ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT
U&I’s vision is to
'BUILD COMMUNITIES OF CHANGE'
Where we dare to dream of an inclusive world; a world of equal opportunity.
We’re here to stay the course, till it’s no longer a dream.
We aim to bring education and healthcare
to disadvantaged communities across India.
THE POWER OF &
When Ajit and I decided to register U&I as a Trust nearly eight years ago, I remember spending a lot of time thinking about what we should call our organisation. We came up with all sorts of fancy names, but in the end we were convinced that we should call ourselves U&I.U&I resonated with us. It was part of what we strongly believed in, and it was in our DNA. We truly believe in the power of U and the power of I, but most importantly in the power of &.
& - It’s 33.33% of our name, but it’s 100% of what we do. It speaks of everything we stand for. In the words of Mother Teresa, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do greatthings.”
The day we started U&I we were very clear that it needed not just Ajit and Satish, but a generation of change makers to make this happen. Seven years on, this belief has only become stronger. As you read this report and soak in the stories of change, just know that none of this could have been possible without the sacrifice of our wonderful staff
& the amazing bunch of U&I leaders who show us every day what servant leadership is,
& the thousands of volunteers who turn up every week, rain or sun, to ‘be the change’
& our students who inspire us and bless our lives more than we could have asked for,
& our centre partners who dream with us and work with us to make this dream a reality,
& our corporate partners who stand with us and support us in a million ways,
& colleges across India who trust us with their students,
Let's change the world together!
AJIT SIVARAM & SATISH MANCHIKANTI
U&I is a volunteer-driven charity that is committed to working towards positive social change in the spheres of education, anti-trafficking, child & women welfare and mental healthcare. U&I runs two key programs focused on education and rehabilitation:
Mission: To ensure impactful, high-quality education for underprivileged students in order for them to lead successful lives.
Through U&I Teach our committed tutors invest in the lives of underprivileged children at our after-school Learning Centers across India. We're also committed to teacher capacity-building, as part of our in-school program to bolster education within the classroom. In 2017-2018, we impacted the lives of 1636 disadvantaged children. One child at a time.
Mission: Transforming institutional care by providing training and rehabilitation for abandoned
special needs individuals in State Homes.
Through U&I Care, our team works with one of the most neglected groups in our community - abandoned special needs individuals and abandoned women and children in government-run institutions. For many of them, U&I is the closest thing to family. In 2017-2018, we impacted the lives of 305 residents in State-run Homes. One person at a time.
An after-school tutoring and mentoring program, U&I Teach works with underprivileged children with the aim of empowering them through holistic education and confidence building.
The strength of the program lies in proven methodologies and a strong leadership structure. Some of the crucial aspects of our program include: a strong curriculum, well equipped and highly trained teaching volunteers, and a holistic approach to teaching.
“In School” is distinct from the other components of the U&I Teach program as it takes place within school hours and aims to strengthen and enhance the already-existing structure within the school in order to achieve the best, long-term results.
Through “In School,” U&I focuses on capacity building and Montessori training for teachers, volunteer tutor recruitment, the Child Enrichment Program (CEP) for holistic student growth, and program monitoring and evaluation.
u&i iN-SCHOOL program
GNANADEEPAM MATRIC SCHOOL
Gnanadeepam Matric School caters to children from 52 villages around Pagadupatti village. They focus on the holistic education and development of children from pre-kg to 12th standard and follow the Tamil Nadu state syllabus. They also provide boarding facility for students who require it.
Classroom Management - This training equips the teachers with tools on how to create and manage a safe classroom. It provides them with skills to build strong relationships with students which in turn helps in building a better learning environment.
Classroom Management - This training equips the teachers with tools on how to create and manage a safe classroom. It provides them with skills to build strong relationships with students which in turn helps in building a better learning atmosphere.
Teacher Training - We help teachers acquire skills that they need to create engaging classrooms and use the available resources to the maximum.
Volunteers - We recruit volunteers to assist teachers in the classroom, conduct remedial classes and conduct the Child Enrichment Program.
child enrichment program
At U&I, we believe in approaching education holistically, giving children opportunities to broaden their perspective. Our Child Enrichment Program ensures the all-round development of each child. By integrating career days, personality development training, counselling sessions, and field trips, as well as setting up libraries, we provide opportunities that these students are otherwise denied.
