Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)

MISSION: ' Our mission is to create equal opportunities for the underprivileged sections of society for their all round development.'. We believe that along with equal opportunities, people from socio-economically weaker sections of the society need guidance and support to utilize these opportunities effectively. VISION ' IDEA's vision is a just society where individuals have access to equal opportunity' Our ultimate GOAL is poverty eradication.
Mar 19, 2015

What you give comes back to you!

Sarita and Kavita
Sarita and Kavita

Dear donors,

Greetings!

Sarita (name changed) is 12 years old girl studying in 7th standard. She is getting sponsorship aid from IDEA from past 5 years. More than Sarita, it is the story of her mother, Kamla (name changed). Kamla is brought up in one of the city slums and relocated to another slum after marriage. She had just passed 10th standard when she got married. She is very grateful towards sponsorship programs of the NGOs as she could complete her education with the sponsorship aid given to her elder sister. Her elder sister used to get aid from a non-profit organization and Kamla could complete her schooling by reusing textbooks, shoes and uniform given to her sister.

Kamla’s daughter, Sarita has a serious health problem which was diagnosed when she was in 5th. She has to be on medication throughout her life to keep her heartbeats under control. Her heartbeats are monitored through an Eco test and sonography after every three months. Sarita’s brother is in 4th standard. He had a surgery when he was a baby. The family somehow managed to pay for the hernia surgery. Sarita’s father is an alcoholic. He is drunk day and night. He tried to work in several places but did not continue anywhere. He owned a tempo which he drove only for a few days. He was a watchman for some time. He also worked as a vegetable vendor. Kamla suffered a lot because of her husband as he never stopped drinking alcohol and never earned a single penny. Tired of all this, Kamla took him to her parents’ place hoping that he will change. But he started making scenes by fighting constantly. Therefore she shifted to a place close to her in-laws and started working as domestic help. She became the breadwinner of the family. Her in-law arranged to buy a hut for them in the same community. She earns around 5000 Rs. per month. She pays fees of her son through the bonus she gets during festival of Diwali. Sarita is a brilliant child. She performs very well in school. She stood 1st in special exam on English and Mathematics conducted in her school. She wants to be a mathematics teacher in future.

Kamla gets help in kind through the households she works as a domestic help. But she finds it very difficult to meet both ends through her meager income. Her husband grabs money from her to drink alcohol. She has been a strong support for the children. Looking at her education, we have offered her to work as a teacher in our new initiative of adult literacy program in her community. This has been a great demand from the ladies in her community as most of them are illiterate. She will finish her work by afternoon and conduct adult literacy class in the afternoon. We do not know whether we could sustain her job but she will certainly be a role model for the ladies in her community.

We depend a lot upon your generous support so that the literacy class can begin with all the resources and women become literate soon. We request you to give more because what you give comes back to you!

Mar 17, 2015

Climbing the ladder

Anita with her batchmates
Anita with her batchmates

Dear donors,

Warm greetings from IDEA!

This year 5 girls got an opportunity to join Tally class through Global Giving. All of them are undergraduates studying Commerce from various colleges in Pune. We collaborated with ICA (Institute for Computer Accounting) for admitting 5 girls in their batch. They provide career oriented IT enabled training in accounts and taxation. All of them completed that course successfully. Anita is one of them.

Anita (name changed) is an active and enthusiastic girl. She is studying in 1st year of B.Com. She lives with her family in one of the slum communities in Pune. Anita has two brothers and one younger sister. All of them live in a very small room. She is in IDEA’s sponsorship program from past twelve years. Her father is an unskilled worker and her mother works as a tailor. When her grandmother came to Pune in search of job due to drought in their native place Solapur, her father was a child. Her father used to work at the construction site but he met with an accident while at work. He fell down from the third floor and had a fracture. Doctor put a rod in his hand. But he is not able to use his hand like earlier. Therefore he stopped working. Gradually he started drinking alcohol and got addicted to it. The entire household responsibility fell on Anita’s mother. Her mother was illiterate but she was very keen on continuing her education. She joined adult literacy program and secured good marks with first prize. She can read and write. She stitches clothes and earns to meet both ends. Anita’s father cannot work much and therefore most of the times stays home. So her mother has to work very hard to cover household expenses. Anita’s eldest brother could not go to school because of an illness in childhood. He has recently got a job in a garage where he earns Rs. 5000 a month.

