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ANNUAL REPORT 2015-2016
“Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of
inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership amon...
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CONTACT US
HAPPY HORIZONS TRUST
Registered under the India Trust Act, 1882
Regn No. : BK IV BNG-BM...
“We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of
education, a manufacturing model, which is based on
lineari...
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THE STORY SO FAR...
1. 	 The story so far…
2.	 A Dream that is growing
3.	 About HHT and its Activ...
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WHO IS TO BLAME? HAVE WE FAILED AS A SYSTEM?
IN INDIA
76% OF STUDENTS DO NOT MAKE IT
TO A HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM
52% OF S...
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A DREAM THAT IS GROWING
Kshitiz Anand, Managing Trustee
Vatsala, President
Education for developm...
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ABOUT HHT & ITS ACTIVITIES	
Education in India is in a state that needs our utmost attention.
A h...
TEAM
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
--Helen Keller
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A CORE TEAM THAT INSPIRES
Rakesh, a certified PMP, brings his vast experience in Proj-
ect Manage...
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THOSE WHO MAKE THE WORK HAPPEN ON GROUND
(L-R)
Jyoti Kumari
Nigar Praween
Neda Afreen
Neha Kumari...
PHASE 1: SELECTION
Shorlist candidates from girls
high schools.
a. Reading ability
a. Writing skills
c. Extempore Public S...
“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those
without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of
u...
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CHAMPIONS TRAINING ON TEACHING, LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK
PROJECTS
“Wicked problems are devilishly complex: They involve many
stakeholders, change with every attempt you make to ad...
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There is no denying that the education system today is
flawed. Even though India has the highest ...
PROJECTS OUTEACH BY NUMBERS
2012Project initiated
APRIL
7000+ 13Students Champions
OUTREACH BENEFITTEDSCHOOLS
14Govt, APS,...
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PROJECT JAGRITI
The word Jagriti (Hindi) means Awakening. The project earlier
called the Pick Me,...
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LOG OF SESSIONS CONDUCTED BY CHAMPIONS
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RUKMINI DEVI SCHOLARSHIPS
Started in honor of Late Rukmini Devi, the scholarship is award-
ed to ...
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“I wanted to be a talented girl who takes decisions for herself. I am from minority where
girls g...
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“I see many changes in myself now from the time I started. I can move around anywhere
alone.By co...
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DIGITAL LITERACY & INTERNET AWARENESS PROGRAM
A program to empower the youth with the understandi...
www.happyhorizons.org
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“HHT has started the Digital Literacy and Internet Awareness Course in Simri Bakhtiar-
pur, Sahar...
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Artwork created during the lessons on MS Paint
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CAREER AWARENESS SEMINAR
Public seminars engaging the different stakeholders in system
namely stu...
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LEARNING THROUGH VIDEOS
As proponents of alternative learning, we strongly believe in
the power o...
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LEARNING THROUGH VIDEOS PRESS COVERAGE
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PROJECT JIGYASA (STORYTELLING & BOOK DESIGNING)
The word Jigyasa (Hindi) means the curiosity to k...
PASSION
“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate
about, you don’t have to have a master plan with ho...
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INAUGURATION OF COMPUTER CENTER
To further enhance the offerings on the Digital Literacy and
Inte...
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BUILDING A TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS IN BANGALORE
A new destination, new people and a new school in our
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IDENTIFYING NODAL SCHOOL IN BENGAL
One of the most beautiful thing that happens to us when we
pre...
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ASTHMA CAMP - EDUCATING ON HEALTHCARE
When you work in the field of wicked problems, one is often...
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CONNECT
“You don’t have to be a billionaire to believe you can make a
difference. Give your resou...
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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Do you want to acquire new skills, meet new people, contrib-
ute to the socie...
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PARTNER WITH US, DONATE TO US
Join us today in creating leaders for tomorrow!
We are trying to im...
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HAPPINESS
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or con-
sumed. Happiness is the s...
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HHT Covered on YourStory
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HHT featured as one of top 25 social enterprises cre-
ating impact at grassroot level.
