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GE scholarship program benefits 200 students

We are proud to announce the list of 200 students selected under the GE scholarship program for first PUC students. The  support will cover college fees, bus pass, books, and stationary.
Under this unique program, students will also be given training in personality development, spoken English and computer training.
Sl No
 Name
Place 
1
 Abhirami.R
(HAL)
2
Anjali
(HAL)
3
Chandru.M
(HAL)
4
Darala Srinu
(HAL)
5
Divya. K
(HAL)
6
Divya.C
(HAL)
7
Indira E.R
(HAL)
8
Jennifer
(HAL)
9
Kavya Sri .B.M
(HAL)
10
Manohar.P
(HAL)
11
Neethu.K
(HAL)
12
Nethravathi.S
(HAL)
13
Priyanka.M
(HAL)
14
Ramu.E
(HAL)
15
Saraswathi.S
(HAL)
16
Sneha.R
(HAL)
17
Uday Kiran
(HAL)
18
Anusha. B
(HAL) Thipsandra
19
Swathi.B
(HAL) Thipsandra
20
Ganesh. N
(HAL) Vimanapura
21
Teja .V
(HAL) Vimanapura
22
V.Madhu Sri
(HAL) Vimanapura
23
G. Supriya
(HAL)Thipsandra
24
Afreen Saniya
Banasankari
26
Saniya Begum
Banasankari
27
Sriharan.G
Banasankari
28
Bi Bi Fathima
Banasankari
29
Vaishnavi.E
Benson Town
30
Akarsh .M
Bommanahalli
31
Jaya Surya
Bommanahalli
32
Vineeth Kumar
Bommanahalli
33
Praveen.K
City Market
34
Vindhya.M
City Market
35
Anthony Pinto.B
Cox Town
36
Sabarish.P
Domlur
37
Praveen. D
Halusuru
38
Ranjith Kumar .D
Halusuru
39
Varija.A.Rao
Hebbal
40
Putta Raju.YK
Hebbal  (Mysore Road)
41
Usha.S
Hebbal ( Mysore Road)
42
Brunda.P
Hebbal(mysor road, annathapur)
43
Shirisha.KP
Hokote (Kolar)
44
Sarswathi
Indiranagr
45
V.Balaji Prasad
Indiranagr
46
Anagha.S
J P Nagar
47
Gowtham. P
K R Puram
48
Hellan Rishitha. T
K R Puram
49
S.R.Poornima
K R Puram
50
Jyothi .S
K R Puram
51
Jyothi .S
K R Puram
52
Paul Hendry
K R Puram  (Lingarajpuram )
25
Mary Supritha.S.
K R Puram  (Lingarajpuram )
74
Cyril Louis
K R Puram  (Lingarajpuram )
53
Vanishwachari A.M
K R Puram ( Ayappanagar
54
M. Vijay
K R Puram ( Ayappanagar)
55
Tejas.KV
K R Puram ( KVN)
56
Abhijith.HG
K R Puram ( Virgonagar)
57
Vanishree.HV
K R Puram (irandahalli)
58
Sahana.B
K R Puram (Phoenixmall)
59
Kavya.G
K R Puram (Tin Factory
60
Mohammed Asim
K R Puram (Tin Factory
61
Madhu Prakash
K R Puram Railway
62
Richard .R
Kalyannagar
64
Alwin Arthiksha
Koramangala
65
Anitha.V
Koramangala
66
Daniel.M
Koramangala
67
Martin J C
Koramangala
68
Priscilla.D
Koramangala
69
Ranjini A
Koramangala
70
Sneha Priyanka.A
Koramangala
71
Vignesh.S
Koramangala
72
Domnic Arul Abhishek.S
Koramangala
73
Vindhya V
Koramangala
75
Shwetha.K
Malleswaram
76
Chaithra. Y
Marathahalli
77
Partha Sarath
Marathahalli
78
Pooja Girish
Marthahalli(Yamlur)
79
Ajay.S
Marthahalli
80
Anuneha .K.R
Marthahalli
81
Barani prasad
Marthahalli
82
K Kalyan
Marthahalli
83
Kiran Kumar.S
Marthahalli
84
M.Dheeraj Kumar
Marthahalli
85
M.Nethravathi
Marthahalli
86
Preethi Urs
Marthahalli
87
Ramya.R
Marthahalli
88
Sarishma Thapa
Marthahalli
89
Srinivas. K
Marthahalli
90
Tejaswini. S
Marthahalli
91
Vinay.B
Marthahalli
92
Deepak Kumar.H.O
Marthahalli(Yamlur)
93
Manasa.R
Marthahalli(Yamlur)
94
Akash.G
Old Bypnahalli
95
Ashwini.N
Old Bypnahalli
96
Ashwitha.M
Old Bypnahalli
97
Jayashree.J
Old Bypnahalli
98
Manikanta
Old Bypnahalli
99
Manu Monthero
Old Bypnahalli
100
Nirjan.KE
Old Bypnahalli
101
Preethi
Old Bypnahalli
102
Preethi.T
Old Bypnahalli
103
Sathish M
Old Bypnahalli
104
Shakila
Old Bypnahalli
105
Shreelatha.R
Old Bypnahalli
106
Sindhu
Old Bypnahalli
107
Sunil Kumar
Old Bypnahalli
108
Uma Maheswori
Old Bypnahalli
109
