The Support A Child program for Isai Ambalam School started in August 2018 which is supported by Asha for Education, Bangalore. We started the program for support for 68 children of phase one (children from 3rd grade to 8th grade). Once all the students got supported we started the second phase of children 60 (children from creche to 2nd grade). With the kind support of 69 donors we got support for all the children in Isai Ambalam School.
We attended a course on WordPress and learnt how to build websites and pages. We built the SAC page in Asha for Education, Bangalore. Saranya, Sanjeev and I worked on it. From the learning of the course some of them was easier to do but some of the other things like automating the donation and tracking the supported/Not supported child was difficult for us. We learnt many features in website building like FAQs, Menu, Header images, Body texts, Buttons, Form Submit, Auto response when the form is submitted and so on. We got the website ready and launched the program in Isai Ambalam School.
After launching the program we created accountabilities. There were many tasks involved in this whole process. We had to communicate with the donors, check/track the donations, collect receipts, communicating with teachers in Isai Ambalam, send student information,etc. Saranya and I have accounatbilities separately and work on it together.
-Reflections from Logeshwari
What I did well?
I made the SignUp form in WordPress and learnt how to send auto response when the form is submitted. Collaborated with Saranya and making the whole web pages in WordPress and running the program along with her. Sharing what I learnt when doing the website pages to her. Created the Google Sheets in which the colour changes of students not supported to red and supported children to green when we no and yes respectively.
What went well?
The kind support of all the donors. Some donors picking more than one child. This is the first time I’m running a SAC program and handling financial details.
What will I do differently?
To communicate with the respective people who all are involved and reduce the gap in between. To set up deadlines for the tasks and work on them.
-Reflection from Saranya
What did I do well?
This is the first time I am running Support a child programme. I learnt how to use contact form, change font size and header images along with Logeshwari. I worked on the web page (uploading google xlsx into the page, . We planned and worked together. We learnt to know each other skills and we splitted up the task. I learnt to use filter in google sheet. During this period I learnt a lot. It help me to reflect myself.
What went well?
-Sign up page, Aautomation (filtering the child ) and we expected one donor choose one child but some donor picked more that 4.
-Responding to the donor.
-Sending update to the donor.
Where to improve?
Send newsletter on time.