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.
Apr 23, 2014

OUR TRUE AMBASSADORS!

THREE AMBASSADORS.
THREE AMBASSADORS.

Dear Donors and supporters,

Greetings from IDEA !

IDEA took up Skill Development project understanding the need of the youth struggling for livelihood. They had poor educational background due to various reasons like poverty, lack of interest in education, lack of guidance, household responsibilities etc. The youth could not be enrolled in school either due to their over age for school. So to provide a second chance to them, the training program was started based on the demand and the interest of the students. The training gave them recognition and skills for their livelihood.

IDEA is in skill based training since last four years.  Every year nearly 250 students are acquiring skills in Beautician, Tailoring, Nursing, Art & Craft and Retailing etc. We are presenting success stories of our alumni-The three young girls are Renuka, Archana and Pallavi ( name changed to protect identity ) from Nursing, Beautician and Art & craft course respectively.

Renuka a drop out in 10th Grade was working as a maid in a hospital. The social worker was continuing her efforts to reenroll her in school. But it was all in vain. We tried to engage her in other activities and were at last successful in diverting her to nursing course. As she worked in the hospital, she was motivated to complete the course successfully.  She took up the job of a nurse in the same hospital where she worked as maid. Renuka is very proud to be called as ‘ Sister ‘  She is also holding the responsibility of a tutor who is guiding interns placed in the hospital for practical . She feels very proud to be a mentor to her junior students.

Archana- the change maker. She is a young married girl. She pursued training in Beautician. She joined a parlor to get some experience and later started home service. She has two small children of 7 and 3 years old. She very skillfully manages household things and works as a professional beautician too. She is an instructor of Beautician course and changing the personality of the young girls. She has trained 50 students till now.

Pallavi- A Budding Artist

Pallavi has inborn talent of creativity. She got first opportunity through IDEA to learn Art and Craft in her community. The private classes are very expensive and were far away from her home. She was very excited to join Art & Craft class of IDEA as she could easily spare sometime in the afternoon after returning from college. Pallavi is studying in second year of graduation in commerce stream. Along with the formal education, she has learnt Art forms like different types of paintings, jewelry, paper quelling products etc. She has flair in paper quelling. She takes orders and sells paper quelling Jewelry in her neighbourhood and in exhibitions.  A timid girl is now becoming confident and looking at  a ‘ jewelry designing profession in coming years. Pallavi is teaching the Art to students in the new batches of IDEA. She is earning a supplementary income which gives her immense satisfaction.

IDEA IS PROUD OF OUR TRUE AMBASSADORS  !!!

 An Appeal for support.

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

Archana
Archana's class in progress
Pallavi teaching paper art
Pallavi teaching paper art
Renuka conducting practical sessions.
Renuka conducting practical sessions.

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Apr 23, 2014

Curricular &Co-curricular Development of children

Guidance in Maths & Science
Guidance in Maths & Science

Dear Donors and supporters,

Greetings from IDEA !

We are thankful for your donation and support for our project . In the month of February and March children were busy preparing for exams. So the activities during the last quarter started with  ‘ how to study ‘ workshops, helping students to score good marks in Mathematics & Science . After the exams various informative sessions and activities for skill development were held. Some of the activities are described below:-

FOR IMPROVING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

  • English Enhancement classes for 7th to 9th std. children . 16 sessions were held. Children attended the classes enthusiastically. An assessment was conducted of all the students. 
  • To track the progress of children in their respective schools, school visits by social workers were planned; accordingly visits to 7 schools have been done. The social workers met the school teachers and have recorded their feedback of respective child’s progress in school. This will help us in making specific separate plans for each child according to his/her needs.  
  • Useful tips prior  to 10th Board exams. Tips on daily routine, nutrition, revision techniques, important documents to be carried etc were covered by the resource persons.
  • Solving the difficulties in Mathematics & Science – for students who are appearing for school final exams- It was of great help to the students. They got answers to their problems and guidance in solving the paper.   

