ASSIST

ASSIST's mission is to equip the most underprivileged members of Indian society to be able to fight with strength, courage and confidence in response to their own political, social and economic needs. Our goals are * To build communities as viable units for their own development * To promote the active involvement of target groups through people's organisations * To make communites that are able to sustain their unity, value system and development, and to carry forward the work on their own.
Feb 3, 2015

Ensuring all the Children go for schooling

Children are being taught in the class room.
Children are being taught in the class room.

ASSIST is execting "Combating the problem of Child Labour and promoting education to all the Children" project in the Piduguralla Region of Andhra Pradesh, South India. Since, Piduguralla is having hundrends of lime industries, children are being sent to these industries intead of school. Eventually, more number of children are becoming to Child Labourers. At this juncture, ASSIST is providing free educaiton, free clothing and teaching and learning material to the children who are engaged in these lime industries. ASSIST is providing education through the following methods.

1. Residential Study Complex

A Residential Study Complex was already established to cater the needs of 200 children coming from difficult situations, the most prone to be sent to work in the lime industry, to assure them the possibility to grow up in a safe and green environment with all the facilities. Regarding this task, ASSIST intends to keep running this Residential Study Complex with the same number of children. In addition, non-residential centres for 200 children more will be run in the villages where the centres have already been established.  

2. Transitional Education Centres:

Promoting the children’s enrolment and their regular attendance to school is fundamental to prevent child labour and to assure their proper development. Five Transitional Education Centres (TECs) have been started for the rehabilitation of 200 non-school going children between the age group from 5 to 14. Once parents and their children are convinced, these children are withdrawn from the work and are admitted into these centres, which are acting as bridge schools for the working children and schools dropouts. These ones can develop their skills and abilities through non formal methods and subsequently, in a quite short period of time, they are ready to be mainstreamed. These centres are often started and managed by the members in the villages, to better cater children’s need, and they will raise funds from People’s Organizations. 

3. Supportive Assistance to School Children:

Once children are ready to be mainstreamed, the inadequacies of the basic infrastructures in the public institutions often represent a great obstacle to them to continue their studies. Schools are child/parent friendly. For this reason, ASSIST identified strengthening school infrastructures as one of the main activities to promote the children’s enrolment and to reduce the percentage of drop-outs. Around 1,000 children studying in Government schools will be also provided with school bag and note books in addition to the support being extended by the local Government as these are the identified gaps. In addition, the next step is to concentrate on teachers’ training and to improve the quality of education to compete with the corporate schooling overriding the Government schools. Since the cream layer of the qualified teachers are in the Government schools, it is not that difficult but there is need to motivate and encourage the teachers to utilise their skills, knowledge and talents to the optimum level for the betterment of their children.

Children at the Class room.
Children at the Class room.
Children are participating in the Independence Day
Children are participating in the Independence Day
Children are performing Cultural Activities
Children are performing Cultural Activities
Children are participating at the Assembly.
Children are participating at the Assembly.
Children are playing Games
Children are playing Games
Feb 3, 2015

Imparting Vocational Training to 200 adlescents

Adolescent girl stitching with the sewing machine
Adolescent girl stitching with the sewing machine

At Vetapalem Regional Training Centre, Entrepreneurship and Skill Development training is being imparted in Fashion Designing skill. Altogether twenty Five Adolescent girls and youth are undergoing this training. The status of the trainees was, some of them discontinued their academic studies in 10th standard. Some of them have studied up to 7th standard. After finishing or discontinuing their academic studies, they are not able to get any sort of employment opportunities because of lack of computer skills or a specific skill in any segment.  Eventually, getting livelihood opportunities are being hampered. That is the significant reason of conducting Vocational training in various skills at ASSIST Regional Vocational Training centres which spread across the geographical area of ASSIST. Currently, Fashion Designing skill are being conducted at Vetapalem Regional Training Centre.  The core subjects being taught in Fashion Designing skill are as follows:

Tailoring:

Theory:

Classes are taken on long skirt, Petticoat and its measurements, two models of frocks and gowns, blouses, skirts and different models of kurthas. These are explained on the board and later made them to draw in the note books. Girls who are able to write have taken the notes.

Practical:

-      Models were done on the news paper and later on the sample cloth. As such the girls were confident to cut the design on the cloth as they have already cut the design on the news paper.

-      They were also made to stitch Dots and frills on the long skirt.

-      Bell hands, puff hands and neck models were taught on the frocks

-      Different models around the neck of the blouse were taught.

-      Drawer paper cutting, cloth cutting and stitching on the sewing machine.

Embroidery:

Theory:

Chain stitching and stem stitching are important while learning embroidery, so preparing note on it and drawings are taught in the class. Stitching of gagra and top gagra is taught. Note is given on Machine embroidery work. The toughest work is machine embroidery and it is taking longer time than other works. While using embroidery machine one has to use not only hands and legs but right knee too in order to make broader lines and thin lines.

Practical:

-      Children were taught all models of hand embroidery and everyone is almost perfect in this work.

-      Gagra cutting, hand embroidery Paper cutting, cloth cutting and machine embroidery are taught.

-      Flower painting is done while doing embroidery work. Hand embroidery work and flower painting will go simultaneously. Girls are learning it very fast.

Maggam work:

Theory:

Note is given on various rings, needles and different methods in using them. It is also taught to them how to use different kinds of threads and necessary steps to be taken while using them.

Practical:

-      Print is done first and lines are stitched with maggam needles.

-      Chain stitch is done with jerry thread

-      Lines are drawn and on that flowers are stitched with kundans using maggam needles.

Painting:

Theory:

Taught on how to draw lines, outlines and other lines with a “000” brush. Notes are given on flower painting, design, filling and drafting.

Practical:

-      Lines and out lines are drawn with a “000” brush.

-      After flower designing, outer line is drawn and filled the flower with glittering.

-      Painting is done directly on cloth.

Adolescent girl learning cutting the cloth
Adolescent girl learning cutting the cloth
Girls learning painting the Sarees
Girls learning painting the Sarees
Girls learning hand embroidery
Girls learning hand embroidery
Girls practicing Maggam work
Girls practicing Maggam work
Dec 4, 2014

Provide housing for 298 flood victims in India

This project "To Provide Housing for 298 Flood Victims in India" has been successfully implementing in the Avanigadda and Nagayalanka Mandals of Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh, India.  Since the villagers of these two mandals are severely affected during the floods, ASSIST staff are motivating to the flood victims and bringing them into normal life.  ASSIST has taken the initiative to build new houses for the flood victims and construction of new houses to these flood victims is underway with the support of generous donors through GlobalGiving.

The following information shows the status of the Construction of 298 Houses to the Flood Victims in Avanigadda and Nagayalanka Mandals in India.

  • Houses fully completed with sanitary latrine                  – 16
  • Houses completed but not the latrine                            – 17
  • Houses completed but flooring yet to be done                – 53
  • Houses with roof slab completed                                  – 56
  • Houses come up to roof level                                       – 10
  • Houses come up to lintel level                                       – 6
  • Houses come up to window sill level                               – 6
  • Houses come up to Basement level                                – 8
  • Houses not started yet                                                 -126

We look forward to the continued support from the generous donors in order to complete the rest of the houses.

Thank you for you kind support as your support gives the new hope to the flood victims.

Yours sincerely,

J Ranga Rao
Project Leader

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