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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE
‘Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen’
said a wise...
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Annual Report of NGO, working to improve the quality of education in schools in India and make a difference. Details about the different projects, the vision, impact, outreach can be read in this report. We are looking for more people who believe in our vision to join our team.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 - Happy Horizons Trust

  1. 1. ANNUAL REPORT 2015-2016
  2. 2. “Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.” -APJ Abdul Kalam
  3. 3. www.happyhorizons.org 4 CONTACT US HAPPY HORIZONS TRUST Registered under the India Trust Act, 1882 Regn No. : BK IV BNG-BMH 739 2012-2013 REGISTERED OFFICE #305 Vasavi Pearl Apts, Celebrity Classic Layout, Doddathoguru Village, Electronic City, Bangalore 560100 NOIDA OFFICE C121, Sector 2, Noida, 201301, UP. DELHI OFFICE C1/74, Mangal Apartments, Vasundhara Enclave, Delhi 110096 Phone (Landline): 011 4280 1465 BIHAR OFFICE Sharma Chowk, Simri Bakhtiarpur, Saharsa 852127, Bihar CONTACT US Kshitiz Anand, Managing Trustee kshitiz@happyhorizons.in Mobile : +91 95352 06828 Website: www.happyhorizons.org Email: info@happyhorizons.org Ruchi Anand, Project Manager ruchi@happyhorizons.in Mobile: +91 95558 41853
  4. 4. “We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.” - Ken Robinson
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  6. 6. www.happyhorizons.org 7 THE STORY SO FAR... 1. The story so far… 2. A Dream that is growing 3. About HHT and its Activities 4. Team 5. Empowering the leaders of tomorrow 6. Champions Training 7. Projects 8. Our Approach to Improving quality of education 9. Projects outreach by numbers 10. Project Jagriti 11. Log of sessions by Champions 12. Rukmini Devi Scholarships 13. Digital Literacy & Internet Awareness Program 13. Career Awareness Seminar 14. Learning Through Videos 15. Project Jigyasa (Storytelling & Book Designing) 16. Inauguration of Computer Center 17. Building a team of Volunteers in Bangalore 18. Identifying nodal school in Bengal 19. Asthma Camp - Educating on Healthcare 20. Call for Volunteers 21. Partner with us, Donate to us 22. Financial Audits FY 2014-2015 23. Where do we go from here 7 10 11 13 16 19 21 22 23 25 28 31 35 39 41 49 53 54 55 57 61 63 66 71
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  8. 8. WHO IS TO BLAME? HAVE WE FAILED AS A SYSTEM? IN INDIA 76% OF STUDENTS DO NOT MAKE IT TO A HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM 52% OF STANDARD 5 STUDENTS CANNOT READ A STANDARD 2 TEXT 9 LAKH TEACHER VACANCIES EXIST ACROSS PRIMARY AND UPPER-PRIMARY SCHOOLS 55% OF SCHOOLS HAVE A USEABLE GIRLS TOILET
  9. 9. www.happyhorizons.org 10 A DREAM THAT IS GROWING Kshitiz Anand, Managing Trustee Vatsala, President Education for development is our motto. Education does not have any boundary. Getting quality education is a basic right for every individual but what is delivered in many schools across the country is not quality.Books provide us knowledge but not aware of practicalities of our day to day issues. At the Happy Horizons Trust, we conduct several engaging and entertaining activities by applying alternative methods which provide knowl- edge of lifeskills, skills development, employment to young students. Digital Literacy has also been a area we embarked upon. The area of our projects, the number of schools, team mem- bers and volunteers has increased last year. This motivates us to work more moving into new year. We would be happy to wel- come more people who believe in us and in joining our hands for the cause we work on. Thank you all for the support so far. Hailing from Bihar, we have seen poverty from close quarters. We firmly believe that a good quality education can lead a fami- ly out of poverty. This has been our driving force over the years. At the Trust, we are trying to improve on the quality of edu- cation, help the students to be mentally strong and trying to bridge the gap between the students and their parents. The past year has been amazing for us! We have expanded our work more in rural areas and also in Bangalore. A larger team with us now. We have introduced few more interesting Projects which has received good reviews in the very first few months of its launch. We are a 3 years old organization now and as we move into the 4th year, we are gathered with more supporting hands, enthusiasm and motivation from the people who be- lieve in the cause that we are working on.
