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Grateful ! More help needed to support 23 kids at Miracle Orphanage

Miracle Manna Children's Home is a loving home to 23 children - orphaned by their natural parents at different ages- and embraced by the large arms and hearts of Shivaji and Prema. The couple began their unplanned journey desiring to welcome one child into their family through adoption. But the need for home for children orphaned by poor parents, some neglected and oppressed, grew systematically over the last 6 years to the strength of today, thanks to the couple's quiet resolve not to say no to a child in distress.

Despite their own economic background being modest. Shivaji had to leave his job as a driver, and Prema as a BPO staffer, to raise children and do all the physical work required to run the home, committed to providing the kids with good education and loving care. They go down to the bare minimum quite often and live with faith and dignity thanks to providential help of benefactors, like the Principal of a city english medium convent school charging a discounted fee of just Rs.5000 per child per year, to a land lord who has given a reasonably roomy home for a rent of Rs.8000/- pm., and other families helping them monetarily and in kind.

Funds required immediately is Rs.1,20,000/- to meet pending Home rent for 5 months, unpaid school fees for a few students , unpaid college fees for the oldest child of the Home, Marina, who is in 1st year BBA, and for food rations for the coming month. This would give immediate relief for the Couple to keep the Orphanage going. 

For more details, refer the website here - http://www.miraclemanna.org/
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5th May 2018
Delighted to share the news that Miracle Home kids will now go to good schools for academic year 2018-19!

Current school turned out to be really bad - no teaching, classes combined due to space shortage & poor education infrastructure. Many of our kids were well behind their class level in reading, writing, comprehension and math.

Our Aspiration:
Trusting that the cycle of 'better school opportunity, better home support’ will lead to 'higher learning interest and in turn, raised academic/learning  potential', we wanted to find new, good schools.

Our search criterion for schools were Inclusivity in admission of kids from weaker economic background, Supportive teaching to kids weak in academics,  general Value-match and Willingness to reduce Fees for us.


New and Good schools that lowered fees for us:
Sixteen kids from Class 1 to Class 8, will go Sri Aurobindo Public School, CBSE school  in Sahakarnagar, Bangalore ( check out their web site http://www.jdvs.org/school/index.html), which besides meeting  our criterion, have reduced fees to around Rs.29000/- per child all inclusive, of Tuition fees, books and uniforms for academic year.

Three kids in Class 10 and Class 9, have joined Kenneth George English school in State board, at Kempapura, Bangalore. For kids at higher classes, they have reduced fees to about Rs.51000 average per child all inclusive, of tuition, uniforms, books, lab fees and special classes.

The kids went thru some testing which found many kids well behind their class. Both schools have indicated that while they will do their bit, there has to be a matching effort at home.

Matching effort at Home to lift up kids:
We have appointed 2 support tutors from last month. During summer vacation, Kids are building their foundation skills in language and math, and bridge gaps. Later when school starts, the 2 tutors will support and reinforce learning and practice at home.

Other learning interventions to build foundation skills are being made with the help of a senior education therapist - like learning Dolche words and phrases, working memory and observation skills build up which all add to the confidence of the child - who is working for us on a voluntary basis. The good news is that kids are improving, and showing interest in learning!

“ I am Responsible"
After an ice cream treat for new school admissions, shared with kids the big step required to go to a good school. They agreed to stretch themselves to work hard to read, write and learn more than they ever have, so as to raise their academic standard to their class level.

We captured the agreement into a commitment with “I’am responsible” card which they wrote, flashed and agreed to remind themselves!! God willing, and with kids efforts, the kids will overcome!

Education spends for the Academic year 2018-19: 
1.Sri Aurobindo school:
 - Fees for 16 Kids from Class 1 to 8 - (a)  Rs.3,66,400/-      
  Uniforms sets, books & notebooks- (b)   Rs.  99,000/-
2.Kenneth George school:-
All inclusive fees for Two in Grade 10 - (a) Rs.108.200/-                  
All inclusive fees for One in Grade 9 -    (b) Rs. 49700/-
3.Remuneration to Two Tutors at Miracle Home
@ Rs.8000 pm for Full year: -                    Rs.1,92,000/-
4.Seshadripuram College: BBA 2nd year fees for One girl:Rs.40,000
5. Bus running charges for transportation of kids to school for full year                         Rs. 1,10,000
Total Education spend for 2018-19:   Rs.9,65,300/-
We have tried to raise resources locally and have been successful in raising around Rs.5,50,000/-So we have a shortage in Education spend of Rs.4,15,000/-.

Miracle home is looking towards the kindness of Milaap supporters for making good the gap of Rs.4,15,000/- towards fulfilling our higher education aspiration for Miracle kids!

As we complete 18 months of association with Milaap, Miracle kids, Sivaji and Prema join me in expressing our heartfelt gratitude to all Milaap supporters whose generosity has put Miracle home on the path of progress with a courage to fulfil legitimate opportunities for kids once abandoned, but embraced now by Miracle home!