Vanitha.V
Old Bypnahalli
110
Catherine.R
R T Nagar
111
John Peter.G
R T Nagar
112
Zaiman Alexander.S
R T Nagar
113
Praveena.P
R T Nagar
63
Anusiya.T
R T Nagar
114
Bhavya.B
Ramamurthy Nagar
115
Eresh
Ramamurthy Nagar
116
Naveen
Ramamurthy Nagar
117
Mounesh
Ramamurthy Nagar
118
Nayana Shree
Ramamurthy Nagar
119
Raj Shekhar.S
Ramamurthy Nagar
120
Ramya.S
Ramamurthy Nagar
121
Sandhya .R
Ramamurthy Nagar
122
Shivshankar Reddy
Ramamurthy Nagar
123
Srinika
Ramamurthy Nagar
124
Vijay Milton. R
Ramamurthy Nagar
125
Rathan .K
Ramamurthy Nagar
126
Prasad V
Ramamurthy Nagar
127
Swathi .V
Ramamurthy Nagar
128
Durga Prasad.R
Ramamurthy Nagar(Horamavu)
129
Kantha Raja
Ramamuthy Nagar( Horamavu)
130
Venkatesh
Ramamuthy Nagar( Horamavu)
131
Anitha .G
Ramurthy Nagar
132
N. Arbin Fathima
Ramurthy Nagar
133
Benjamin
Sarjapur
134
Praveen Basappahal
Sarjapur
135
Pooja J
Sarjapur
136
Bhomika
Sarjapur
137
Manisha .J
Sarjapur ( HSR layout)
191
Sowmya M
Sarjapur ( Raysandra)
138
Stebin Sabu
Sarjapur (Carmelaram)
139
Murali Prasad.G
Sarjapur (Electronic City)
140
Vaishnavi. P
Sarjapur
141
Adarsh
Sarjapur( Agrahara)
142
Aishwarya.K
Sarjapur( Aiswarya)
143
Shalini.V
Sarjapur( Ambedkarnagr)
144
Harsh M
Sarjapur( Carmelaram )
145
Amrutha S
Sarjapur( Carmelaram)
146
Hemanth.R
Sarjapur( Carmelaram)
147
Shilpa.KP
Sarjapur( Kaikondanahalli)
148
Bheemaraya
Sarjapur( Kasavanahalli)
149
Harshitha.R
Sarjapur( Krishnappa nagar)
150
Sahana.S
Sarjapur( NGR layout)
151
Pavithra G
Sarjapur( Vitasandra)
152
Surya M
Sarjapur(HSR)
153
Yeshaswini Jaganath
Shivajinagar
154
Meghana.S.R
Suileble (Hoskote)
155
New Life .
T C Palya
156
Alex Anthony.A
T C Palya
157
John William.J
Thindlu -Hebbal
158
Bharath Kumar. S
Thipsandra
159
D.N. Suresh
Thipsandra
160
Tharun Kumar.N
Thipsandra
161
S.Swathi
Viveknagar
162
Ravi. P
Whiefield
163
D.Divya Jyothi
Whitefield
164
Jancy mary.V
Whitefield
165
K.S.Abhilash
Whitefield
166
Mamoon Singh
Whitefield
167
Maria shalini.A
Whitefield
168
Prathiba.N
Whitefield
169
Priya.A
Whitefield
170
Pushpa Raj
Whitefield
171
S.Thanu Shree
Whitefield
172
Savitha.K
Whitefield
173
Shahina Khatu
Whitefield
174
Shireesha.B
Whitefield
175
Sneha.V
Whitefield
176
Chaitanya.S
Whitefield
177
Hemanth Kumar .SM
Whitefield
178
Kiran Balaji.S
Whitefield
179
Shravani .L
Whitefield
180
Shwetha. A
Whitefield
181
Akshitha M
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
182
Arvind Kumar
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
183
D.Shirish Chandra
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
184
Jennifer Philip
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
185
Kavya.BN
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
186
Kusuma Indu
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
187
Manoj. M
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
188
Pavithra.A
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
189
Pramod .HU
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
190
Rahul.R
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
192
Somashekhar.O
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
193
Supriya .D.M.
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
194
Suresh .G.R
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
195
Usha .B
Whitefield (Kadugodi)
196
Nandini.L
Whitefield (Seegelli)
197
Gayathri.V
Whitefield Kadugodi( Seegelli)
198
Nikitha.C
Whitefield
199
Syeda Lubna
Wilson Garden
200
Syeda Saniya
Wilson Garden( Neelasandra)

