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 15, 2014

On the path of a bright future!

Kudos to IDEA Kiddos!
Kudos to IDEA Kiddos!

Dear donors and supporters,

Greeting from IDEA! 

Final results were out in June and IDEA sponsored kids were thrilled to see their success in 10th and 12th. 22 students have a first class (above 60%) in 10th and 15 students have a first class in 12th. Average performance of the remaining 51 students is 50%. 2 sponsored girls have scored above 90% in 10th. How could we forget to honor their achievement? These children worked really hard in difficult circumstances.

Career Guidance Workshop

Many young girls and boys in slum communities want to study further but do not know the sources of information. They need career guidance especially during crucial times in their academic life. IDEA Foundation fills this gap by organizing Career Guidance Workshops for them. This summer, it took place on 12th June, 2014, for Idea sponsored students in 10th, 11th and 12th class. Resource persons from various fields gave their inputs on professions in Science, Commerce, Nursing, Law, Commercial Arts and technical branch.

An IDEA volunteer talked about science stream and said that one should choose a career considering personal strengths, interests and abilities. Another resource person spoke about a Nursing profession and shared his own career journey in nursing. He gave information about ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) and GNM (General Nursing Midwifery) courses which one can pursue after 10th and suggested few strategies to get rid of the fear of speaking and writing in English. Another speaker delivered a lecture on commerce and gave an emphasis on completion of graduation. He requested all the students to take an aptitude test and then choose their career path.

One of the IDEA volunteers is pursuing law. She presented various opportunities in the field of law such as criminal law, domestic law, labor law, corporate law, cyber law and Civil Law. Another resource person talked about opportunities after 10th. Hotel Management, Fashion Designing, and Mobile Repairing could be a different path of career. He also described various courses available in private and government Polytechnic Colleges. One of the present beneficiaries of sponsorship program shared her experience of science stream she is studying in.

Thank you donors! You really contribute a lot for building our future. 

Success story of Seema:

Seema (name changed) lives in Shastrinagar community which is a low income locality. Her father is an auto driver and her mother conducts private tuitions for children from 1st to 7th. Her Brother has a diploma in Mechanical engineering and wants to get a further degree.

Seema lives with her family in a single room which has no source of ventilation. According to her mother, Seema is an intelligent, quiet and sensible girl from her childhood. Her parents tried to educate their children but could not afford it. That time, IDEA Foundation pitched in like a blessing, they said. A new avenue opened up for Seema. She picked up several opportunities to develop her personality. She participated in Spoken English class, various workshops, lectures and exposure visits organized by IDEA.

She lives in a slum with poor living conditions, lack of hygiene, overcrowding and crime. She comes across people who quarrel and use foul language. All of that contributes to the vicious circle of poverty and illiteracy. But Seema dared to sprout up in such environment and achieved 87% in 10th.

When her mother was ill, Seema helped her mother in the household chores. She used to study for three hours every day. Her parents are encouraging and supportive. She has started learning Kathak dance in the vacation. She takes initiative in extra-curricular activities.

Now she is looking forward to complete her graduation in science and study even further.

Dear donors, many girls like Seema are looking forward to your continued support. Tomorrow (16th July) is a bonus day. Please donate through Global Giving and IDEA will get 40% match for your contribution. Matching begins at 9 am EDT and lasts until funds run out or 11.59 pm EDT. Please pay for the cause of education.

Congratulating young achievers and their parents
Congratulating young achievers and their parents
Helping them choose a career path
Helping them choose a career path
Seema
Seema
Apr 29, 2014

HEALTH , TALENTS & COUNSELLING

General Medical check-up
General Medical check-up

Dear friends ,

Greetings from IDEA !

We are here again with  some of the activities held under the project during the last three months. 

General Health check up  and Anemia detection  

A general health check up for all children and Hemoglobin (HB) testing to identify anemia among adolescent girls were done in March 2014. This was done in collaboration with the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS)- a Government programme  and a Hospital. It was an eye opener for us to know that 72% girls who were examined were detected with anemia ; another 22% were with borderline anemia and only 6% girls were not anemic . We provided them with Iron and folic acid tablets and with multivitamin syrup as prescribed by Doctor.

