Empower 100 girls in Asia's largest red light area

 
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Nov 4, 2014

AAWC Udaan: Best of July-Sept 2014

The spirit of empowerment
The spirit of empowerment

AAWC has enjoyed a wonderful monsoon!

 

Organisational Updates

  • Festive Celebrations: This monsoon, we celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, Gopalkala, Independence Day, Raksha Bandhan and Teachers' Day  with devotion and festive fervour.
  • Accolades: Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC)’s Udaan project has been shortlisted among the Top 50 projects out of more than 500 entries from 70 countries worldwide for the Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World competition, which is a joint initiative from the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard. Moreover we are now eligible to receive grants from Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
  • Capacity building: Our staff attended workshops on leveraging the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2015 as a fundraising platform, use of digital media to retain and grow donors, work-life balance for women in the 21st Century, child protection,child rights, social innovation, government schemes for PLHIV and also the NGO India Giving Back 2014 Conference-cum-exhibition organised by UBM and GuideStar India.
  • Monthly medical check-ups: Umeed, Umang, and Udaan members were examined by medical teams from Reliance Foundation and Decimal Foundation and administered drugs, iron biscuits and flavoured soya milk, as per necessity.

 

Udaan  Updates

       Empowerment

  • Career exposure visit: The girls visited the office of Pricewaterhouse Coopers(PwC) , interacted with the staff and also enjoyed fun activities.

  • Career guidance: The girls attended a workshop on occupational profile and also learnt about Architecture as a career and Geography as a degree, conducted by our volunteers, Allegra and Mary.Regular computer classes have been started for girls.

  • Mentoring: In collaboration with Raindancer, Project Lighthouse one-to-one mentoring programme for girls was started.
  • Edutainment workshops: Our girls attended classes on English speaking, drama, ballet , drawing, diyaa-paintingtheatre, clay Ganesha idol making conducted by our dedicated volunteers like Aria, Ishaan, Susan,Cindy, Fatimatou, Aria, Suzanne and the Khula Aasmaan team.

  • Health  workshops: The girls attended workshops on concentration building through yoga,basic self defence techniques conducted by Aria, Mr. Lazarus John Mascarenhas, Mr. Rajendra Nair.

  • Recreational excursions: Girls visited the Symphony Orchestra of India workshop and open rehearsal at NCPA.

 

 

Diyaas painted with the hues of happiness
Diyaas painted with the hues of happiness
Adding life and divinity to clay
Adding life and divinity to clay
Learning basic self defense techniques
Learning basic self defense techniques
Aditi
Aditi's story...
Updated Statistics
Updated Statistics
Aug 6, 2014

Apne Aap Women's Collective: Best of April-June 2014

Dance on importance of education
Dance on importance of education

AAWC has enjoyed an eventful and exciting quarter, as it turned 16!

 

Organisation updates:

  • 16th anniversary celebration: We at AAWC have renewed our commitment towards a better life for the women and children in the red light area and continue to empower, nourish and energize them. We celebrated it with the Annual Udaan Felicitation Programme, with energetic and thought-provoking performances by our Udaan girls on themes like anti-dowry and right to education, followed by an award ceremony to encourage our girls to excel and fly even higher.
  • Awards: During the past quarter, AAWC was named Jury’s Choice Winner in the AmeriCares India Foundation's Spirit of Humanity Awards and was shortlisted in the Top 10 Small NGOs category in the GuideStar India NGO Awards.
  • Participation in State level research on Anti-human trafficking: AAWC has been selected by the Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission (MSRLM) to be a participant in a research on Anti-human Trafficking, as a resource and data base. For this purpose, our CEO, Program Director and an Umeed beneficiary gave a presentation and talk on "Vocational training for trafficked women." Our staff were interviewed and a focus group discussion was also done with our Udaan girls (likes, dislikes, aspirations, etc.), as a part of this state-level research.
  • Capacity building: Our staff attended workshops on viral load testing, HIV/AIDS, anti-human trafficking, paediatric counselling,and annual report writing. Management also attended the Annual Stakeholder’s Conference on Child Sexual Abuse organised by Arpan Foundation and an Anti-human Trafficking:Orientation and Perspective building session conducted by Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission (MSRLM).
  • Monthly medical check-ups: Umeed, Umang, and Udaan members were examined by the medical team from Reliance Foundation and administered drugs, as per necessity.

    Empowerment
  • Annual felicitation programme: The girls performed theme dances and were awarded for academics, overall performance, discipline, etc. They also attended an informative workshop called "Snakes: Types; myths and superstitions" organized by Sarp Mitra.
  • Career exposure visits: The girls explored future careers at Nagpada Police Station, Byculla Fire Brigade, Bank of India, and American Library.
  • Career guidance: The girls learned about interior design as a career, from a volunteer in the profession.

     Edutainment 

  • Our girls attended workshops on English speaking, diary making, story-book making, mandala art therapy, mehendi designs, paper bag making, jewellery-making, puppet-making, conducted by our dedicated long-term volunteers like Susan Laidlaw, Cindy, B’jorn Eklund, and Nishtha Modi. 

