Mann Deshi Foundation

The organization seeks to improve the quality of life of women and their families living in the rural areas of Maharashtra & Karnataka. Our primary objective is to empower rural women and fight injustices based on gender, caste and class. Our programs are designed to improve our clients' quality of life by promoting education, health, property rights, leadership and technology.
Dec 19, 2012

Business School for rural women in India

 

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

“B-School at woman’s doorstep”:  Mann Deshi Bank with B-school together has been able to reach +155,000 women and have provided them capital and business training. 60% of women have been able to start and expand their business successfully.

A Hope in the time of Drought-Mann Deshi Catte Camp” : Today, people are migrating from Mann Taluka, not in search of employment but in search of drinking water. Mann taluka is facing an acute drought situation in more than 185 villages. Since last 24 months there is no rain. In such a situation it is crucially needed to provide water to households by tankers and to arrange fodder and water in cattle camps in the areas.

Give a girl bike, Change her Life”:  Mann Deshi has given bicycle to more than 4000 girls.  Bike gives these girls an opportunity to carry on their advanced education.

This would not have been possible without our supporters and partners.  And as we come to the end of another successful year, we want to thank those who have contributed to Mann Deshi’s success.

The Mann Deshi aims to provide underprivileged rural women with the resources they need to improve their lives.  Mann Deshi works holistically to improve slummy women’s lives through a variety of financial services, business trainings and skills.

Thus, we hope that you remember Mann Deshi when you think about buying gifts this holiday season.  Any donations you make will have a direct impact on the disadvantaged rural women and girls we serve, allowing them to improve their lives: your donation would truly be a gift that kept on giving.

Mann Deshi currently has three projects linked with Global Giving, a US and UK based organization that connects people with the countries and causes they are passionate about.  Global Giving is registered under 501c3 so that US donors receive tam exemptions.  For this donation Mann Deshi Foundation is registered under 80G and also has tax exemption.  Your tax-deductible
donation will be wired directly to Mann Deshi Foundation from Global Giving.

The projects you can contribute to are:

1.      The Freedom Ride Bicycle Program for Girls provides bicycles to girls in remote locations so that they can travel to school, and therefore complete their education

For "GlobalGiving US" site, project report is located at:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/girls-education-through-bicycles-in-india/updates/

For "GlobalGiving UK" site, project report is located at: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/pr/2000/proj1963d.html

2.      Mann Deshi Udyogini (B-school for rural women in india) brings life skills and financial training to poor rural wage laborers, empowering them to become successful businesswomen.
http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/business-school1/

3.      Mann Deshi Catte Camp : A Hope in the time of Drought. The Biggest cattle camp in India, providing water and fodder to animals. 2012 also went out without rain. No drop of rain since last two years.

For "GlobalGiving" site, your project report is located at: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mann-deshi-cattle-camp/updates/

For "GlobalGiving UK" site, Your project report is located at: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/pr/10700/proj10685d.html

To make an anonymous donation, a donation on behalf of another person, or to donate as a gift in a friend's name, please visit www.globalgiving.com and search "Mann Deshi Foundation", or go directly to Mann Deshi's link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/business-school1/

With many thanks and warm wishes for a wonderful Christmas holiday season and New Year.

Happy Holidays,

Yours Sincerely,
Chetna

 

 

 

 

Nov 29, 2012

give a girl a bike: help her go to school

Rupali with her Grandfather & Grandmother
Rupali with her Grandfather & Grandmother

 

“My teacher gives punishment to me, as I reach school late”, Says, Rupali, age 15 years old.

Rupa says, “My school is 3 km far from my home. As I walk daily to the school, sometimes I reach late. And teacher gives punishment to me.  My Mother & Father expired when I was four years old.  I have one brother & sister. I am younger one. My sister got married.  I & my brother live with our grandfather & grandmother. 

 I always felt lonely as like other girls I do not have mother & father to take care.  I saw other girls coming by bicycle and always felt that, if I also have cycle, I will reach school on time and the teacher will not punish me. 

One day I was at “Mann Deshi Cattle Camp” with my grandfather and grandmother. I saw that Ms. Asha (another girl on Cattle Camp) got a bicycle from the Mann Deshi Foundation. I asked Asha, why the Mann Deshi Foundation gave you a bicycle? What is the idea behind it? 

I understood that the Mann Deshi Foundation donates bicycles to the poor, needy girls, so that they can continue their education.  I came to the Mann Deshi with my grandfather & grandmother and apply for a bicycle.”

After seeing her condition Mann Deshi donated bicycle to Rupa. While donating bicycle Rupa told, “This was my dream to have a bicycle. I always felt bad that I get punishment from my teacher. Now nobody will punish me and bicycle will help me to reach the school in time. I am in 10th grade now. My grandfather & mother are very old.   I want to become an independent as earliest as I can.   I would like to become a stick for my grandfather & grandmother and support them. ”

 Thanks to the supporters of Mann Deshi Bicycle Program.  Because of you the girls like Rupa can see & achieve their dream. 

Nov 29, 2012

A Hope in Drought : Mann Deshi Cattle Camp

Founder Chetna Sinha, discussing with farmer women
Founder Chetna Sinha, discussing with farmer women

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

Mann Taluka is witnessing unprecedented drought.  Due to the non-availability of fodder and water, the number of animals dead is unprecedented and has to be sold cheaply to butchers. For the last 2 years, there has been no rain in Mann Taluka.   Today, people are migrating from Mann Taluka, not in search of employment but in search of drinking water.

In such a situation, the Mann Deshi Foundation felt a responsibility to serve the local community.  To help, the foundation started a Cattle camp, providing water and fodder to animals in the Mhaswad village on 21st April, 2012.  There were 12,936 animals as on 20st sept., 2012 in the cattle camp from 52 villages, current number is +3000.  Mann Deshi farmers have been living in the cattle camp for the last six months.

Mann Deshi Foundation & Mann Deshi Bank operates in Satara district & Karanataka district of Maharashtra.  Mann Deshi runs business school for rural women, community radio & chamber of commerce.  Mann Deshi has been reached to +155000 clients.  Because of drought Mann Deshi Foundation started focusing on water issues.

In 2012, Mann Deshi Foundation rejuvenated existing 12 Bandharas by removing dirt with the cooperation of respected collector, Satara.  This has resulted to store at least little water in the Bandharas.  Mann Deshi Foundation has started constructing cement concrete Bandharas through a chain system for drinking water in Mhaswad.  It will recharge the water level in area and also solve the drinking water problem.

Mann Deshi Foundation appeals to support generously and help farmers in this situation.  Your donation will give relief to drought affected people in Mann taluka. 

Health camp is organized at cattle camp for farmer
Health camp is organized at cattle camp for farmer

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