Warm Greetings from IDEA!
It gives us immense pleasure to look back at this passing year. Together we have initiated, although small but significant activities under our project “ENGAGE AND EMPOWER GIRLS AND BOYS FOR GIRL EFFECT”
This year a total of 135 young women and girls are benefitted by our different Vocational training courses in -
Young women and girls who have dropped out of school and due to many reasons like migration and family responsibilities cannot go back to school are enrolled for these courses. Most of these women are making good use of the crafts learnt here and are getting good value for their products like paper quelling articles, jelly candles and gift articles which they sell in neighborhood markets and special exhibition for NGOs. This year our beneficiaries got overwhelming response for their products at more than 10 such NGO fairs. They say that this is a great way to generate additional income for their families and it makes them proud to contribute to the family income. Courses in Tailoring are also in high demand and they are going on in full swing. Retail Marketing is catching up especially with young girls who want to take it up later as a career.
Life skill sessions for 460 Adolescents on –
We started this project last year to empower young girls and to bring about an attitudinal change in young boys regarding topics like gender sensitivity and adolescent health. The Project is creating opportunities for marginalized girls for their self development through anemia control program, sponsorship support to continue education in high school, health & nutrition awareness, family life education & training for employability enhancement. Through this project we are helping many girls to stand on their feet and stand up for themselves and we are very happy to observe positive changes in our youth. It is all because you care. We value your contribution immensely.
Our children also want to say a big THANK YOU to you so please watch our video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJRTjUuZ29E
Dear friends and donors,
Thank you for supporting “THE GIRL EFFECT”
Empowering girls is a continuous process, especially girls from underprivileged backgrounds. We at IDEA focus on such girls and provide them with financial support and encouragement. Providing them not just with quality education through our study centres but also encouraging them to participate in extra-curricular activities which enhance their overall personalities. This time we were very happy to notice that our continual support to these young girls is showing results. Girls from IDEA have excelled not just in their 10th board exams but are also achieving success in athletics and art and crafts.
EMPOWERING GIRLS THROUGH EDUCATION
Girls for whom even completing their high school education was a challenge due to poor conditions at home have today come out as toppers. Through our sponsorship programme these girls are not just completing their schooling but are passing their board exams with flying colours. In the last academic year 2012-13, 50 sponsored children from IDEA appeared for 10th board exams, 78% of them being girls and we are proud to say that all these girls have scored good marks. It was indeed a joyous occasion to felicitate these young girls. We hope that they continue their studies further. Four out of five of our toppers are girls:
Kajal - 93%
Nutan - 90%
Somnath - 83.60%
Pooja - 80.20%
Ganga - 75%
One of these bright intelligent girls is Nutan and we are happy to share with you her story-
Nutan - a real braveheart
Nutan was referred to IDEA’s sponsorship programme when she was in 8th grade. Her mother was terminally ill and so the family’s meager income was spent on her medicines and treatment. Nutan was taken in for the sponsorship programme and given financial aid and emotional support by our study centre teachers. Her father felt relieved as he saw Nutan flourishing at the study centre, but soon her mother passed away just two months before her board exams. We were very worried about the family’s emotional well being and Nutan’s studies and our team of social workers supported the family in every way. Nutan was provided with textbooks, clothes, medical kits and other study material along with psychological counseling. We are happy to say that she did not let all our efforts go waste and secured an excellent score of 90% in 10th Std board exams. Now Nutan is pursuing her degree in Computer Engineering in one of the best colleges in Pune. Her tale of courage and determination inspires us all.
Friends, it is because of donors like you that girls like Nutan are fulfilling their dreams. Please continue supporting “THE GIRL EFFECT” so that together we make more such dreams come true.
Please check our Annual report:
Dear Donors & Supporters,
We are happy to post another report . Though we are unable to conduct all the project activities under the project due to shortage of funds ,. In this month we were also delighted to receive our friends - Hannah and Dan from the UK. They paid a visit to IDEA’s project areas, interacted with the staff and children.
We are happy to share a report on a few activities held in July & August 2013.
One of the major activity held recently was a Sensitizing program for the young boys and girls on the Declining Sex Ratio in Maharashtra state and India.
50 children in the age group 15 to 16 (Boys-23 and Girls 27) attended the program.