The kids were given talk about the different job opportunities that are available to them and were given an insight into each of the sectors.
With the world going digital, it is imperative that children are taught computers. The kids were taught the basics of Microsoft Excel, Power Point and Word and made their own presentations.
Art and Crafts
Engagement in the fine arts helps students stretch their minds beyond the boundaries of the printed text. In 2017-18, we saw the kids growing in their creativity through their painting and craft sessions.
The library program helped instill a love for reading in the kids. Books were provided every week as per the reading levels of the kids. Sometimes, the kids were allowed to take books home so as to cultivate a sense of ownership and responsibility in them.
Life skills are taught to the kids to develop their Emotional Intelligence and intellectual ability and not only soft/vocational skills.
Students were assessed by trained counselors in academic or behavioral issues. Interventions were provided and, in some cases, students were referred to other psychiatrists.
Medical camps were conducted to assess the health and well-being of the students, in collaboration with partner NGOs who have medical personnel on their team.
Children from underprivileged backgrounds are a highly-vulnerable group when it comes to safety and moderating their own responses to stress. Through the Kidpower program, we taught children how to set up safe boundaries and how to respond to threats, both perceived and real.
TEACH - PROGRAM IMPACT
U&I Teach is a non-formal education program catering to underprivileged people from communities in need. At present we have 35 Learning Centers set up in partnership with other non-profit organizations and orphanages where we teach courses in English, Mathematics, Social Sciences etc.
Pass Rate For English
Pass Rate For Math & Social Studies
Highest Center Post-Assessment Score
Bangalore - 10 Learning Centers
Calicut - 1 Learning Center
Chennai - 5 Learning Centers
Cochin - 1 Learning Center
Coimbatore - 5 Learning Centers
Delhi - 1 Learning Center
Hyderabad - 1 Learning Center
Mangalore - 1 Learning Center
Mumbai - 6 Learning Centers
Mysore -1 Learning Center
Pune - 1 Learning Center
Vellore - 2 Learning Centers
U&I TEACH CHAPTER
Volunteer Teachers: 477
Students Reached: 260
Avg Score: 76
Volunteer Teachers: 209
Students Reached: 100
Avg Score: 65/100
Volunteer Teachers: 201
Students Reached: 113
Avg Score: 79/100
Volunteer Teachers: 22
Students Reached: 25
Avg Score: 66/100
Volunteer Teachers: 122
Students Reached: 135
Avg Score: 73/100
Volunteer Teachers: 14
Students Reached: 12
Avg Score: 77/100
Volunteer Teachers: 32
Students Reached: 55
Avg Score: 75/100
Volunteer Teachers: 19
Students Reached: 35
Avg Score: 82/100
Volunteer Teachers: 27
Students Reached: 30
Volunteer Teachers: 25
Students Reached: 32
Volunteer Teachers: 167
Students Reached: 60
Avg Score: N/A
Volunteer Teachers: 51
Students Reached: 40
Avg Score: 70/100
STORIES OF CHANGE
These stories showcase the real-life miracles that U&I achieves through its dedicated team of volunteers
and their passion to make a difference where it matters the most.
*Pictures and names of people and places have been changed in accordance to U&I's child protection policy
Beena is a ninth grader from one of our Bangalore Learning Centers. We’ve known Beena from when she was in elementary school. A bright student, Beena continues to make us proud over the years we’ve mentored her.
Last year, Beena was particularly challenged by Accounts at her school. To make matters worse, her regular Accounts teacher was on leave for two months. That’s when U&I teachers decided that they would take extra time to reach out to Beena and help her with the subject.
Thanks to the extra tutoring and her hard work, we are happy to report that Beena scored 96% on her exam - the highest score in her class. We are even happier to report that this bright young lady coached her fellow classmates during their exams. U&I’s volunteers modeled hard work and deep concern for those around them.
We’re so thrilled to see that Beena followed their lead.
This little girl was different from the others at her U&I Learning Center. While the other kids bounced around energetically, she would sit quietly doing her homework, waiting for the volunteers to arrive. Academically, it was clear that nothing that was too difficult for her.