God bless!
Venkatesh
23rd March 2018
 Dear supporters,
Here is an update on Miracle Manna-

Miracle Children’s home:  From One year of support (2017-18),  Onto the Next (2018-19)
 
  • Progress areas :
  • Bringing sustainability to orphanage committed to love, care, values and education of children.
  • Identifying critical gaps in nurturing and care due to resource constraints, determining financial cost of sustainability and bringing commited supporters for the cause.
  • Establishing system of accounting for spends/receipts tnat is open for inspection
  • Mentoring orphanage towards its goals and robust systems.
  • Providing regular updates on progress of home and kids for higher accountability to donors.
  • Moving beyond sustainability: identifying child wise intellectual capability; in order to create home-based plans and selection of appropriate school for kids
  • Healthier and more confident 23 kids than they were a year before; building capacity of the parents to run home in an enhanced way.
  • Spends 2017-18:  
  • A month-wise summary based on detailed accounts maintained by Miracle home from June 2017 in in Annexure 1.
  • An executive overview of Spends and Sources:
  • Annualised spend level of Rs.16.7 L  can be divided into 3 broad categories – Spend that ‘Provide Sustainability’ of Rs.6.6 L (40%), ‘Provides Purpose’ i.e, education of Rs.4.6 L (28%) and ‘Supports efficient running’ of  Rs.5.5 L (32%).
  • Towards relocation of home through the approach of medium-term lease of 7-10 years, Rs.35 lakhs has been sought as supplemental fund raise; Rs.10 lakhs has collected has been placed as FD in the bank.
  • Priorities for 2018-19:
  • Child-centred education plan & increasing overall learning capacity: Education being a driving purpose, identifying current level of competence, placing children in different schools based on capability, targeted tutoring and introducing proven interventions that increase learning capacity will be a thrust area. This will increase ‘School and education’ costs significantly, and we will have to find new supporters for this.
  • New Location for Miracle home:  A separate update for this was posted on Milaap to build a fund as mentioned above.  Based on donations at Milaap, an FD for Rs.10 L has been kept aside. Balance amount of Rs.20 lakhs is required to be raised for re-locating home.
  • Spend estimate for 2018-19:
  • Overview of Spend plan and estimated sources:
  • Without Re-location cost, the running cost estimate for Miracle home for 2018-19 is Rs. 18.5L, a 11% increase our current rate. Sustainability Spend estimated at 7% increase and Education at 20% increase.
  • The reason for the jump is the higher nourisment cost due to daily milk, separate breakfast  dish (not same as lunch), little more variety in food than just rice daily, more regular use of hygiene elements like shampoo and having a help for chores.
  • Including Home re-location cost, Rs.38.5 lakhs (Rs.20 lakhs balance for re-location and Rs.18.5 lacs for regular running of the home) is required for the year 2018-19.
The parents and kids are ever grateful for your support, wishes and encouragement. Miracle Home has made a small video of just over 1 minute that captures self-expression of kids about their life and dreams, and their gratitude for your support. Kindly watch the video. Also the photo of the kids "getting ready" in front of a single mirror !
 
Looking forward to a continued commitment and support from Milaap into 2018-19. 

God bless!

Venkatesh on behalf of Miracle Home, March 2018
17th February 2018
Dear Supporters

Miracle home and kids celebrated a joyous Christmas and new year with kids getting new dresses that so dearly long for !! Early February, virus fever that is doing its rounds in Bangalore, laid flat most of Miracle kids and Sivaji, so much so, it resembled a hospital ward! This is fine just now.

1) Tutoring help beginning to show results:
In the last update, I had mentioned that we took a plunge in seeking Tutoring help of a lady for 8 kids between class 4 to 7, who were very behind in learning. This lady, by combining tremendous persistence with the knack of teaching them concepts in Kannada and then in English (all kids go to English medium school) has slowly broken the resistance of these kids! They are now talking to her in faltering English while picking up concepts in sciences and social studies. Indeed, we have a way to here; but heartening to note that this initiative is working!

2) Knowing the joyful mind of Miracle kids:
We did a simple exercise to understand the interest areas of kids from the Dreams they like to pursue, to what they want at their Home, to what they like and dislike doing at Home and school.

Here is a sample of heartwarming findings:
# Dream to pursue encompass- Social service to becoming a top Drummer, to build a big hospital to become a doctor, to join the Army and to be a teacher.
# The only thing kids want at their Home is a TV-cable connection with Cartoon network!
# Helping others, kindness and speaking the truth are the values that kids like to lead their life with.
# They love their home; doing different things together as brothers and sisters give them the greatest joy!
# Music, singing, dancing and Reading are the top hobbies.

The final exams are coming on March 15th. Do wish them well for the exams!

I am attaching a few items for your reference:
- Expenses for December 2017 and January 2018 have been higher than the regular expense of Rs.1 lakh due to new dresses and purchase a larger capacity fridge. Will need to withdraw around Rs.2 lakhs for Feb-March expenses.
- Funds flow in has been slower in recent times. Our attempt to save for new location shift still has a long way to go.  Here is a sincere request on behalf of Sivaji, Prema and Miracle kids to Milaap supporters to do their best for your kindness is critical to sustaining their progress!

God bless!
Venkatesh
Rs.8,300
raised of Rs.10,000 goal

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SHREEKANTHA donated Rs.1,000
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shiva donated Rs.200
about 1 year ago
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Ramya donated Rs.100
over 1 year ago
Sangeeta
Sangeeta donated Rs.1,000
over 1 year ago
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Sanjana donated Rs.2,000
over 1 year ago
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Ashutosh donated Rs.1,000
over 1 year ago