Dos and Don’ts of story telling for children

By Reena Pillai

To develop creative teaching in classrooms, motivate children and improve efficacy of their education, United Way Bengaluru organized a storytelling session with Smt. Geeta Dharmarajan, Padmashri awardee, Founder and President of Katha Foundation (NGO), Delhi at the scenic backdrop at Cubbon Park recently.

Smt. Geeta Dharmarajan gives a few tips on how to improve a story telling for children in the most scenic background in Cubbon Park

Thirty five teachers with the Born Learning Campaign attended a session on how to narrate stories to young Anganwadi children aged between 0-6 years. It was a fun-filled and interactive session where teachers were given tips like how to narrate stories with expressions, how to refrain from boxing concepts into right or wrong, the difference between learning and education and why it was imperative to avoid giving the ‘moral of the story’ to children, instead allowing the child to form his/her own opinion on the story.

BLC staff listen attentively to the story telling session

Said Smt. Geeta Dharmarajan, “I’m so glad to be associated with United Way Bengaluru. I am extremely impressed by the wide range of work they are undertaking. Regarding the session, I must say that the participants were extremely enthusiastic and I was glad to be given such a great opportunity to address them in this magnificent location. These young women work very hard for the holistic development of the anganwadi children and I would definitely be interested in coming back and holding more sessions for the BLC staff.”

David, General Manager, UWBe speaks a few words on the occasion

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SMT. GEETA AND DAVID INTERACT WITH THE BLC STAFF. https://youtu.be/9XRDRfB1OK8  

Bhavani, a BLC staff was pleased with the story telling session especially when the difference between learning and education was clarified, “I liked the way Geeta Madam explained the difference between education and learning. Education is mostly restricted to classroom while learning is a continuous process, be it at home, school or any other place.”

Praxair Proactive – Education Support Program

Application Form

  1. Name of Candidate: (IN BLOCK LETTERS):………………………………………………………………………………………….
  2. Address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
  1. Date of Birth (dd/mm/yy):…………………………………………………………………………………………..
  2. Male/Female/Other:…………………………………………………………………………………………
  3. Name of Father:…………………………………………………………………………………………
  4. Annual income:………………………………………………………………………………………
  5. Name of Mother:………………………………………………………………………………………
  6. Mother’s occupation:…………………………………………………………………………………
  7. No. of siblings (brothers /sisters) and their age:……………………………………………………………………………………………

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  1. Number of total dependents in the Family:…………………………………………………………………….
  2. Name of current course registered/applied for:……………………………………………………………..
  3. Name of Institution:…………………………………………………………………………………………………………
  4. Address:………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
  5. What is the fee for current course …………………………………………………………………………………………………….
  6. Extra Curricular Activities:……………………………………………………………………………………..

