What do we do to achieve our Mission?
We have several levels of intervention to meet the WHO (World Health Organization) model. What follows is a summary of the same.
Step 1 - Education
Providing all the educational needs of our children - Once we accept a child in our Trust their fees, books, stationery items, school bags, school uniforms including shoes and socks are borne by us. Children can study whatever field they want.
Step 2 – Health Care
Informing the children about hygiene and giving them practical tips on keeping their environment disease-free ensures physical wellness. We made porridge mix that has all the vital nutrients and vitamins that growing children need.
We consciously take preventive measures so that our children do not contract any fatal illness. We have so far been able to administer the following vaccines to the children sponsored up to last year: Hepatitis B, MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) and Typhus. We regularly provide de -worming medicines to the children. Several medical specialists have given free check-ups to the children. So far we have been able to provide ENT and ophthalmic check-ups and taken care of any defects and problems in these areas.
Step 3 – Counselling
We have regular children’s meetings where all the children discuss issues that are of concern to them. All disciplinary issues are handled in children’s parliaments. The children decide on their own punishments for their mistakes, misdemeanors, and bad behavior.
We help the children handle their adolescent issues, problems at home, parental fights, insecurity, exam fear, lack of confidence. We also have regular Parents meetings where we educate the Parents and improve their parenting skills. Home visits made by us encourage the whole family to hope for a better future.
Life Skills Workshops: according to the WHO the children of the world should be taught the following core life skills:
- Self-awareness and Empathy
- Critical thinking and Creative thinking
- Communication and Interpersonal skills
- Problem solving and Decision making
- Assertiveness and Risk management
Step 4 – Recreation
Games: we have different types of board games, puzzles, etc which the children play indoors. These games enable them to focus on goals in a spirit of sportsmanship and companionship. Whenever possible we also allow the children to play outdoor games. We cannot do this on a regular basis because of space constrains.
On the last Saturday of every month we celebrate the birthdays of all the children whose birthdays fall in that month. A huge cake is cut by the birthday children and a smaller cake is gifted to each child for a private celebration in his home with his family.
Step 5 – Mentoring
The senior children of the trust volunteer for 2 hours every week to coach the younger children. This process gradually moulds them to be responsible leaders capable of making decisions and leading a young team. The younger children, who are motivated and inspired by the hard work of their seniors, consider the latter as their role models. They bond beautifully and create an extended family.