Baskar was only twenty when he met with an accident two years ago. Unable to walk, he quickly withdrew inward and refused to speak with anyone. With the covid lockdown strictly enforced in Chennai he has rarely had contact with anyone since the accident.
India Partners staff met his mother at a community outreach, and she asked them if they would visit Baskar. They agreed, and when they arrived, Baskar sat quietly during the visit. When invited to visit the computer training center to meet other people with disabilities, he agreed to go. Upon arriving he received his first walker and was able to move around without assistance. And within a short period of time, he started talking and interacting with others. Now Baskar visits regularly and looks forward to enrolling in Microsoft Office training when lockdown ends, and the computer training facility reopen.
Covid has created a lot of pain and heartache but providing relief has connected us with many people like Baskar — future students we might never have met.
Thank you for your support during the pandemic.
Sep 28, 2021
A Young Woman Starts Her Own Tailor Shop
By John Sparks - President & CEO
Muppidi, graduated from high school just as the pandemic hit. Her father is a daily wage worker, so the family falls beneath India’s poverty line. She took the lockdown period as a form of gap year, during which she was introduced to a tailoring program funded by your donation.
In broken English, Muppidi, now aged 20 said, “In this gap I got an opportunity miraculously to learn tailoring because we are under poverty line so we can’t pay to learn tailoring course by payment. Now I can stitch all the models for ladies and school dresses very neatly, and it will be fit as I already tested by practicing in this training period.”
Not only has Muppidi learned a new skill that will provide a steady income for her family, but she has acquired business and personal interaction skills, which all have contributed enormously to her confidence. “Thank you, one and all,” she said.
So, thank you so much for your kind gifts. They make it possible to train young women like Muppidi in tailoring, and provide them with their own sewing machine when they graduate.
Sep 27, 2021
Fourteen Girls Helped
By John Sparks - President & CEO
Fourteen girls between the ages of 13 and 18 have been enrolled in high school. All are attending online because of the pandemic. Some have received tuition in Math, while others have been part of Hindi classes. Additional subjects covered include spelling, vocabulary, painting, dance, and embroidery.
Over the course of the last quarter, your donation has also helped provide 3296 meals for the girls, each one compliant to a new menu set by a nutritionist. The results showed, with five girls showing healthy weight gain.
Emotional development is also critical for these minors. To that end, each is enrolled in a value education program made up of five sessions which focus on the power of the tongue, personal responsibility, the importance of a daily schedule, being content, and of focusing on priorities. Covd-19 safety protocols have also been introduced.
What makes the commitment to maintaining such a disciplined structure and overcoming these continual challenges so worthwhile is to hear the chatter during embroidery or painting classes, the laughter that bubbles up at the End of Summer party, or the sense of safety voiced as the girls are tucked up beneath their new bedsheets in a freshly painted room.