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  1. Contact Number: – minimum 2 contact numbers needed

Contact number 1……………………………

Contact number 2. …………………………

  1. Fathers’ Bank account details ( Name of the Bank, Account Number, Branch, IFSC code)

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  1. Documents needed
  • Passport size photos – 3
  • One ID /address proof
  • Prof of fees paid to school, colleges ( challan, reciept )

     19. Details of Praxair Contact person

Name ……………………………………………………

Contact Number ………………………………………..

Email ID ………………………………………………….

Students of Widia Public School plant 50 saplings at Dasarahalli Lake

By Reena Pillai

On the occasion of their Founder’s Day, 50 students from Widia Poorna Prajna School, Tumkur Road planted 50 saplings at the Dasarahalli Lake to mark the occasion. It was so heartening to witness a group of enthusiastic students from the school engage in planting work at the lake.

A picture perfect pose from the students of Widia Poorna Prajna Public School

Aware that United Way Bengaluru is undertaking the rejuvenation work at this lake, the authorities of the school approached us to undertake the planting activities and also requested that we continue with the maintenance of these plants. United Way Bengaluru was more than happy to oblige as under our ‘Wake the Lake’ campaign one of our objectives is to get the community, especially children to contribute towards the lake rejuvenation process.

Sri Muniraju, MLA, T. Dasarahalli constituency with other dignitaries at tree planting drive

This planting drive was held on 6th July 2017, the Founder’s Day – in memory of His Holiness Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji (Founder President, Udupi Sri Admar Mutt Education Council)
Speaking about the event, K S Sridhar, Principal of Widia Poorna Prajna School said, “The motto of the Interact Club of the School is, To create the spirit of social responsibility amongst the students. One of the activity of the club is to plant saplings in the vicinity of Dasarahalli lake. The very idea of this act is to make the students understand the importance of their role in protecting Mother Nature. The staff in-charge of the lake have taken the responsibility of nourishing the saplings. About 60 saplings were planted and a few of them are fruit bearings plants like Coconut tree and Jamun tree.”

Dignitaries plant saplings on occasion of their Founder’s Day

Mahesh, Sr Manager, Community Initiatives said, “UWBe believes in change which is sustainable and create an impact in the society. The involvement of the students from the Widia Poorna Prajna school is a positive development and we are very happy that the children will visit the lake on a regular basis. We hope that the message of preserving lakes in turn will be shared to their family and friends.”

Students water the plants after planting the sapling

The following delegates participated in this social cause Sri Muniraju, MLA, T. Dasarahalli constituency, Sri Nagaraj, BBMP Corporator, Chokkasandra, Mrs. Sapna, Lake Engineer, Rtn. Kiran President, ROBANO. Many Rotarians, school staff and students took active part in this event.

Rs 3 crore financial aid announced for lakes under ‘Wake the Lake’

 By Reena Pillai

United Way Bengaluru’s Wake the Lake Campaign’ earned another feather in its cap when a financial aid of Rs. 3 crore (approximately half million USD) was announced from the Tourism Department for the rejuvenation of lakes. This was announced by the Priyank Kharge, Honorable Minister for IT/BT and Tourism on the occasion of the third edition of the Live United Annual day which took place on 30 June, 2017 at the Royal Orchid Hotel, Old Airport Road, Bengaluru.

Coffee Table book unveiled! (From left to right) Mr Manish Michael, CEO, United Way Bengaluru, Mr Sabu Thomas, Board Member, United Way Bengaluru, Retd. Justice NK Patil, Mr Priyank Kharge, Minister for IT/BT and Tourism, Mr Satish, Chief Engineer, BBMP, Mr Prashanth Prakash, Board Chair, United Way Bengaluru

On the occasion, the coffee table book on lakes titled “Breathing life into lakes” was unveiled by the Chief Guest Mr. Priyank Kharge, Retd. Justice N.K Patil, Mr Satish, Chief Engineer of Lakes, Mr Prashanth Prakash, Board Chair, United Way Bengaluru, Mr Sabu Thomas, Board Member, United Way Bengaluru and Manish Michael, CEO of United Way Bengaluru to commemorate the successful work on 16 lakes in the city.

