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Help A Child Get A Bright Future and Reach Heights

I am Divyangna, a second year Fellow, currently teaching 65 grade 8 students in a low income private school in Delhi. Over this period of time, I engaged personally with my kids, working on their academics, values and mindsets and in the process, working on myself too. I visited each student's house, trying to see where the kids came from, to understand how to create a holistic learning for them and to make sure that they realize their potential goals and work towards them. And one way I saw, was through performance arts.

Coming from a theatre experience of five years, I started exposing my students to basics of performance arts, integrating values into their academics, bringing in volunteers in the classroom and creating spaces of learning for them by providing them reading materials and visual references. And I saw a wonderful shift in my kids. From someone who could not articulate their opinions, my kids started speaking up in classroom; from throwing tantrums when working with fellow classmates, I saw them working in teams, uplifting one another.

And to make sure that my kids are able to carry these shifts within themselves even after I am gone, to take initiatives independently and to create an opportunity for them, my kids and I are working towards a theatre-in-education project Kathaakar, where they will have:
1) Access to volunteers and theatre artists who will build the required 21st century skill-set in them
2) Exposure to reading materials to increase their literacy and vocabulary
3) Reflection and learning circle to build their value foundation
4) Excursions and field visits

 By the end of the year, the students will be performing a one hour play, showcasing their learning and skills, in front of an estimated audience of 300+.

To make the kids take a step towards learning a skill, towards making them realize their capabilities and the world, you are the major contributor!
The money that you contribute will make sure that a child gets the opportunity to realize that no dream is small and no effort is less.

The breakdown of the total amount is:
1.  Booking of an auditorium for the final performance: 35,000
2. Technical support (including lights, sound system, stage management): 20,000
3. Travel expenses of the volunteers (2 times a week for 4 months): (32 days*100 rupees each day) for two people= 6400
4. Costumes for final performance for 65 students (including tailoring): 20,000
5. Props for the stage: 8,000
6. Two meals for 65 kids for two days during final rehearsals: 65*120 for two days= 7800
7. Printing of scripts and reading materials for kids: 150*65=9750
8. Indirect costs including phone & internet bills, first aid kit, toiletries and other overheads: 10,000
9. Performance day: Food, supplies, travel, make-up, logistics: 10,000
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5th November 2018
Dear supporter,
For quite some time now, I have been trying to create spaces of new learnings for our children in and out of the classrooms,  in terms of reading. Either it be their textbooks or the books from our classroom library, something that we have been trying to complete, one book at a time.
While the focus was on reading, I saw that the challenge was the text vocabulary. We do have three Oxford dictionaries in our classroom, but they went short for large groups. The children were not able to read their books at home since finding new words through a phone dictionary became a problem. Also because, the parent investment in the same lacked.
Hence, I decided to gift each child a small pocket dictionary that would let this small barrier be put aside and to help the children to read independently. The cost of each dictionary came down to 180 rupees for each dictionary for our children.
                                                           
Apart from that, as a classroom, we all decided that we should do a novel together to explore literature like it had not been done before. So the children and I researched for certain novels and we decided on 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. 

The novel will be taught to the children through an integration of social studies, English and mathematics aligned with the structures and elements of poetry. Also, since the children in the classroom have different learning levels, I abridged the books for my children and am almost on the printing step of it so that each child gets an opportunity to explore texts outside of their regular curriculum!

Also, a big shout out to you, because of whom the children of grade 8, were able to go to an excursion trip with their classmates. The cost of the trip was 400 for each child and this was a huge amount for the some of the children and their parents. But, because of your contribution, each and every child was able to get the opportunity to explore spaces with their classmates.
                Thank you to each for helping the children take a small step towards realizing their dreams and for those smiles that you see on the children's faces.
Much gratitude.


Dear supporter,
For quite some time now, I have been trying to create spaces of new learnings for our children in and out of the classrooms,  in terms of reading. Either it be their textbooks or the books from our classroom library, something that we have been trying to complete, one book at a time.
While the focus was on reading, I saw that the challenge was the text vocabulary. We do have three Oxford dictionaries in our classroom, but they went short for large groups. The children were not able to read their books at home since finding new words through a phone dictionary became a problem. Also because, the parent investment in the same lacked.
Hence, I decided to gift each child a small pocket dictionary that would let this small barrier be put aside and to help the children to read independently. The cost of each dictionary came down to 180 rupees for each dictionary for our children.
                                                           
Apart from that, as a classroom, we all decided that we should do a novel together to explore literature like it had not been done before. So the children and I researched for certain novels and we decided on 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. 

