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Mar 10, 2017

Education is not a luxury but basic child rights

Shivani and Antima have a healthy competition
Shivani and Antima have a healthy competition

Dear Maitri Friend,

It has been an exciting quarter for our Afterschool Programme. We bring you highlights and recent update on the project.

A Beautiful Friendship 

We noticed a beautiful friendship spark between Shivani and Antima. They are students of class 8th and both are at the top of their classes. Antima, studies in the Vidhanchand School, while Shivani is in N.D.M.C School. Antima wants to become a journalist and Shivani a pilot. They met in Maitri’s School and developed a great friendship. Both of them have siblings, also studying at Maitri School. Their fathers work in private companies. While their fathers are away for work, their mothers work as housemaids.

Antima and Shivani, though in their teens, are often told by their moms to cook food for the family and clean the house. Despite their parents not having had the advantage of education, they appreciate and value it and motivate them to “Study hard” though unfortunately Shivani’s mother sometimes adds “unless you want to end up just like me, cleaning in the houses". When one of them has too many house chores to finish, the other one always comes to the rescue. This is how they take time out for ther chitchat where they talk about their favorite things and big aspirations. 

Antima and Shivani have a healthy competition with each other in their academics.

Maitri School provides afterschool classes to community children studying from class 1st to 10th. There are more than 100 children studying in Maitri Schools. Maitri School is a supportive education school, where children from the slum communities who go to state Government schools and thereafter come to Maitri for enhancement and problem solving. Maitri School has been established with the aim of providing a platform for slum children to be at par with children from other schools, compete and ensure zero drop out rate while giving them skills and opportunities to learn new sporting activities. Students from the slums have a challenge of space at their home and may not be able to concentrate as much as they would like, Maitri provides that space and motivation.

 

New Facility for Maitri School

Our children now have a new school building. They are super excited to have moved into a new building with a lot of windows and light. Children from junior classes have to sit on the floor as we do not have furniture for the class due to paucity of funds. Presently they sit on jute mats. Middle and senior classes have the old furniture, which will also be changed as we get funds. Since we have more space for extra curricular activities, we are going to get Hoola hoop, football, step and jump ladders and many more other fun games to ensure flexibility, balance, team spirit etc. We also shall be getting teachers to engage them in English speaking, as it’s a necessity in today’s world for employability. Books, exercise copies, art supplies, we need to get them on regular basis to give the children an ongoing edge in their education and creative. Maitri proposes to establish a library for the children, so that the habit of reading can be inculcated in the children from an early age.

Dr. Ulf Kristoffersson, patron of Maitri, has initiated a scholarship for girl child and as a starter; he has committed scholarship of $100 each for two meritorious girls every year. Thank you Dr. Kristoffersson. We welcome our supporters to also participate in sponsoring a girl’s education for a year.

Christmas celebrations and gifts

Christmas 2016 was very special for the children at Maitri. On 23rd December 2016 Christmas celebration was organised at the school. Children were given the freedom and resources to decorate the school as per their imagination. They also put up an interesting play to mark the birth of Christ. Since the children, have started engaging in different sports activities, one of our donors chose to gift all the children sports shoes along with treats.

In the spirit of giving and being thoughtful about others, children were encouraged to express their feelings of appreciation for their families and friends. Happy faces of children showed their sense of gratitude.

Frisbee Team completes five months of Training

Ultimate Frisbee was introduced to the community children five months back, to build confidence, trust and leadership. We are happy to let you know, it has broken gender barriers, boys and girls they participate in the same team without inhibition.  15 students have progressed to the advanced level. They have been exposed at the competitive level to play with professional players and we look forward to them playing professionally.

Annual Examination

Annual examinations have started and preparation is in full swing. Children are motivated and working towards each exam without stress. Our aim is to support them with their problem solving abilities without any stress and tension. We are confident our students will do well and come out with flying colours. We wish them all the best.

New Teacher for A.R.D. Centre

It is our aim to provide the best of education to the community children hence we try to have a good teaching staff for the same.  I am sure you can appreciate the challenge to hire good staff who can deliver quality education. Funding remains the biggest challenge.

I would like to thank you once again for your support. We greatly appreciate your kind thoughts and words. 

Children love their new classrooms
Children love their new classrooms
Children get extra help for examinations
Children get extra help for examinations
Children get excited for their X-mas gifts
Children get excited for their X-mas gifts
Happily showing off their Christmas gifts!
Happily showing off their Christmas gifts!
Children warming up for Frisbee Session
Children warming up for Frisbee Session
Dr. Ulf Kristoffersson inaugurated new facility
Dr. Ulf Kristoffersson inaugurated new facility
Feb 22, 2017

Standing with them till the end!

Kapuri hopes to get well soon
Kapuri hopes to get well soon

Dear Maitri Friend,

Maitri's second home for ‘elderly destitute widows’ is now fully functional in Radhakund, Vrindavan. It provides a comfortable safe space to the widows who were abandoned by their families and have had to live in destitution taking away their identity and dignity.

In 2015, MaitriGhar translated as 'Home where you can live in dignity and with love', had a soft launch with 45 widows making it their home. With your generous support and donations from friends of Maitri – we have been able to construct two more floors and it now houses 75 widows, with space for another 25 widow mothers. 

We ran short of resources in buying beds, mattresses, bed linen and almirahs etc. As soon as we have the funds for the same, we will be able to accommodate the 25 who are eagerly waiting to call it home. We would like you to know that apart from the 75 widows living in the home, there are additional 75 widows who benefit from the program and get their mid day meal, milk, fruits, clothes, medical care and access to citizenship rights such as widows pension, UID card, Voter card, ration card etc.