Honorable Minister Priyank Kharge speaks on the occasion and appreciates the work undertaken by UWBe

After distributing mementoes to all our 27 corporate partner, Minister Kharge said, “This campaign undertaken by United Way of Bengaluru has created a lasting impact amongst the community. By instilling the need to participate in the city’s development amongst citizens, UWBe has ensured that communities take responsibility in improving Bengaluru’s environment and once again making it the ‘city of lakes’ as it was known in the earlier days. This initiative has set an excellent benchmark for the rest of the country. Hence, I pledge my support on the stage itself and announce Rs. 3 crore for United Way Bengaluru for the rejuvenation of lakes.”

Honorable Minister Priyank Kharge browses through the coffee table book

He also announced the three- day festive Nandi Habba, a collaborative initiative by United Way Bengaluru, Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka, Discovery Village, Namma Nemma cycle, Nandi Valley Walks and others which will be held from 1st to 3rd September, 2017.

He added, “I’m glad to announce the Nandi Habba which will create a different perspective on Nandi Hills. This will help create more awareness and sensitivity on the importance of culture and heritage and saving the vast flora and fauna. Other than marathon, walkathon, we will also be organizing cyclelathon, rock climbing, nature walks and heritage walks.

Retd. Justice NK Patil thanks the awardees and urges the audience to involve themselves in working towards lake restoration work.

Retired Justice NK Patil who distributed mementoes to all community members and our vendors, congratulated the UWBe team and corporate partners for their commitment and dedication towards working for the betterment of the society.

He said, “In 2011, I made a master action plan report for developing 386 large lakes and 121 small lakes in and around Bengaluru with inputs from the several civic bodies. However, the progress is not upto the mark. It is time to do something for our generation and I urge each one of you present here to work towards bettering the society. It is not a great task but requires sustained courage, willpower and determination.”

Mr Sabu Thomas, Board members explains about ‘Wake the Lake’ campaign

Nandi Habba to be held from 1st to 3rd September

Mr Siddhart Raja talks about revival of Nandi Hills through Nandi Habba

Mr. Siddhart Raja from Nandi Valley Walks spoke about Nandi Hills and stressed that “The best of Nandi Hills is not at the Top, its at the Foot!

He explained about the various heritage sites which would be toured during the Nandi Habba to be held from 1st to 3rd September, 2017.He said, “For the Nandi Habba, we wish to encourage the local participation from the surrounding villages and drive government support to our causes as the Nandi Hills falls under three districts which are Bengaluru rural, Chickballapur and Doddaballapur.”

The four main causes which will be supported through Nandi Habba are

  • Water rejuvenation: Preserving the local keres or lakes.

  • Tree plantation drives and with complete maintenance and nurturing

  • Clear strategy on solid waste management

  • Support people from local areas through sustainable livelihood projects

 


Mr Manish Michael, CEO of United Way Bengaluru (above) presented the annual report for the year 2016-17 and the vote of thanks and Mr Rajesh Krishnan, COO of United Way Bengaluru (below) announced the citations for corporate partners.

Narayanappa (Center) Community leader from the Kaudenahalli Lake receives the memento from Justice NK Patil and UWBe board members

Mr. Sabu Thomas, Mr. BG Mahesh and Ms. Suzanne Singh along with Justice NK Patil gave away mementos to all community members supporting lake rejuvenation. Niharika, a volunteer, was the MC for the event.

The event witnessed a packed hall with good participation from corporate partners and community members.

United Way Bengaluru’s,‘Live United Annual Meet’ is an occasion to thank each and every corporate partners and other critical stakeholders personally and deepen this relationship by taking them through our current and future projects in detail. We showase our achievements and share how our impact now reaches out to both direct and indirectly beneficiaries.

 

BLC Review visit by UWBe and UTC team

By Smitha Varghese

A team consisting of Amit Sawarkar from UTC, Smita and Bhagya from United Way Bengaluru visited seven Anganwadi Centres in Hoodi Cluster on 27th June, 2017.