INFORMATIVE SESSIONS

  • De-addiction awareness

In slums children and adolescents are exposed to many vices. So IDEA regularly conduct sessions on de-addiction with the help of  volunteers, trainee social workers and even experts from the field . These sessions are held in small groups so that the participants are comfortable in clearing their doubts and seek help from the experts.  

  • Awareness to young generation on road safety

 

The traffic is increasing in Pune day by day. The roads are busy all day. So the rate of ‘Traffic Jam’ situation and the accidents are increasing. The children are at risk while coming and going to school. Therefore a session on road safety was conducted in two schools for young children covering 180 children. It included understanding the traffic rules, importance of following them, consequences of disobeying rules etc.

A group of volunteers from a company and a few social work students gave information in an interesting manner- through stories and folk songs and dance. There was also a question-answer session at the end. The children were given coloring book with the road safety message.

  • ‘Summer Camp’

After finishing the final exams in school marginalized children are not lucky enough to occupy  in any constructive activities .IDEA organize ‘summer Camp’ for them every year in various locations benefiting such poor children .

A three day camp for 30 adolescent boys and girls was held with a combination of activities like art and craft, creative thinking, health awareness and team building. 

A session on story making was helpful to express the creative ideas and language development. An Art session on marble painting, paper quelling, pen stand making , drawing etc enriched them with new skills. 

The concluding session was on awareness on Anaemia  which is very common among Adolescents . The causes, its symptoms and self detection were also explained to them. A few recipes to enrich one’s iron intake were also taught to the participants.

We wish to convey our sincere thanks to you  for your generous donation to this project. We request for your continued support so that more needy & deserving children can be benefitted  .

Students receiving useful tips on how to study
Students receiving useful tips on how to study
Information Regarding Anaemia
Information Regarding Anaemia
Creative workshop
Creative workshop
Participants with their art work
Participants with their art work

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Feb 20, 2014

MEENA- Our Florence Nightingale.

Meena- an inspiration for all
Meena- an inspiration for all

Dear Donors,

Greetings from IDEA!

 Many young intelligent girls from the communities are at a loss regarding their careers after completing their schooling. Lack of opportunities and financial restraints mean that they don’t study further and have to take up odd jobs to sustain themselves. What a waste of talent!

We encourage such talented girls to join our Basic Nursing course which offers both theory and practical knowledge. All they need to bring is a little patience and lots of empathy for the patients. After completion of the course an exam is held and all successful students are placed at local hospitals and clinics. (More than 80% Nursing students are either employed or self employed.)

Nursing as a profession is greatly rewarding and professional nurses are always in huge demand. We have been running basic Nursing courses since the past 3 years for girls from underprivileged communities. It is a 6 month course and the minimum qualification required is successful completion of std. 10th.

It is very satisfying to see many of our students working and indeed a delight when their employers call to discuss their progress with us. Some hardworking girls even attend house calls and they are a blessing for ailing children and elderly. We are proud of their achievement and contribution to the health care of the society. We met Meena a former IDEA Nursing student who works a 12 hour shift everyday and also attends house calls. We asked her doesn’t it tire her? why does she work so hard? Her answer was simple “It is the most satisfying thing I have ever done in my life”. While starting this Nursing course we always thought about what these girls can get never thought about what they can give, Meena has changed the way we think.

A new batch of 10 Nursing students has been running smoothly since a month. We are also in the process of starting an advanced leg of the course which will have an updated syllabus and will include life skill sessions to make the students job ready. All the girls in the present batch want to make a career in Nursing and are very happy with their teacher who is more like their friend. Lata- a student from the current batch says “I got so much knowledge within such a short time and our teacher also helps us a lot. I wish I get a job soon”

These hard working girls always inspire us and we are always thinking of ways to make their dreams come true. Every contribution you make is empowering a girl. Please continue supporting them, because they are our future. Thank you!

 

 

Getting to know the "tools of the trade"
Getting to know the "tools of the trade"
Nursing practicals in session
Nursing practicals in session
Lata (left) discussing with our social worker.
Lata (left) discussing with our social worker.

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