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Neighbourhood Free Tuition centres (NFTC)
Many students of economically weaker sections lack adequate assistance and supervision at home; in addition, financial constraints often do not allow them to seek after school tuition. These factors limit the performance of these students as their complete potential is not realized.

Neighborhood Free Tuition Centre, an initiative of Bhoomika Trust provided after-school academic assistance to underprivileged students in an atmosphere conducive to learning. At the same time, there were several educated (10 / +2) unemployed / underemployed women who were willing to invest time and knowledge to secure an additional income. Bhoomika Trust's NFTC program addressed this issue by bringing these individuals together for their mutual benefit by employing these women to help students with their academic needs.

Working with a small group of twenty to twenty five students from classes I to VIII for a few hours in the evenings, each NFTC tutor provided individual care and attention to the students who are from the neighbourhood. This approach also fostered parental and community involvement. This program was implemented initially at forty centres through local NGOs for the benefit of one thousand students in tsunami affected areas of Tamilnadu.

Bhoomika Trust offered its NFTC program to about two thousand seven hundred students in one hundred and nine Neighbourhood Free Tuition Centres in eight districts along the tsunami affected coast of Tamilnadu.

NFTC Tutors training program
To enable the tutors to refresh their concepts of Mathematics and English and to enhance their teaching skills, Bhoomika Trust organized a training program at Kanyakumari. The program was arranged for all 128 NFTC tutors, in two batches of three days each between 24th and 29th September 2007. This training was provided by Asha for Education, an organization that has successfully trained several teachers over the years.

The three day training covered the following topics:
 • English grammar (tense)
 • Phonetics (short and long vowel sounds)
 • Basic Math (integers, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, graphs)
 • Use of teaching aids & Bingo cards
 • Orientation on ABL method (Activity Based Learning)
 • Self-assessment
 • Motivation
 • Group games and Action Songs
 • General teaching Skills and
 • Orientation on maintenance of NFTC records (attendance registers, tutor's report book etc)

The interactive sessions were interspersed with thought provoking games and action songs. The training significantly contributed to improving the knowledge level of the tutors.

Innovative Teaching aids:
To make teaching more interesting and enjoyable, the tutors were exposed to a host of teaching techniques which could be applied in their classroom settings. Techniques to explain number concepts, and operations were illustrated.

Educational material
Bhoomika Trust made learning an enjoyable process for 685 students, who were mainstreamed under the National Child Labour Project (NCLP). These ex-child workers from tsunami affected areas of North Chennai who were employed in various units across the city were rescued by NCLP, and are being rehabilitated by enrolling them in regular schools. Bhoomika Trust supported NCLP towards the purchase of notebooks, stationeries, bags and footwear so that the children continue their schooling in full gear like any other child.

The materials were distributed by Chennai Corporation Mayor and Chennai Corporation Commissioner along with other government officials and NGO representatives on 15th October 2007. Bhoomika Trusts involvement was in response to a request from the Projector Director, National Child Labor Program (NCLP), Corporation of Chennai.

About 200 tsunami affected children living in temporary shelters in Pattinapakkam lost school supplies and educational material during a fire. In November 2006, Bhoomika Trust provided them with school bags, uniforms and books through ASHA for education, an NGO working with children in that area.

The Trust also provided mats and school bags to tsunami affected children at an after-school centre in Parangipettai, Cuddalore through Nalamdana, an NGO working in that area.

Free First Aid training
As an emergency preparedness measure, Bhoomika Trust enabled free First Aid training between January and March 2006, through St John Ambulance Association for students and teachers in tsunami affected areas. The eight hour certificate program included learning materials in the regional language

First aid is the immediate and temporary aid provided to a sick or injured person until medical treatment can be provided. It generally consists of a series of simple, life-saving medical techniques that a layperson can be trained to perform with minimal equipment. In a medical emergency the trained first-aid provider, equipped with the knowledge of handling emergency situations, could intervene until medical help arrives.

From Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh to Alapuzha district in Kerala traversing across Tamilnadu, 23 programs were conducted covering a distance of about 2000 kms along the coast line of South India. 1400 participants drawn from 28 schools across the districts were offered this free First Aid training by networking with twenty NGOs.

The feed-back postcards which are filling our postbox, indicate that there is a need for more such programs. We had a postive response and enthusiastic participation from the NGOs and the participants. The support and cooperation extended by the various district and local centers of St.John Ambulance was equally encouraging.