It was, therefore, a big surprise when during the first quarterly assessment, Annapoorni performed poorly. Soon, our volunteers realized that she was extremely introverted and had a hard time speaking up. Even when she knew the answers, she preferred to keep them to herself, resulting in lower scores in many subjects. It was only after a U&I life skills class, did Annapoorni start coming out of her shell. Her volunteer tutor ensured that she was affirmed and encouraged in every class. Her answers were never deemed “wrong” and she was never reprimanded for trying but failing. Her progress ever since has been fantastic.
When the next assessment came around, Annapoorni scored a 46 out of 50. More than her scores, though, we see the confidence this girl exudes and we know she is going places.
TEACHER AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING
At U&I, we believe that training is a continuous process that empowers every volunteer to be the best teacher and leader they can be.
No. of Leaders: 139
No. of Cities: 12
A 3-day intensive training module for U&I Leaders across all our chapters focused on management and leadership. Leaders from centers in seven cities across India met in Bangalore for a residential boot camp. Using the Flippen tools, we trained our leaders in finding the balance between relationship and results. We also trained them in their job descriptions, emphasizing creating a positive culture within their teams, which then translates to the classroom.
No. of Leaders: 224
This 2-day conference took place at the outbound training center, Breakthrough. Current leaders, as well as potential leaders, experienced Breakthrough’s hands-on experiential learning which helped build team spirit and improve performance. Critical leadership skills were enhanced through the debrief after each session. Experts and inspirational leaders in various fields were also invited to speak to the leaders to motivate and
No. of Volunteer: 1000+
This training is meant to rejuvenate and motivate volunteers to continue to give their best, as levels of enthusiasm tend to fade toward the close of the year.
This event included all our volunteers across India and took place in the second school semester.
We focused on encouraging volunteers to help their students finish the year strong. The event also helped shore up volunteer sign-ups for the following year.
Every year we celebrate the achievements of our volunteer-teachers, leaders and centers.
CITY OF THE YEAR
CHILDREN OF GOD FOUNDATION
CENTER OF THE YEAR
CHAPTER FELLOW OF THE YEAR
CENTER FELLOW OF
VOLUNTEER FELLOW OF THE YEAR
CEP FELLOW OF THE YEAR
FUNDRAISING PERSON OF THE YEAR
CLASS HEAD OF THE YEAR
We've got a top-notch team!
My journey in U&I started as a special-needs teacher at the Boys’ Home to being a teacher for the toddlers at Shishu Mandir, the shelter home for abandoned babies and toddlers. From an ordinary college graduate, I’m now a role model to more than 50 children. Their smiles, their greetings, the fact that they wait for me to come to work every day – those are the motivators in my career. When I first started, the children would stick to corners of the room. I had to convince them to come join me. Now, when they see me, they come running to me. A big thanks to my supportive team who help me achieve my goals in each project. I feel an immense sense of pride in the work that I’ve done.
I had my first exposure to the social sector during my college days - I used to accompany a few classmates to a nearby government school. A couple of years later, while working at a leading bank, I decided to volunteer again. While I was doing my research, I came across job opportunities at U&I. I applied for a role in the fundraising team; It has definitely been one of my best decisions to date. This job gives me the platform to effectively utilize my skills while I add value to lives of underprivileged children, as well as special-needs men, women and kids. Every day brings with it a new challenge, but the impact I am able to create through my work is what motivates me to keep going
ACCOUNTS AND ADMIN
"Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will happen to us.”
That’s exactly what happened to me. I moved to Bangalore to write my exams for my master’s degree. At the same time, I volunteered with U&I during my free time. When my results came in, I found out I didn't make the cut for the colleges on my list. However, another opportunity opened up - I was hired to work at U&I. That has made me the person I am today. Mentoring children and making an impact in their lives is not easy, but when you see the results, it's worth it. While I was first disappointed that I didn’t make the master’s program, working with U&I is the best thing that happened to me.
PROJECT MANAGER & PHYSIOTHERAPIST, CARE PROGRAM
I’ve been privileged to be part of the U&I family since 2014. My journey with the organization has been immensely rewarding. It’s great to see improvements in the lives of the children I help. I’ve received a lot of appreciation from government officials in the Care Homes. Additionally, U&I has an excellent work culture – every individual is encouraged in their gifting. I look forward to each day – something that’s surprising in today’s work environment. I am blessed with great colleagues and we have a strong team that believes in developing the skills of the children with whom we work.
