SANTI (Social Association for Nourishment, Training & Improvement )

SANTI is a result oriented charity organization based in rural setting of Ranibandh, Rajgangpur, Odisha, India. SANTI was established in 1995 and is very active in local area. Children education is the flagship program for the organization including vocational training for women, small business training for women, eliminating child labor, training for sanitation etc. Provide education to needy and poor children. Provide support to Women to generate their own income.
Sep 18, 2014

Changing Course of River - SANTI Labor School

Building Roof 1
Building Roof 1

Dear Friends,

Hope you are doing well ! We are also moving forward with our students in child labor elimination school. Thought it is time to give you short update on our progress about child labor school. I will be vising SANTI in next two weeks - I am excited to see the results of our thinking and hard work to fulfill the dream of these children.

Last month focus:

We designed the curriculum for 3rd and 4th grade children. At the end of August, SANTI conducted an exam based on theoretical questions without any practical exam.

Children started learning to make soft toy and it was great fun for them. They really liked it; in future we will try to market those products in local shops.

We were building the training school for these children. Mr. Sarat Pati was quite busy monitoring the construction of building the roof for SANTI children.

Challenges in past:

Attendance in our child labor school is an ongoing issue. The local contractors hire these children temporarily and pay them for working on building road or housings. These children don’t show up in SANTI School to learn the sewing or attend classes. Although we provide them free lunch and free training children leave us when they get temporary money for their work under a contractor.

We have only 3 machines to teach the sewing to a class of 35 children, so you can imagine how tough it is for the teacher as well as learner to learn sewing.

We don’t have adequate space to train 35 children under one roof at a time. Our rental place was a challenging venue for this effort, keeping in mind this is the best we can get in this village.

Changing the course of river:

We had to think hard as it is not providing the result that I wanted. Now I am looking for a better progress and only way to achieve it is by reducing number of students and a focused training. We are discussing about optimal number of students to teach sewing every day. Let we have fewer children and focused on few products. We will be collaborating with local market experts to help us to teach these children so that they can become professional one day.

We will also be reducing one staff and may be eliminate the mid-day lunch. This may bring only students who are serious to become successful. In the mean time we will be buying more sewing machines.

As I mentioned before, we are a result oriented charity organization and we will change our course of journey to make it meaningful.

Thanks for your continual support, please enjoy the progress on building the roof project.

Ashok Dandpat

Building Roof 2
Building Roof 2
Aug 15, 2014

Rome wasn't built in a day ...

Dear friends,

Building the roof to train children is a really required venue for SANTI. We are having difficulty to conduct the skill training for our teenage students. Thanks for your support to start this dream project. Upon completion, this will be the center for SANTI’s activities. This will help us to bring all activities at one place, maximizing our efforts and time and minimizing various expenses.

Construction of the roof was started on 14th July 2014. Mr Sarat Pati was really excited to start this work with boots on the ground. As of now we have used 3 metric tons of mild-steel rod and 300 bags of cement for concrete. Currently work in progress :) noble work..

Last year January when we estimated the cost to finish the building it was humongous and I personally postponed the idea. Later last year we reevaluated the cost and again postponed. Then this year march, we again re-evaluated the options and realized that we have to move forward. If cannot move a mile then move an inch and hence we broke the project into several pieces.

I asked for an estimate to finish only one room, door, windows, two toilets and a bore well. The estimate was about USD 6424. When we started to work we realized that we have to finish the roof for all rooms and hence our roof got extended to 3000 Sq ft area. This increased our budget to USD 10250. So currently we are planning to finish the roof for the whole building and then finish only one hall or room that will be used for training.  In future we will progress through the work to finish all the rooms.   

We had to stop the work due to heavy rain in Odisha. It will create about 3 weeks of delay in our progress. The roof slab will be completed within next 4 weeks.  We are expecting to use one room for our training around end of October.

As you know Rome wasn’t built in a day or by a couple of man, we need your support to make dream come true. Please step in to contribute as we are falling short on our goal. Any comments or feedback feel free to provide.

Thanks again

Ashok Dandpat

Aug 15, 2014

Poonam won 1st Place in 100 m run in school

Hello Friends

Great thanks for your continual support in helping these children to achieve something in a new world.

Our SANTI children participated in school sports activity on Independence Day. 4 children performed outstanding in athletics. Poonam stood 1st in 100m run, Jasita placed 3rd  in 100 m run, Sanju won 2nd place in 200 m run and Mandeep placed 3rd in sack race. Definitely a fun time for these children and we all are proud for them. Without your help these children wouldn’t have won these positions.

Mr. Pati prepared these SANTI children for athletics tournament during summer vacation and we can see some good results. Also during summer time a private tutor spent 10 days teaching self-defense to the children. We are thinking about doing it more during winter time. Summer vacation was a great time for these children to actively participate in various athletic activities. Also we taught them to sing few prayers.

All children are excited as they are attending the next grade in school. After all the hard work they did in last couple of months when preparing for the exam. Children have received new school supplies, text books, note books, pens and bags etc. They are happy and cheerful to attend new classes.

We bought new school uniform for our children and you can see their happiness.  

We conducted regular health checkup for children by local physician to make sure we understand the wellbeing of our children. In July very high temperature caused health issues among children. Few children got itching problems. We consulted with doctors and provided medications for them to recover well.

We also focused on evening private coaching for these children. Private tutoring classes were very beneficial to these children as we have noticed in past. We hope to continue the same attention to the children.

Again to remind if you haven’t contributed recently to the monthly expenses please do so. Children definitely need your support.

Cheers

Ashok Dandpat

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