  10. 10. www.happyhorizons.org 11 ABOUT HHT & ITS ACTIVITIES Education in India is in a state that needs our utmost attention. A harsh reality is that a lot of the kids lack the ability to think on their own. The youth are also unskilled and do not have the necessary skills to take up jobs. Only the kids and the educa- tion are not to be blamed, the parents/guardians too play an important role for their kids overall development but they do not end up paying attention to them. The problem when analyzed can be traced back to the Edu- cation System. There are certain corrective measures that are being taken today for the kids and the youth, but we know that it is not going to be enough. Happy Horizons Trust is a registered non-profit organization founded with the vision to improve the quality of education in schools across India and bridge the gap between students, teachers and parents. It has been in operations since early 2012, and was formally registered as a Trust on 30 March 2013. Our work area has primarily been the state of Bihar, we have started our work in Bangalore recently and we look towards expanding to other parts of the country in the days to come. What differentiates us is the approach towards this problem solving. The domain of education in rural areas offers a lot of challenges to work in. There is the role of the government, the individuals being impacted and the beneficiaries that come from different social strata. A key aspect of our work is to work on a systemic level inter- vention through different programs. There are multiple projects that have come about by spending considerable time in un- derstanding the social fabric, the rules of the society and what would work and what would not. Coming from a background in Design and using the principles of Design Thinking, community driven solutions, we aim to im- prove the quality of education, primarily in but not limited to government schools. This allows to be more empathetic in our approach to finding the solutions. Our motto is education for development. This can be applied in improving the quality of life, social status, mindsets, careers and opportunities, skills development, leadership, women em- powerment and health care. What drives us is a strong belief that education is the key to a progressive society. We welcome anyone who wishes to join us in our mission. A key aspect of the Happy Horizons Trust is to work at a system level and with the government. Through our work in schools, we aim to have atleast a project for all the different stakehold- ers who are involved as a part of the education system. Here are the projects that are running presently.
  11. 11. TEAM “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” --Helen Keller
  12. 12. www.happyhorizons.org 14 A CORE TEAM THAT INSPIRES Rakesh, a certified PMP, brings his vast experience in Proj- ect Management, to conceptualize and evaluate projects from its financial implications, outreach and impact po- tential. He is an entrepreneur now, heading a tech startup called Leading Dots and is based out of Delhi NCR. Ruchi functions as the designer in house and is theper- son incharge of designing and creating collaterals for various projects. She is also the Chief Volunteer Coordi- nator at the organization. She is passionate about de- sign and is always keen to organising events to promote Design and Social Entrepreneurship. Heartfelt gratitude to the following for their continued support always. Manish heads the operations and mentors the HHT team in Bangalore. He currently working in a leading Investment Bank and brings his experience with Finance. He has been actively involved in social causes since his college days at IIT Madras. He arlier he was Chennai Chapter Coordinator for a pan India social group started by IITians. Vinay, a BBA graduate, works as the Project Manager in Bihar, and is incharge of local activities, and coordination with the team in Bihar other government authorities. He loves to travel and is the go-to person to do research for our various projects Ruchi Anand Pramod Bhagat Ravi Ranjan (Bishnu) Prema ji Rakesh Ranjan Manish Pathak Vinay Keshri
  13. 13. www.happyhorizons.org 15 THOSE WHO MAKE THE WORK HAPPEN ON GROUND (L-R) Jyoti Kumari Nigar Praween Neda Afreen Neha Kumari (L-R) Nidhi Srivastava Komal Kumari Jyoti Kumari Farhana Praween (L-R) Deepika Kumari Mani Kumari Guriya Kumari Arpana Kushama
