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Children Coverage Detail

Year Female Male Total
2009-10 28 21 49
2010-11 115 96 211
2011-12 50 156 206
2012-13 150 231 381
2013-14 108  181 289
2014-15 99 127 226

Child development

Vignana Mitra – a Multi-Dimensional Learning Centre (MDLC)

Sparsha has initiated a MDLC centre designed to enrich the learning experience and ensure all-round development of children. MDLC aimed to provide focused educational support, in terms of computing education and training on science through demonstrations of experiments in science labs. We also offer to children spoken English trainings.

The project has a long lasting impact. In this centre, Sparsha also focuses on other aspects such as training the children on life skills and soft skills, strengthening their confidence and preparing them to open themselves to the world of knowledge. Since 2011, we have been able to reach more than 150 children enrolled in government schools every year.

Centre of Activity:          
Sparsha Trust®, No. 6, 6th cross, SBM Colony, Brindavan Nagar, Mathikere, Bangalore-54.

Gnana Mitra – a child friendly library

Sparsha Trust collaborated with ILP to initiate Gnana Mitra, a library aimed to provide an unrestricted access to information to the children who are living in Sparsha’s centres and the children from the community. Information is available in many formats (books, newspapers, dictionaries, etc.) and from many sources. In that library learning is about joy, educational enlightenment and welfare of the children.

In Gnana Mitra, children can also participate in various activities, such as art, painting, crafts, CDs based learning, computing, etc.

To run these libraries, librarians and volunteers are committed to assist the children to develop their reading skills and experts at finding and organizing information and at interpreting information needs.

    Sparsha Trust has also initiated mobile libraries, supporting the neighbouring government schools, in order to help teachers to have access to books which increase children’s interest in subjects. Another goal is to convince government agencies about the need for good libraries in government schools. This initiative helped the 3 following government schools:
  • Government Higher primary school, Chenahalli, Bangalore
  • Government primary school, Kuduregere, Bangalore
  • Government Model higher primary school, Sanjivininagar, Bangalore

Through these libraries, Sparsha Trust has set up programs in order to promote reading habit, understanding and to encourage community participation. These programs are:

  • Make a library colourful: to make the library more attractive and motivate the children, Sparsha Librarians made it very colourful by placing different information charts, colourful wall hangings, banners and children’s drawings or creative writing pieces. They are often changing the display to make every child happy to see his or her piece displayed.
  • Odhu Mitra Odhu (Help your friend to read): program initiated at Bynahalli and Sanjivininagar community libraries. Children who were library members involved the other community children in library activities, showed them how to use the library and also helped them to read and understand the books. They organized regular book reading activity: each child reads a book during the day and then share briefly its content with the other members.
  • Makkala Milana program (All gathering together): an event during which the children of Sparsha interact with children of international schools like Nagarjuna School, Delhi Public School, Mulya Adithi International School. This event directly increases the hunger of all the children to learn more.
  • Kalam’s team: it is a mentor team for other deprived children, based on the idea that “if we have a big dream we can reach it in any situation” or “Nothing is impossible”. The group was initiated in 2012 with 30 children from Gnana Mitra.  The team was selected according to a precise knowledge: know 1000 English words and the Multiplication Table up to 50, be ready to debate on 50 Topics, know how to use MS-Office in computer, be able to perform 10 experiments in Science, be fluent in English, have a good knowledge in science and computing.
  • English conversations: interactions and discussions between students and volunteers in an English-friendly environment to help the children to be comfortable with spoken English.

Centres of Activity:
- Gnana Mitra Library, Bynalli community hall, Chikkajala (post), Bangalore
- Gnana Mitra Library, Govt model primary school (Old build.) Sanjivininagar, Sahakarnagar post, Bangalore-92
- There are three mobile libraries which function from the above two central libraries.

Our Creativity

Creativity has always been one of the mainstays of Sparsha work with the children. For many children, performances are a way to express themselves and to gain self-confidence. Our work in this field covers a variety of disciplines, including street plays, handicraft, folk dance, documentary videos, short movies, ad concept, etc. Over the years, Sparsha Trust has built up a well-grounded reputation in terms of the quality and commitment in creativity. Boys and girls of the centres learn folk dance and music from famous artists and play a significant role in developing or adapting the script, designing costumes, etc.

  • Kamsale Dance and Veera Gase
  • In Shivaji Nagar, in the Chinnara Thangudhama centre, the children are performing Kamsale dance and Veera Gase very professionally. For the last 3 years, they have performed this dance enthusiastically in more than 60 to 70 events for Government and private companies.

    Kamsale is a famous folk dance of Karnataka. It is named after the instrument held in the hands of the dancer. The instrument is composed of a cymbal held in one hand and a bronze disc in the other. The main element is the rhythmic clang, which blends with the melodious music of the Mahadeeshvara epic. The instruments, in the course of the vigorous rhythmic beatings, are moved around the body of the dancer in innumerable patterns manifesting both skill and art. In a group movement, the dancer provides the vision of a series of offensive and defensive manoeuvres.

    Veera Gase is a dance form prevalent in the state of Karnataka. It is a vigorous dance based on Hindu mythology and involves very intense energy-sapping dance movements. Veera Gase is one of the dances demonstrated in the Dasara procession held in Mysore. This dance is performed during festivals and mainly in the Hindu months of Shravana and Karthika.

  • Dollu Kunitha
  • In Nisarga Grama, girls learn how to perform Dollu Kunitha. It is a famous folk dance of Karnataka, a popular drum dance, generally performed by men, but our girls are energetically doing their best.

    In the Dollu Kunitha dance, large drums are adorned with coloured clothes and hang around the necks of the dancers. The songs used in this dance usually have folk and battle fervour. The main emphasis is on quick and light movements of the feet and the legs.

  • Handicraft
  • Apart from the dances, the children are making handicraft items such as earrings, flowers, diyas using paper quilling, artificial jewellery, mehendi, boutique design, paper bags, etc.

    Every year, during the summer and the winter holidays, children are engaged in art and craft activities. The products they make are sold in companies, institutions and residences like Kennameta, AXA Business Solutions, Walmart, Infinite Computer Solutions, Intava, Actuant India, Mallya Aditi, Bearys Lakeside Habitat, Canadian International School, etc. Sales are also done during the other Sparsha’s events. 200,000 rupees per year are earned through this activity.

  • Documentary Video, short movies, Ad concept
  • Our children receive a basic knowledge in various creative fields, such as concept preparing, film making, script writing, editing, camera handling, etc. We are glad to be supported by the AYV; they enable the children to make their own documentary movies about Sparsha Trust.