Thursday was a bittersweet day for Reality Gives. It marked our graduation from the Atma partnership, which shows the immense amount of progress and growth we have made in the past few years, but also means that we will no longer be meeting with the team at Atma on a weekly basis.
Atma works to address the issue of quality education for underprivileged children and young adults through a unique consultancy model. They have supported the development of Reality Gives from a mere concept to the thriving and dynamic organisation it is today. A couple of major examples of Atma's help include their critical role in the development of the Youth Empowerment Program and their facilitation of the connection to Muktangan whose child-centred approach to learning was the foundation for our kindergarten, now English Language Support Program.
Atma has provided us with organisational guidance, skilled volunteers, and even staff. Asim, our Community Centre Manager, came through the Atma network, as did one of our first YEP teachers, and of course Summer, our Executive Director, started out as a consultant with Reality Gives at Atma. "I know the incredibly hard work that Atma puts towards its partnerships, because it was once my own hard work. But I also know the incredible benefit as their partner. Reality Gives would not be where it is today without Atma," remarked Summer at the graduation event.