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 10, 2015

Fighting against ignorance and fear

Explaining ovulation
Explaining ovulation

Dear donors,

Hope you are enjoying the warm breeze of spring. It is the time of renewal, growth and new life. Same is with adolescent girls who experience changes in their body during puberty. Mix of feelings and lack of knowledge as to how to handle them!

Adolescent girls constitute a vulnerable group, particularly in India’s slum communities. Menstruation is still considered as something unclean or dirty in many Indian families. The reaction to menstruation depends a lot upon awareness and scientific knowledge about the subject. Although menstruation is a natural process, it is linked with several misconceptions and practices, which sometimes result into adverse health outcomes. To solve those mysteries and superstitions around this topic, we recently conducted sessions on Body Literacy and Menstrual Health for all the girls and women in our project areas.

Body literacy: The results of the pretest showed that most of the girls are not aware of their own body and its functions. Through a game of body puzzle, the resource person beautifully narrated the whole journey from puberty to pregnancy. It was an effortto scientifically explain the processes of the body, its parts and functions to men, women and children of different age groups. This exercise observed a very good response from the girls as the learning took place along with the activity.

Menstrual Health: The resource person was a medical doctor and expert in this subject. Menstrual hygiene, a very important risk factor for reproductive tract infections, is a vital aspect of health education for adolescent girls. But menstruation is still associated with taboos and socio-cultural restrictions in India. It has a negative effect on adolescent girls since they remain ignorant of scientific facts and hygienic health practices. There was pin drop silence in the beginning of the session as they were curious to know more about puberty changes, menstruation, hygienic practices during menstruation, ovulation and fertilization, conception and contraceptive methods. Gradually these girls came up with their doubts as the doctor was ready to break the myths they were carrying for several years. Around 200 girls from various communities benefitted from these sessions and requested us to continue such sessions.

Self defense training:

All these girls live in slums with poor living conditions. Foul language and fights is a usual scene observed by slum dwellers. They have to use common latrines and water taps. Inadequate space, lack of access to basic amenities adds fire in the fights. Domestic torture, eve teasing, stalking, chain snatching, sexual harassment, rape…the list has no end. Slum dwellers observe extremities of such cases. Women have to leave home every day for education, job or even to buy grocery where they can be soft targets for such crimes. The slum itself is no different. They live with a neighbor who could be drunkard, robber, rapist or a criminal. Do you think of a solution?

Yes. Women must learn to fight back the attacker and save themselves. And therefore they were introduced a few simple techniques of Martial Arts from a master trainer on Women’s Day 2015. All the girls and women were very happy to see the demonstrations on ‘how to save life in dangerous situations’. They were introduced to sensitive parts of the body like nose, ribs, private parts, throat and pressure points. Situations like chain snatching and rape were demonstrated with an escape which includes situation analysis and a quick action.

“This session has given us tremendous confidence and skill. I am not afraid of anything anymore”, one of the participants gave a feedback. In fact, now they are requesting more of such sessions so that they could practice it and build their physique. 40 girls and young women were present for this session. We still have to reach out to many more girls in various communities. It is possible only with your generous support.

Thank you donors for reading our story. We greatly rely on you to undertake such activities for spreading awareness.

Body Literacy
Body Literacy
Sensitive parts to attack
Sensitive parts to attack
Demo of an escape through the danger
Demo of an escape through the danger
Dec 30, 2014

Building a Cornerstone

Students receiving MSCIT Certificate
Students receiving MSCIT Certificate

Dear donors and well wishers,

Season’s greetings from IDEA!

9 children from our rural project recently completed 3 months MSCIT course which was sponsored by IDEA Foundation. MSCIT stands for Maharashtra State-Certificate in Information Technology. It is the most popular IT Literacy course in Maharashtra state. This Course Comprises Of:

  1. Reading and understanding a highly illustrated book
  2. eLearning based self-learning sessions
  3. Through MKCL's eLearning Revolution for All (ERA)
  4. Providing hands-on practice sessions
  5. Learning facilitation by certified professionals
  6. With academic interactions, assessments, and collaboration

After completing this course, students become confident and versatile users of Information Technology. This certificate gives weightage to candidate’s resume. 5 more girls are pursuing the same course and also learning English and Marathi typing which will be beneficial for them from job perspective. These girls travel quite far to learn new skills and upgrade their knowledge. There are very few institutes in that region. Rajesh is one of those 9 children who benefitted from this initiative.

Rajesh lives in Indiranagar slum in Bhor. He is eighteen years old and studying first year B.A. in A.T. College, Bhor. Rajesh lives with his parents and elder brother and a sister in a small hut. He is sincere and hard working. He is of helping nature. Rajesh’s father works as a mason on construction sites and his mother and elder brother also help him in that. Sometimes Rajesh also works part time on construction site to cover his educational expenses.

