Ms.Vidya Shankar, visits to various homes & orphanages (including Juvenile Homes).
Started a Transit Home for children in Thoraipakkam Start of Sindhanai - Annual NGO Networking Event Pre-adoptive Counselling for aspiring parents
Entry into Juvenile Justice System
Ms.Vidya Shankar as Chairperson of Juvenile Welfare Board Counselling support for Juvenile Home Children
- Training Balwadi Assistants in Montessori Approach with resource persons
- Volunteers and staff were placed in 4 centres in and around Thiruvanmiyur
- Running Community Tuition Centres
- Running Helpline for Educational Sponsorship Executed through Shriram Foundation (Formerly Shriram Social Welfare Trust)
- Outreach Programmes in partner Schools to improve Standard of Education
- Interaction with Parents
- Teacher Assessments in partner Schools
- Started to work with Shriram Foundation Schools
- Working with Government and NGOs on Quality Institution Care for children in Homes/Orphanages
- Started Managing Shriram Foundation's Children's Home Project
- Merger of Transit Home with Shriram's Ashram Children Home
- Parenting Programmes for parents in Shriram Schools
- Started Running Bridge Courses for children in Juvenile Homes
- Breakfast Scheme in schools in partnership with Ashram of Shriram Foundation
- Tsunami Relief Work in Affected villages
- Launched Model School Project using Montessori Method in Pre-primary classes in partner schools
- Started Counselling in Government Vigilance Home for rescued girls and women
- Ms.Vidya Shankar appointed as a Students' counsellor at Anna University
- Started to participate in Doordharsan Podhigai programme on Foster Care & Adoption
- Starting Industrial Training Programme for Women and Girls in Juvenile Homes
- Relief Foundation gets nominated as a member of State Planning Commission focussing on Women and Children
- Feasibility Study of starting a micro-school in Vichur, Thiruvallur District
- First Micro School started in Vichur - Classrooms were built for children for Wayanad Tribal School at the cost of nearly 50 lakhs
with most of the funds coming from CAREducation Trust UK
- Started Montessori programme in VSR Montessori School, Reddivaripalle
- Started Montessori Resource Centre for Children in Thoraipakkam. Children from Shriram Schools started using them
- Designed and started a bridge course for teachers who took AMI Diploma.
Sent 3 teachers from our partner school for AMI International Diploma with support from Shriram Foundation
- Designed & conducted Leadership Training Programme for Principals & School Heads
- Started to coordinate courses in Shriram IGNOU Community College, a first of its kind, in association with IGNOU
- Started a course on Sports Education, a unique course for School Teachers with support
from RF volunteer Jana Conrad from Germany
- Conceived and set up a Montessori Resource Centre in one of our partner schools with support from Cognizant Foundation
- Vidya Shankar completes training as an AMI Elem Directress
- Cascade became an Elementary Montessori classroom in addition to catering to 3-12 years old children
- Started offering training programmes for GiveLife Tuition Teachers from centres run in various villages
- Started Teaching Fellowship Programmes through an initiative called The Teachers Lab,
wherein resource persons for a variety of courses including academic and co-curricular
courses were offered to aspiring rural teacher candidates as a Fellowship model.
- Conducted the first training course for orientation and practices on Montessori philosophy for a small group of rural teachers.
- Established elaborate recruitment processes with screening, interviews for candidates to get trained and certified as Montessori
teachers to enter rural schools. Conducted pre and post course sessions with resource persons, that aided a better understanding for the candidates
- Conceived the school leadership program for rural school leaders and completed one batch of successfully trained school leaders who were placed in rural schools.
- Moved out from Shriram Foundation completely and established a vibrant model of learning in CASCADE Montessori resource centre for parents, educators, and families in a cooperative learning model. Children showing immense benefit from this cooperative, fear free
model offering unlimited learning opportunities.
- Laid the foundation stone for first Relief Foundation Montessori Rural Resource Centre in Jamnamarathur in Javvadhu Hills, Thiruvannamalai District for tribal population
Two Rural Montessori resource centres established in Gummidipoondi (in a rented premises), Thiruvallur and in Jamunamarathur (Own begins building premises) Thiruvannamalai. Two trained Montessorians take their positions as Centre head. Jey staff enter training for AMI Montessori Elementary program at the International Training Institute. CASCADE Family Learning Cooperative is Service Marked and is ready to offer the knowhow to anyone who wants to start a similar centre.
One Trainee from a local village in Jamunamarathur, begins Casa training with us in Tamizh language. We begin translation of Montessori articles into Tamizh and start parenting sessions for local village parents through our centres. Regular study circles are introduced in the villages for parents to learn about the methodology.
Training in Tamizh is complete Mani, heads to the centre, to start working as a teaching assistant to Hari, the main guide. Efforts begin to search for new land for Relief Foundation to build a permanent premises at Gummidipoondi. A donor in Sathyamangalam, comes forward to offer 2.5 acres of land for Relief Foundation to start a rural resource centre. We are making ourselves ready to receive it once we identify a person to take up the training and head the centre.CASCADE in the city becomes a registered body. - the country's first Montessori homeschooling society, besides membership in the International Montessori Council. RF applies for Copyright for the CRCI Happy Schooling program.
Relief Foundation has now 1/4 acre land with a plan to construct a permanent building in this area, where we have worked with the community for a few years. We have launched a brick by brick campaign to raise funds. We hope to complete the building and offer it to the children and families of that group of villages by January.