Help The Children Of Ananda Sagara Sail Through The Storm | Milaap

Help The Children Of Ananda Sagara Sail Through The Storm

Ananda Sagara (http://www.anandasagara.org/) literally meaning ocean of joy, is an organization providing an ecosystem for children of migrant construction workers to realize their true potential. Amar Daniel Gibran founded Ananda Sagara in 2014 only based on unflinching faith in God.

                 Amar at Ananda Sagara

The ashram (as Amar fondly calls it) caters to a group of 16-20 children. These children come from families of migrant construction workers who struggle to make ends meet.

Why is this group important and what is the impact on the group?
By the nature of their job, migrant construction workers cannot spend time and focus on their children's lives. The children live in an environment, where even the basic necessities such as hygienic toilet facilities might be missing. Further, there is no guarantee of adequate nutrition for such children. Often, the older children need to take care of their younger siblings when their parents are away at work. This leaves little or no room for the children to participate in classroom learning. Social behavior does not get priority in the overall scheme of things. Often, such children start joining their parents at work from a very early age.
Children of migrant construction workers also deserve to live healthy and enjoy their childhood in a care-free manner. It is therefore important to create an environment where such children can
  • Learn the basics of personal hygiene,
  • Eat nutritious food,
  • Be free from care-giving responsibilities, 
  • Learn to read, write and speak the local language
  • Learn the value of, and inculcate self discipline
  • Be able to play and exercise regularly to keep themselves fit, and
  • Discover their creative talent, and be able to confidently showcase the same
 This in turn can help the children realize their true potential and become well-grounded and rational human beings. This can also have a lasting positive impact on their families.

What brings this impact?
An environment that empowers them with the skills needed to survive in this world, which in turn boosts their self-confidence.
At Ananda Sagara, they start with learning how to clean their mouth well in the morning with neem sticks, and wash their hands with soap before eating their meal. They learn how to eat with their hands, without wasting any food, how to chew and digest well, and then rinse their mouth and wash their hands after finishing their meal. Toilet manners and maintaining hygiene while using the toilet are also a lesson that each child imbibes here.
Each child is taught the importance of sharing and being helpful to others, and that ‘We’ is more important than ‘I’. They learn to be thankful and content with all that they have. Prayer is also an integral part of their daily routine.
While the focus is on the ‘We’, the ‘I’ is not forgotten either.
Therefore, once the fundamentals are taken care of, the focus shifts on reading and writing skills. No effort is spared to make each and every child capable of speaking, reading and writing in Kannada with reasonable fluency. It is indeed amazing as to how these children quickly develop neat handwriting.
The kids are introduced to song, dance, and poetry recitation. This is the platform where hidden talents spring out, and Amar enables in honing these skills further.
 The kids are also expected to play daily and exercise with all the in-house (home-grown) facilities. E.g. they have built their own playground complete with a Jungle gym, Malkambh, rope climbing apparatus, and a jigsaw climbing puzzle. They are also constantly thinking of how to make their playground better and innovating on it.

           Children at play on the jungle gym
      Malkhambh and rope-climbing apparatus
In other words, the strengths, weaknesses and hidden talents of each child are worked upon.
The food that the children eat, is prepared at the ashram's in-house kitchen. So, the nutrition aspect is addressed as well.
 Each child also goes to government school regularly with ample support from Amar himself in teaching them what they do not understand well enough (just like parents treat their kids at home). The kids have their sleeping spaces earmarked, and they also have a mini library!
                       Mini library
                   Activity Room
The children also cycle around in the premises, and have periodically gone for picnics and long rides / nature walks. They also get their regular health checkups from a friendly neighborhood doctor. The ashram has recently added new residents (read hens, rabbits, turkeys) who have a jolly time too! And talking of the children, their joy has multiplied ever since.

                  Pets at Ananda Sagara

Organization Details:
Ananda Sagara is currently a registered Trust bearing registration number  351/14-15.
                             
Current Status:
However, all of this comes at a cost.
  • The recurring operational expenses for the ashram runs to around Rs. 56700/- per month.
 The single largest component in this is the monthly rent which is Rs. 27500/-.

