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.
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.

Dec 29, 2014

Exposure beyond schools

Science experiment
Science experiment

Dear donors,

Wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Our mission is to create equal opportunities to underprivileged sections of society for their all round development.’

Here is an attempt to bring underprivileged children in mainstream and provide them maximum opportunities just as any middle class child has an easy access to.

Film screening: movies can have a positive influence on children. It plays a critical role in creating political and social awareness. Children also learn values by observing good role models in the film. And most importantly, young generation is easily attracted by media. Therefore we planned to use films to educate children and create awareness. Recently, we screened a Marathi movie called ‘Rege’ for the teenagers. It talks about how vulnerable today’s youngsters are, how they get attracted to the glamour of underworld and eventually get trapped in the evils of it. This was very relevant to the environment children observe

Children are exposed to diverse culture outside their slums because of media. Our resource person understood this very well and took them on an environmental ride through films and dialogue on tree plantation, ground water and consumption of water. These films threw light on the present status of river pollution and tree cutting. Children have not seen water shortage because they live in a city which has ample water. Watching a film on ground water was an eye opener for children. We were overwhelmed by the feedback we received from them. It was definitely one step forward to become a responsible citizen.

Exposure visits:

  • IUCAA (Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics) Galaxy Show (Taramandal): Under Scientific Public Outreach Program of IUCAA, 51 children from IDEA’s study centers and sponsorship program watched an interactive galaxy show in an inflatable dome. They could also visualize galaxy on an open air platform in IUCAA’s premises. It was a great beginning to understand basics of sky observation and astronomy.
  • STEM Program: 5 girls got an opportunity to attend a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Program organized by Avsara Academy during Diwali. They thoroughly enjoyed ‘learning by doing’ science experiments. Watching those pictures many other girls exclaimed, “We too want to participate in this next year”
  • Science Park: 20 children visited Science Park in Pune. It included various innovative science experiments, 3D movie show on functions of human body and a galaxy show(Taramandal) in the planetarium. Solving science quizzes and puzzles outdoor in the park was fun for children!

 

Thank you donors for creating such wonderful opportunities for these children. It is certainly an essential part of education. Wish you all a very happy and healthy new year. Please continue your support to bring many needy and deserving children in the mainstream.

STEM Program
STEM Program
Visit to IUCAA
Visit to IUCAA
Outdoor science experiment in IUCAA
Outdoor science experiment in IUCAA
Outdoor experiment in Science Park
Outdoor experiment in Science Park
Education through films
Education through films
Dec 23, 2014

New Year with Renewed Strength

Session on Sanitation
Session on Sanitation

Dear donors and supporters,

Wish you all Merry Christmas and a very happy new year!

End of the year means time to look back and review whether we are on the right track. We feel proud to see girls like Prema acquiring new skills and entering new professions. It gives us immense strength and vigor to continue our intervention to reach out to those in need.

Typically, children residing in slum communities go to schools and colleges and perform well like any privileged child. But when it comes to entering a job market they lack skills. These children share their feelings of how they lose confidence and command over language while interacting with others. IDEA is trying to fill this gap by continuous flow of life skill sessions relevant and important for their future. This year especially in past three months they were involved in various sessions like gender sensitivity, sanitation, stress management, study skills and adolescents’ health.

Prema is a classic example of how they use their hidden potential.

Prema spent her childhood in a small village in Mulshi, near Pune. Her mother had an accident when Prema was in 10th. Prema being the eldest among the siblings had to stay home to take care of her mother. As a result, she dropped out. Prema is still carrying the grief of not being able to reenroll in school. She worked as a labor in a chocolate factory for a couple of years after which she got married.

Post marriage she worked in a garment store as a salesperson. After having two children she preferred to stay home for few years. She lives in a joint family with 2 brothers in law, 1 sister in law, father in law, mother in law, her husband and 2 children living together. They have their own house (4 small rooms) in Sutardara slum community. Her husband is a salesperson in an electronic equipment store. She has always had an urge to work and earn for the family. She grabbed the opportunity when she heard about IDEA’s beauty parlor course. She managed household responsibilities and completed the basic course successfully. She was motivated to join advance beautician course as well which she completed with determination. There were many hurdles in the process. Her brother in law passed away in the beginning of the course. It was a great shock for the family. But Prema very strongly pursued the course. It is rightly said, “Where there is will, there is a way”. We are glad to have given her an educational opportunity which made her stand on her own feet.

She completed that course with A grade. Today she is working part time in a beauty parlour and earning Rs. 2500 per month. The amount may be small but she has immense satisfaction with it. Prema is very proud for being able to contribute towards family income. Life skill sessions added value in her. She was well prepared for the interview. She even requested IDEA to conduct similar life skill sessions for other ladies in her community. Her desire to uplift other women like her is appreciable.

She has received a beauty kit from IDEA. Her future plan is to set up a beauty salon of her own. She has already tied up with her friend who also completed a beautician course through IDEA. Both of them are designing a plan and mobilizing resources for their joint venture. Wish you all the best Prema! Thank you for spreading the word in the community.

Prema says, “There are many illiterate women like me. They should also get an opportunity like me to get a respectable job.” She further says, “It is a pleasure to groom others. It gives me immense satisfaction as I play a key role in developing someone’s personality”.

Thank you donors for giving an opportunity to Prema through IDEA and make her believe in herself. Please continue your support to groom many more girls like Prema in the upcoming years. 

Session on Gender Sensitization
Session on Gender Sensitization
Prema
Prema
Session on Adolescent Health
Session on Adolescent Health

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