Dear <<First Name>>,
Umeed beneficiary Vaishali* was uneducated with hardly any exposure to the outside world. Initially, AAWC provided services to her daughter who came to the center for the Udaan program. When her daughter began teaching her the English alphabet, it sparked curiosity in her to learn further. She gradually started attending the Adult Literacy Class and then enrolled for the Beautician Training Program. She is now a confident woman, easily talking about her experiences in front of crowds and teaches the older Udaan girls various hairstyles. She also helps at the AAWC Balwadi for the Umang children.
AAWC had an exciting summer with numerous activities, sessions and workshops conducted for the beneficiaries. They enjoyed their summer at AAWC and hope you had a wonderful vacation as well!
Beneficiaries at 'Clown without Borders' show           Insightful exposure visit to Godrej's Salon-I
Festive Celebrations: Udaan Felicitation was celebrated to commemorate the girls’ in-house achievements. Dance performances and skits complemented the program. Mother’s Day was celebrated where the children made greeting cards using a palm printing technique for their mothers who were delighted to see their children’s art work!

Accolades: AAWC was shortlisted among the 150 global winners of the Connected to Care Program, an initiative by BASF.

Capacity Building: AAWC staff attended a session on Time Management, addressing topics such as goal setting, priorities, disturbances and efficiency at work.

Monthly Check-ups:  A medical camp was conducted by Decimal Foundation for the Umang and Udaan beneficiaries.
Folk Dance performance at the Felicitation            AAWC chosen as one of the global winner in                                                                                BASF Connected to Care Program
Happy Monsoon!

Manju Vyas
Chief Executive Officer
Empowerment: Aakar Social Ventures conducted a Menstrual Hygiene Session using innovative videos and images, sparking lots of questions from the girls.

Career Guidance: College girls attended an Aptitude Test to guide them in selecting a career path. They all scored well and were recommended to graduate and pursue creative fields.

Mentoring: Project Lighthouse concluded a year’s association with AAWC and the Udaan girls. A closing ceremony was conducted where the mentors and mentees exchanged handmade greeting cards listing five things they learned from each other.

Edutainment Workshops: Mehendi (Henna) Class began for the girls during the summer vacation. They learnt design techniques and various complex patterns.

The girls learnt to make a delicious Pineapple cake and decorate it with frosting and toppings and also participated in a chocolate-making workshop. They also learnt the art of candle-making such as gel candle, ice cream candle, and wax candle.

4 of our Udaan girls learnt Folk Dance at NCPA, earning certificates. They then taught the dance to the younger girls at the center which they later performed at the Udaan Felicitation Program, encouraging bonding between the girls.

The girls learnt origami and self-portrait thanks to Volunteer B’jorn and about the Indus Valley Civilization through Volunteer Antoinette.
Girls during the chocolate-making workshop           Entering the art world at Jehangir Art Gallery
English Class: The older girls attended King’s Learning Program to gain efficiency in English and the younger ones have been taught spoken-English by volunteers at the center.

Recreational Excursions: The girls visited the National Gallery of Modern Art, identifying different styles of paintings and also spoke to an artist about his work at Jehangir Art Gallery.

Udaan girls participated in an Inter-NGO Art Competition and three of them won prizes!

They also enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at Amarson's Garden where they had a great time sliding, climbing and running around the park.
Vocational Training: The Beautician training course concluded in the first week of June and AAWC is proud that 16 out of 21 women graduated. The women learned skills such as nail art, threading, waxing and hair styling and are now engaged in further training to develop soft skills.

Exposure Visit: The women visited Godrej’s Salon-I in association with The Swaddle, where they learnt about customer care, soft skills, the beauty industry and working in an office setup, which proved to be immensely inspirational.

Monthly Meetings: Monthly Meetings were conducted on important topics like the detrimental consequences of drug use, tobacco and associated health risks. A presentation was also given by a doctor from Gaurabai Clinic about breast and cervical cancer with information regarding the symptoms and importance of regular medical check-ups for early detection of the disease. The women were also introduced to stress, tension and mental health.
Women participating in the drawing competition     Monthly Meeting on substance abuse
Child’s Future Planning session: Resource person Shailaja gave talks linking happiness and self-worth to mental health.

Finance: Umeed women were given information about opening a savings account in their daughter's name through Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana. In this quarter our beneficiaries have also availed the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana.

Recreation: Women participated in an Inter-NGO Drawing Competition organized by Kshamata, receiving certificates of participation with one Umeed beneficiary winning first prize! The competition’s aim was to build the capacities of the women in art and self-confidence.
Art & Craft Activities: Umang children had fun moulding various shapes with colourful clay, developing their imagination and motor skills.

Udaan girls who learned origami in the summer later taught Umang children how to make a rose, piano and house. It was a really empowering activity where our Udaan girls became teachers and the children learnt a new craft.

The children participated in a vegetable printing activity with new vegetables later included in their diet chart as they were keen to taste them!
Mother's Day art work by the Umang children         Exciting day at play zone MILK
Dog Therapy Sessions: The children practice their English speaking skills with Ace the dog such as greetings, questions and vocabulary.

Recreational Excursions: Umang children enjoyed spending the morning at Amarson’s Garden and Taraporvala Aquarium where they observed various fish, frogs, turtles and other creatures. The children also enjoyed their visit to the play zone MILK and explored all the toys, slides and rides. Some children were even flipping through books and enjoyed reading.
Udaan Beneficiary: “Initially, when I started learning guitar, it was very difficult for me to grasp the chords. However, now I enjoy learning it and also love performing at various AAWC events!”

Volunteer and Lighthouse Mentor, Vidhi: “Our personalities are very similar hence our relationship has always been a two way process and we have learned a lot from each other. My mentee has been a great inspiration in my life and has taught me to be motivated and dedicated in everything that I do”
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