The current outstanding amount is Rs 1,04,974, the breakup is as follows
  • 3 months of Rent - Rs.82,500/-
  • 3 months of Electricity bill - Rs. 6274/-
  • Water Bill - Rs. 2200/-
  • 2 months of Cook's salary - Rs. 8000/-
  • 2 months of Kannada Tutor's salary - Rs. 6000/-
How can you help?
The operational costs need to be covered on a ongoing basis. The per month costing can be split into:
 Fixed infrastructure cost per month:
Expense HeadAmount (Rs)
Rent27500
Electricity2100
Cook4000
Kannada Tutor3000
Total36600

Currently there are 16 children at the ashram.
Variable cost per month for 16 kids:
Expense HeadAmount (Rs)
Drinking Water3600
Domestic Water3000
Milk2100
Cooking LPG Cylinder2000
Provisions7000
Vegetables2400
Total20,100

Donate:
  • Rs. 1300/- to cover variable costs for one child for one month.
  • Rs. 27500/- to cover rent for one month.
  • Rs. 2100/- to cover electricity costs for one month.
  • Rs. 4000/- to cover salary for cook for one month
  • Rs. 3000/- to cover salary for Kannada tutor for one month
 or multiples of the above amounts.

Summary:
Ananda Sagara needs your support in immediately clearing the outstanding dues of Rs. 1,04,974. Further, Ananda Sagara would require Rs. 56700/- monthly in order to sustain itself.
We seek your support to help Ananda Sagara reach the following goal:
Rs. 104974 (current outstanding as of 1st November 2017) + Rs. 6,80,400/- (Rs. 56700 x 12) = Rs. 7,85,374/-.

Contact Details:
Address:
No. 73, Kyalasanahalli, Near Byrathi Ayyappa Temple,Bengaluru - 560 077
Landmark: Legacy School, off Hennur Road
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/RaRKh9SNnFs
Phone: 9740832920
Website: http://www.anandasagara.org/
Email id: amardaniel@anandasagara.org
Ask for an update
13th June 2019
Dear Supporters,

After two months of summer vacation, children are back in school.
All our children are joyful and cheerful as they step forward in their lives.
We have also started a free school program for children of migrant workers and other underprivileged children in our neighborhood.
We are in the process of registering the pre-school.
By God's grace and with your kindness and generosity we will be able to pay our 2 month's rent which was overdue with the funds that we are withdrawing.
We are very touched and encouraged by all the positive messages we have been receiving.
It takes a village to raise a child. And thank you for investing in our children's future.

God Bless you all abundantly.

Dear Supporters,

After two months of summer vacation, children are back in school.
All our children are joyful and cheerful as they step forward in their lives.
We have also started a free school program for children of migrant workers and other underprivileged children in our neighborhood.
We are in the process of registering the pre-school.
By God's grace and with your kindness and generosity we will be able to pay our 2 month's rent which was overdue with the funds that we are withdrawing.
We are very touched and encouraged by all the positive messages we have been receiving.
It takes a village to raise a child. And thank you for investing in our children's future.

God Bless you all abundantly.

16th May 2019

We Thank God for you

We Thank God for you, because you are truly an example of what kindness, generosity and compassion means.We cannot thank you enough for all the support you have given us.

God is so great because He makes sure that our children have all that they need to be happy and successful in their life.

We feel very blessed because we can feel God's love working in our lives. And it's through people like you that God shows His amazing love for our children. You truly are God's most wonderful blessings in our children's lives.

Whenever we needed any thing, we prayed to God. And our good God sent you, an angel on this earth to help us. And He never delayed. Thank you for all that you have done and all that you continue to do , investing in our children's future.

We thank God every day for you. God Bless you always.
Amar Daniel

We Thank God for you

We Thank God for you, because you are truly an example of what kindness, generosity and compassion means.We cannot thank you enough for all the support you have given us.

God is so great because He makes sure that our children have all that they need to be happy and successful in their life.

We feel very blessed because we can feel God's love working in our lives. And it's through people like you that God shows His amazing love for our children. You truly are God's most wonderful blessings in our children's lives.

Whenever we needed any thing, we prayed to God. And our good God sent you, an angel on this earth to help us. And He never delayed. Thank you for all that you have done and all that you continue to do , investing in our children's future.

We thank God every day for you. God Bless you always.
Amar Daniel
9th May 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your support! The funds raised via the campaign have been used to support our operations for the past two years.

Here's a detailed update on all that has been achieved with the funds raised on Milaap.  

Status of Ananda Sagara Children’s Home before Milaap’s campaign

As of Oct 2017, we had not paid rent for 3 months and on eviction notice. We had lot of pending bills and struggling to continue our children’s home.

After Milaap’s campaign (Nov 2017)


When Milaap campaign was launched Nov 2017, our goal was to raise funds for 12 months. But, with God’s grace we were able to raise funds that supported us for almost 2 years.