I thought I had my whole life figured out when I landed my first big job at a leading MNC. Initially, my job gave me a sense of achievement, but in a while, I realized that money can't give you everything. I decided to quit and work in the NGO sector. That’s when U&I came into my life! U&I gave me what was missing - a purpose and satisfaction in how I was spending my time. I realized the joy and power of investing time and effort for others, especially children who are less privileged. I hope I have touched the lives of the kids I mentored as they have touched mine.
I remember my job interview with U&I’s co-founders. Satish opened with, "Karthik, the job is yours if you want it!" That was the confidence conferred on me, a volunteer at U&I for four years. Today, as a Teach Manager, I can say that U&I has transformed me from an introvert with extreme social anxiety to someone who can walk into a room full of strangers and conduct group activities. U&I gave me the platform for my talent to shine. An engineer by degree and a social worker by profession, U&I has played a key role in shaping me as an individual and fueling my passion for social change.
U&I Care works with vulnerable sections of our community, providing therapy, counseling and vocational training. Currently, U&I Care works with five State-run institutions in Bangalore, primarily serving physically and mentally challenged men, women and children.
Institute for Mentally Handicapped Children
is a Home for destitute special needs boys between the ages of 8 and 21. U&I began work in IMHC even before we were formally registered as a Trust and has increased our involvement over the last seven years.
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Social Services Complex for Men
is a Home for differently-abled men. U&I works with the men in the Home to provide vocational training, special education, hygiene and healthcare.
Home for Mentally Challenged Women
is a state-run institute for special needs, abandoned women. U&I works with these women to improve their social and vocational skills, as well as provide life skills training for them.
Yashodharmma Dasappa Women’s Reception Center
is a Remand Home for women who have been rescued from bonded labor and trafficking. U&I provides counseling through a certified psychologist, vocational training in skills like jewelry making and pot painting.
is a Home for abandoned babies and toddlers, including those with special needs. U&I assists with the care of these children, as well as conducts a preschool to engage these children who are otherwise lack a structured routine through the day.
Care - PROGRAM IMPACT
U&I Care works with five government homes in Bangalore to provide healthcare, hygiene and vocational training to boys, men and women with specials needs, and abandoned women and children.
Hours of rehabilitation
The following stories showcase the real-life miracles that U&I achieves through its dedicated team of volunteers and their passion to make a difference where it matters the most.
The Little Things Make a Big Difference
It’s not often that a set of pajamas makes an impact. But in the life of little Hanuman, a set of warm PJs was a pretty big deal. As a resident of the Institute for Mentally Challenged Boys (IMHC), he is one of 90 kids. Often, that means that the government-run institute can’t cope with individual needs of the boys. When a group of kids, including Hanuman, became sick there was little choice but to keep them quarantined. Sleeping on the floor with nothing more than a thin sheet, it was a difficult time for him.But then U&I staff member at the Home, Anusha, noticed his situation and had the resources at hand to help him out. She picked out a set of warm clothes and gave them to Hanuman. It was a small gesture, but it spoke volumes. She had noticed he was cold. She cared enough to give him the clothes.“Akka, but tomorrow I won’t get the same clothes, will I?” asked Hanuman. He feared that after U&I staff left for the day, his clothes would get mixed up with the rest of the laundry. He wanted to make sure he got his warm clothes the next day. And Anusha was there the next day, too, to make sure Hanuman got his wish.It was just a set of old pajamas, possibly donated to the Boys’ Home. But it made a difference that someone cared enough to make sure Hanuman was warm that day.U&I staff like Anusha give these children a sense of security. Day after day, these kids see these caring “akkas” and “annas”. To these special needs kids who have been abandoned, U&I becomes their family.
