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.
Oct 9, 2014

Festivities in the air

Strengthening ties through IDEA
Strengthening ties through IDEA

Dear donor,

Warm greetings from IDEA!

IDEA’s learning centers are full of activities from past 2-3 months. It is a festive season and children are taking full advantage to learn through fun. A brief on those activities:

Rakshabandhan is a celebration of a relation of a brother and sister. Sisters tie the silk thread called Rakhi on their brother's wrist and pray for their well being and brothers promise to take care of their sisters. Children in our study centers learned to make Rakhi from scratch and tied them to each other. Poster making competition on gender equality was also held on the same day with a participation of 60 girls and boys from 2 communities. At the end, an expert from Bhaashaa conducted an interesting session involving all the children. Bhaashaa is a non-profit organization which promotes preservation, expression and dissemination of the greatest possible number of languages and dialect.

World literacy day: IDEA children from all the centers participated in a nationwide campaign called ‘One story one day’ by Pratham books on world literacy day. Same story was read in all the centers. Pratham is an Indian brand of non-profit publisher of story books for children.

Sandwich making: Employees from Tata-Trent volunteered to teach sandwich making to children in one of our centers. Children were thrilled to do it by hand. They also taught greeting card making to our children.

Bhondala:Girls from those 3 centers assembled to play bhondla (dance in a circle) while singing traditional songs. In ancient days, women had very little liberty to move out of the houses. Due to lack of technological revolution, women remained busy finishing the tight schedule of household core. Hence festivals dominated by community activity like Bhondla were essential to vent out the stressed emotions. It was the right chance for them to mix with other women for sharing their minds. Today, it has become a fun activity for the girls. Children also used this opportunity to organize a rally in the community with a message on gender equality.

Daan Utsav (Joy of Giving Week): Daan utsav is a celebration of giving. This year IDEA’s participation was in collaboration with Prorigo Software Pvt. Ltd., Marriott, Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management and Tata Communications. The activities undertaken were sandwich making, dance performance, talent exchange with mentally challenged, wish tree, exhibition cum sale of products made by underprivileged women (beneficiaries of skill development program of IDEA). We were overwhelmed by the response from volunteers, corporate, NGOs and individuals.

 

Thank you all of you for your continuous support. You are an encouragement to keep our spirit alive and reach out to many more children. Thank you for reading this. We are delighted to see your participation in some or the other way.

Interactive session by Bhaashaa
Interactive session by Bhaashaa
Munching on a healthy snack without cooking
Munching on a healthy snack without cooking
Rally for the rights
Rally for the rights
Master Chef from Marriott sharing a recipe
Master Chef from Marriott sharing a recipe
Oct 8, 2014

Education through Sponsorship

School bag distribution
School bag distribution

Greetings from IDEA!!

Rainy season is over and the greatest Indian festival Diwali is just one week ahead. Children are busy preparing for the exams and planning for fun filled activities during the vacation.

43 girls and boys received educational aid in past 3 months under IDEA’s sponsorship program. Educational aid included school or coaching class fee and school material like school dress, notebooks etc.

Life skill sessions are a continuous process. This time children insisted on a session on how to study. Therefore an expert was called to conduct a session on ‘How to Study’. Discussion was held on what is meant by study, why we do it and for what and for whom and problems during studies.

Sessions on communication skills, right to education were also conducted for the sponsored children. On Independence Day, 4 of IDEA’s sponsored children volunteered to teach clay modeling in another slum community. After singing the national anthem they taught clay peacock, banana and snake.

Riya and Jiya (name changed) are under our sponsorship program from past 6 years. This year they completed Diploma in Computer Engineering with 90% and 91% respectively. Both of them have recently joined 1st year engineering in Computer Engineering in topmost colleges in Pune. IDEA is wishing them all the best on behalf of donors, staff and well wishers. Their fees will be reimbursed partially by IDEA. We also request you to support for their educational expenses which are in lacs.

Thank you donors! You really contribute a lot for building someone’s future.  

learning how to study
learning how to study
Clay modeling begins
Clay modeling begins
clay peacock they made!
clay peacock they made!
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

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