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.
Feb 11, 2014

Progress and Year End Reporting

Dear Friends,

Hope you are doing well and thank you very much for your donations and continued support to our children. We are excited to inform you the progress of our 25 children in our SANTI Child Care Center.

Last three months activities:

  •          Deepavali – Festival of light is a big festival for family gathering and fire crackers. In SANTI, children felt like home by celebrating Deepavali. Please see pictures of food and crackers.
  •          We wanted create awareness of children education with a focus to eliminate child labor in our local area. On November 14th Children Day, SANTI initiated a rally with 150 children in the local area. Please see the pictures the results were very positive from the residents.
  •          Winter was challenging as the children needed warm clothes. Thanks to an anonymous donor who donated to buy warm clothes and comforter for these children. Please see photos of children with sweaters.
  •          The Goddess Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and nature. SANTI celebrated Saraswati Puja (Prayer) on the auspicious Sarasawti Puja Day. Please see pictures.
  •          We also conducted regular medical checkup by a Doctor Visit to ensure children are doing well.

Expense Report:

  •          We are publishing our 2013 year-end expenses with this report. Hope you find this useful to evaluate our activities. This will be helpful to know how we spent our money.
  •          Our expenses increased because we increased our support from 10 to 25 children.

Issues in front of us:

  •          Unfortunately, we have almost exhausted the money raised in 2013. We have only about 45 USD left in 2013 year-end account.
  •          We need more recurring donors to support a child on a month to month basis. Please come forward to adopt a child and support for his/her continued growth.

 Thanks again for your help and please continue to support.

Ashok Dandpat

Chairman, SANTI


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Dec 26, 2013

SANTI started a shop !

Dear Friends,

We wish you to enjoy great holidays and a happy new year. SANTI children are really thankful for your continued support to run the Child Labor Elimination School.  To reiterate, we are determined to stop the child labor in the Barupada village of Odisha. We are excited to share our experience for last couple of months and our future plans.  

As you know, we started the day time child labor elimination school for 50 children with an aim to teach from standard 1 to standard 5 courses in addition to provide vocational training.

from the beginning, we have focused to provide sewing training and lately we have achieved a level of satisfaction. We have thought about working for local tailor shop and earn money through them which will be distributed among children of SANTI. We have already initiated the effort in an experimental basis and see how it goes. We are in early stage and have a long way to go. Few children have shown great improvement and perfection in tailoring. We are expecting to do more skilled work in near future and be able to produce excellent clothing.

Recently we started to train these children to make jewelry. You can see some picture of these children with Jewelry. We expect them to do well in this creative field and help them to sustain.

As you already know we have divided their study and vocational training hours; morning half, children are focusing heavily on studying the class work for grade 1 to 5 and in second half, children are focusing on vocational training. We have been successful in this method of teaching and training during the day time.  

On Children Day 14th November, we initiated a rally to educate people about the importance of stopping the child labor. This gathering was coordinated and led by SANTI founder Sarat Pati. Public awareness program was well appreciated by local community.  

Challenges we are facing –

 1.    We have already started working with local tailor shops by working in our school. But we want to open the shop in the main market area where we can sell the products made or created by these children. This is a long term goal and we need  more donation for the rental shop security deposit, furniture set up etc. So please support the need to set up the shop for these children.

2.    We don’t have 100% attendance in our school because few children are still working part time or sometime helping their parents’ work. This will be a continuous challenge and we are trying best to inspire them to study regularly in school regularly. Starting a new shop, may inspire them to come to school regularly.

 

Thanks again for your continued support and thanks in advance to donate for the new initiative of SANTI Tailor shop.

Please provide your feedback; as always we are proud to be surrounded by you.   

Happy New Year,

Ashok Dandpat

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Nov 13, 2013

Thank you for your support

Dear Friend,

Hope you are doing well and thank you very much for your donations and support to our children. We are excited to tell you the progress of our 25 children in our SANTI Child Care Center.

Last three months activities:

  • In order to boost the quality of education, we appointed Miss Shanti Bhengra as a private tutor to teach all students in the evening time. As we wanted to bring the best out of our children this additional teaching will be very helpful to students who are currently struggling in school. We focus our best to teach these children and hence will be successful in future.  
  • We recruited Roshni Tirkey as a new warden to take care of all of our children, previously served by only Balmati Nag. Now both the warden will be taking care of our 25 children.
  • To re-emphasis patriotism, we celebrated the Independence Day by hoisting the flag in SANTI Child Care Center.
  • Children made their own Rakhi (see Picture) and tied to each other on Rakshya Bandhan Day. This will create stronger bonding among the children.
  • Ganesh Puja was observed in the school and also Nuakhai – a festival to have new rice- was celebrated.
  • We also conducted regular medical checkup by a Doctor Visit to ensure children are doing well.

Two interesting Anonymous donors:

  • An Anonymous donor wanted to donate money so that all children will be able to visit to a nearby city for Durga Puja (a Hindu Festival) celebration. This was a very touchy moments for those children because they had never been to these kind of festival. They had a great time with food, Park visit and the City trip. Of course, they were not interested to come back home in the evening. They wanted to have more fun.
  • Another anonymous donor didn’t accept her birthday gift. She donated her Birthday Gift equivalent of money to celebrate the Birth Day of 4 SANTI children. Four children Sobhati, Jashita, Jawara and Seema celebrated their Birthday on 23rd October 2013. You can enjoy the pictures - sorry the cake is gone.  

Issues in front of us:

  • We need to complete the half built new building for the SANTI children. Currently we cannot accommodate new children as we have maximized our capacity. We will run a charity drive in next year to collect the funding for this initiative.
  • We need help to rebuild our website so please tell us if you are interested to be a part of the team.

 Thanks to all of you for your donation and support. The smiling faces of these children are made possible only by your support. We are proud to be with you.

Thanks again,

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