IDEA is conducting a series of Life skill sessions with the high school students. One of the topics is Gender sensitization. Two sessions were held with 10th Grade students on the above topic. The resource person oriented them with the declining facts and figures in Maharashtra State and India. The students opened up with the socio-cultural reasons in decreasing sex ratio. Some of the main reasons are Patriarchal system- girl after marriage stays with husband and his family, dowry system; son continues the family name , son is considered as a support in old age, security of girls etc. The boys took an oath that they will not take dowry and girls took an oath that they will not agree to give dowry at their marriage time.
Some young minds said they won’t allow sex determination and will protest if they come across any one or take help of the adults or inform the police.
Be the Change, See the Change
Various Sessions on Gender equality targeting different group’s in community are been held. After few sessions a debate was held between 20 students of 15-18years old.
The earlier sessions held included present scenario of the expectations and attitudes of people in respect to social, mental, physical and psychological aspects of both the sex.
The students debated on the points like education, politics, social security, secondary status in the family, wages, etc. Many boys said they wish girls should get equal opportunity in everything like education, sports, entertainment etc. Others agreed to it. Girls also expressed their deep feelings against the inequality.
The girls felt a need that they should fight for their rights, learn self defense, educate themselves and become economic independent.
We hope the boys and girls will surely think over it and such sessions and debates will bring change in their attitudes and practice.
Role of Adolescents and relationship with the Family.
Adolescent stage is a very crucial age with lots of changes taking place. It is very important for the adolescents to get guidance and support to get adjusted within their eco system. A few sessions were held on the role of adolescents and their relationship with other members in the family . The sessions included the roles and responsibilities of adolescents at home, at colleges, with friends and society as a whole. Through role play technique, the participants showcased their relationship and communication with their parents. The participants presented the most’ un- liked’ thing of their parents and the most ‘liked’ thing of their friend. In a Tree chart, they presented their strengths, important persons in their life and rewards which they are getting.
50% participants share their feelings like happiness, sadness with mothers only and 50% with both parents. 79% participants do not share anything related to their friends and in school with their fathers. Where as 21% prefer to share with mothers and friends. It was an eye opener for the participants themselves to know that communication gap leads to frictions at home.
Dear supporters we do want to include many activities and facilities like ‘self defense lessons’ , support for girls for higher education etc for girls . We request for your support so that we can overcome shortage of funding to implement ALL the proposed activities .
Dear friends and donors !
We are here again with an update from the field. This time we would like to present stories of two girls whose lives have changed due to the impact of your support.
Timely support saved Vaishali from dropping out of school!
“I shall complete my 12th std externally. Thank you Kanchan Didi and IDEA . You have given me new life and hope.” These are the words of Vaishali. She is in sponsorship program for last five years. She hails from a single parent family whose condition is very poor. Her illiterate mother works as street sweeper. Her mother struggles to meet two time meals for herself and her daughter . She had decided to discontinue Vaishali’s education because she was unable to bear expenses on education being enrolled in private school after completing elementary education in Government school. She was attending IDEA’s Study center supported by Global Giving where she got time to time guidance from the teacher in academics. Vaishali too was very upset that she would have to forget her dream of joining a high school. At this juncture our social worker intervened and took Vaishali under the sponsorship program and this enabled her to meet all her scholastic expenses on school fee, school bag, uniform & other school stationary.
Now she is in 11th grade and was also pursuing a Basic Nursing course of 6 months. Suddenly she started falling ill and had severe weakness. In spite of counseling her mother for timely medical check up, she did not give proper attention. Vaishali’s health deteriorated day by day and her social worker Kanchan intervened and took her to a Doctor. She was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis. Without wasting time , her treatment was started and Vaishali herself and her mother were counseled to take medicines as per schedule. Vaishali is provided with supplementary nutrition in the form of egg and milk . With her social workers’ guidance and your valuable support, today Vaishali is confident of completing her Education. She wants to be independent and support her mother .
We thank our Donors from bottom of our heart to support Vaishali and to bring back the smile on her face.
A girl with determination to be independent.
This is a life story of Sayali; her name means a white colored delicate small flower, in Indian languages.
Sayali is from a small village called Shirgaon, in Maharashtra . She lost her father when she was 12 years old. He was a severe alcoholic person. Her mother Manisha, did the work of a part time maid servant to earn a livelihood. She has two brothers. Her mother could educate her till 12th std only. She had an urge to take further education but because of poor family condition she could not continue her education. She had learnt stitching and started doing job work of tailoring at home to support her mother. She got married after a few years. Soon she got engrossed in her household work and other family responsibilities in upbringing her two children. Though she wanted to study further and be independent, she curbed her wishes as her children are small .
