Asha Kiran, a ray of hope has brought the fulfillment of dreams of dignified, self-sustained living for the differently abled children and grownups. This center at Jingle Bell School has embarked on a journey to make its students independent vocationally by nurturing employability skills in them in addition to developing other life skills. The differently abled students were taught through academic and co-scholastic activities as well as other specific approaches and context as per individual needs. Progress in all the domains of development was noticed due to dedicated and well-informed methods approved by experts of the field. However, avoid was felt somewhere inspite of watching these students becoming independent for their day to day functioning. One of the major concerns was to make them financially independent to empower them to lead the life with self-respect, dignity and be able to sustain themselves without dependence on anyone Hence, the idea of Asha Kiran was born. Students, irrespective of their age at a highly subsidized fee are taken. They are taught all important skills from manufacturing, labeling, measuring, packing, marketing, and accounting. The training provided is as per their individual skills and ability.
The range of products includes: • Gifting and official envelopes of varied shapes, sizes and decoration. • Handmade greeting cards with dried flowers and other craftworks • Gift paper bag • Incense sticks made with dehydrated flowers • Decorative table mats, coasters • Fancy multipurpose stands for storing utility items • Readymade powdered pulses viz, husked/split green gram, split black gram • Flour of Kuttu and Singhada for fasting • Decorative bags and candles
The students put up workshops and exhibition cum sale of their products to spread awareness regarding the creative use of their products. This is also helping them to learn marketing techniques and building social skills in addition to boosting confidence to present themselves in public. Asha Kiran has seen a significant increase in the number of students being enrolled over a period of time and now irrespective of their age are being given an opportunity to empowerment for a better life ahead. It gives a great satisfaction to see the students getting ahead in life with confidence and skills for a bright future.
As a part of discharging our social responsibilities, the School offers a Merit-cum-Means Sponsorship Scheme for underprivileged children. Under the scheme financial help is also offered to those children who lose the sole breadwinner of the family to help them tide over the calamitous loss. Approximately 12 children benefit from the scheme every year.
Yash Vidya Mandir
This beautiful and a high energy school situated in the rural area of Darshan Nagar, Faizabad caters to the rural students to provide them quality education and empower them to be at par with the remaining world in terms of opportunities and skills. This Hindi medium school is a CBSE affiliated school providing education at a highly subsidized fee and as per the requirements of the rural folk. 62 students are provided free education. The curriculum is holistic and caters to the overall blossoming of the physical, mental, spiritual, socio-emotional and cognitive domains of development. Books and stationery are provided free to all the students. Excursions and Field trips to places like Lucknow, Shravasti, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Bhimtal etc. are provided free of cost. Expensive yet important development exercises of Adventure camp for developing leadership abilities by Altitudes Expedition Private limited, Delhi is provided free. The library stocks more than 5000 books. 24 hours internet and electricity is provided to the students for comfortable learning time and keeping them abreast with the wide ocean of knowledge provided through the internet. Well equipped Science and Computer labs support students to engage and learn fruitfully through modern education tools. Annual free health checkup is provided by experienced medical practitioners. Students are given the opportunity to participate in local and national competitions like NCSE, Olympiads, sports etc. by providing them free coaching, travel and bearing other expenses involved for the same by the school. Alumni engage in developmental activities like distribution of free books, bags, copies besides providing career, health and games related expertise. The teaching methods, curriculum, and infrastructure is at par with any standard school but catering to the local needs, language, and purchasing capacity of the locales so that they develop, get empowered and yet do not lose touch with their immediate world.
The brightly litup eyes, the exuding confidence and faces gleaming with excitement is an everyday sight at Aamar school. This school came into existence in the year 2016. Mr. Rahul Deveshwar working for solid waste management and cleaning of Faizabad was brought here by KK Charity foundation. He came across a ragpicker Basti in Hasnukatra where migrant ragpickers from Assam many of them being Bangladeshi refugees resided. Their children assisted their parents in picking up useful and saleable garbage. They were not going to school. We opened a school for these children as an endeavor to bring more hope and opportunities for a better life. A meeting was arranged with the parents and it was left to them to decide time, name and venue. A shack was built by them. Time was kept in the evening after children were free from their other commitments.The name decided by them was Aamar school aptly symbolizing ‘My school’. It was started with 25 students in the age group of 4 to11years and most of them being totally illiterate Some attended madrasas in the morning. It was found that some of them were very keen and enthusiastic learners. They had high number and calculation sense in addition to a great grasping power. NTT trained Principal looks after the school and the programme is coordinated by Ms. Anjali. The curriculum is guided by the curricular needs of the children. They are fast learners and often their learning levels go beyond our expectations. Besides academic engagements, they learn life skills, dance, music, games etc. They go for field trips and experts of various fields volunteer give them meaningful exposures. Three students with high performance and zeal to learn more were identified and are now put in the mainstream education at Yash Vidya Mandir and have beautifully blended with other students and the curriculum. They are being provided free education with stationery, dress, transport and other requirements. In the evening, they attend Aamar school where support is provided in doing homework and afterschool self-study. The strength of the students is rising continuously and it has reached 35 in the current session. Parents and their community in the Basti are providing strength in terms of cooperation and confidence in the efforts. We look forward to extending it to many more children as education is the way to empower them to a more fulfilling and well-informed life and career. Blessed are the children of Aamar school who are giving us the opportunity for bringing light in some lives!