Success stories and highlights after Milaap’s campaign

  • The funds helped us not only survive but flourish from Nov 2017 to March 2019. The funds paid our rent, provisions, staff salaries, school fees, medical and every requirement at our children’s home (financial expense table attached below)
  • Puneeth and Sorab (age around 7) had learning disorder and had difficulty integrating into normal school. Because of the funds, we were able to send them to Bubbles school for autism, now they are well integrated, can read and write. They also performed in “Jungle book – special edition” at Chowdiah memorial hall.
  • Girija (age 13) had never been to school and did not know to read or write. We home schooled her for a year, she learnt basic kannada, English and maths. Now she has completed one year diploma course in tailoring (at Daughter’s of Hope Project) and also promoted from 8th standard to 9th standard. Now she is in 9th standard.
  • We were able to hire teachers and start home school for our children from June 2018.
  • We opened our (free) home school to outside children of migrant workers from June 2018
  • We started free playschool for children of migrant workers from July 2018
  • We started free pre-school for children of migrant workers from Jan 2019
  • Apart from our 15 resident children we had around 25 children from outside attend our free school.
  • We were able to provide breakfast, snacks, lunch and evening snacks for children attending our school with no cost. We also provided them free uniforms, books, medical needs and education.
  • Children also got to learn swimming, horse riding, bicycles and we were able to take them out on picnics.
Restarting Milaap’s campaign (May 2019)

The previous funds supported us last 2 years (till end of March 2019). As of May 2019, we have not paid 1 month’s rent and have few unpaid bills.
We would like to raise funds that will support us for next 3 years and help us with more programs reaching children of migrant workers.

We plan to
  • Continue resident program for children of migrant workers
  • Expand our free school (both pre-school and primary) for children of migrant workers
  • Start vocational training school along with NIOS program for high school dropouts. Help them complete their education and help them not to end as child laborers and later as daily wage unskilled workers.







We hope to receive your continued support. Please support us and share it amongst your friends and family.Thank you!

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your support! The funds raised via the campaign have been used to support our operations for the past two years.

Here's a detailed update on all that has been achieved with the funds raised on Milaap.  

Status of Ananda Sagara Children’s Home before Milaap’s campaign

As of Oct 2017, we had not paid rent for 3 months and on eviction notice. We had lot of pending bills and struggling to continue our children’s home.

After Milaap’s campaign (Nov 2017)


When Milaap campaign was launched Nov 2017, our goal was to raise funds for 12 months. But, with God’s grace we were able to raise funds that supported us for almost 2 years.

Success stories and highlights after Milaap’s campaign

  • The funds helped us not only survive but flourish from Nov 2017 to March 2019. The funds paid our rent, provisions, staff salaries, school fees, medical and every requirement at our children’s home (financial expense table attached below)
  • Puneeth and Sorab (age around 7) had learning disorder and had difficulty integrating into normal school. Because of the funds, we were able to send them to Bubbles school for autism, now they are well integrated, can read and write. They also performed in “Jungle book – special edition” at Chowdiah memorial hall.
  • Girija (age 13) had never been to school and did not know to read or write. We home schooled her for a year, she learnt basic kannada, English and maths. Now she has completed one year diploma course in tailoring (at Daughter’s of Hope Project) and also promoted from 8th standard to 9th standard. Now she is in 9th standard.
  • We were able to hire teachers and start home school for our children from June 2018.
  • We opened our (free) home school to outside children of migrant workers from June 2018
  • We started free playschool for children of migrant workers from July 2018
  • We started free pre-school for children of migrant workers from Jan 2019
  • Apart from our 15 resident children we had around 25 children from outside attend our free school.
  • We were able to provide breakfast, snacks, lunch and evening snacks for children attending our school with no cost. We also provided them free uniforms, books, medical needs and education.
  • Children also got to learn swimming, horse riding, bicycles and we were able to take them out on picnics.
Restarting Milaap’s campaign (May 2019)

The previous funds supported us last 2 years (till end of March 2019). As of May 2019, we have not paid 1 month’s rent and have few unpaid bills.
We would like to raise funds that will support us for next 3 years and help us with more programs reaching children of migrant workers.

We plan to
  • Continue resident program for children of migrant workers
  • Expand our free school (both pre-school and primary) for children of migrant workers
  • Start vocational training school along with NIOS program for high school dropouts. Help them complete their education and help them not to end as child laborers and later as daily wage unskilled workers.







We hope to receive your continued support. Please support us and share it amongst your friends and family.Thank you!

Rs.2,060,723 raised

Goal: Rs.3,400,000

Beneficiary: Ananda Sagara info_outline

Supporters (810)

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Anonymous donated Rs.500
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sandeep donated Rs.1,000
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S donated Rs.108
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Bala donated Rs.2,000
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Guru donated US $200
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Anonymous donated Rs.10