During our student mobilization sessions for skill development, Sayali came to know about various courses. Her aspiration became alive once again. IDEA’s office was near her residence. She came to office to do detail enquiry on the vocational courses she could manage within her limitations. Sayali joined the six months basic course of Nursing. As the classes began, Sayali became a devoted student . She got internship in a hospital for 3 months and seeing her sincerity and capability, she was offered to continue her service there itself once she successfully completed her course. Along with it she is also assisting another Doctor in hair transplantation. She is earning approx RS 8000/Pm. She is extremely happy with her progress. Sayali says,’ I love my work. I was initially scared to communicate with Doctors. But now I have overcome that fear. My husband and children have been supporting me and are also proud of me. I have many more things to learn. This is just the beginning. I have a desire to do an advanced course in Nursing”.
Thank you note from IDEA and an Appeal for support :-
We are very thankful to you and looking for your continued support!
Dear Donors & Supporters ,
Greetings from IDEA Team.
We are happy to present another report on the programmes and activities under the project. Before that we would like to update you about the programmes and projects of our organization.
Our holistic approach towards minimizing school drop-out amongst the marginalized children is appreciated by many sponsors and supporters like you including international & national foundations like Global Fund for Children ( GFC) , Sir Peter Ustinov Foundation ( SPUF), Volkart Foundation . Corporate associated with us include Symantec , Persistent , Vodafone , Systems Plus etc .
Due to this support , IDEA could expand its programmes and activities to many villages and Govt schools in Haveli & Bhor blocks in Pune districts, Maharashtra state in addition to our work in Pune city. However our focus remains the same- minimizing school drop-out amongst the marginalized children by adopting a holistic approach & creating a ‘ second chance ‘ to the drop out youth.
IDEA’s current programmes & activities are :
Report from the field
1. Empowering Adolescent Girls through Vocational training.
IDEA runs a facility to impart vocational training for girls & young women who had to discontinue schooling due to various reasons . Currently the courses include Basic Nursing , Tailoring & Beautician courses .
Training in Basic Nursing- 8 girls are pursuing the basic Nursing course conducted by IDEA. They have learnt the basic skills in nursing like sponging, bed making, giving injection, intravenous cath, taking Blood pressure and temperature. The students have completed their Internship and exam. 4 of them are already placed for jobs in clinics and hospitals, we are trying for placement for the others. The next batch will start within a couple of months.
Tailoring course- 15 adolescents are taking training in tailoring. They are learning cutting and stitching of the garments especially Punjabi suits and Blouse, which is usually worn by girls and ladies. They are happy to stitch and wear the garments made by them. Once they learn to stitch well , they plan to take stitching orders from people from their neighborhood.
Beautician course- 14 girls completed the basic beautician course and 10 of them have joined advance course. They want to open their own parlors in future.
2. Exposure visit of girls under the skill development programme
Craft & art classes are being held in 6 locations to teach girls & young women various handicraft products and thereby giving them an opportunity to earn a supplementary income. A few girls attending the classes and were keen on starting their own small business were taken for a visit to an exhibition organised by a women’s group. The objectives of organizing this visit were to :
The girls saw different varieties in the products like eatables, garments, decorative items etc and also observed the public demand for the items. This motivated them and gave confidence to start small business of paper bags, lamps, greeting cards, artificial flowers etc.
3. Study tour for school going children
On the occasion of the National Science Day , IDEA Foundation organised two exposure visits for two group of girls . There were 72 students in all. One group of 9th Std students visited to Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCCA)of Pune University. Students got knowledge about various planets like Mars, Moon etc. There was also an exhibition on information about Astronomy and Astrophysics. This visit was very fruitful for the students.
Another group of 8th and 9th Std students visited Agharkar Research Institute in Pune. In this visit they saw an exhibition on Geology, Zoology, Anthropology, Chemistry, Organism, the skeleton, vertebra, dinosaur egg, bacteria, fungi etc. This visit was very informative for the students. It also gave them an exposure on the various career opportunities in Science.
An appeal :
While expressing our sincere thanks to you , we request you for your continued support for the smooth implementation of activities under the project.
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