Changing Labels, Transforming Lives
When Mani was first transferred to IMHC (Institute of Mentally Handicapped Children) from another State-run Home, he came with "warning labels." Supervisors and U&I staff at IMHC were told that they'd better be careful because Mani was aggressive.With his large frame and propensity for quick, angry outbursts, no one wanted Mani in their Home. His speaking skills were limited to one or two words when he first came to IMHC, recalls Jayraj, U&I's Manager at the Home. He would sit sullen and angry, not bothering to speak to the other residents. In fact, everyone knew to keep a safe distance from Mani, especially when he lashed out in anger.Yet, Jayraj knew that underneath the big, aggressive frame was a simple, child-like mind that just needed patience and love. When Jayraj first invited him to start gardening, Mani agreed. Surprisingly, he followed instructions perfectly. He would water the plants or help with weeding, just as Jay asked him.Next came the mat-making classes. For the first few days, Mani acted like he didn't care. He lay listlessly on the floor while the other boys worked on their vocational skills project. But, suddenly, Mani expressed his desire to learn."I was very surprised. Within half a day Mani picked up the skill," reports Jay. He now comes up to Jay and tries to engage in conversation. Sometimes it's words, sometimes, it's just gestures. But each time Jay knows how important it is to respond. With his newly discovered skills and his ability to express himself better, Mani no longer comes with a warning label. Instead, he's a young man passionate about gardening, interested in mat-making and learning new skills and even someone who is now helping his friends at the Home learn these skills.
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we could not have done it without them
We, literally, could not have achieved any of the things mentioned in this report without the constant support and patronage of our partners. These corporates are an integral part of theU&I family.
Soliton has been a long-standing partner with U&I for the past four years. They fund the U&I Teach program. Last year, Soliton also conducted a science workshop for the children of Tinkle School, Coimbatore. The children were very excited about the learning as there were a lot of real life examples and visual materials incorporated in the workshop.
Northern Trust has worked with U&I over the last three years. As a Learning & Resources Partner for the Teach Program, Northern Trust has funded classroom resources, textbooks, notebooks, libraries and learning materials for over 850 children across India.
The CME Group has been partners with U&I for two years and they fund the Teach program. The CME volunteers visited our Learning Center, Refuge Home, and conducted a series of activities that included gardening.
With over 2 years of partnership with U&I, tangoe sponsors our teach programme and has supported over 100 kids this year.
Standard Chartered has been partners with U&I for two years and they fund the Teach program. They have supported over 40 students in the program.
Bosch has funded the pilot of pre-vocational training in the Men's Home. They also funded the setting up of a state-of-the-art playground for all five
Cisco has worked with U&I Teach, providing volunteer support for over two years. We have had a minimum of 20 Cisco employees volunteering with us every year.
Visa works with U&I as a program partner for the teach program. Visa has generously supported an entire learning center – Nirmala Vidyalaya - by adopting 143 children, providing these children with holistic education & mentoring.
Book A Smile has sponsored resources for both the Care and Teach program. Book A Smile generously sponsored television sets, laptops and art and craft materials which are used for the U&I Care program. They have also sponsored laptops for the CEP program under U&I Teach.
Flatworld Solutions have been long-term partners of U&I and they sponsor our Care program by giving monthly donations towards healthcare & hygiene.
Accel Partners have been our constant supporter and help us with our teach program funding.
our EVENTS & fundraisers
Internationally-recognized motivational speaker, Krish Dhanam rocked a full house at U&I’s event “Lead Up” in January. Personally coached by Zig Ziglar, Krish held captive an audience that included 125 individuals from companies like Bosch, Soliton, ANZ, Unisys, Flatworld Solutions, Iron Mountain, and others. We’re hugely grateful to Krish for giving his time to help U&I and to better Bangalore’s corporate culture.
Our volunteers rock. There’s no question about it. Not only did they invest in mentoring children, they also raised funds for the kids’ education through our Hero Up giving campaign. They became our brand ambassadors, knocking on doors and sending out social media messages and pushing themselves out of their comfort zones – all because they knew it mattered to the children! Thank you, volunteers!
Bangalore’s biggest race – The TCS World 10K – saw U&I’s staff lacing up their shoes and breaking into a sweat. Our staff prefers chai and books over working out. But that didn’t stop our amazing team from setting themselves weekly fitness challenges and stepping up for the race. Together with our corporate partners, we ran (okay, maybe we walked) to raise funds for our biggest fans – our students!
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