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Apr 13, 2018

No More: Fighting against Gender Based Violence

“If we are to fight discrimination and injustice against women we must start from the home for if a woman cannot be safe in her own house then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere.”- Aysha Taryam

Through Project Samvedana, meaning compassion, Maitri envisions a world in which violence against women is prevented and ultimately ends. Seemingly an ambitious goal, domestic violence must be prioritized in order to promote gender equality and empower women to stand on their own two feet.

Maitri’s initiatives include:

(1) Engaging in a dialogue on domestic violence;

(2) Including more males in discussions and conversations

(3) Creating awareness;

(4) Creating women leaders that are empowered to take this movement forward.

In collaboration with Maitrigram, another organizational initiative, Project Samvedana has also been working to impart skills and instill confidence in women and children through English-speaking and sewing classes.  In addition to language skills building classes, both for Hindi and English, women of several local bastis (slums) have been able to take part in stitching and tailoring classes in the hopes of gaining confidence to secure employment or obtain loans to establish their own tailoring units. During the month of January, Maitri conducted an art workshop where community children were engaged. The workshops involved discussion on aspirations of children. Using art as a medium, Maitri initiated a dialogue on gender and the roles one aspires for.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, to eliminate Gender based violence, Maitri India organized a staff training programme with men from the main office headquarters in Delhi. Some Objectives of the training were to sensitize about the gender issues, and create awareness through a campaign “No More”.

Thank you for supporting Maitri's efforts to prevent domestic violence against women in India thus far. Your contribution has been key in helping us make a difference and we look forward to your sustained partnership to ensure that we can translate Maitri's commitments into meaningful change.  

Art Workshop
Art Workshop
Feb 26, 2018

Fun and Education Packed together

Students receiving scholarships
Students receiving scholarships

Dear Maitri Friend,

It has been an exciting quarter for our Afterschool Programme. we continued to hold After-school classes for children from low-income communities in two co-locations. The students we have are aged five to sixteen. Our teachers are able to give them individual attention, which they don’t normally get in school because of bigger size of the classes. Our overall goal is to enhance their understanding, better their academic performance and enrich their holistic development. We bring you highlights and recent update on the project.

The last quarter has been of fun and education packed together. They are progressing well in their classes and have had outstanding results. They are dedicated towards their studies and are very happy with the teaching they are being provided with. During Dr. Ulf’s visit meritorious students from Maitrigram
school ARD complex and Sonia Vihar were awarded certificates of merit and scholarships of Rs. 5,000 each.

The first month of the year, started with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm with in students and teachers. Our teachers- Ms. Manisha, Ms. Estherleena and Ms. Pooja are dedicated teachers who come every day from 3pm-5pm. We also have a volunteer, Ms. Wamika, who teaches English to class 9 th from 3pm-4pm every day. Despite of cold weather, the school attendance was up to mark. The total number of students is 63. No new enrollments were made and 4 students discontinued.

The New Year started with the introduction of Yoga classes at the school. The yoga teacher, Mr. Naresh Sachdev visits the school twice a week, i.e., Monday and Friday. Other than yoga, Mr. Naresh also teaches moral values and the other things like, importance of healthy eating etc. Each class is for half an hour, i.e., from 4:30pm – 5pm.

On 22 nd January, kids celebrated Basant Panchami. The signification of Goddess Saraswati was explained and bajans were played in school. Yoga teacher, Mr. Naresh Sachdeva distributed a goodie bag of a scale, pencil, eraser and sharpener to the students.

On 25 th January, Republic day was celebrated in school. Tri color tattoos were decorated on student’s cheeks. Speeches were made by four students about the significance of republic day, how and why it is celebrated. Tiny tots from class’s 2 nd to 3 rd presented various slogans given by our freedom fighters. Our rights and duties as a citizen of the country were explained to the students. At the end National Anthem was sung. A total of 609 packets of biscuits, 108 packets of tea pots and sandwiches, chips fruits and
chocolates were also distributed to both the schools.

Last week was full of fun, activities, games and learning when students of The British School volunteered at Maitrigram,Our school Programme to provide supportive education. The students were involved in different activities and games which creates a different and holistic experience of learning

Thankyou for all your support .

Yoga classes
Yoga classes
Feb 7, 2018

Ensuring a life of identity, respect and dignity

Medical checkup of widow mothers
Medical checkup of widow mothers

Dear Maitri Friend, 

Thank you for your continued support to Maitri Ghar, the old age home for widows in Vrindavan.  Through your act of kindness, we are able to ensure care and support for the abandoned, ageing and destitute widow motherswith shelter, food, clothing, and healthcare.

Last few months have our widow mothers struggle with the winter. The evenings and mornings are very cold and Maiyyas are enjoying the seasonal change.Their daily routine continues to be the same more or less. They go for bhajans every morning and evening. This space gives them a chance to devote their energies to their spiritual and religious development as well as a space where they interact with like-minded individuals who they can befriend. This is the time where their yearning for devotional activities is fulfilled.The widows are being provided lunch as well as dinner by our food partners namely, Akshay Patra Foundation at Vrindavan & Radha Kund. There is adequate supply of milk and fruits every day.

Total number of meals provided to the widows were 6300 and total number of fruits served to them was 3010 in tha last month. Widows at Vrindavan went for medical checkups on every Friday and on every Saturday at Radha Kund. In total 249 medical checkups have been conducted at both the places, which includes doctor’s visits to the hospital as well as the weekly medical camps. Also, 105 widows were taken to the hospital for checkup. Across Maitri Ghar in Vrindavan and Radha Kund blankets were distributed to 148 widows. Woollen wear like winter caps, gloves and socks were distributed to 240 widows across Maitri Ghar Vrindavan. In Maitri Ghar, Vrindavan and Radha Kund 65 sarees were distributed to all the widows. In Maitri Ghar Vrindavan and Radha Kund, 60 (oil, soap, shampoo) hygiene kits were distributed to all the widows and airbags were given to widows in Maitri Ghar Vrindavan. 

 Success story  :Our beneficiary was born and brought up in Bihar with her 7 sisters and 1 brother. Her father was a farmer. He didn't send any of his children to school but she had studied till 9th grade. She and her younger sister were educated by her uncle. At the age of 14 years, she was married to a 16 years old boy in Balia. Balia is a district in Banaras and is at 40 km distance from her father's home. Rameshwaram had a cement shop. They were happy in their relationship. They were blessed with a daughter. Her daughter is married. Rameshwaram died on 26th March, 1990 due to breaking of a nerve. After his death, she stayed with her in-laws. But later she left the house and went to live with her brother as they didn't treat her well. After some years, her brother died. She left home and reached Vrindavan. There she reached Maitri Ghar on 14th August 2017. She is happy there. She doesn't want to return to her family as she is contended there. She had her heart checkup done and she had severe weakness and joint pain. She was given physiotherapy and medication. She is feeling much better now and is very happy in Maitri Ghar, Vrindavan

We invite Maitri supporters and well-wishers of widow mothers to visit the mothers in Vrindavan and spend time. They crave love and affection and ofcourse talk. The need to touch is very strong in them as they feel unloved, a warm hug lasts them a long time till the next one.

Fruits being distributed
Fruits being distributed
Dental checkup in progress
Dental checkup in progress
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