Jan 8, 2021

Preparedness is the Key!

Mask Distribution
Mask Distribution

HAPPY NEW YEAR ! 

Hope year 2021 will bring new hopes and blessings for all! 

IDEA Foundation’ s self-care support project for women started as a side track of its educational initiatives. While working in slums in the city and underprivileged communities in rural areas we found out that hygiene and health care is not at all a priority for these people.  

Before starting with our main objectives of our educational and women empowerment projects in less privileged communities, we understood that we had to also deal with things which will keep a community's physical and mental health in check. Otherwise, these programs would not have yielded the result which we were aiming for. People here, especially women were not at all in good health, and they seldom visited a doctor. Anemia, due to frequent pregnancies and menstrual health were our major concern. IDEA kept on arranging regular health checkups and medicine in these communities. We were also conducting awareness drives on hygiene and nutrition for children as well as for parents periodically. So far everything was going on smoothly. 

 But now as COVID-19 continues to spread and it is impacting almost every individual and their livelihood, we cannot opt for a lockdown. We understand that we have more responsibility and commitment as an NGO ensuring health care of our beneficiaries and their family members. Covid spread prevention in these underprivileged communities stand out as an ultimate necessity at present. We are continuing our work with more deliberate attempts to make people aware of the current scenario and to accelerate Nation's fight against COVID 19. Our social workers visit these places and keep distributing the hygiene kit and give information about the seriousness of this disease, physical distancing, use of masks and maintaining cleanliness to prevent the spread of disease. 

 None of us know what this pandemic situation holds in future, but we have to be prepared and help everyone around us to be prepared too. Carelessness can lead to disaster, so we are trying our best not to be panic but to get help wherever possible. 

 Help us to reach out to more people and provide the help needed. 

 Thank you! 

Mask Distribution
Mask Distribution
COVID awareness drive
COVID awareness drive
Covid awareness drive
Covid awareness drive
Jan 7, 2021

AND NOW IT IS BIRD FLU .

Felicitation_program
Felicitation_program

 

Dear friends & supporters,

On Behalf of the entire IDEA team ,I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR !

We continue the relief and rehabilitation support we have started in year 2018 in a few locations in central Kerala , in India . These locations have been twice affected by flood in the year 2018 and 2019 . In 2020  people in this areas were badly affected due to the Pandemic  especially due to travel and tourism related occupation of the people .

Now another calamity has stuck…. The bird flu attack since the very beginning of 2021 . Tourism related work , farming and poultry farming are the main occupations of the people living in central part of Kerala state. So far 12,000 ducks have died and 36,000 ducks will be culled in this week . This will affect the income source of the people considerably . IDEA has plans to support some of the most affected families .    

During the past 10 months we tried our best to support children and their families by providing cash , grocery and other material support . We also supported and facilitated our partner schools to actively engage children through online educational sessions.    

Status of online Class pattern during Covid Pandemic at SNDP HS, Kuttamangalam and GOVT HS, Kuppappuram

Among the students, Online classes are going on. A few televisions are arranged by both the Schools at various locations near the School for getting access to the students to the various online class program through educational channels like First Bell Digital Classes through KITE-VICTERS. Nearly 17 televisions have been arranged by Govt High School, Kuppappuram, Alappuzha and each television is beneficial to more than 5 Students. Victers  channel is telecasting the online class programs for different standards at different timings. Classes can be accessed through VICTERS mobile app also. Through the mobile app previous day’s classes can also be accessed. Students are expected to attend the online classes under the supervision of their parents. The teachers prepare class notes after each day’s classes and circulate it among students through whatsapp groups. Students are given exercises to be completed before the next day’s class of the same subject. Parents are expected to ensure that students do no unfair means to do the exercises. The exercises done is sent back to teachers for correction, if any. Teachers are available at school to clear doubt if any, of the students.

The schools are planning to setup an E Library facility to the students. IDEA foundation extends full hearted co-operation to these schools for these activities.

Felicitation program to congratulate best performers 

It was heartening to know how children and their families face whatever challenges they come across …like Adithya and Anagha

Adithya ’s family consists of the child , parents and elder brother. He is studying in class 11th at SNDP school, Kuttamangalam, Alappuzha. His father is a coolie and mother Mrs. Raji  is a Housewife.  In 2018, the flood totally damaged his house. The family look some loan and reconstructed their house .The flood in 2019 made several damages to the reconstructed home. Due to the father engaged in a daily wage job,  he is facing unemployment during this covid pandemic. However inspite of all the odds Aditya scored well in his school final exam . Under the sponsorship program of IDEA , the child is being supported.