    Health

  •  The girls attended  awareness workshops on nutrition, child sexual abuse, and yoga.

    Recreation

  • The girls enjoyed excursions to an IPL cricket match, Shangrila Waterpark, and a Parle-G factory.
Cheering  Mumbai Indians  at an IPL cricket match
Cheering Mumbai Indians at an IPL cricket match
Yoga classes with Cindy
Yoga classes with Cindy
Career exposure visit to Byculla fire brigade
Career exposure visit to Byculla fire brigade
Impact Story
Impact Story
Impact Statistics
Impact Statistics
May 8, 2014

Update: Apne Aap Women's Collective (Jan-Mar 2014)

Celebrating Republic Day with a colorful mural
Celebrating Republic Day with a colorful mural

Organisation Updates

  • New facility: We moved to a larger facility in Kamathipura in January to accommodate our rising membership!
  • State Visit by Government of Canada: AAWC was selected as one of six NGOs across India to host the Government of Canada during its nine-day State Visit to India.
  • Accolades: During the past few months, AAWC been named Jury’s Choice Winner in AmeriCares India Foundation's Spirit of Humanity Awards, Finalist in MATCH International Women’s Fund, Semifinalist in Dasra Girl Power Awards, and Semifinalist in Ennovent’s Power to Empower Awards.
  • Capacity building: All staff members received a series of advanced trainings in Microsoft Excel from a volunteer from Vodafone India’s “World of Difference” program. Namita Khatu, AAWC Program Director, also attended a full-day workshop on performance management conducted by Pentagon Consultants.

Education

  • Exams: All girls studied rigorously for their year-end exams. We are proud to announce that 99% of them successfully passed!
  • Computer literacy: Volunteers from an environmental NGO in Australia taught computer literacy and played computer games with the girls.
  • Math: A volunteer from the Kotak Education Foundation conducted a math workshop.

Empowerment

  • Achieve Together Conference: The girls attended a full-day leadership conference hosted by the American School of Bombay. Conference speakers included Dr. Mukund Rajan, Chairman of the Tata Council for Community Initiatives; and Nandita Das, a prolific actor, Masters in Social Work graduate, and Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society.
  • Career and education choices: SNDT University conducted a workshop on degree programs and Non-Formal Education (NFE).
  • Engineering: A group of corporate volunteers conducted a workshop on career opportunities in engineering.
  • Arts and crafts: The older girls learned basket making and advanced greeting card design.

Health

  • Menstruation workshop: Interns from SNDT Women’s University conducted a workshop on menstrual health for the older Udaan girls.
  • Annual Sports Day: The girls actively competed for prizes in various sports and fitness activities.
  • Dental camp: AAWC organised a community-wide dental camp in partnership with Nair Hospital.

Recreation

  • Makar Sankranti: The girls made a collage of kites and wrote their aspirations on the collage to celebrate this kite-flying festival.
  • Republic Day: The girls participated in arts and crafts, competed in a history quiz, and painted and signed a mural with their handprints to celebrate the birth of India.
  • Annual picnic: The girls enjoyed a day at Shangrila Waterpark.
Daily evening pledge recited after studying
Daily evening pledge recited after studying
New educational toys & games from State of Canada
New educational toys & games from State of Canada
Annual Sports Day - sprinting competition
Annual Sports Day - sprinting competition
Enjoying a sunny day at Shangrila Waterpark
Enjoying a sunny day at Shangrila Waterpark
Feb 20, 2014

Quarterly update - Apne Aap Women's Collective (October-December 2013)

Arts & crafts workshop: hand puppets!
Arts & crafts workshop: hand puppets!

When you generously supported our 2013 holiday fundraising campaign, you helped us raise more than $15,000 in less than 40 days! We are happy to report that 10% of those funds will go toward the educational expenses of Shweta Katti, an AAWC alumnus who current attends Bard College in New York.

Here are some highlighted activities of our girls from the past quarter:

  • Older girls studying arts, commerce, dentistry, etc. at university. Younger girls attend daily afterschool tutoring.
  • Child rights workshop on India's Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
  • Kickboxing lessons on basic punching and kicking techniques
  • Diwali festival with Aditi Sarangdhar, the lead actress in a 2012 film shortlisted for the Academy Awards’ Best Film. Sarangdhar, who is well known for portraying strong female characters, gave an inspiring speech to the girls about pursuing their passions and dreams.

Thank you again for your generosity. Your donation makes possible success stories like these and many, many others:

  • Avante Jain*, 25, is a successful sales representative for a premier multinational automobile company.
  • Safa Shaikh*, 23, earned her Master's degree in Commerce and is now an accountant for a multi-brand department store.
  • Kavita Jain*, 22, is a chef at an international luxury hotel in Mumbai and is being promoted to one of the hotel's locations in Germany.

* Names changed to protect their identities.

Studying for exams
Studying for exams
Singing Christmas carols
Singing Christmas carols

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Mumbai, MH India

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