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.
Jul 23, 2014

From far away to click away!

Asma
Asma

Dear friends,

It gives us immense pleasure to share that 3 batches of computer literacy program are over. 35 young girls in our rural project are entering the cyber world by learning computers.

Capacity building through computer

We imparted training for three different target groups.

  1. Students from High School (senior schools): Here our focus was to introduce computer basics including MS word, excel, power point, internet browsing etc. to them and how they can get additional information on their lessons in school from internet. 17 girl students have taken benefit of these sessions.  
  2. Young college going students.  The sessions included MS word, excel, power point, internet browsing along with how they can register on job portals, preparing an impressive CV etc. 15 young girls attended these sessions .
  3. Students undergoing vocational training (Basic Nursing). As a value added service for employability enhancement, we have introduced lessons for young girls who are undergoing Basic Nursing course with us. Computer knowledge will help them handle responsibilities of maintaining record on patients, fixing appointment, handling case papers etc in clinics and small hospitals.

Initial amusement and the fear of ‘Touching a computer’ got over soon and within no time they were capable of operating it. Computer literacy will help them be update, modern and alert. They are confident enough to find a job on online portals. They will be better equipped to stand on their own feet.

Thank you donors for making a ground for them!

Case study of Asma:

Asma (name changed) lives in a village with her mother and younger brother and sister. Her father works on a petrol pump (gas station) in Pune and sends money home every month. However that does not meet the family requirements. Asma’s family owns a small farm but they do not get any income out of it. Her mother works as a labor on her neighbor’s farm. Asma did not study after 10th. She has been helping her mother in the household work.

Asma recently completed a nursing course through IDEA. She also completed computer literacy program to gain additional skills required in modern world. Being equipped with computer literacy, she is looking forward to get a better job. She says, learning computer improved her English as well. Her joy is doubled!  

Right now we are using 3 computers for this program but slowly with your support we will have a flourishing computer training centre for many more girls. 3 tribal girls have recently joined a new batch and they travel 5 kilometers to learn basics. We are so proud to reach out to them. 

Please continue your blessings to our new batches as well. We still have a long way to go as this is a new initiative. Our rural girls live really far away. Let’s bring them CLICK away!!!

Tribal girls touching mouse for the first time
Tribal girls touching mouse for the first time
Rural girls entering cyber world
Rural girls entering cyber world
Jul 18, 2014

Skills empowered us

Rekha before
Rekha before

Dear donors and supporters,

Greetings from IDEA!

We are very happy to share success stoties of our young ladies Sangita and Rekha.

Rekha -Aspiring career as a professional Beautician

Rekha’s life story before marriage is typically of a poor girl from Indian village. She studied till 10th and got married. Family responsibilities increased soon. She has two daughters to bring up. Rekha had inner urge for education. She heard about the courses started by IDEA in her community. She came for enquiry and was happy to know that she can get admission even if she just 10th pass. A little guidance from social worker on time management and motivation helped her to put her desire into action.

Rekha joined basic course in beautician and completed class room training successfully. At the time of internship, she was told to wear Salwar kameez as a dress code. It was very difficult for her to bring about that change. Her family did not permit her to wear Salwar kameez after marriage. She had to convince her husband that she will be wearing it only in the beauty salon. Today Rekha is working and earning Rs. 3500 per month and pursuing an advance course as well. The self grooming sessions made her confident, smart and happy. Her husband is happy too and supporting her. Her agenda for next five years is to gain experience, save money and then open a beauty salon of her own. 

Sangeeta- Improved standard of living.

IDEA is conducting Tailoring courses in two slum communities in Pune city. There are 29 students who attend it. The class is for two hours daily from Monday to Friday. We teach tailoring from scratch right from operating the sewing machine to garment stitching. There is high demand from ladies and girls to learn saree blouse and Punjabi suits as they start getting orders from neighborhood soon. We organize field visits and life skill sessions on personal grooming, steps for self employment etc.

One such student Sangeeta was inspired by the guest lecture who stated the need and scope for stitching baby clothes. She knew to stitch only saree blouse. Gradually she learned to stitch other garments and today she stitches them on piece work and provides to a boutique! Her income has increased by Rs 3000 per month than earlier. She used to live in a very small room. Now she has shifted to a new bigger house in the same locality. She is proud to contribute in the family income. She says,”The expenses are increasing as my two sons are studying in 5th and 2nd in a private school. Husband’s income is not sufficient to meet all our needs. I need to support. My share has increased the standard of living to some extent and I am very happy about it.”

Thank you donors. Your support really means a lot to us. Please continue your support to empower many more girls in this region.

Rekha after
Rekha after
Sangeeta with her creation
Sangeeta with her creation
Jul 17, 2014

IDEA to Save Water

School Kit distribution
School Kit distribution

Dear donors and supporters,

Greetings from IDEA! 

First week of June means reopening of schools and of course, arrival of Monsoon in India!

School kit distribution

In 2nd week of June, 450 students received a school kit through IDEA. Children are so excited to get to use new bags, notebooks,uniform or civil dress, shoes and study material.

As mentioned, schools and rains both commence together in India. Unfortunately this year, monsoon did not turn up on time and water shortage became a burning issue here. Therefore, IDEA decided to participate in the ‘World Environment Day’ by creating awareness on environment issues.

Poster making

As part of that program a poster competition was conducted for the children to make them think about their contribution towards healthy environment and act wisely in daily life. 20 children participated in this activity and the themes for making posters were noise pollution, global warming, air pollution, save the earth and save the tree.

Children divided themselves in 5 groups, made amazing posters and presented the theme they had selected. They discussed various ways of minimizing environment pollution and promised to make an effort for environment friendly lifestyle. They also promised to be watchful and create awareness in their family and neighborhood.

Save water campaign by children

As part of the environmental activities, a street play was performed in the community by children themselves. It was organized purposely on a famous pilgrimage day called ‘Aashadhi Ekadashi’. This 800 year old tradition breaks the barriers of caste, creed, rich and poor. Our children in learning center decided to replicate that pilgrimage through various activities. It was a great opportunity to raise consciousness about a critical issue of use of water. So they organized a campaign on ‘Save Water’ in their community. In most of the slums, there is a common tap through which people fetch water. Having an access to adequate water becomes very difficult due to long queue, irregularity, wastage and shortage of water. Students in IDEA learning center presented local issues relating to tap water with a clear message- ‘Save Water’. All of them were draped in traditional attire and participated in a procession within their community. The procession started from IDEA learning center and passed through the community with an appeal ‘Save Water’ for the community residents. Street play was enacted while the procession took a break. The campaign ended with children performing traditional folk dance called ‘Fugdi’ in front of IDEA learning center. Cheers to all those kids. What an IDEA to combine devotion to find solution!

Thank you donors for reading this. It was only because of your support we have reached here. We look forward to your continued support. 

Poster in making
Poster in making
Environment Day
Environment Day
Save H2O
Save H2O
Role in round
Role in round
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