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On 1st April 2016 the new school year started at Balashram and, on 2nd May 2016, a small welcome party was organised for the new children joining the nursery. The newcomers received some chocolate and were greeted personally by each pupil.

As already anticipated in the previous newsletter, all class X pupils successfully completed their final exams. Thanks to their good exam results, they have gained access to different colleges and institutions of higher education for vocational training. Pupils chose between the subjects of science, humanities and arts studies, economics, mechatronics, tool design and construction, and the music academy.

This year the Balashram School has applied to the Indian authorities for permission to extend, in the future, the continuing education to include class levels XI and XII.

At present, new school rooms are being added to the old school building which will allow Balashram to offer its own school graduates a continuing higher education, starting from next year.

With the scope of developing the organisation, many teachers have received schooling from Human Resources Trainers. The main focus of this advanced training was on conveying values to the children. Starting from class V and VI, children will not only be given theoretical knowledge but they shall also learn about life and personal values, and responsible living.

As is common in India, the time between April and August was filled with festivities and celebrations, which always offer colourful changes during the year, whilst also providing an opportunity for the children to get in touch with and collectively deal with important subjects.

Among these was the celebration of the “Technology Day”, the “International Yoga Day” and the discussion on the negative effects of tobacco on the occasion of the “World No Tobacco Day”.

On 12th July, the children participated in a campaign aimed at raising awareness on the dangers of malaria. Among other things, they learned about preventive measures against this deadly disease.
A week later there was an event on child labour, which is still an issue in certain rural areas, although in India children under the age of 14 are not allowed to work. Many among the older children went with their teachers to the surrounding villages to sensitise people on this subject.
Some pupils participated also at events outside the school: three of them received the black belt after participating at a Taekwondo competition; five pupils took part in an art competition and won several prizes (on 15 July) for their chosen drawings/paintings.
Your generous donations were also used effectively in the health sector, namely for the 3 Health Centres which allowed 86,536 patients to be treated for free in 2015. A total of 705,671 patients have received help and assistance since its opening 16 years ago. Due to lack of medical assistance in their areas, many sick people have to travel up to 70 km to reach our health centres.

There are new important activities in the Hariharananda Charitable Health Center, Jagatpur:

      • New ways of treatments are on offer for root canals, dental reconstruction with crowns, in ENT treatments (Ear, Nose, Throat), in urology; inhaler devices for children with asthma are now available as well
      • Specific programs are on offer during the year on the early detection of diabetes and on 
metabolic alterations
      • New awareness training on foot ulcers for those with diabetes

Please continue your support to these projects 
in order to maintain this positive development!

A heartfelt „ Thank you“!

Peter van Breukelen (President of Hand in Hand)

Meet our Balashram children on our Facebook page: you can watch short videos on the children while they play and practice sports and you can have a look at many class photos. It does not require you to have a Facebook account. Enjoy!

Hand in Hand - film english

Hand in Hand - film english