We take pleasure in informing you that, we are now ready to start the skill building and income generation program in March 2017. MaitriGhar in Vrindavan and Radhakund will start a small-scale business in making cloth bags, employing 80 widows to start with, which will be sold in the local market as well as in Delhi. Some boutique owners have expressed interest in supporting the program by placing orders as soon as we are able to procure 50 machines and fabric for six months. We visualize the program being sustainable by employing the widows living in and out of MaitriGhar, while it will give them dignity of labor, the profits will help it move to a higher level. We look for your support in buying stitching machines and fabric.

An important feature of the Maitri’s Old Age Homes for the widows is that Maitri has been successful in installing solar panels ensuring regular supply of electricity 24x7x365 days. Both the homes will be able to generate enough electricity to service the needs of the residents of each home and yet have surplus energy. This is our effort towards clean sustainable energy.

In the last quart, r 24 widow mothers had to be taken to the hospital for treatment nearly 70 times for various health issues. Hypertension, general weakness, low blood pressure, diabetes, and stomachache are some of the health issues the widows complain about. The resident nurse has been providing nursing care at Home to three widows who are bedridden. 

We feel happy to let you know, the widows physical health is in good condition and that despite being 24 hour bedridden, they are living in extremely hygienic condition with no ulcers or sores and clean diapers.

One of the resident widows at MaitriGhar, Vrindavan, Kapuri, has been bed ridden for sometime. She suffers from general body ache, weakness. We have been able to keep her comfortable and in good health and spirits because a fully equipped medical bed was donated by one of Maitri compassionate donors. With good care and diet provided to her, we are sure she should recover her health soon enough.

40 additional widows have been able toget access to Widow’s Pension for the first time, with the support of Maitri. It is Maitri's objective to ensure each widow has access to her rights and gets voter card, below poverty line card, widows pension etc.In the recent state assembly election the widow mothers cast their votes for the first time since they got voter cards now. They were proud to exercise their rightto vote as it has established their identity.

Please know that your support goes a long way in uplifting the destitute widows of Vrindavan and giving them a chance to live with identity, dignity and respect. NOW they are no longer destitute. We look forward to your continued support. Lets keep working together to bring dignity in their lives!

Thank you! 

The second MaitriGhar in Radha Kund, Vrindavan
The second MaitriGhar in Radha Kund, Vrindavan
Solar panels are being installed in second Home
Solar panels are being installed in second Home
Founder of Maitri visiting widow mothers
Founder of Maitri visiting widow mothers
Widow mothers voted in the state assembly election
Widow mothers voted in the state assembly election
Feb 2, 2017

Second Phase of toilet construction in full swing

Amit, owner of Amit Rickshaw Garage
Amit, owner of Amit Rickshaw Garage

As reflected in the feasibility study undertaken for Project Adhikar, 35.6% of Rickshaw Pullers (RPs) out of 1000 selected for the study live in the garages and other places that substantially lack basic amenities like inadequate access to safe water, inadequate access to sanitation and other infrastructure, poor structural quality of shelter, etc. These factors invariably take a toll on RPs health, affecting their productivity largely, thus, marring their livelihood.

Construction of Bio-Toilets and ensuring their proper usage will go a long way in improving their living and health conditions. Amit, owner of the Amit garage, where a large number of Rickshaw Pullers live, is a good example of how having access to sanitation facility has a very positive impact on the well being of the RPs. This twenty years old garage is the source of livelihood to roughly 200 RPs and home to around 70 RPs. As such, the responsibility as well as the liability of the RPs inevitably lies with Amit, who is equally keen to work towards their betterment.

Amit garage is one of the garages where bio toilets have been built in the first phase of the intervention. Amit said that earlier the RPs had no choice but to go out in the open to attend nature’s call but since the garage is set in an urban locale, the RPs faced space constraints, public glare and embarrassment. He even told that though he has proper water facility in his garage (supply and well), it never really struck him to build a toilet for the RPs until Maitri approached with the concept.

Amit said Maitri’s association with the garage and its constant efforts through various interventions over the years has positively affected the lives of the so many RPs. This is visibly evident in their day to day life as they are adopting good habits and hygiene practices with proper understanding of the same, thus, working towards improving, not only their lives, but that of their families and eventually their community.

Until now, under the project, 14 bio toilets have been constructed and are duly used in the first phase of the intervention in the five garages. The RPs are happy with the result of the intervention and are glad that the bio toilets are really as effective as they were told. They are using the toilets without any reluctance anymore and are eventually getting used to the habit to the extent that they are keen to get bio toilet constructed in their home for the usage of their families.

After successful implementation of the first phase of construction of bio toilets, there is an air excitement and a general acceptance amongst the RPs of garages where toilets are to be constructed in the second phase. This is the result of promotion of the intervention through word of mouth and experience sharing by the RPs amongst their peers.

In the second phase we are preparing to construction bio-toilets in the following garages.

  1. Vijay Garage
  2. Sunil Garage
  3. Mitu Garage
  4. Santosh Garage
  5. Jagdish Garage
  6. Anil Garage

Approximately 700 RPs are going to benefit from the intervention. All the 6 garages have proper water availability (either well or supply water). The construction is in the full swing at the moment. Moving forward, Maitri intends to construct bio-toilets in the four urban slum communities in and around Ranchi city.

Thank you for supporting the project and enabling us to improve the living conditions of the RPs in Ranchi. We hope to work in more garages and cater to many more RPs in Ranchi.

 

Construction for bio-toilet at Mithu Garage
Construction for bio-toilet at Mithu Garage
Toilet Cabin Construstion
Toilet Cabin Construstion
Construction work at Jagdish Bagla
Construction work at Jagdish Bagla
 
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