in a world where there are more phones than people, more than a billion children still lack at least one basic necessity of life (food, home, healthcare). we found this morally unacceptable, and are working with teams that prepare them for success by donating not money, but time as a virtual mentor. you can too, right from your home. got courage?
Picture: A hospital worker embraces her co-worker as they evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital during the Camp Fire on Nov. 8, 2018 in Paradise. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images). https://www.kqed.org/news/11705542/how-to-help-camp-fire-victims
Our fellow citizens, mostly elderly, need our help again. This time due to the Butte County camp fire. We are coordinating volunteering with the Hope Center Oroville. Please signup directly there if you can help as well.
Please check Oroville center’s donation hub for more details re: donations needs.
During one of our weekend mentoring sessions on dreams and reality, something extraordinary happened. Shahid (10) shyly raised a motorboat he had already built in front of the webcam. What we were only talking about, some of our kids were living already!
That was the beginning of our first project based learning sessions. Two teams were made, one each for boys and girls. One of them just delievered a fully functional toy car, built on the foundations of electricity, magnetism, friction and aerodynamics. From core scientific standards, this is nothing exquisite. But if you look deeper, the excellence shines in how they built it, through failures, through unavialability of parts, and a half baked knowledge of science.
Presenting, the Super Seven (Bittu, Md Sahil, Bittu, Sahil, Karan, Minhaz (not shown), and Rohit (not shown)) showing off a remote controlled car they assembled themselves with mentors Nishant and Prateek. Bravo – for the innovative spirit!👍😊
The ‘underside’ of the car.
And here is the body!
Would you like to engage in such sessions? If so, connect with us … let us take you on a ride magical, to a world where action comes first, then the dreams:-)
Aspiration: To stay away from crime & care for his mother.
Most Recent Achievement: Promoted straight to 2nd grade after starting school for the 1st time.
Family: Single working mother is a maid.
Rohit was picked up literally from rags by Eklavya founder Amit Garg. He only has a mother as a single parent at home, who works at 3 different ‘Kothis’ as a maid to afford a livable wage. Upon much inspiration and preparation, he was admitted to Vinayak Public School in 1st grade since he had never seen a formal school before. To everyone’s surprise, he was promoted straight to 2nd grade owing to his high potential of learning. Like many of his classmates at Eklavya, Rohit was once oblivious of the world of opportunities that lay so close to him, and was well engulfed already into a life of picking rags for earning quick money and spending it on cheap drugs (like nail paint remover). At his age, seeing no hope beyond a struggling single mother, and kids younger than him doing better in higher grades, he almost gave up again on Eklavya, and on his mother’s inspirations. But Amit (Eklavya) intervened immediately – reaching out to his mother, and engaging him with Prashant (Worthee) for a 1:1 mentoring session. He scored 75% to 80% marks in most subjects since then, and is a regular participant in questions and answers on science and technology topics with his mentors.
His last ask of us was not of resolving a fight with kids who tease him, but of how to get access to Eklavya’s computers so he can improve his proficiency, and thus self esteem to do even better in school.
We hope Rohit’s story stirs some relevance to your life, as it did to ours; which is why we regularly skip the comforts of weekends and activities to spend time with him and his friends. To enable another model citizen (that he so badly wants to become), or perhaps a model citizen like yourself, who will help other similar children rise above the adversities they inherit for no fault of their own.
|Name: Sahil K
Aspiration: CID Officer.
Most Recent Achievement: Selected for National Level Math Olympiad to be held on Feb 22, 2017.
Family: Father is a laborer. Mother a maid.
Sahil. As in a guide. Like the banks of a stream. He is the eldest of five children to a laborer father and a maid mother. But you won’t be able to tell his humble background apart, if you met him or talked to him now. The kid that we now call ‘Google’ at Eklavya school, once was oblivious of the world of opportunities that lay so close to him, at Eklavya. And like many other children his age group that do not have access to affordable, meaningful education and guidance, he was well on his way to picking rags for earning quick money and spending it on cheap drugs (like nail paint remover), fighting, falling into child labor markets, or even worse: climb the rackets of crime.
With Eklavya’s intervention, him, with 230+ similar other high potential kids, started getting regular, preparatory instruction to enter formal school system without worrying about the logistics, or finances.
Sahil is one of the selected few children from the formal school he attends to appear at the National Level Mathematics Olympiad examination on Feb 22, 2017 as we write this statement. And he is psyched about it. In our most recent 1:1 mentoring session with him on Feb 19 2017, we learnt that he had scored full marks in the last test conducted at the school in *all* subjects!
We hope this story stirs some relevance to your life, as it did to ours; which is why we regularly skip the comforts of weekends and activities to spend time with him and his friends. To enable another CID officer (that he so badly wants to become), or perhaps like yourself, who will help other similar children rise above the adversities they inherit for no fault of their own.
I am not rich
But I have goals that
I can achieve by
Working hard and
Nobody can stop me!
– A visual poem by one of our youngest Worthee members: Tanvi (10 y.o.) that she sketched within 12 hours of spending some virtual time with our children at Eklavya.
A visual poem by Pankhuri, age 6, in solidarity with all the children of this world that hold on to their dreams while walking with a razor sharp focus toward their goals.
One of these children had run away from home, seeing a mismatch in the hopes he saw at school, and his real life (unreliable father, over worked mother, bad influence all around). He is so bright, that within months of starting Eklavya supported formal schooling for the *first* time in his life, was promoted straight to 2nd grade. As soon as we learnt that, a couple of us intervened, talked to his mother, spread the news, and talked directly with him as well at the first available opportunity.
Today, he showed up for our Finding Heroes session. One of us also started a 1:1 mentoring session with him. He was smiling, hopefully starting to see a connection between reality, and his dreams.
He is just one of the hundreds of children we are struggling to safeguard – with only a handful of volunteers. Imagine if a child you know personally was in his situation.
Would you intervene?