We noticed him during our student mobilization session in his community. He was briefed on IDEA’s vocational training program. Very soon he joined MSCIT course and completed it sincerely. He secured A+ grade. Rajesh is in regular touch with foundation for getting further guidance. He also helps study centre teacher in outdoor activities and participates in various programs organised by IDEA foundation in Indiranagar community.

Rajesh is aware of importance of education. His aim is to complete graduation in arts and then search for a job. Now is also pursuing typing course under IDEA’s support. It will help him to apply for clerical jobs. He is looking forward to participate in many more initiatives undertaken by IDEA.

Kamal’s story:

Kamal (name changed) is presently undergoing Bedside Assistant course through IDEA Foundation and also learning to operate computer for the first time. She comes to IDEA’s office every afternoon along with her classmates.

Kamal left college after 11th and started working as a receptionist in dental hospital. Her elder sister is married and brother is pursuing first year of B.Com. Her mother is a housewife. Her father works as a watchman in housing society and earns around Rs. 6000 per month. He took loan of Rs. 3 lacs for the wedding of his elder daughter and the family is paying through the nose to repay the amount. Kamal too is contributing towards family income by earning Rs. 2000 per month in a nursing home. She heard about IDEA’s vocational training program and joined nursing course soon. As part of her training, she is now learning basics of computer which is going to be a great support for her professional life. Her friend had taught her to open PC in a cyber café. Today she is able to use various tools and type in English and Marathi. She will be well trained in a few days.

She was once rejected in an interview due to lack of knowledge in computer operation. She was highly disappointed by that and made up her mind to become computer literate. She is also motivated to continue her college. She is appearing for her 12th standard exam externally in another two months.

Thank you dear donors and well wishers for sponsoring and supporting such courses. You are opening doors for less privileged and building a cornerstone for increasing cyber citizenship. Wish you a very happy and healthy new year 2015.

Rural girls learning ABC of computer
Rural girls learning ABC of computer
Kamal on a PC
Kamal on a PC
Dec 29, 2014

Expand her horizons

Rehana
Rehana

Dear donors and supporters,
Wish you all a Merry Christmas.


You have been a great support for many children to continue their education. Rehana is one example how they make the most of it.
Rehana (name changed) is seventeen years old, active and studious girl. She is studying in 12th standard. She is under IDEA foundation’s sponsorship program from past five years. Her father, Mr. Jahangir is an auto rickshaw driver and mother, Ms. Mumtaj is a housewife. Being a rickshaw driver and the only breadwinner of the family, her father finds it difficult to meet both ends. Her brother, Salim and sister, Reshma are studying in 10th and 7th standard respectively. Her father is suffering from a detached shoulder bone. Doctor has advised him a surgery which is expensive and moreover requires six months rest which he cannot afford. His income will stop for six months. He is living with the pain by thinking of tomorrow’s bread and butter and educational expenses of the children. He has borrowed money from his friend to cover school fees of Rehana’s brother and sister.
Rehana’s neighborhood is full of alcoholics and they often use foul language. Rehana observes religious restrictions from her neighbors and relatives. Being a girl, Rehana also comes across social barriers specially in continuing her education. Relatives insist her parents to stop her education. ‘She can read. Isn’t that enough?’ They wonder. They also insist on religious activities like five times Namaj and reading religious notes. Rehana’s parents are liberal and supportive. They want to educate their children. Rehana’s father and mother got married at the age of 16 and 11 respectively. Her mother had 3 children by the time she was 15. She was carrying while studying in 7th standard. She wanted to continue studying after having a baby but her in laws did not let her to. She is still facing the adverse effects of child marriage, lack of education and lack of information about family planning. She believes in education and says that every girl should study well and stand on her own feet. Therefore she tells Rehana to focus on study instead of reading religious scriptures. Rehana’s parents thank IDEA for the support. They say, “IDEA takes care of educational needs of our children just like parents do. Social workers talk to us like a family friend and provide support exactly when we need it. Our children turn back to us and say IDEA is with us even if you don’t pay our fees!”
Rehana’s neighbors create obstacles in her studies by raising volumes of TV and home theatres. She finds it difficult to study in such environment so she starts studying either late night at 11 p.m. or goes to a crematorium where she finds peaceful environment for studying. She has overcome many such hurdles and become stronger. Her education continues while fighting against all the odds. She is a quiet and mature girl. She concentrates on studies with full dedication and also participates in most of the activities like art and craft, life skill sessions and exposure visits conducted by IDEA. Her confidence level and general knowledge has increased due to her participation in various activities. She is a stronger person today. She likes drawing and dancing. Her mother always supports her and acts friendly with her. Parents wish to educate her as much as she wants.
Her board exam is round the corner. Initially she was scared of studying in English medium. She feels better after sharing her difficulties with IDEA’s social worker. Her plan is to join BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration) course after 12th.
We wish her all the best to succeed in her mission and thank all of you for reading this. Hope this New Year brings more happiness to all of us including Rehana. Wish you a very Happy New Year.

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