On 16th April, 2019, Sharon Andrew of Happiest Minds held a workshop on Motivation through Mindfulness for 19 of our rural Coordinators. The workshop was very insightful and practical and greatly benefited our rural ladies. They also enjoyed the new experience of being in a Corporate environment and the lunch so graciously provided by the company.
We are grateful to Happiest Minds for their constant support and to Sharon for always being so kind and helpful
Our Year-end Assessments were held in all our 48 schools for over 2800 children in the 2nd week of February and about 30 of our Coordinators took a lot of effort to conduct these within 4 days. The analysis of the Assessment shows that 98% of the kids improved their English language skills. 1077 kids at the year-end scored > 60%, as against just 95 kids before OBLF intervention. Over 50% of the OBLF children (as against 28% of Non-OBLF children) scored > 60%
Our Annual 5 week Summer Program started on 17th April, which is attended by 150 - 200 of our rural children. The program is full of learning games, fun-filled activities, story telling, computer sessions etc. A team of NIIT employees visited our program and interacted with the kids, by showing movies teaching craft and some interesting story-telling and games. We are truly grateful to the management and employees of NIIT.
This year the BEO has very kindly arranged for mid-day meals for the children, even during the Summer holidays. We really appreciate his considerate gesture.
OBLF’s school year came to a close at the end of February, and our Year-end Assessments were held from 20th to 25th February, 2017 for each of our over 1000 children.
An analysis of the same shows that 96% of the children (who had at least 60 days’ attendance), improved in their English language skills.
One of our senior Coordinators, Ashwini, is getting married on 12th November, and leaving OBLF. We gave her a fond farewell at this week's Coordinators' training. Our best wishes are with her.
World Peace Week is celebrated between 16th to 23rd October. At their weekly training session on 21st October, 2016, our 33 rural ladies too celebrated the World Peace Week. They were divided into 8 groups, and each group was given a day’s prayer. Each group then elaborated upon that prayer and came up with its own unique insight into the problems facing the world.
OBLF completed 5 years this July, and we celebrated that at our Annual Prize Distribution Function held on 8th August at the Government primary school at Lakshmisagara village. The children and the Coordinators put up a wonderful show of songs and skits. Merit children got prizes of Fixed Deposits, Cash, Books, ranging from Rs.2,500/- to 500/-
Tutored and enthused by our weekly in-house training, our Rural Coordinator Padma, a mother of 18 and 16 year old boys, gained enough self-confidence to decide to continue her studies which were cut short by her marriage 20 years back. Today she proudly declared that she has passed her SSLC. Padma has decided to go further and start her PUC I too, while continuing her work as a Coordinator for OBLF. We are really proud of her and wish her well
On a personal trip to Rajasthan, our Director visited a rural govt primary school in the village
of Beed ki Bhagal and interacted with the kids and the teacher. She later also requested her
Resort Manager to follow the OBLF model of providing Computer technology and skills to the
school, which he readily agreed to.
1. We have provided mediclaim cover to the Coordinators
2. On 21st July, we adopted a new school at Balagaranahalli, Anekal Taluk – over 130 kids
3. Employed 5 new Coordinators, 2 of whom are graduates
On 2nd August we distributed Prizes to the Merit students of all our schools at a well-attended function.
Thanks to the sponsorship of a Mumbai based Foundation we were able to give FDs and cash, plus books
worth Rs.2,500/-, Rs.1,500/-, Rs.1,000/- and Rs.500/- to each student.On the occasion, our Coordinators
sang an ABBA song, while the kids sang many songs, told a story and in fact put up a wonderful skit.
A total of 16 People participated in the
TCS run under the 10K and Majja run
category. Three of our Care Champions
raised funds for us.
OBLF thanks Bangalore Cares, the participants,
the Care champions and the donors for supporting us.
Our Director, Ruby Kamdin attended a full day workshop on Teaching English Techniques
at the British Library, along with our Rural Coordinators Veena and Vanishree on 28th February
My inbox was recently inundated with emails from various organizations seeking support during Giving Tuesday – a global movement that marks the beginning of the ‘giving season’ and happens on the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. It was interesting to learn that close to $20 million were raised this year on this day – almost twice that of 2012. This took me back to a topic I have often been intrigued by – “GIVING”.
Ruby and I attended a whole day event.
Theme: Collaboration between NGO/NPO , Corporates and Government
The theme resonated in all the panel discussions and presentations.
1.Presentations by some NPO/NGO/Corporates: what is working model.
2.Panel discussion : Between NGO/NPO - How/Why/Can they Collaborate.
Everyone feels they have to Collaborate
3.Panel discussion : Between Corporates - How/Why/Can they Collaborate.
Not necessarily corporates can or will collaborate, unless there is some shared and common values.
Our Coordinators underwent a one week training on teaching techniques at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.
Mrs. Usha Kumar, the HoD of Human Development Department at Mt. Carmel, who conducted the training,
gave the Certificates to our Coordinators.
The Coordinators enjoyed the training.
OBLF thanks the Mount Carmel College.
Three of our Coordinators and one of our Volunteer underwent a one day training on
"Teaching Reading and Vocabulary Grammar" conducted by Trainer Huma Riaz at British Council,Bangalore.
The Coordinators enjoyed the training.
A total of 16 People participated in the the TCS run under the 10K and Majja run category.
Two of our Care champions raised funds more than a Rs.1,00,000 each.
OBLF thanks the Bangalore Cares, the participants, the Care champions and the donors for supporting us.
One Billion Literates Foundation
I spent the first few weeks after moving back going to several villages and looking for a primary school where I could start work. Sometime in June, I had gone to the Village Panchayat office in Chandapura a few kilometers south of Electronic City on Hosur Road where the Panchayat development officer Joseph introduced me to Srinivas a resident of village Lakhsmisagar in Anekal Taluk. Srinivas took me to his village primary (elementary) school. As soon as we arrived in the village, all the children who have to sit on the floor stood up and said ‘Good Morning Miss’.
Here is the link to an article submitted by Anamika was read at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio June 2012.