Programs & Events
While we certainly focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic, we also provide students with a wide range of programs and events, including field trips. This gives them a broad education and introduces them to a variety of potential careers paths. Here are just a few examples.
Women Empowerment Project
Now that the summer school is over, we are using the school building for the Women Empowerment Project. Women are suffering the most harm due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They have no work outside the home. Daily wage workers have lost their earning opportunities because of the CV-19 lockdown, and women are included. The work of our children's' parents have been affected due to the crisis, therefore they are not able to take care of their children properly.
But thank God, He provides them with one month of grocery relief kits, through our generous sponsors and supporters. Glory to God! But how long must they suffer in this situation? Gunjan and I talked personally with the slum women, and some of the young girls about the self-sustaining work possible through the "Women Empowerment project." We give them tailoring training, beauty parlor training, and more to make them self employed. Some women are taking an interest in "tailoring" training, so we have enrolled 10 women in one group and and we started the program. Maybe soon more women will come and join the training.
We will need a specialized teacher, some sewing machines, and some sewing materials. The women have expressed their gratitude to the Children of Hope School.These slum people have become like family. We are dedicated to helping the slum children though the school, and also the women through the Women Empowerment Project. Whatever is possible, we are putting forth the efforts from our side. Together we can end hunger in the slums of Jaipur.
Praise the Lord I am glad to inform you that we have purchased three sewing machines yesterday evening. We got the funds yesterday afternoon through PayPal. Thank you very much John & Kim for supporting our Women Empowerment Project. Our assistant administrator Gunjan and I really appreciate your support. God bless you.
Three semi-professional sewing machines like this one were purchased.
Children are learning to use computers at Children of Hope School. This first class was a very exciting experience for the students. We taught a computer fundamentals course with practical applications. The children asked me many questions regarding computers. The students were very happy to draw on the screen, as you can see by the photos. We have computer classes once each week.
Innovation and Technology Expo
The children had a great time spent at the Innovation and technology expo in Jaipur. When the children entered, they were surprised to see new innovations from the University students and some organization members. They already knew about 3D and 7D experiences, Robot technology and meditation.
The children learned about how to preserve water and do farming in the desert area, how airplanes work, how to generate light from solar panels and how clothing stitching is done. The children saw the practical diagram of how a refrigerator cools. It was interesting to the children when they saw this process. They now understand how to generate power from a wind mill, how a washing machine works and they saw its parts. They even learned how to take blood pressure and much more.
The children enjoyed seeing 3D and 7D games. They collected information about innovations. We had the expenses of entry tickets, refreshments and transportation. We went with 15 older children and teacher staff. All of the children were very happy to see this expo.
International Friendship Day
"Praise the Lord! "We celebrated "International Friendship day" with the children in the school.
We taught the children about Friendship Day through colors. It was interesting for the children to understand Friendship Day through colors. We gave them six colored beads, Black, Red, Blue, White, Green and Yellow.
- Black - Black is separation caused by sin. Romans 3:23
- Red - Red is for the blood of Jesus shed on the cross. John 3:16
- Blue - Blue is for faith on Christ Jesus. Galatians 2:16
- White - White is tells us we are now clean and forgiven. Psalm 51:7
- Green - Green remind us of growth in God's Love. 2 Peter 3:18
- Yellow - it stands for the promised of eternal life. John 14:2-3
The children made bracelets according to what we taught them about the colors and placed them on each other.
Parinda Campaign Day
Yesterday, we opened the Children of Hope School. We first had a meeting with the teaching staff about how to plan and start the summer camp activities. We invited only the older children. The children were very happy to come again to Children of Hope School. We gave them instructions on how to stay sanitized to save them from COVID-19.
So, today we started our campaign to save the local birds from the heat—The Parinda Campaign. We did this last year as well. This month the temperatures are soaring due to a heat wave across Jaipur. We have observed the impact of this heat wave on birds as it becomes difficult for them to find drinking water. The lack of hydration in this climate can be really hazardous for the birds.
Although Birds can't speak, we understand their needs. This is an awareness campaign where we have distributed "Parindas" (Small clay Pots) to the children so that they can provide water to the birds by simply hanging the pots in their balcony, tree or by placing the pots in places where birds can easily access the water. We have distributed 40 Parindas in the surrounding slum areas. The children hung a Parinda on a tree and put one on the school balcony.
This time we are not only going to hang Parindas on trees or place them on balconies, but also we are going to take care every day to fill them with water morning and evening. The children took the responsibility and promised to take care of these Parindas every day for the birds. This is a small initiative impacting a large number of birds and in turn the lives of a number of human beings as its brings us closer to nature. The children are spreading this awareness to other slum families.
Puppet Making Project
Today we have successfully completed the Katputli (Puppet) Project with the children in the school. It took us three days to teach children how to make them, and they made beautiful Puppets. Praise the Lord....!
Kathputli is a string puppet native to Rajasthan, India and is the most popular form of Indian puppetry. Kathputli made India one of the first countries to invent traditional puppetry. These colourful handmade and hand painted string puppets are one of the finest examples of the most ancient and popular form of folk entertainment. Indian traditional home decor string puppets, or kathputli of Rajasthan, are one of the most vibrant aspects of Indian culture. These folk puppets of Rajasthan are known as kathputli (Kath meaning wood and Putli meaning doll) are made in Jaipur and the Jodhpur district.
Most often they consist of painted wooden heads draped with dresses made from old fabrics and sequined for charm. The puppets are generally 1.5 to 2 feet in height. The hands are made simply by stuffing rags or cotton into the sleeve of the dress and thereby filling them out. The most quaint aspect of these puppets is the way their expressions are painted, with large expressive eyes and arched eyebrows; a curling mustache for men and a nose ring for the women. The faces are usually painted yellow, white or any light color.
These beautiful string puppets are sure to add new dimension to your wall decor and will make an excellent gift. These puppets were not only a source of entertainment, but also provided moral and social education. The shows tackled problems like the dowry system, women's empowerment, illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, and cleanliness. These puppet shows made people aware of the social problems that everybody was facing and also showed ways of solving them.