Anagha’s case is also no different than Aditya’s.  Anagha is studying in 9th std at SNDP school , Kuttamangalam, Alappuzha. Her father is a Barber and mother is a housewife . She belongs to a poor family and her father is now unemployed. Her mother now works in a small shop and they live with that very small income.

 The flood in 2018 damaged her house very much and it was almost wiped out. After that they struggled for laying foundation for a new one and the flood in 2019 damaged the reconstructed hut to some extent.  Amidst all these difficulties Anagha scores very well in her studies and she is a very talented girl . She keeps sending us drawings , her singing video etc.

We have arranged a grant virtual felicitation program to encourage our children . Children very enthusiastically participated in the program by sending videos of songs and dances performed by them

Congratulation_from IDEA team
Congratulation_from IDEA team
MERRY CHRISMAS
MERRY CHRISMAS
Welcome 2021
Welcome 2021
Road safety
Road safety
Jan 7, 2021

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door

Beauty Parlor enterprise  by our beneficiary
Beauty Parlor enterprise by our beneficiary

HAPPY NEW YEAR ! 

Hope the new year 2021 will bring new hopes and opportunities for all of us!

IDEA Foundation started skill development programs for women from under privileged communities to help them make a living to support themselves and their families. We have successfully completed many batches in tailoring, beautician and home chef courses. In addition to that we have also trained many women in short term courses like bag making, candle making and other art and craft courses which enabled them to earn a living in a short span. Though COVID 19 crisis forced us to lockdown our regular classes, we are able to continue our training programs through virtual platforms. The success stories we get to hear from our beneficiaries even in this pandemic situation is really an encouragement to all of us. 

Let me share with you a couple of stories. 

Reshmi is a great role model for all of us. From house wife to home chef, home chef to entrepreneur, entrepreneur to a cooking teacher, Reshmi's transformation did not end there. She kept on updating herself with new skills and adapted to the changes happening in her surroundings. After attending our short-term home chef classes, she became confident in her natural talents in cooking and started her own catering business. She started taking orders for homemade snacks too. She decided to share her knowledge with other women who are from similar background and encouraged them to improve their culinary skills too. 

Simultaneously she found time to attend our NDLM centre and updated herself with computer skills needed to run her business. Now at this time of lock down, her computer knowledge came handy, she started her own YouTube channel through which she teaches cooking to thousands of followers. Her story is inspiring not only to her family and close friends, but also to each one of us in IDEA team as she gives us motivation to continue even in this time of crisis and confusion. 

 
Madhavi is another great example of determination, determination to achieve one's dreams, even in adverse situation. After dropping out from school after 10th standard, she was working as an assistant in a beauty parlor in Mumbai. She got married very early and had to move to Pune leaving her small job and started her family. But when she came to know about IDEAs advanced beauty parlor course, she joined it and soon after completing it she got a job in a beauty parlor here. She felt very confident and her family was proud of her too. 


Madhavi was earning enough to support herself and was very proud of her achievement till the pandemic started and the parlor where she was working got shut down. Dreams shattered once again. Many of our women beneficiaries are facing similar difficulties due to lock down. IDEA organized different webinars for these women to encourage them to look for alternate paths. We are also giving information and guidelines to be followed according to the instructions from government for safety during this pandemic. 

Madhavi attended one of these webinars, and decided to start her own parlor where she could take the complete responsibility of the service she is providing. Her family supported her decision and stood with her once again. As she had also attended our entrepreneurship development programs, she had acquired enough knowledge to start her own parlor.   She inaugurated her beauty parlor in August 2020 and she is strictly following all the guidelines and protocols there for the safety of the customers. 

Dear donors, we have many such success stories from our beneficiaries,and you have helped us to make a difference in their lives. Please continue to support us in the coming years. 

Thank you! 

Tailoring set up
Tailoring set up
Learning through virtual classes
Learning through virtual classes
Tailoring set up by IDEA beneficiary
Tailoring set up by IDEA beneficiary
Following COVID 19 protocols
Following COVID 19 protocols
 
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