Tata Hospital Project (2015 – Present)
Mindsprings in association with TATA Hospital committed to providing a rich learning experience for cancer inflicted children so that their journey as learners continues in hospital. The objective of this program is to help children develop and maintain academic skills. Participating in the familiar activities of school helps children cope by reducing the stress of hospitalization. We strive to achieve this through stories, songs, rhymes and activities designed to stimulate imagination and language development.
We work in the OPD (outpatient department) for 2 hours and in the Wards for one hour in the mornings. We have our sessions planned out across three verticals – Numeracy, Literacy, and Art for different age groups (Pre-primary / Primary / Middle School). Children from all over the country come to the hospital and ages range from 6 to 15 years. A counsellor and a data manager also work to provide support and information to the children and their parents.
Over the year the program has been a runaway success where attendance has crossed all expectations. We are now working on standardising, documenting and tracking the progress of children who are able to sustain their engagement with us over a period of time as this will also feed into the academic of how a healthy mind alters the healing process in an ailing body. We are considering 360-degree support of these children even after they go back to their schools.
The program is supported by the IMPACT Foundation and receive financial support from CSR funds.
Hirji Salva English Programme (2012 – 2017)
The Hirji Bhojraj and Sons C.V.O. Jain Chhatralaya is a 100-year-old charitable trust set up as a hostel to house disadvantaged boys from the Kutchi community and provide them with boarding and education. In later years the Trust also set up on their lands the Shishuvan School which has grown to be one of the best ICSE schools in the city.
Mindsprings has been doing work with 130 boys in teaching them spoken English. In 2015, a decision was made for the children to move from their local municipal school to the Shishuvan School. Mindsprings continues to take differential classes for the boys where English is not completely handled by our team.
Activity Programme (2010 – 2012)
The Activity School had engaged Mindsprings Enrichment Centre to teach English to students from 1 to 10 in an attempt to get their standards up from its current condition. It was a successful enterprise and the school engaged the company for 3 years.