  14. 14. PHASE 1: SELECTION Shorlist candidates from girls high schools. a. Reading ability a. Writing skills c. Extempore Public Speaking d. Group Discussion e.Personal Interview f. Parent’s Interview PHASE 4: ACTIVITIES a. Book Reading b. Story Telling c. General Knowledge d. Learning by Activities PHASE 2: COMMITMENT Selection to the Rukmini Devi Scholarship. a. Given an scholarship of Rs 5000 per year. b. Provide Mentoring & Guidance c. Comitment to life long mentoring in Career PHASE 5: ASSESSMENT Champions are assessed every 6 monthly over the 3 years, on their performance and ability to perform the activities. PHASE 3: TRAINING Training from experts in different fields Mentoring from senior champions Help with communication Personality building Training about Wicked Problems PHASE 6: GRADUATION Rewarded Certificate of completion Connect with schools for employment as junior teachers EMPOWERING THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW
  15. 15. “I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” - Malala Yousafzai
  16. 16. www.happyhorizons.org 19 CHAMPIONS TRAINING ON TEACHING, LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK
  17. 17. PROJECTS “Wicked problems are devilishly complex: They involve many stakeholders, change with every attempt you make to address them, and have no precedent on which to base your attack.” - Harvey Schachter
  18. 18. www.happyhorizons.org 22 There is no denying that the education system today is flawed. Even though India has the highest population of youth, we’re stricken with the problem of unemployment. Motivation levels of children to go to school (government schools) is on a low. We keep reading reports after reports that the quality of education in India today is not the same as it was before. Children in class V cannot read class II text- books. Even the quality of teachers is a huge problem. Our approach to improving the quality of education, encourages children to have fun while learning. The sessions cond ucted by the champions are full of energy and enjoyment. t is deeply rooted in encouraging participatory learning, learning through collaboration and allowing children to express themselves. The participatory learning approach is for primary school stu- dents and is the biggest project they are currently working on with different schools. The interventions in the schools are not to remove the role of the teacher but to assist them We are working towards improving the quality of educa- tion, with focus on basic skill sets like speaking, reading, basic arithmetic, self-confidence, and students making better informed choice about the avenues for them. The use of Storytelling to boost child confidence is a well known pedagogy technique. We use it to explain different chapters from different subjects and also Stories are remembered for a longer time. The program in Book Reading, trough its repeated sessions, ensures that the children get into a habit of reading from an early age. Similarly using the notion of Play increases children moti- vation towards their education. The use of Videos in our ‘Learning through Videos’ project made learning fun through screening educational films across schools. Many saw a film for the first time! OUR APPROACH TO IMPROVING QUALITY OF EDUCATION
  19. 19. PROJECTS OUTEACH BY NUMBERS 2012Project initiated APRIL 7000+ 13Students Champions OUTREACH BENEFITTEDSCHOOLS 14Govt, APS, Private OVER 500Sessions PICK ME, CLICK ME, EDUCATE ME! (Project Jagriti) 2015Project duration MAY-AUG 25000+ 30+Students Schools OUTREACH BENEFITTEDCOVERED 6Districts in Bihar OVER 100Screenings LEARNING THROUGH VIDEOS (Supported by Children’s Film Society India) CAREER AWARENESS SEMINARS 2013Project initiated AUGUST 1500Students attended OVER AROUND 400Parents & Teachers TOTAL 3Organised
  20. 20. www.happyhorizons.org 25 PROJECT JAGRITI The word Jagriti (Hindi) means Awakening. The project earlier called the Pick Me, Click Me, Educate Me Project, aims to do just this. It allows the students to understand the different as- pects of education, resulting in increased motivation amongst them. The project uses Activity Based Learning and Alternative Learn- ing methods to improve the quality of education. The sessions in the schools are conducted by the Champions, who are selected under the Rukmini Devi Scholarship. They are required to spend 2 hrs a week, one school at a time. Mapping of the champions is done in way that there is atleast one dedi- cated volunteer/champion for each school. PROJECT OBJECTIVES • To motivate children to attend schools. • To make learning fun and engaging • To visit schools across different parts of Bihar & impart ed- ucation outside the books, related to life skills, creative skills, basic health and career counselling • To improve the quality of education by using alternative learning methods and creative learning. PROJECT FOCUS Enhance the child’s motor skills. Inculcate a habit of reading and improve the reading ability. Enhance the child’s speaking and communication skills. Instill self confidence amongst self and peers. Improve writing skills and basic arithmetic.
