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 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
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

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