Here's the story of how I changed my life.
I am Priti Kachi. 18 years old. My father died when I was in school.
He was a fisherman, and my mother a housewife. She had no work stills or education so we were fighting to earn enough money for food last year. Last year I also passed my high school examination with good grades.
My older brother, who is 19, decided that I can't go to university because we don't have the money. I felt very sad, but knew that our mother was struggling to cope financially, and so I quit studying.
One day, the women from the foundation came to our house and told us about the tailoring class. My mother and brother gave me permission to go to these classes. I am happy now. I have been learning toiling skills, communication and negotiation skills and time management. Before this I was just stuck in the house, helping with chores and watching tv shows. I was becoming very rude.
Now I have changed completely from being with the other girls in class. I am enjoying my life now that it has changed. I like that I'm earning money to help my mother in this changed life.
I only want to say thank you to all of you. Without these skills, maybe I would be nothing.
As I reported last week, thanks to our briefly being the highest ranked project, and some very generous donations, we recently fully funded the project for the current year (2012/13). Here is a short report from the project on the activities of the previous year.
The project successfully recruited a full team of social workers and community leaders through which it delivered its twelve month life skills, health and nutrition course.
Through the life skills course:
Without these courses, these girls are unlikely to have ever been able to learn about topics such as these; as such information is not available to them in the community.
This year, an internal evaluation of the project was conducted. The outcome of the evaluation was very encouraging, and on the basis of it, the project has been extended to begin working with some new communities in the Vishrantwadi slum areas. It continues to operate in the older areas three days a week.
Dr Mune and the team are very well acquainted with these communities so they have also been able to respond appropriately to demands as they have emerged. In this regard, this year the project team undertook many ‘unscheduled’ activities. These included: the formation and support of 11 women’s self-help groups; facilitating and supporting the formation of ‘girl parliament’ groups for each community; conducting sex-education and other life skills classes in schools; running some classes for boys in these schools; and collaborating with other NGOs in order to bring awareness to issues of HIV/AIDS.
Perhaps the least quantifiable achievement has been the delight that the girls have experienced in being able to meet with other girls: to talk to them about their lives, to make friends, and to know that they are not alone in their situation.
I shall continue, as always, to keep you posted with stories from the ground.
Thank you to all of you supporters who have made, and continue to make, this work possible.
I am writing to share some most exciting news. Over the weekend we recieved record donations, and shortly enjoyed the status of 'most popular' project on Globalgiving! Thank you to each and every one of you for making this happen. Everyone here has been touched by this news.
The project activities for the year have now been fully funded, and the budget has now been updated to reflect the full budget for the following year of activities. I will soon update you all with a report on the last year, as well as more case studies.
Thanks again to all of you for your ongoing support.
With gratitude, and very best wishes,
Name : Vaishali Rachappa Koli.
Age : 19 years
Education : 12th STD
I am from a family of 5. My father is daily wage labourer and my mother is a house wife. I am very happy to share my joy with you. I passed my 12th exam with good marks. But after finishing my exams, I was not able to decide where to engage myself in this vacation, and so I was at home. Members from the project team came to my house once and gave information about the ' smile' twin e-learning course at their organization, and I enrolled for it.
The teachers impressed me with how kind they were. They also helped us to enroll in different activities in this course. The visits to the mall and lectures about retail management built our confidence to apply for jobs.
This course has made me feel independent. My family members and neighbours all believe this course has had a positive effect.
I am very grateful to the project staff.
Name of Beneficiary: Shweta Navnaath Salve
Age: 17 years
Education: 11th STD
I, Shweta Navnath Salve, have sat the S.S.C. examination [an examination for government jobs]. Such a thing marks a great turnaround in my life, which has only been possible due to the work of the project.
After joining the classes there has been a radical change in my mind, in my personality, in my nature and my ability to think about things.
I have been living in Shantinagar since my childhood. It is clearly a 'slum', and in my experience, the surroundings and atmosphere around us clearly influence the way we think.
After I completed my 10th standard examination, I had to do something with myself in the holidays. I therefore joined the classes to learn spoken English, and basic computer skills.
Before, I used to think that teachers were only good for teaching their subject. But here I see that they serve as good examples, and that I can change myself for the better, as well as learn whatever I am being taught. I have learned so much here. So much of what I've learned is important for my personal development. My secondary school education is over now, and I will go to college and probably try and find some work as well. But before I did not know anything about how adanced the world is before, when all I know was the four walls of my house and my school. But I learnt about myself in these life skills classes. The teacher and other girls have impressed my with their softness, their kindness. Not only this, but they have provided a useful practical service. Now I can look critically at this society and my position. I hope to live in a wiser way than this, and to have a job also.
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