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  25. 25. www.happyhorizons.org 31 RUKMINI DEVI SCHOLARSHIPS Started in honor of Late Rukmini Devi, the scholarship is award- ed to female high school students. The award aims to cre- ate local changemakers driving positive social change from a young age. The award comes with a financial incentive spread over 3 years and different forms of training in leadership, man- agement, teaching and understanding child psychology. PROJECT OBJECTIVES • Leadership training for high school students at a young age. • To boost the confidence of the students to engage with different stakeholders in constructive collaboration towards the development of the society. • To enhance the skills level of the candidates to become capable of seeking employment in teaching, entrepreneurship on their own. PROJECT FUNCTIONING High schools for the champions to work are select on th ebasis of the vicinity of other primary schools where the champions could function. The champions go through a stringent 6 step selection process, comprising of the following: Reading ability, Writing skills, Extempore Public Speaking, Group Discussion, Personal Interview, Parent’s Interview Once selected the champions are given training and mentor- ing by the senior champions. They conduct the sessions under the guidance of the senior champions, and later go on to conduct it themselves.
  26. 26. www.happyhorizons.org 32 “I wanted to be a talented girl who takes decisions for herself. I am from minority where girls get very less facilities to do things on their own. We were not allowed to go out from home to anywhere else easily. But, these issues are gone now after joining this organization. One of the purpose of HHT is to uplift women and help them in confidence building. We are having our annual day in which its compulsory for all champions to participate in its cultural programmes. This is a wonderful opportunity for us as most of us did not sing or dance before this upcoming event anywhere. Apart from this, I enjoy conducting the sessions of reading, writing, storytelling, art and craft etc for the children of our partner schools. - Neda Afreen, Champion 2014 batch “ I joined here in 2014. I love to be with kids and here I am not only getting the opportuni- ty to spend time with them by conducting few basic learning sessions for them but gaining my own confidence too. I have also done the Internet Awareness Course here to learn the basics of computers and Internet. The best part is its free of cost for champions/volunteers. And, now I am excited to do dance performance for the first time on stage for the Annual- Day of the Trust. It gives us a lot of confidence.” - Nigar, Champion, 2014 batch
  27. 27. www.happyhorizons.org 33 “I see many changes in myself now from the time I started. I can move around anywhere alone.By conducting the sessions and activities in Pick Me, Click Me, Educate Me project, I also gain knowledge which is done every week on one particular day. The teachers of our partner schools also respect us now seeing our dedication and regularity. I feel really glad when the children/students also enjoy the activities. I have been attached to this organiza- tion so much that I could not stop myself after the demise of my father last year October. Now, I am waiting for our annual day to be held on 24th April. This year, it is more exciting as we are having few cultural activities for the first time where I am also participating to perform on the stage.” - Neha, Champion 2014 batch. “I feel very happy to be a part of this organization. I have become much self-dependent now. I used to feel difficult in going anywhere alone but that fear has also gone now. I feel that if I join any job in future, I will be able to do it very confidently. I also feel very happy when the children of our partner schools ask for more activities after our sessions get over. They say “didi aur kuch dikha do”. It happens mostly this way. This organization provides three years of association. But, I have learnt many small things withing one and half year as I joined in October 2014.” - Nidhi, Champion, 2014 Batch
  28. 28. www.happyhorizons.org 35 DIGITAL LITERACY & INTERNET AWARENESS PROGRAM A program to empower the youth with the understanding of technology and its usages. With ample research to show that children can pick up using technology very quickly, we seek to create a program that enables children and youth to un- derstand technology, its powers and avenues for accessing information, materials for education and ability to do tasks on- line, and a larger goal of empowering them to bring positive change in the society. COURSE OUTLINE Basic Fundamentals of Computers Windows Operating System Basics of Word, Excel, Powerpoint History of computers & Types of Network Introduction to Internet and Browsers Understanding Search Engines (Google) Netiquettes, Surfing with an understanding of Security Emails: From id to message creation & usage with attachments Accessing Social sites (Facebook, Twitter etc.) Communication Tools: Chatting, Video Conferencing (Skype) Utilities: Ticket Booking, Payment of bills Government sites and RTI Online Shopping Online form submission for examinations and job vacancies Money Transfer, Net Banking Use of Internet through Mobile, Internet on Tablet device Introduction to Online Education and MOOCs Google Drive The program is are run at a nominal fees to cover the cost for the running of the center.
