal-assisted Therapy Session: We began animal-assisted therapy sessions for the Umang children at our Falkland Road Center this quarter. The children at both centers learnt about discipline, following instructions, sharing, social skills, counting and English words.

Counselling Sessions: AAWC’s in-house counselor conducted extensive individual and group counselling sessions with the Umang children focusing on behavior modification, impulse control, empathy, discipline, patience and manners. She also introduced imaginative and creative thinking to the children. The concentration, attention and listening skills of the children were also addressed and strengthened during the counselling sessions.

Udaan Beneficiary's Mother - “I know my daughter is safe when she stays at AAWC’s night shelter."

Sacha Rose, Volunteer - “The most important thing that I learnt during my volunteering period was the severe mistreatment and harsh conditions that these women go through. It has been an eye opening experience and given me the empathy that most of society lacks in our world today. I commend the passion of the entire AAWC team.”

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