Prior to attending classes at the project Pooja, 20, was living with her mother in a rented single room with only a tin roof for shelter. She had hopes of buying a home for herself and her mother however with only her mother’s 4,000 Rupees monthly income to support them, there was little prospect of improving their situation. Her reliance on her mum for support left Pooja with low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. The project leader described her as sincere but initially very timid and reluctant to take part in class activities.
Pooja saw other young women in the neighbourhood benefit from the project classes in the area and decided to attend the computer and English courses. She noticed a rapid boost in her confidence as a result of attending the classes. Despite not having much funding for travel she was managed to attend classes every day for three months. Her tutors helped her search for job openings and helped her with interview preparation and guidance.
Pooja now has a position as a call operator where she uses the skills she gained during her time with the project. With her 6,000 Rupee monthly salary she was able to help buy a place for her and her Mother as well as a gas stove to replace the brick oven 'chulha' they had been using. She has encouraged other women in the area to join the projects classes and her friends have commented on how much happier she has become since qualifying from vocational training.
"I am very much liking my life I took some loan we have our own house - small tin walls but we have our own shelter. And now we have cooking gas also, before we cook on 'chulha' - very much trouble.
Green Tara Foundation [the project] give me support to search for a job, they prepared me for interview.
I faced the interview very confidently, and I got the job because of Green Tara's vocational training"
Madhuri is typical of the gilrs at the project.
22 years old, she lives in a small house, constructed of tin sheeting, with her 2 brothers, a sister-in-law, and her 2 parents, in Bhimnagar slum.
Her father is a rickshaw driver, and brings in 7,000rs a month, on which it is impossible to support a family of 6.
Madhuri explains that she used to see other girls who were attending classes, how confident they were, and the new skills they were acquiring.
" I wanted to help my family. This was my main concern. I really wanted to take responsibility in helping, especially because my father is getting older. I decided to enrol in the computer classes. I attended these classes for 3 months. In this time, I was also able to attend other classes that the foundation were running, such as the 'Personality Development' lectures and 'Spoken English' classes. All of these things helped me to get a job in a call centre as a call attendent."
Madhuri now earns 7,000rs a month, which means the household income is now doubled. She also expresses happiness that she no longer has to wear old clothes as she always used to have to.
"I am very grateful to the donors" she said smiling widely.
Thank you for your support which allows these girls to change their lives, and the way they are regarded in their families and communities.
Deepali is 18 years old.
Education : 9th
Address: Vishrantwadi slam, Pune.
I am Deepali my parent’s are no more my uncle & aunty look after me. I have one brother. When I was at home I felt insecure about my life & future
When I learned tailoring in Green tara foundation I feel very secure & proud about my self, I am earning money so I can save money for my future . I am getting confidence in me day by day in future I will be green tara ‘ s staff I want to do something for poor girls like me very thanks for karuna trust & green tara foundation. I got my way to secure life through learning tailoring
Not all of the girls who live in the slums are fortunate enough to benefit from the interventions offered by this project. In fact most are not, and so end up marrying while they are very young and dropping out of school. This was the case for almost all of the girls a few years ago, before project activities began here. Now the situation is slowly changing.
For the young women who had no opportunity to escape early marriage and domestic servitude, the project provides them with a chance of improving their situation. Many come to project activities, benefitting from an environment of peers (most of the women seldom leave their houses before attending), sharing their stories, and giving assistance and support to the staff and the younger girls. Some take part in the skills development courses to improve their own situations.
Pratibha is 28. She is married with 4 children and lives with her husband and mother in law. They live in the Bhimnagar slums, Vishrantwadi, in a small house of one room with a tin roof. Her husband is a driver and his 6,000rs (£64) a month salary doesn't quite cover the basic needs of the family.
Prabhita wanted her children to study so they would not have to struggle as they parents do. They saved as much money as they could and the children were going to school, but there was no money for their books, and not enough for oil to cook food.
Then one day Pratibha spoke to a neighbour of hers who had attended sewing classes, Motivated by the wish to educate her children, she was inspired to do the same and started going along.
She has now been attending classes for 6 months, and has gained a lot of confidence and new experiences through leaving the house and socialising with other women. In terms of income, she can earn up to 120rs a day for sewing things for others, and this 3,000rs or so a month raises the household income by half.
They can now afford both food and books and educational materials for the children. Pratibha says the house is also more peaceful now there is not the pressure of making sure there was enough money every day. The relationship with her mother in law is much improved now that she is able to contribute to the family financially. Furthermore, she has made a lot of new friends, and is confident that with the support of those around her, her business can grow.
Now Pratibha is happy, her home is peaceful, and her children stand a chance of escaping the poverty which binds their parents.
Thank you, as always, for funding this life changing work.
I am delighted to be able to share with you an update on this year's cycle of activities, working with marginalised girls in the Vishrantwadi slums.
Summary of activties and some achievements
The project has seen another successful year of new girls from the slum communities benefitting from the project activities. Many new girls have been attracted to the vocational training, through which many have found jobs, and are now financially independent.
Key achievements include: 1,100 girls attending life skills sessions to learn about nutrition; 104 girls being diagnosed as anaemic through health camps, 1,080 girls attending self-confidence and communication skills; and 376 girls engaging in vocational training. Overall, the difference between the girls who are attending project classes and the others in the community are quite stark in terms of life skills, aspiration, confidence, and communication skills.
The project has continued to build rapport and good relationships with local NGOs and government institutions, engaging in joint activities, maximising resources and sharing learning and best practice.
There has also been success in persuading parents whose daughters have dropped out of school to allow them to re-enrol. Enlisting parental support for the education of girls in these areas, as well as the study-support classes provided by the project, have played a major role in girls staying in school.
Changes to planned activities
Future plans of the project
I will be updating you all soon with more stories from the ground. Without this work, most of these girls would have no chance of escpaing the slums, and the situation would not be much different for their children. Thank you, as always, for continuing to fund this life changing work.
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