The novel will be taught to the children through an integration of social studies, English and mathematics aligned with the structures and elements of poetry. Also, since the children in the classroom have different learning levels, I abridged the books for my children and am almost on the printing step of it so that each child gets an opportunity to explore texts outside of their regular curriculum!

Also, a big shout out to you, because of whom the children of grade 8, were able to go to an excursion trip with their classmates. The cost of the trip was 400 for each child and this was a huge amount for the some of the children and their parents. But, because of your contribution, each and every child was able to get the opportunity to explore spaces with their classmates.
                Thank you to each for helping the children take a small step towards realizing their dreams and for those smiles that you see on the children's faces.
Much gratitude.


27th October 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the support. With winters inching closer to us,  so does the passion and dedication of each and every child at Kathaakar.  

Today,  we saw children engaging in creation of performances ideated,  created and performed by the children in the very space and that too within a time frame of only 20 mins!  The session was  led by Sandhya,  a second year masters student at the Ambedkar University, Delhi.  


Beginning with a round of introduction with tongues out to let go. Of fears of performance to the kids being given the liberty of their choice of ideation and the process,  led to student creations in an artistically beautiful way. The children brought up ideas from their classrooms,  their homes to the very realms of fantasy and fiction. Over time,  through the project,  I am realising how important it is to give a space for expressions,  a space for physical and emotional movement and a space just to be.
 We closed the space with a reflection round as to what do the children want to build for themselves and in the upcoming weeks.  
THANK YOU for enabling the children towards their today and tomorrow.
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the support. With winters inching closer to us,  so does the passion and dedication of each and every child at Kathaakar.  

Today,  we saw children engaging in creation of performances ideated,  created and performed by the children in the very space and that too within a time frame of only 20 mins!  The session was  led by Sandhya,  a second year masters student at the Ambedkar University, Delhi.  


Beginning with a round of introduction with tongues out to let go. Of fears of performance to the kids being given the liberty of their choice of ideation and the process,  led to student creations in an artistically beautiful way. The children brought up ideas from their classrooms,  their homes to the very realms of fantasy and fiction. Over time,  through the project,  I am realising how important it is to give a space for expressions,  a space for physical and emotional movement and a space just to be.
 We closed the space with a reflection round as to what do the children want to build for themselves and in the upcoming weeks.  
THANK YOU for enabling the children towards their today and tomorrow.
24th October 2018
C.R.O.W. strategy at Kathaakar!

Theatre comprises of multiple elements,  merging to create something wholesome,  something creative and something out of the box.  
Today,  the children at Kathaakar explored the C.R.O.W. strategy to create all of the above. This morning, they deep dived into creating a partner performance of under one minute using the C.R.O.W. theatre strategy.  
The strategy asks of the performers to create their own C. characters,  R. relationship between the characters,  O. Objective of the conversation between the characters and lastly,  W. World around the characters.  Through their performance,  they had to establish all of the above.
And it was actually surprising to see how the children created a world around the characters and performed with confidence,  which is new.  The children had created characters of animals, of police and of a beggar,  situations of their life around in their community and forming a world which they aspired to live in.  

It's beautiful to see kids engaged and doing something that they love!  Thank you for your immense support towards these children!  

C.R.O.W. strategy at Kathaakar!

Theatre comprises of multiple elements,  merging to create something wholesome,  something creative and something out of the box.  
Today,  the children at Kathaakar explored the C.R.O.W. strategy to create all of the above. This morning, they deep dived into creating a partner performance of under one minute using the C.R.O.W. theatre strategy.  
The strategy asks of the performers to create their own C. characters,  R. relationship between the characters,  O. Objective of the conversation between the characters and lastly,  W. World around the characters.  Through their performance,  they had to establish all of the above.
And it was actually surprising to see how the children created a world around the characters and performed with confidence,  which is new.  The children had created characters of animals, of police and of a beggar,  situations of their life around in their community and forming a world which they aspired to live in.  

It's beautiful to see kids engaged and doing something that they love!  Thank you for your immense support towards these children!  

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Anonymous donated Rs.300
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Anonymous donated Rs.200

God bless you

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garima donated Rs.8,000

All the best!

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Aaghaaz donated US $75

Keep it up! Can’t wait to see how this event goes. Can’t wait for more.

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Divya donated Rs.1,000
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Chetan donated Rs.3,000

You’re doing an amazing job Divyangna:)