From its humble beginnings with a handful of children taken off the streets near a construction site and taught in a small space, Building Blocks India is a learning program with seven branches, devoted to helping slum children obtain a foundational education. In addition, it provides the children with two nutritious meals per day, regular medical care, excursions, fun outings, educational tours, fun-filled birthday celebrations, and much, much more. Here are stories about a few of these children, showing a glimpse of their backgrounds, their families, and the positive results in their lives.
Mohammed is a young boy from the LR Nagar slum. His father is an epilepsy patient, and his mother has been managing the family for the past seven years by working as a housemaid. Although Mohammed’s family is quite poor, he still wears a smile to school each day. He shows up with a happy spirit and concentrates to learn as much as he can. Mohammed likes sports activities and enjoys playing at school during free time.
“We are very grateful to the school for helping us out with the expenses for Mohammed’s schooling and for giving our son a good education. With the help of Building Blocks we now have hope that our son will get an IT job and help support our family.”
Iyesha is a K5 student whose father works in a fire brigade station. Her family of four includes her father, mother and a younger brother. Iyesha loves school and learning new things. She always pays attention in class and picks up concepts very fast.
“We are very happy that Building Blocks has provided us with an opportunity to send our daughter to school, because without them we wouldn't have been able to afford to send her to an English medium school. We are thankful that Building Blocks provides good food for our daughter.”
Missba’s family of four includes mother, father, and a sister. Her mother is a housewife, and her father works as a day laborer, earning Rs 4,000 ($73) a month. With him as the only earning member in the house, the family can’t afford to rent anything more than a tin sheet-roof room for themselves. Missba is an active, playful girl, and enjoys learning.
In Ayyana's family of seven there are two brothers and three sisters. Her father works as a mason earning Rs.4,000 ($72) a month, and her mother does tailoring work at home earning 3,000 ($55) a month. Both parents work very hard to provide a good education for their five children. They want Ayyana to become a policewoman. The three older daughters study in Kannada (Karnataka state language) medium schools. Ayyana's parents are very thankful that their daughter is going to Building Blocks and fulfilling their hearts’ desire for her to learn to read, write, and speak in English. Ayyana is a very enthusiastic learner in class.
In Vritika's family of eight there are four sisters and one brother. Three of her sisters study in Kannada (Karnataka state language) medium schools, and one sister attends an English medium school. Vritika studies in K5. She is a very quiet girl and never troubles anyone in class. Although she may be a little slow in her work, she is very thorough in all that she does. Vritika loves music and singing. Because Vritika is somewhat anemic and often falls ill, she receives regular medical care along with the two nutritious meals provided for all the children.
Parents comments: “We are very proud that our girl is studying in an English medium school, and we are very thankful that she is receiving medical aid and lots of nutrition regularly.”