Children play with the learning materials provided by UWBe

The purpose of the visit was to review the BLC program in these centers and engage with the children and mothers through various activities. The children welcomed these activities and participated with enthusiasm.

Review team pose with the BLC tiny tots

The objective of the Born Learning Campaign is to enhance early learning abilities, including fine and gross motor skills, among children; establish a nurturing relationship with the mothers to make them aware of health and hygiene needs of their children and provide a conducive learning environment for these children.

A teacher reads from a book from the Pratham library kit

The team themselves engaged in preparing themselves and the centers for the month of July.  An action plan was drafted, comprising key points such as children’s activities and mothers meetings to name a few. These plans will be implemented by volunteers from UTC under the monitoring and guidance of UWBe team.

scholarship program

Overwhelming response for GE scholarship program

By Rajesh Krishnan
The selection process for the GE Scholarship Program at St. Joseph’s Convent School at Whitefield on 31st May, 2017 was an eye-opening experience for all of us. The plan for the day was to shortlist 200 candidates from about 250. That is the number we anticipated which would turn up.
Students wait patiently in line to attend the scholarship interview process
But to our surprise, we had an overwhelming 415 candidates turn up and we had to quickly think on our feet to turn around the arrangements. Girish and his team of four Volunteers from Student United Way quickly brought in tables and chairs to make sitting arrangements for students, bought in more drinking water bottles and made a new list of of new students who turned up for the interview.
The interview started bang on 8.30 after briefing and went upto to 5 pm. Not only that. From three tables for panelists, we had to increase it to six tables to hasten the interview process, with three new panelists brought in to help us out.
The writer (right) along with another panelist interview a candidate
We got an excellent support from a dedicated group of people from various walks of life who agreed to be our panelist.
1. Murali, Oracle Product Manager – White Field Rising member supporting the Solid Waste Management initiative. (We are involved in this through Qualcomm)
2. Anu Govind, Solid Waste Management Expert who lectures on this at various schools and corporates – White Field Rising member supporting the Solid Waste Management initiative (we are involved in this through Qualcomm)
3. Sanjeev Saxena —- Ex- Teach for India Fellow
4. Ambika Sen — Teacher of 30 years and Whitefield Ready Member and Volunteer for Lakes
5. Amit Sawarkar — CSR Head, UTC
6. Sr. Arogya — Head Mistress, St. Joseph’s Convent School
7. Sujatha Ganesh — Executive, Akshaya Patra
8. Manish — Ex- Wipro Executive and a teacher
9. Sree Rama — Educationist and Whitefield Rising Member
The interview process went smoothly throughout the day without any glitches despite the 100 per cent increase in the number of candidates
As if the surge of students who turned up for interview was not enough, we got to meet students from various backgrounds… truly overwhelming experience. Students who were orphaned, families who were abandoned, stories of trials and daily struggle… While mothers wept as their children narrated their stories, we sincerely hoped we could help each and every one present there. Most students who turned up had amazing attitude. Many were confident and determined to pursue their education despite the trying circumstances in their lives.
Must also share with you the power of Student United Way, the volunteers who did an excellent job of coordinating the whole show, managing the crowd and arranging for lunch and refreshments on timely basis.
Girish did an awesome job of managing the whole program and was there at the venue at 6.30 am to put up the charts and make arrangements in the hall. Prakash was also there quietly doing his bit and left for office by 8.45 am. Great support from the Principal of the Convent to arrange food for the panelists and volunteers. She also ensured we got our regular supplies of tea and coffee on time.
Brilliant show by David.
Next time we don’t hear Girish for some time, please note he may be working or planning for the next event!!!
Excellence Job. Great Team effort!!!
Update
The final selection of 200 students for the scholarship program will be completed by 15th June, 2017 following which cheques will be handed over to the students to submit them to their respective colleges. Monthly meetings of the student will be organized in order to monitor the progress of the students. On a regular basis, we will also organize personality development and other soft skills programs to ensure holistic development of the students. We will also encourage them to join Student United Way in order to take up and address various community issues through awareness programs.
Pie chart depicting the status of the GE Scholarship Program

Community group dedicated to Kaudenahalli Lake revival

Narayanappa President of KR Puram Kere Mathu Parisara Samrakshana Trust

With the immense support from United Way Bengaluru, the once obscure Kaudenahalli Lake has now become a household name in Bengaluru. People from far off places have started to visit the lake to witness its positive development. The enhancement of bio-diversity and the abundance of fish in the lake have brought back many species of birds which is an indicator that the work at Kaudenahalli Lake is headed in the right direction.