Program Details
Feb 11, 2006 St. Joseph's Higher Secondary school, Kootapalli, Thirunelveli
Feb 18, 2006 St.Mary's Higher Secondary school, Colachel, Kanyakumari
Feb 21, 2006 Government Higher secondary school, Mudaliyarkuppam, Villipuram
Feb 23, 2006 Caldwell Higher Secondary School, Therispuram, Tuticorin
Feb 25, 2006 Little Flower High school, Melmanakudy, Kanyakumari
Feb 27, 2006 Government Higher Secondary school, Idumbavanam, Thiruvarur
Feb 28, 2006 Jagathammbal Subramanian Government Higher Secondary school, Pulicat
Feb 28, 2006 Government High school, Kodiakarai, Nagapattinam
Mar 01, 2006 Government Middle School, T.Keelakadu, Tanjore
Mar 01, 2006 St.Annes Higher Secondary school, Koodangulam, Thirunelveli
Mar 04, 2006 Government Higher Secondary school, Manalmelkudy, Pudukottai
Mar 04, 2006 Government Higher Secondary school, Sadras, Kancheepuram
Mar 04, 2006 St.Theresas Girls High School, Tharangambadi, Nagapattinam
Mar 09, 2006 Karaikalmedu High School, Karaikalmedu, Karaikal
Mar 10, 2006 Syeed Mohamed Government Higher Secondary school, Thondi, Ramanathapuram
Mar 11, 2006 Thanthai Periyar Government Higher Secondary school, Ariyankuppam, Pondicherry
Mar 11, 2006 St.Josephs Higher Secondary school, Kovalam, Kancheepuram
Mar 11, 2006 Mahatmaji Central School, Kollam, Karunagapally, Kerala
Mar 12, 2006 St.Francis Assisi Higher Secondary school, Cherthala, Allepey, Kerala
Mar 13, 2006 St.Philomena's Girls High School, Cuddalore
Mar 13, 2006 Mypadu High School, Mypadu mandalam, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh
Mar 14, 2006 Kothapatnam High School, Kothapatnam Mandalam, Prakasam Distict, Andhra Pradesh
Mar 18, 2006 Fathima Matriculation School, Srinivasapuram, Chennai

Anemia awareness program
In November 2006, Bhoomika Trust in partnership with a local NGO executed an anemia awareness program for tsunami affected children in a school in Mugaiyur village, Kancheepuram district. A weeklong exhibition on anemia which included posters, charts and books was arranged at the school. Various competitions based on anemia such as essay writing, elocution, painting, poems, skit, singing, rangoli etc were also conducted. Qualified resource persons addressed the children to bring about awareness on anemia prevention. A panel discussion, involving a doctor, social workers, dietician and the village nurse was also held.

Computer literacy
Bhoomika Trust supported Catalyst Trust's Computer training centre at Chinnandikuppam which trained children on basics of computer education. On an average it had around thirty children enrolled for the training programme.

Restoration of lost childhood
Bhoomika Trust supported Don Bosco Anbu Illam's project in August 2005 to provide educational needs as well as social integration skills to one hundred tsunami affected children between the ages of ten and sixteen, living in temporary shelters at Thuraipakkam, Chennai.

Apart from providing after-school assistance in education, the children were given inputs for overall development such as life coping skills, conflict management, stress management, self-acceptance, self-esteem and personality development. As part of a holistic approach towards child empowerment, training was also given to teachers on positive parenting, health and hygiene.

Teachers were trained on child rights, other laws relating to children and the responsibility of teachers towards the students was emphasized. Parents and teachers were trained on how to deal with children with behavioral problems.

Children acquired leadership skills and responsibility through regular meetings of children's parliaments, summer camps and field trips. In addition they received a medical check up to assess malnutrition and other childhood ailments

Bhoomika Trust provided support to a hostel for underprivileged children from tsunami affected areas of Tamil Nadu. Two separate hostels for boys and girls were run for seventy nine children. A general health checkup by a qualified medical doctor for all the children was also organized. The children were provided formal education, by enrolling them in nearby schools and followed a routine with sufficient time to play, study, grow and develop.

Recreation equipment
In collaboration with Don Bosco Anbu Illam, a LCD projector and television were provided in November 2005 and was used in temporary shelters in and around coastal Chennai to provide the community with recreation and means of educational information.

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