  29. 29. www.happyhorizons.org 36 “HHT has started the Digital Literacy and Internet Awareness Course in Simri Bakhtiar- pur, Saharsa. The aim of the Organization is to train the students of this place and make them learn and understand correct about Computer and Internet. Today’s generation is the “Internet” generation where Email, Online Education, Social Media, Video Calls and etc should be known to every student. I thank a lot to HHT for providing this education.” -Raja Kumar, Digital Literacy & IAC Student “I believe that whatever HHT is trying to teach us through its Digital Literacy Course is very well understood by all. We understand importance of education in real terms. We are not only given notes and practical lessons, but the explanation to every topic is really good. We feel proud on ourselves that we study in this Computer Course provided by HHT.” -Shahin Perween, Digital Literacy & IAC Student The Digital Literacy and Internet course started by HHT provides us with the knowledge of Basics of Computer, Basic Software’s which is helpful for the Official purpose and other needs. After this, Internet has become a part of humans in today’s generation which is re- quired to be known to every person, HHT teaches us about the same which is very helpful. -Sharwan Kumar, Digital Literacy & IAC Student
  30. 30. www.happyhorizons.org 37 Artwork created during the lessons on MS Paint
  31. 31. www.happyhorizons.org 39 CAREER AWARENESS SEMINAR Public seminars engaging the different stakeholders in system namely students, teachers, parents, government office representatives. PROGRAM OBJECTIVE 1. To introduce new career opportunities to students and guide them towards programs that could result in employability. 2. To inculcate the spirit of Entrepreneurship and the power of building a local economy that results in jobs and opportunities in the local but with a Global context. 3. To create tie ups with Vocational training centers to improve the academic professional and soft skills of the students in sync with the current times. 4. To engage in dialogues with the local schools, government authorities and also parents to get them more interested in the child’s education and prospective career. 5. The team engages with the schools who function as hosts. Students from high schools are invited to participate and en- gage in discussions around careers of their choice. Guidance is provided in finding avenues for preparation for competitive exams. 6. Students are also guided towards using Digital tools to seek more information about the different courses and job pros- pects. 7. Teachers and government officials form a part of Panel that discusses on the challenges faced byt the students of the region. Noteworthy Teachers are also felicitated for their contribution in education.
  32. 32. www.happyhorizons.org 41 LEARNING THROUGH VIDEOS As proponents of alternative learning, we strongly believe in the power of learning through videos and other media. As a part of the project, 100 screenings of different films were to happen across 6 different districts in Bihar (Saharsa, Supaul, Madhepura, Purnea, Katihar, Khagaria). The project was supported by the Children’s Film Society of India, Mumbai. The films are aimed at cultural sensitization, knowing about different cultures of the world, storytelling and building in stu- dents a sense of inquisitiveness towards how to do things. We did this through school wise and community wise screening of the videos. As a follow up to these screenings we to en- gaged with students in discussions on filmmaking, storytelling and cultures of the world. These discussions have a more last- ing impact on these young minds, as they are able to connect with it. The videos were screened at individual schools, and also at community gatherings. It was done regularly in order to main curiosity and eagerness to learn. To encourage more public participation, screenings were done either in classrooms or at public spaces. The projections were done using a laptop & projector. The project was conducted in the month of May-August 2015, and the project had an outreach to over 25000 students.