Ranjeet Menon – IT Professional and Freelance Photographer living near Kaudenahalli Lake

We can drive change in society only through like -minded groups or communities of people. These groups can guide people when wrong things are happening and can collectively bring back a positive change. We have to be part of the solution rather than get stuck in the problem and complain about it. It is for the communities to take up solving various issues in the society and an organization like United Way Bengaluru can drive the communities by showing them the way forward.

By Reena Pillai
It is a matter of great pride for all of us at United Way Bengaluru as we witnessed the transformation of community group KR Puram Kere Mathu Parisara Samrakshana Trust (KKMPST), which has come of its own. The community group which comprises of 10 core members and nearly 1000 active members have taken the meaning of community participation to another level.
The community group discussing the upcoming World Environment Day program at the Kaudenahalli Lake.
From involving themselves in every aspect in the rejuvenation of Kaudenahalli Lake  to collectively getting the MLA B.A Basavaraj, of KR Puram Vidhana Sabha constituency to further improve the lake facilities through the MLA funds and government allocation, they have proved their dedication and passion for the upkeep of the lake. In their recent interaction with the MLA, they sought support for construction of a children’s play area, platform for practicing yoga, cleaning of the Raja Kaluve, open gym, electricity connection, piped water connection to the toilets and increasing the drinking water facility from the present state.
A card made and circulated by the group members post the Kere Sankranti celebrations at the Kaudenahalli Lake
The Kaudenahalli Lake had been taken up for rejuvenation under UWBe’s flagship program ‘Wake the Lake’ and supported by corporate partner for the last three years. The once abandoned lake slowly witnessed a revival with the continuous efforts of BBMP and United Way Bengaluru. As part of the ‘Wake the Lake’ campaign, it is extremely important to mobilize and form a group who will continue to maintain the lake post our intervention. Hence for the past one year, UWBe’s team motivated the community to form a group who proved to be responsive, responsible and committed to the cause of lake conservation.
The core community group and UWBe members at the Sports Day celebrations
They involved themselves in organizing festivals at the lake such as Kere Deepotsava, (an eco-friendly celebration of Deepavali celebrations), Kere Sankrathi (Harvest festival), Sports Day and also several cleaning drives.
Recently, the community group also made provision for distributing clean drinking water to all walkers and joggers free of cost.
A cleaning drive organized by Kaudenahalli Lake community group
Mahesh HC, Sr Manager, United Way Bengaluru said, “KKMPST is an energetic and motivated group of people who lived in the neighborhood from their childhood and had seen the slow deterioration of the lake over the years in the name of development. They desired to save the lake but were unaware of how to go about it. After witnessing the restoration initiatives by the government and United Way Bengaluru they realized that this was the opportunity for them to contribute their bit to restore the lake to its former beauty.”
He added, “We are extremely glad that they have taken the initiative to continue with the lake rejuvenation process. We are confident that when we phase out from this lake in the near future, the developments brought in through ‘Wake the Lake’ campaign will be sustained by the community group.”
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Wanted 8 Cluster Managers in Bengaluru

We are hiring eight cluster managers in Bengaluru to work under our flagship program Born Learning Campaign. Positions are opened in the following areas:  Electronic city, K R Puram, Kadugodi (2 positions), Hebbal, Thanisandra, Sarjapur and Yemlur. Please find more details given below.

United Way Bengaluru, is a part of United Way Worldwide www.unitedway.org, one of the world’s leading international nonprofit organization in existence for more than 125 years. We are India’s second largest chapter and our operation commenced in 2008 with a vision to create lasting change that lifts up the entire community. Please refer to our website www.uwbengaluru.org for more details about our work towards community.

COME BE PART OF THE growing United Way Bengaluru team!

