Thursday, June 28, 2018

Activities updates 2018

January, February, March
Children were preparing for their year-end examinations.

April
Basic Literacy Programme (BLP): We conduct BLP during the summer vacation (April-May) every year for the other children of the village. This is 1) to ensure that they are able to read and write English, Malayalam and able to do basic arithmetic skills of Mathematics, 2) to gift the children with a joyful vacation through various games and fun, 3) To select clever kids to the regular project of Coastal Brains.
30 kids from two fisherman villages (Adimalathura and Pulluvila) attended the programme.

Skill Development Programme (SDP): The existing students of Coastal Brains regular project attended the SDP. They enjoyed hands-on Science experiments and learned the game of Chess during this summer programme.
BLP & SDP Class

BLP 2018 participants with Joy


May
At the end of the Basic Literacy Programme this time, we had a winding up ceremony on 24th May. The parents and siblings of the BLP kids attended the ceremony and the kids performed so nice stage programmes.



Preliminary Test: On 25th May, we conducted a Preliminary test to select new kids to the regular project of Coastal Brains. 26 kids participated. After publishing the Test Results, we visited the houses of the kids to verify their family conditions. Finally we have selected 13 kids from them this time to the regular project of Coastal Brains

 June
Current Students of Coastal Brains: 24 school kids from Class 5 to Class 10. They attend our study centre regularly for their studies and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and educational supports. 
7 children are in Class 12 now. 
3 Senior students attend professional courses and they stay in hostels: 1) Sonia J- 2nd Year B.Sc. Nursing, Bangalore 2) Anu.V- 2nd year B.Sc. Microbiology, Tamilnadu 3) Tiby.A- Civil Service coaching, Trivandrum.

Students and Teachers

Issuing School materials: We issued school materials to all the 31 school kids on 3rd June. The children are so happy and encouraged to start their new school year. 


New Academic Year: Begins on 4th June 2018 and ends on 31st March 2019.

Friday, May 5, 2017

SSLC Exam 2017- 100% Success


No.
Student
Subjects
Malayalam
Malayalam
English
Hindi
Social
Physics
Chemistry
Biology
Mathematics
Information
Name
Paper 1
Paper 2


Science




Technology
1
Jeneesha T
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A
A+
2
Sheeba SG
A
A+
A+
A+
B+
A
C+
A+
B
A+
3
Sheeba SB
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
4
Bency Das
A+
A+
A+
B+
A
A
A+
A+
B
A+
5
John Britto 
A+
A+
A+
B
C+
A
B
A+
C
A
6
Pushparaj P
A+
A+
A+
A
A+
A
A+
A+
B+
A+
7
Thadeyus T
A+
A+
A+
A
B+
A
A+
A
C+
A+
8
Thomas R
A+
A+
A
C
C+
A
A
A
C
A+


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Story

Beautiful Story of Coastal Brains

One day Joy, a little boy was helping his father with his fishing craft on the sea shore. A tourist named Stephen came on the beach and he took some photographs of the little boy and his father the Fisherman. Joy requested Stephen to send him some copies of the photographs and gave him his postal address. After one month Joy received a letter from ENGLAND containing his colour photos. Joy was so happy to receive his FIRST Airmail with his COLOUR photos. With the little English he knew, Joy wrote back to Stephen to thank him. From this day Stephen and Joy continued writing each other. After finishing his 10th class Joy sent his mark sheet to Stephen. He was really impressed by the little boy’s marks that became first in his village. Stephen asked Joy what was his next step. Joy told him that he was going to stop schooling and join his father in fishing due to the poor condition of the family. And this is how the things go on when you are the son of a fisherman. After reading this sad news Stephen told Joy that he would like to sponsor his studies. Joy was very happy for his help and after 8 years he was very proud of getting Graduated in his Biotechnology Master Degree in First Class.

Joy succeeded in a selection test to get a Teacher job in another country (The Republic of Maldives). In one month he was earning what a fisherman earned in one year. He was glad to succeed in his life and help his family.

After a few years, Joy reflected his past and he thought that there may be other intelligent children (Brains) in poor fisherman families (Coastal) who can achieve greater goals if they are properly guided and supported. Otherwise, they will end up as fishermen or normal workers in India or abroad.

As Joy received ‘The Call’, he resigned his job and came back to his native village in order to help other little children. This is how the Project Coastal Brains was born in November 2011 with the objective to empower intelligent children from poor fisherman families who aspire for higher education.


Joy and Stephen in 2016

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CONTACT


mail: coastalbrains2011@gmail.com
Phone:: +91 9995167606
Address:: Good Samaritan Charitable Trust
                  Adimalathura
                  Chowara.P.O.
                  Trivandrum-695501
                   Kerala, India
Web  blogwww.coastalbrains.blogspot.in

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

IntroductionThe family of a Coolie fisherman is always economically and educationally backward in India. The education and the future of the children are not cared for, due to the ignorance of the parents.  Many children stop their studies at an early age and take up fishing due to the poor financial condition of the family. A few children manage to go to colleges/universities, but with no specific goal. They end up with poorly paid private jobs in India and abroad. There are very few professionals like Administrators, Police officers, Medical Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, Pilots, Captains, Professors, Nature Activists, Sports (wo)men/ etc from these fishing villages. This is because there is no proper guidance.

Purpose of this project:  To identify brilliant and talented, financially poor fishermen children who aspire for higher education and to train and guide them to achieve greater goals
This project visualizes the reformation of these families through the education of fisherman kids to become better professionals like Administrators, Police officers, Medical Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, Pilots, Captains, Professors, Nature Activists, Sports (wo)men/ etc.

ProcedureChildren who study in Malayalam medium Government schools are selected at the beginning of their upper primary schooling   (at the age of 10 years) through written & oral tests and according to their family conditions.  
Experts are brought in to give them special tuitions, spoken English coaching, computer literacy, Personality/Leadership/Spiritual Development Programmes, Yoga Class, Soft Skill programmes(music, dance, drawing & painting..).
In the mornings, evenings and on holidays the kids attend Coastal Brains study centre. They attend regular schools as well. All their educational and Nutritional expenses are met by Coastal Brains Project.
The next steps are High school in English medium(optional)-Career guidance- Goal setting -Higher education-training for competitive exams-Goal achievement.

The fishing village, Chowara-Adimalathura has been selected to start with the project and it is expected to expand to other fishing villages in future.

Headed by: 
                  Mr. Joy Solomon, a Biotechnology Post Graduate and High School teacher,  returned from abroad, has initiated this project. He has a first class B.Sc. and a First Class M.Sc. degrees. He has completed a Bachelor of Education qualification in Nov 2012. Joy is son of a fisherman from this village and has experienced the very realities of this community. 


Expectation: By helping these gifted children achieve their potential, it is to be hoped that some will return to their village to help the next generation of children, as Joy himself has done in pioneering this project. From small acorns, great oak trees grow.

But it can’t happen without your support. Your sponsorships and support will be invaluable in helping these gifted children achieve more.

‘’Serve the children of the Lord if you have the privilege’’- Swami Vivekananda.

The ways you can support
1) Spend some time as Volunteer teacher when you/your friends visit Kerala.
2) Donate to common charity fund for teacher salary/ study materials/infrastructure.
3) Sponsoring a child’s education and becoming its Godparent.