Dropped out for a new Beginning

TamizhSelvi ( TamizhArasi )… exactly after three years we heard this name and met this lil hope of Blossom. Yes the girl with lot of thirst in education is back to us to continue the education.  Three years back I wrote an article “Quest Ends In Blossom” about this girl. After few months of tat she was forced to discontinue ( she attained puberty , the so called turning point in a girls life ) by her aunty and uncle. Then she never turned up….we tried to convenience her aunt but nothing went positive.  She continued to work in the FireWorks office as usual. Our center head always said tat..she is still so interested in learning…but her aunt and uncle not allowing.

Just few weeks back, other two school dropout girls of the same village “S.Sornavalli” & “K.Angala Easwari” turned to our center with their parents. They wanted their kid to continue the studies and the seeked our help to make it happen. So we convinced the girls to start learning in our center from the basics.  Now both the girls are very regular to classes and they are grasping the subjects very fast &  more than we expected. Now both the girls accepted to join school in the next academic year.

The pity things are …the reason for “Agala Easwari” to drop put from school was, she was told tat she is not reading well and she was constantly discouraged in one or other way. So she decided to not to go to school. The reason for “Sornavalli” to drop out from school was, she was afraid of English. She scored decent marks in all the other subjects except in English. So she decided not to go to school when she was in 7th std., Both the girls  parents forced them lil bit to go to school and continue education… but not much.So these girls are working in the fireworks office and ears 1800/- INR per month.

Students from Khansapuram, Sivakasi

New Hopes of Blossom's QUEST

Thanks to TN govt’s policy of no fails till 9th standard. We planned to put “Angala Easwari” in 8th standard and “Sornavalli” in 9th standard. Fortunately at this time , TamizhSelvi turned up one day along with her aunty to give us a surprise. Her aunty wanted TamizhSelvi to start learning again. We are very happy to take her back and promised her aunt that we will make her join school again. ( the girl who was never been to school after her 1st standard ). The good news is she is learning very fast now and as accepted earlier the local school HM accepted to give her a certificate tat she completed 5th standard in his school. Since she doesn’t have a birth certificate or other birth proofs, we decided to reduce her age lil bit and make her join in 6th standard or 7th standard next year.

The only challenge will be convincing her aunt and uncle for sending her to school, since she earns 1500 to 1800 INR per month. If we can pay tat amount to her guardians, we can easily get permission to put her in school. We are just working out for few volunteers to support for this cause.  The next big challenge is to find few mentors to guide and encourage these girls to move on further. With great positive notes Blossom will meet the challenges and make things happen.

Really very happy to see three school drop out girls back to QUEST centers and now they got the confidence of joining back to school. We never wanted to call this as success….bcos lot to go. When they finish the 10th standard…we can say tat we have started our way to success. We at Blossom will take it as a challenge and will make it happen with the help of lot of positive souls around us. I wish , let QUEST be the right place to quench these girls quest on education ( Quality Education ).

Thanks a ton to Mr.Nagarajan ( Center Head) for his quest in educating these  kids in the village. Without him nothing would have been possible. Hats off to his hard work along with Kavitha Nagarajan to bring up these kids. Happy to take this responsibility with lots of happiness. We promise to do our best to brighten the lives of these kids in the village and make it a model village.

note:- Blossom is a Social welfare Org., and QUEST is one of the project handled by Blossom. QUEST mainly works on the Quality Education for rural children. QEC – Quest Education Centers are the place where village students were given supplementary education at no cost.

  We need Volunteers to mentor these three girls and other few students in our center. You can make it through online. Interested ppl can contact me @ “sathishsp@gmail.com” or through your comments in this post. Please click on this link http://photobucket.com/blossomvisitaug11   to see the recent snaps ( 6th Aug 11)  QEC’s  located in Khansapuram and Paparipatti near Sivakasi.

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Preserving Childhood Happiness…!

Just in the completion stages  of the long time pending dream project. Its all about CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE (CSA). When it comes to social initiative (  duty ) I (We through Blossom) always thought of doing something on Education and Child Abuse ( sexual , verbal, physical ). Working on Education is the easiest one when compared to creating awareness on CSA. I always found it hard to implement and plan for this project.

It just got postponed for several reasons..some times due to lack of ppl, lack of awareness on how and where to start, most times on what to start etc., But Last year by this time….sort of managed to get into it and got a starting point about where to start and what to deal about. Since already few NGO’s are concentrating on the general CSA, we thought of dealing with the modern worlds CSA through Online (internet) and other communication devices. With the help of three of my friends, last year we managed to give a start. And due to some reasons..the works were stopped for several months. Atlast now we are reworking on this …and almost done. This time we will never miss it…and the awareness website will be launched in a day or two.

Creating Awareness on Child Sexual Abuse

Surely this time we will make it big and will create awareness in as many as ppl. And we will be a part in saving the children’s precious childhood memories…! Will update you soon on this…! Really excited to see the website in action. Just watch out for this space “watchyourkids.org“. Will be updated in a day or two.

ps: Blossom is a NGO, working towards the welfare of the society. Blossom mainly involved in Rural Education. Watch Your Kids is yet another initiative of Blossom, towards creating awareness on Child Sexual Abuse through Internet.

India is in safer hands …!

17th Jan 09, yet another beautiful day in my life. Every day is special, but the “Action2020 – Unconference” meeting added more crowns for the day.

Action2020 – Unconference : A meeting with some 33 NGO’s working towards the betterment of India. Unlike in the traditional Seminars / Conference, in the UnConference mode, opportunity is given to all the participants to share their views. The vision of the unconference was to act as a virtual platform and work as a network to connect various NGO’s to reach people faster.

This event was organized by IndiaVision-2020, a online portal which connect 35 NGO’s with around 2300 young , vibrant volunteers and still growing. IV2020 was inspired dream of Dr.Kalam and working towards it.

Me and two of my friends represented Blossom and shared our views and thoughts. Really it was very nice to be with all the young volunteers from various NGO’s and to share the thoughts with eachother. Hats off to Indiavision 2020 and other organizing groups. Then next meeting will be in another 6 months of time with more NGO’s added as partner NGO’s.

Official site :- action2020

Wiki :-  action2020-wikipedia

Press :- The Hindu

Kalaingar TV News
One thing I can say..with powerful and vibrant youngsters India is in safer hands. It’s true.

Completing second year …!

Happy to convey that , Blossom completes its second year on Oct 10th of 2008. The second years progress were really good and project QUEST has entered into the next level. When thinking of the year completion, the big thing strikes in my mind is Annual Activity Report.

Anyways, we have just started working on the Annual Report of year 2007-2008. Yet to confirm the outlay of the report. Though we have all the required data, organizing and alignment will eat more time.Anyway its part of the game and I can assure that the report will be released in the last week of October 2008.

Last years report preparation took more time due to some improper planning and we are sure this time it won’t be repeated. Finally Good luck for me to complete the report on time (onus is on me to complete the report).

p.s: BLOSSOM – is a social welfare organization.