 JOB DESCRIPTION

Designation: Cluster Manager

Location: Bengaluru

Reports to: Manager – Campaigns

Openings: 8 positions for Cluster Managers

Summary:

United Way Bengaluru endeavors towards the comprehensive development of children aged 0-3 years from vulnerable communities through Anganwadi center’s (AWCs) under the project: “Born Learning Campaign (BLC)”. The project is to be implemented in the following locations across Bangalore – Electronic city, K R Puram, Kadugodi (2 positions), Hebbal, Thanisandra, Sarjapur and Yemlur.

The position of Cluster Manager will be available at the Lead NGO level and s/he will be responsible for the overall implementation of the project in the identified AWCs.

Scope of Work:

 Planning, implementation and monitoring of the BLC project in identified AWCs under the given project to the respective NGO in line with the MOU and SoW signed with UWBe.

  • Ensure overall achievement of program objectives for the BLC project.
  • Manage and coordinate with the BLC coordinator’s team for effective implementation of the BLC project.
  • Serve as a single point of contact for all BLC related project activities.
  • Plan, conduct and analyze baseline, midline and end line survey with BLC coordinators and Survey for all BLC centers under the project.
  • Track, analyze and document the project related measurable indicators at regular intervals.
  • Prepare all project related documents as per SoW and submit to UWBe within the timeline.
  • Build rapport and coordinate with all project stakeholders i.e. related Government department, ICDS functionaries (Lady Supervisor, Child Development Program Officer), Bal Vikas Samiti Members and Community groups.
  • Plan, coordinate and implement the infrastructure development activities in coordination with BLC coordinators.
  • Community mobilization: Activate and regularize Mothers committees, Child Development Committees and community based organization.
  • Plan, coordinate and organize cluster level health camp on quarterly basis.
  • Mentor and monitor the tasks of BLC coordinators in implementing the project activities at BLC center.
  • Provide training to AWT and enable them to work on Early Childhood Education within the framework of ICDS.
  • Any other work assigned under the BLC program.

Qualification & Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Education, Sociology or other Social Sciences
  • 2 – 4 years of experience in the field of community development including working with thematic area of children education, MCH/ Nutrition. Early Childhood Education experience will be preferred.
  • Experience of working with NGOs and community development program, partner organizations and coordinating with multiple stakeholders
  • Women candidates will be given preference

 Competencies:

  • Knowledge of participatory community development approaches
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Organized, team player, self-starter and results-oriented individual
  • Excellent communication skills in written English. Knowledge of local language is mandatory
  • Strong integrity, commitment and dedication to the cause of children

Candidates meeting the above requirements may send in their CVs to info@uwbengaluru.org by 31st May, 2017.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further process.

 

 

Able-ling the differently abled

By Reena Pillai

The valedictory function of skill training program at Samarthanam was an extremely happy occasion as 25 differently-abled students received certificates for the successful completion of their course.  Under the 3M India support program, the students were trained in skills of their choice like beauty therapy, retail and computer training.

Students listen intently to an ongoing mentoring session

Pavan Singhal, Director- Legal and General Counsel 3M India and Srilanka told the students, “Whatever pressure you face in your work place, never compromise on your values like Honesty, Integrity, Commitment, Tolerance and Gratitude. And if you come across any situation where you face any sort of harassment, then report to the HR department.”

Mr Pavan insists that every individual must hold on to their values despite hardship they may encounter in life

On the occasion, 3M India also put together a volunteering engagement program by talking and discussing about harassment at work. Twenty-one volunteers from the 3M Legal Department performed four short skits to depict the same.

Scenes from the skits performed by 3M volunteers

Lead Volunteer Anu K was overwhelmed with the opportunity to volunteer and said, “Personally this was an exciting and one of its kind opportunity. It made me feel so blessed and also make me realize that I need to give a lot back to the society

Lead Volunteer Anu K explains that a workplace can have its share of challenges and shares practical solutions to handle the same

The event concluded with the beneficiaries viewing two inspirational video clippings of noted environmentalist  Saalumarada Thimmakka and Nobel Prize laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai.

Smita from 3M hands over a certificate to a delighted student