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  40. 40. www.happyhorizons.org 49 PROJECT JIGYASA (STORYTELLING & BOOK DESIGNING) The word Jigyasa (Hindi) means the curiosity to know things. Through this series of workshops, we aim to increase the curiosity level amongst children. We do this in the workshop format. The project comprises of sessions on Storytelling, information about how to create Illustrations and what comprises a book. As a part of the Book Designing Workshop, the students are required to conceptualize a story, think about the characters, illustrate the story and then put it out in the format of a book. The books are then preented to the entire class by the stu- dents narrating the story. The project is aimed at teaching the aforementioned aspects to the children across different classes. Through this initiative of the Happy Horizons Trust, it also aims to explore the different aspects of arts, crafts and design to the children and bring about a sense of awareness about different career options like Graphic Designing, Writer, Illustrator. The project allows us to bring smiles to children, and have a long lasting impression on the children, for something that they will cherish forever. Private schools are charged a nominal fees to cover costs of instructor and materials. So far sessions have been conducted in 2 schools.
  41. 41. PASSION “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” - Mark Zuckerberg
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  43. 43. www.happyhorizons.org 53 INAUGURATION OF COMPUTER CENTER To further enhance the offerings on the Digital Literacy and Internet Awareness program, we launched our own computer center with 7 systems (5 desktops and 2 Laptops). The center allows us to give focused attention by the faculty and the students are able to get quality time in doing the prac- ticals. So far we have trained over 50 students at this center and we hope that we can increase the number in the days to come with multiple batches. The constant challenge that remains is the accessibility of the center to children from the villages and areas that are far. Over the next few months we will work on this and look at how we can take our program in Digital literacy to the doorsteps of the children who cannot come to the center. Students are charged a nominal fees for the course. This also ensures revenue generation at the organization and maintain quality.
  44. 44. www.happyhorizons.org 54 BUILDING A TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS IN BANGALORE A new destination, new people and a new school in our journey. With the vision to make education more practical, engaging and fun, we began to explore options to start our projects in Bangalore and in the state of Karnataka in general. The activities have been initiated with our primary project Pick Me, Click Me, Educate Me in a government school by some of our volunteers there. Language continues to remain a challenge to conduct ses- sions and the dependency is always on the person who can speak Kannada. We are now building a stronger team of more Kannada speaking volunteers.
  45. 45. www.happyhorizons.org 55 IDENTIFYING NODAL SCHOOL IN BENGAL One of the most beautiful thing that happens to us when we present our work, is that people often ask us whether we can start our work in their area. This is flattering as wall as some- thing that needs to be treated with extra caution. We do not want to be in a position where we commit to work and not deliver. We start with small things like the Career Awareness Seminar, since it is the one with the and then evaluate the potential of starting our work there. As a part of this we started exploring possibilities of doing our work in Bengal. We partnered with a local school in Shantipara, Nadia district to start our work there. The school will function as a nodal school for all activities in that area.
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  47. 47. www.happyhorizons.org 57 ASTHMA CAMP - EDUCATING ON HEALTHCARE When you work in the field of wicked problems, one is often confronted with challenges that go beyond the initial purview of what was thought to be the problem space. We noticed that during the winter months, attendance dropped considerably in a few schools. On finding further we found that this could be because students were facing health issues due to the cold. We organized a healthcare awareness session at the schools, and found that many students faced breathing problems. On further consultantion with local doctors decided to organize an Asthma camp. Thanks to Dr Anand Bhagat, Dr Ranjana Kumari, Dr (Md) Abu Shale and a leading pharmaceutical company for their sup- port to this camp. The camp was organized to screen students for Asthma and free of cost treatment was provided to a few whose condition was found to be severe. We will be doing more of such camps in the days to come and create more awareness on healthcare.
