Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to not only sponsor children’s education but also support them till they are gainfully employed.

What do we do to achieve our Mission?

Going by our motto “The next step…” .

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 and we support them till they are gainfully employed. Know more...

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Step 2 – Health Care

 

            Informing the children about hygiene and giving them practical tips on keeping their environment disease free ensure Physical Wellness. We give the mothers’ a home - made porridge mix that has all the vital nutrients and vitamins that growing children need. Know more...

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Step 3 – Counseling

 

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 mothers’ meetings where we educate the mothers 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:

       1. Self-awareness and Empathy

         2. Critical thinking and Creative thinking

         3. Communication and Interpersonal skills

         4. Problem solving and Decision making

         5. Assertiveness and Risk management  

In the recent past most schools for mainstream/ affluent children have introduced the above as part of their curriculum however, the schools for underprivileged have either not found these skills as crucial or have not been able to afford them yet. At ACT, every child above the age of 12 undergoes a series of workshops conducted by trained volunteers. The methodology includes games, artwork, group discussions and formal classes. This has led to greater introspection and teamwork among the children. These days’ disciplinary actions at the Resource Centre are dealt through group discussions where our children themselves analyse the problem and suggest ways of handling the issues. In these sessions the children understand the value of taking responsibility for their mistakes, giving and receiving feedback. Such discussions are live demonstrations of the knowledge and practice of Life Skills. These efforts will make our children socially competent for life in mainstream society.

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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. Know more...
 

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Step 5 – Financial Freedom


MakarSankranti, 14th January 2005 was a landmark in the history of ACT. With the help of Mr.Natarajan (then Branch Manager) and Mr.Chandru of State Bank Of India (SBI), M.G. Road branch, Bangalore we were able to start savings bank accounts for all our children with their mothers as their natural guardians. Know more...

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Step 6 – 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.

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Step 7 - Bridging the gap

 

The rising number of NGOs in India, especially for the underprivileged, clearly indicates that Indians have started looking for more effective ways to help the government achieve economic-socio-cultural progress of all the sections of our population. The average middle class Indian now contributes time, money and energy to bridge the gap between the privileged and the have-nots of society. Know more...

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