IDEA has intervened at the right time and is providing medical help and nutritional guidance for the long term effect. An awareness session on anemia and nutrition was held on 18th April 2014. The session included discussion on eating habits, causes and symptoms of anemia and how to overcome it by following a balanced diet chart. A iron rich recipes were taught the adolescent girls and a few parents . A wise counseling of incorporating atleast three colored foods daily in the meal was given.    

Children’s Event ( BALMELAVA)  with a difference!

On26thApril, Saturday 2014 around 150 children from 7 study centres all over Pune gathered at   a school  for the annual Balmelava . This time it was planned in a very careful manner so that each child get an opportunity to take part based on his or her talent , be it a dance , drawing , a skit , role of a teacher , compeering skill etc . They , under the guidance of  volunteers and the centre teachers started the preparation for the Balmelava  immediately after their annual school exam. Children from each center selected an Indian state of their choice ; collected information  on the  uniqueness of these states , agriculture, occupation, famous places, personalities , culture and tradition of that particular state and made a presentation  through Skits , exhibition, dance  & songs of the state  . Each team worked hard to be the Best!   Priti one of our bright sponsored child did an excellent compeering!!!

After lunch, the children enjoyed a puppet show  & a session on creative  drawing .

Childhood returned to Asha  (Name changed)

Asha is attending the study centre of IDEA since last five years when she was in 1st Std. She was a weak, shy and quiet girl who lost her father at that time. Her performance was below average in studies. She was not interested in studies and was slow in writing. The centre teacher gave individual attention to her to cope with the studies. Gradually Asha  started showing some improvement. But it was noticed by the teacher and the social worker that her mother was gender biased. She was favouring her son, Bhushan who is clever boy. She often used to praise him and criticized Asha on her poor academic performance . She started taking Asha with her to help her in her work as a maid servant , telling “ what is the use of spending money on educating her if she  is not good in studies “ . Her this attitude further worsened her performance in studies resulting in losing her interest in studies further. 

The issue was discussed with her mother by our Social Workers . She was counseled and parenting tips were given to her while dealing with Asha. She cooperated with the social worker. Now she does not take Asha along with her to work & does not criticize her ; instead started motivating her.  Guidance & counseling efforts by teacher and the Social Worker to the mother and the mothers’ change of attitude towards Asha brought a remarkable change in her. She started participating in centre activities. Asha very confidently presented science experiment in the exhibition organized at her centre on National Science Day. Her interest & performance in studies have also increased . 

This is an example where timely counseling can bring a huge difference in transforming the life of a child.

We thank Global Giving & the donors for making funds available for us to conduct the activities under the project .

Haemoglobin detection
Haemoglobin detection
The organising Team- Medical Camp
The organising Team- Medical Camp
Children
Children's Event
Creative Drawing
Creative Drawing
Asha with her brother
Asha with her brother
Apr 25, 2014

AMAZED BY THE POWER OF WEB !

Neha is excited while showing her CV to friends
Neha is excited while showing her CV to friends

Dear Donors and supporters,

Greetings from IDEA !

We are happy to present a report on the recently started project to impart computer literacy to rural girls. Some young girls approached us and shown interest to learn basic computer literacy class along with English Language skills . In this  rural area, there were no computer classes in many villages . The students had to travel 20 to 30 KM to join a computer class . Computer literacy is very important in every once life. Considering the need and interest we have started classes in our project office. A few High Schools in the area also requested us to start computer class for the students.

We started two batches – one for the undergraduate students and another one for the school going kids .

The class for the young girls were mainly focused on MS word, excel, power point, internet browsing etc in addition to English Language skills . Total 20 young girls attended this class.  By the end of three months the girls developed very good skills especially in MS word. They were very happy to ‘create their CV ‘ by themselves . Earlier they were submitting ‘ hand- written’ application forms . The girls were oriented about the ‘ job recruitment portals ‘ and Social networking sites as well .They were amazed by the ‘power of net search ‘ to find out any required information.  The girls were so happy that their teacher was also one among them . Their senior in their school !! So learning was a ' fun time' for these girls . 

In the separate batch for the school kids ,our focus was to make them aware of the ‘ computer basics ‘ & ‘net search’ for additional information related to their school topics . These kids were operating a computer for the first time.

Thank you note from the girls .

On behalf of these girls we convey our sincere thanks to you  for your  donation to this project. We request for your continued support so that more needy & deserving children can be benefitted .

Learning from Peer is even better
Learning from Peer is even better
First computer lesson
First computer lesson

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