Indiens 70. Unabhängigkeitstag

Happy Independence Day!

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Schon in der Woche vor unserer offiziellen Feier von Indien 70. Unabhängigkeitstag im AIC Bildungszentrum, konnte man den Patriotismus und die Aufregung bei den Kindern und unseren Angestellten spüren. Die Klassen probten und so mancher Besucher und unsere Mitarbeiten kamen so zu inoffiziellen Konzerten und Aufführungen. In der Zwischenzeit beschäftigten die Lehrer die Kinder mit Flaggenbastelstunden und Unterricht zur Geschichte und der Gesellschaft Indiens. (more…)

Die Ergebnisse sind da

… und wir können sehr stolz auf unsere AIC SchülerInnen sein!

Anfang dieses Monats loggten sich die AIC SchülerInnen und MitarbeiterInnen nervös in ein online-Portal ein, um die Ergebnisse der sogenannten Board Exams abzufragen. Diese Prüfungen entsprechen der österreichischen Matura und werden nach der 10. Schulstufe abgehalten. Die Ergebnisse des Examens sind sehr wichtig, weil sie beeinflussen, in welches College man aufgenommen wird. Natürlich nehmen wir bei AIC die Board Exams daher sehr ernst.

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One of AIC’s 10th standard classes, with staff (© Sarah Lauzé Photography)

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The AIC-difference

Die kleine Priya, die wir liebevoll Piyu nennen, ist 3 Jahre alt und hat gerade das einjährige Spielgruppenprogramm bei AIC abgeschlossen. Sie beginnt im Juni mit der Krabbelgruppe. Vor kurzem setzten wir uns mit ihrer Mutter zusammen, um ihre Gefühle zu AIC, der Spielgruppe und der Waghri-Gemeinschaft, mit deren Mitgliedern AIC arbeitet, zu besprechen.

Priya at playgroup (© Sarah Lauzé Photography)

Priya at playgroup (© Sarah Lauzé Photography)

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The Fight for Change

AIC team members had no idea that Thursday, February 18th, would be a particularly eventful day when they prepared to head into work that morning. However, around 8:45, Education Program Director, Bunty received a call from teachers at Krantiveer Lahuji Vastad Salve E-Learning School (a nearby government school where 34 AIC students are enrolled) informing her that several AIC students were believed to have been involved in a theft earlier in the week.

SL-6621Since we are making an active effort to encourage families to take an increased role in their children’s educations, Bunty told the parents of the children in question to head to the school to get more details, and that she would be over shortly to sort things out. Read more…

My Children will be Different

Happy International Day of the Girl Child! As everyone who is familiar with AIC undoubtedly knows, the rights and education of girls are central to the work that we do. Although change is happening slowly within the Waghri and Sikligar communities, women and girls still bear the brunt of inequality, violence, illiteracy, malnutrition, child marriage, and early parenthood.

One such girl is Archana, a student in AIC’s Education Program, who has decided to speak publicly about her experiences fleeing her husband earlier this year.

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Archana in 2008

Archana was a student in AIC’s Education Outreach Program from late 2007 to mid-2012 when her parents covertly arranged her marriage. Read more…

A Child who Reads Becomes an Adult who Thinks

International Literacy Day, according to UNESCO, is a day to celebrate and promote literacy, a “basic human right and fundamental building block for learning as well as a personal empowerment tool.”

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As the underlying themes that underpin our work are the education, cultivation, and empowerment of the next generation of Waghri and Sikligar community members, this occasion is quite significant for us here at AIC. Read more…

The Gift of Water

This spring, our Education Centre received a tremendous gift: clean, pure drinking water. The preciousness of this gift cannot be understated. Reliable water connections are hard to come by in the slum area that is home to our Education Centre, and the water that flows through the government water pipes is of dubious quality and cleanliness.

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Although we had relied on a water filter to provide clean drinking water, Read more…

Catching Up With Geeta

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Seit August haben viele Leute gefragt, wie es Geeta, einem von AIC ́s ältesten Residential Program Kindern, in ihrer Schule in Deutschland geht. Diese Woche haben wir es endlich geschafft, dieses vielbeschäftigte Mädchen für ein kleines Blog „Interview“ über ihr neues Leben, ihre Lieblingssachen, die schwierigsten Aspekte daran im Ausland zu leben und ihre Pläne für die Zukunft zu erwischen. Genießt es!

Hallo Geeta! Erzähl uns, was du momentan so machst!

(Lacht) Das ist ein ungenaue Frage, aber okay. Ich habe an meinem College, Robert Bosch United World College, in Deutschland angefangen. Ich habe ein volles Stipendium und werde das College für 2 Jahre besuchen. Ich genieße die Zeit am UWC, wo ich mit Studenten aus der ganzen Welt in Kontakt bin.

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First Aid with Dr. Madhavi

Welcome to Dr. Madhavi’s first aid workshop at AIC! Here, you will learn basic first aid for common accidents.

Ms. Shital with her newly dressed sling

On an especially busy Monday morning, the AIC teachers were preparing for their students to bustle into the classrooms. Ms. Shital was hanging up two-letter word placards, when she suddenly fell off of her footstool, potentially spraining her wrist! Mondays can be so rough.

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Breaking the Silence

Many thanks to Suneetha Giridhar for this guest post on the occasion of World AIDS Day.

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Imagine the following scenario faced by a girl in India:

Married as a young teenager, a mother one year later, abused,  battered, and deserted by her husband at eighteen, back to her parents’ house by nineteen,  given away in a second marriage to yet another alcoholic, irresponsible husband, and five more children by twenty-eight. Read more…

Baby Nikhil

AIC is excited to announce the birth of baby Nikhil!

DSC02327Thanks to the diligent prenatal care provided by AIC’s Health Outreach Program, Nikhil’s mother, Gopi, delivered her healthy baby boy by scheduled Caesarean section on October 8th, 2014. While it may seem strange to highlight the birth of one baby in the Waghri community, given that AIC supports dozens of women through their pregnancies and deliveries each year, Gopi’s healthy pregnancy and Nikhil’s birth illustrate the profound impact that consistent, high-quality prenatal care can have for women and babies in the AIC communities. Read more…