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  49. 49. www.happyhorizons.org 59 CONNECT “You don’t have to be a billionaire to believe you can make a difference. Give your resources to a charity and volunteer in your community.” - Germany Kent
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  51. 51. www.happyhorizons.org 61 CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Do you want to acquire new skills, meet new people, contrib- ute to the society, whilst making a difference? We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers old and new, young and youthful who are interested in helping to improve the qual- ity of education through participatory learning and alternative methods with our ongoing projects. Some of the tasks for which require immediate assistance are: Training and mentoring our existing Volunteers Develop teaching ways or alternate activities to enhance the classroom environment Create Social Awareness Posters Introduce new career options to the students through Career Awareness Seminars. You could be based anywhere in the world, and contribute in many ways. From helping with operations to strategy to mar- keting. We welcome anyone who shares our vision. Volunteer with us and Make a Difference! Write to us at volunteer@happyhorizons.org DESIGN PROGRAMS MOTIVATE CHILDREN HELP WITH MARKETING BUILD PUBLIC RELATIONS WEBSITE MAINTENANCE SOCIAL MEDIA NINJA WORK WITH SCHOOLS MANAGE TEAMS TRAIN CHAMPIONS TELL STORIES ORGANIZE MEETUPS INCREASE AWARENESS INSPIRE TEACHERS INTERACT WITH PARENTS SPREAD HAPPINESS The possibilities are endless. Take the first step. VOLUNTEER.
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  53. 53. www.happyhorizons.org 63 PARTNER WITH US, DONATE TO US Join us today in creating leaders for tomorrow! We are trying to improve the quality of education in rural areas where there is lack of stationeries, guidance, financial support, good teachers, low women empowerment, poor reading abili- ties, unsupportive parents/guardians, social stigma against the girl child, lack of facilities in the schools, no digital literacy and career guidance. The list could go on and on. Here are some of the ways in which you can collaborate and help us: Provide us with Storybooks, Colors and other stationeries Support our female Champions financially with a scholarship amount of Rs 15000 for 3 years; that is only Rs 5000 a year. Help us create a online or physical platform to mentor and pro- vide Career guidance to our students Help us create a Teacher’s Training Platform for the existing teachers as well as new teachers. Help us create local women entrepreneurs based on the skills and training suitable for the women of our work areas. Provide us with devices such as laptops or tablets to help us Digitally Literate the people of work areas across different vil- lages. Come let’s explore the different way we can work together! Together we can make a difference. collaborate@happyhorizons.org PARTNER FOR WORKSHOPS HOST OUR PROGRAMS LAUNCH IN YOUR AREA DONATE TIME MAKE HHT A CSR PARTNER DONATE TO US Only Rs 5000 a year to support one champion. 3YRS COMMITMENT TO SEE A LEADER GROOMED
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  55. 55. www.happyhorizons.org 65 HAPPINESS “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or con- sumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude” -Denis Waitley
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  57. 57. www.happyhorizons.org 67 HHT featured as one of top 25 social enterprises cre- ating impact at grassroot level. http://social.yourstory.com/2015/12/social-sto- ries-2015/
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  61. 61. www.happyhorizons.org 71 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE ‘Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen’ said a wise person once. Nothing encompasses our self-belief more than the above quote. Everyday, we remind ourselves that we are here for making a change in the lives of the people who do not have the facilities, that a lot of us are fortunate for. Little do we realise that a lot of our work actually changes us from within as well. We have become more humble and now look at the development space with more respect. The tasks at hand are challenging and we have barely begun and have a long way to go. We recently opened up a new office in Noida (C121, Sector 2) which would function as a hub for discussions, collaborations and inspiring work. We invite all of you to drop by whenever you wish to. We will share a lot of stories together. We are confident that with a growing team, more support from various partners, we will be able to continue doing our work with a lot more passion. We are optimistic and super excited about the future! Spread the Happiness. Vatsala & Kshitiz, Managing Trustees
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