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Feb 12, 2018

Still a great need for funding....

Two women striving to end poverty for themselves
Two women striving to end poverty for themselves

Incredible strides are being made as we are continuing to work hard to bring about lasting transformation in the village of orgovska mahala. Currently, we have two groups of women with over 20 members and one group of children who meet regularly. We are focusing on helping them improve their physical and moral well-being.

For the children, we present lessons on a healthy lifestyle so that they can control and even prevent certain diseases. They learn to keep the area around their house clean. There are cases where children have raised blood sugar, so we talked about diet control and disease prevention.

With the donation from an NGO, the houses were renovated, bathrooms were built, and roofs of houses were changed, so the people will have better living conditions. So far, only a small number of apartments had bathrooms and hygiene was low.

Thanks to the Transformational Community Development (TCD) group, we have launched families to keep better hygiene and prevent poor sanitation that leads to illness. With the transfer of knowledge and the improved conditions, they image of the settlement has changed.

Alisa and Jelena have joined our TCD group. They have problems in their marriages, but in our training they learn about love and respect for their spouses. Their marriage relationships are gradually changing for the better. They want healthy marriages and healthy families.

Sadly, if we do not receive funding of at least $1000 per month soon, this project will no longer be viable.....please share and help as you are able.

 

 

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Jan 17, 2018

Leveraging computers to educate children

Children learning!
Children learning!

We are doing well in Hoogly Village. This month, we had a small party for the children as a refreshment program in our computer center. A girl named Tanisha (in pink), who is studying in grade three, is the only child in her family. Her father works as a day laborer and her mother is a housewife. In spite of financial difficulties, they want their daughter to be educated in computer knowledge. She is doing well, and now she has mastered the basic course. Moving forward, Tanisha is about to learn Microsoft Paint, PowerPoint, and Word.

Children wanted to celebrate a small party with computer teachers because they are learning well. In the party, they sang a few songs and had small refreshments. We teachers also supported this party because we wanted to improve relations between teachers and students, and it went well.

 

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Jan 2, 2018

Become Self-sustaining! One person at a time....

Sewing machines bring freedom from extreme poverty
Sewing machines bring freedom from extreme poverty

Sewing Class

On our track to empower women, the last sewing group has finished their training course after three months. After finishing the course, the women are able to cut and stitch clothes. They are excited to work hard as the trainer helped them to learn a lot of new verities of fashion. Most of the women add to their husband’s income by stitching clothes.

*Sana completed the three-month sewing training at our sewing center. She has lots of goals to support her family. Sana shared, “This training center gave me new direction to live. I not only learned how to stitch clothes, but also how to live and how to face challenges. I want to help my family by stitching clothes. As I am encouraged from here, I have already decided to send my younger sister here to learn.”

Computer Center

The three-month training of computer technology is complete. Our trainer helped the students gain much knowledge of the computer. Students also spent lot of time practicing and doing the assignments. Some students are already helping in the center and found jobs in different sectors. We are reaching toward our goal to equip the youth by providing them computer training and have already registered new students in the center for the next classes.

*Irum recently completed her computer training, and she is very excited to have received training on computer technology. She aims to be a software engineer. Irum shared, “I was way behind when I joined this academy. I found an atmosphere of progress and it inspired me to reach for higher studies in computer technology from a university. I really appreciate this opportunity at this academy, where I found myself becoming a role model for my community.”

Farming

Since agriculture constitutes the largest sector of our economy, the majority of the population, directly or indirectly, is dependent upon agriculture. We are uplifting the community by providing the farming project. We are also planning to start a fish farm, which will also provide resources for many villagers.

After a lot of hard work and struggles with cultivation, the land is ready to sow the crops. In coming weeks, the farmer will sow the fodder for animals. This will help to generate income. This will be the first crop after adding the natural fertilizer.

*For the purposes of safety and wellbeing, “Sana” and “Irum” are pseudonyms for the people being helped by this project.

 

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