Anita is very studious. She secured 68.70 % marks in 12th and 74 % in 1st semester of B.Com. During exam time, her neighbors purposely bother her. They raise volumes of TV and home theatre. She finds it extremely difficult to study in this environment. But she overcomes these problems and studies hard. Most of the men in her neighborhood are alcoholic and they use foul languages frequently. They are illiterate and believe that when a girl is grown up, she should be married off. They tell her to restrict her life in household chores only. They insist her parents to get her married. But Anita’s parents ignore them because they are convinced about her education and her future. According to Anita, her father is very liberal and does not discriminate among his children. He is alcoholic but he does not bother anyone. He motivates and supports children. He feels that Anita should become a strong girl.

Anita gained confidence through life skill sessions and motivational sessions conducted by IDEA. She improved her English through spoken English class. She was curious to understand functions of human body, physical and emotional changes during adolescent age. In critical condition of her family, she received aid through IDEA and she could continue her education. Otherwise she had to stop her education. Her mother thanks IDEA for being a backbone of their family. According to Anita and her mother, college fee, notebooks and college bag is a great help for them. That saves their one year school expenses and do not find education as a burden.

Anita had a desire to do Tally course but she did not apply due to financial problem. She was rejoiced to hear that IDEA was going to support 5 girls for Tally course. She completed the course in 2 months. According to her teacher in ICA, Anita’s learning capacity is very good and she always takes initiative to answer. She does not have access to computer to practice at home. Anita performed very well in Tally class and ICA has offered her a job opportunity as well. She will be joining in the first week of April, 2015. Most importantly she could continue her education as well. She will go to a morning college and work with ICA for the rest of the day. Her salary will be Rs. 5000 a month. This will help her pay college fees. She is very happy for it.

Thank you for reading her story and supporting her course. It is because of you these girls stand on their own feet and climb the ladder!

Batch of 5 students
Batch of 5 students
Anita
Anita
Mar 16, 2015

Spread their wings

Near statute of a scientist
Near statute of a scientist

Dear donors,

Greetings from IDEA!

Holistic development encompasses development of intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials of the child. We try to touch some of those aspects of development by creating various opportunities for the children in our projects. Exposure visit was one such effort.

Science Day: 28th February is celebrated as National Science Day in India to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect  by Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. Students of the schools and colleges demonstrate various science projects as well as national and state science institutions demonstrate their research. This time we selected children from far off places and took them on a science ride in IUCAA. IUCAA is the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and is housed in University of Pune. It is one of the best institutions in the country for pure science and it opens its door for public only on science day as part of science popularization program. So we did not lose the opportunity. 21 children got to see Science Toys Demonstrations, Poster Presentations, screening of scientific films, Scientific Models and models exhibition. They were very happy to see the renowned institute. The interesting part of such events is to get an opportunity to interact with scientists through question and answer sessions. They got to know the ongoing research and contemporary work in the institute in a simplified language.

Enhancing English class: Most of the children in Lamanvasti and Shevkar vasti are from Marathi medium schools or lower English medium schools. They lack skills in English language mainly in reading and writing. Majority of them find difficulties in comprehension. There was a constant demand from these children to send a teacher for filling the gap. And we were fortunate to have about 4 post graduate students to teach the same. In Shevkar vasti, the class was conducted in an open terrace due to lack of space in the community. In Lamanvasti, we used a local temple for the class. The class continued for two months. 24 students in Shevkar vasti and 20 students in Lamanvasti were regular for this class. Within a span of two months, following topics were covered depending upon children’s age and need: alphabets, pronunciation, vowels, essay writing, sentence construction, sentence correction, grammar, punctuation, noun, verbs, adverbs, direct and indirect speech, adjectives, active voice and passive voice, leaflet writing, report writing, paragraph writing, degree of comparison, making newspaper advertisement and letter writing.

Challenges faced: Children’s pronunciation is influenced by their mother tongue. Practice is the only remedy to overcome this difficulty and we plan to concentrate on the same in the next phase. All these children are from a different age group which made it difficult to plan the study session. We had to make small groups for teaching sessions relevant to their age group.

Feedback from Divya who conducted a class in Lamanvasti:

“The knowledge that we gain throughout our lives serves a purpose when you give it to someone else and especially those who are deprived of it. It was an amazing experience teaching the kids of Lamanwasti Spoken English. These children are bright minded and if properly mentored, can achieve heights in their professional life. I thank IDEA for giving me this opportunity of interacting with these little angels and making me more socially aware. I would be happy to help these kids when and if back to Pune.”

Children and their parents were thankful for sending a resource person to far off places like Lamanvasti. They actually planned a send off for the teachers on the last day and surprised them with a gift as well. What you give comes back to you! Thank you donors for supporting our cause. We look forward to your generous support so that we can continue with our mission.

Science Day in IUCAA
Science Day in IUCAA
One to one teaching
One to one teaching
Activity based learning
Activity based learning
Ready for the click
Ready for the click
Methods we use
Methods we use

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