Programmes at Arathi - Koramangala
As a response to the increasing number of programmes of the Bangalore YWCA City, a new building project was established in a prime location in Bangalore. Under the guidance and commitment of key volunteer leaders, Arathi was born.
Arathi is now a key project of the YWCA of Bangalore City, initiated in August 2005 in Koramangala, to typically reflect a Centre for Womens' Development. It has identified and developed programmes and projects, that truly empower women and girls.
The Centre includes;
A unique space for leadership training for women of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
A variety of community development projects.
Guest rooms and a residence/hostel for working women in the city
A multi-purpose hall (Conference Room) ideally suited for workshops/ seminars/ meetings and other training purposes
A platform for networking among different NGOs, schools and colleges on common concerns.
The Abraham Learning Centre (ALC) at Arathi
This creative Day Care Centre is run entirely by volunteers and their donations. It is a well-equipped and cheerful creche supervised by trained staff with at least 40 children between the ages of 3 and 5, from the neighbouring Koramangala slums. The Centre provides:
Regular medical check-ups and a child-friendly nutritional diet.
Basic kindergarten learning and recreational activities.
Art and craft classes, singing and dancing.
A model Anganwadi that effectively caters to the community children.
A Medical Help for MothersScheme that provides medical treatment at a minimal cost for mothers of the children of ALC.
A Monthly Saving Scheme for the children of ALC which will be refunded once the child leaves the Centre to attend regular school.
The Day Care Centre has grown considerably. From providing quality creche facilities, it has developed to a Centre from where the awareness and knowledge that education is not an option but a necessity in the future, is spread to the families of the children and to their surrounding communities. The Centre can be proud of its holistic approach to developing a Day Care for children.
Counselling Centre in Koramangala:
With the increasing need to provide counsel for women facing domestic violence, sexual harassment or other forms of violence, free counselling is being offered for women and children facing violence or depression
At Arathi- Center for Women's Development,
No. 7, 6th Block,
20th Main, Koramangala,
Landmark - Next to Koramangala Police Station
Counseling timings and days:
Prior appointment is not required.
Please contact: YWCA at 25634813
Crisis Room at Arathi
The YWCA of Bangalore City offers a 'Crisis Room' that shelters women victims of domestic violence for a period of time.
Arathi, Koramangala is situated less than a kilometer away from one of the biggest slums of Bangalore the Koramangala slums. In the last count there were over 33,000 families living there, and is made up of several small and medium sized slums...Rajaji Nagar, L R Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar etc. A survey carried out by the YWCA has shown that there are a large number of school drop-outs resulting in increased child labour and socially unacceptable behaviour.
The Drop-In-Learning Centre of the YWCA was opened on 15 February 2010 in the space provided by the government on the covered terrace of a school building at LR Nagar, Koramangala right in the middle of the big slum. At least fifteen to twenty boys and girls drop in regularly after 2:30pm till about 6:00pm. They are curious, willing to partake in guided individual and group activities and have the freedom to come in with their younger siblings and spend time in the Center. Some even come in before or after or between their "child labour acitivites" which include a whole range of activities from selling juices at their doorsteps of their homes to working in garages.
Two field workers and one supporting staff are looking after the Center. The day to day involvement is challenging. The children are unruly, violent and some carry knives in their pockets. However the children enjoy the activities. The activities conducted by the YWCA are Karate, Yoga class, indoor games, drawing, paintings, reading books and playing puzzles. They also have music and dance sessions. They enjoy out-door games like cricket and football.
The summer camp for these children was conducted at Bethany High School, Hypocampus organized a story telling mela at Bal Bhavan.
The staff regularly visits the homes of the drop-outs and meetings for individual mothers are organized regarding the child and reasons for their dropping out of school.