Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)

MISSION: ' Our mission is to create equal opportunities for the underprivileged sections of society for their all round development.'. We believe that along with equal opportunities, people from socio-economically weaker sections of the society need guidance and support to utilize these opportunities effectively. VISION ' IDEA's vision is a just society where individuals have access to equal opportunity' Our ultimate GOAL is poverty eradication.
May 4, 2016

A Confident Beautician - Swati

Swati
Swati

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for supporting our project. Under our project named ‘Engage & Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India’ we are conducting various skill development programs for giving girls and women another chance to earn their living in a decent way. Our skill development programs include

  • Basic and advanced beautician courses
  • Home chef course
  • Computer training
  • Basic and advanced Tailoring course
  • Art and craft classes for women

 Swati is a twenty three year-old girl who has benefitted by this project. She belongs to a poor family in Pune which includes herself, her parents and three brothers. Her father is too old to work now, though he used to have a small shop before. Two of her brothers are married, so they have to take care of their own family responsibilities. Younger brother is working as a hospital ward-boy but his salary isn’t good enough to manage all the expenses.   

 Though Swati was good at studies, she had to discontinue her education after 10th because of financial problems. Though she wanted to work and earn she could not find any job without enough educational qualification.

She could not afford to join any good professional course in her area, but she managed to do a basic beautician course in a nearby beauty parlour. When she heard about IDEA’s advance beauty parlour course, she was very much interested to join, as with her basic knowledge she could not get a good pay.

 After completing IDEA’s advance course in beauty parlour, Swati’s demand as a beautician increased. She has become very confident and she uses latest machines and techniques with ease. Since last 6 months, she has been using all her knowledge and advance skills in this field and making a good income to support herself and family.

   In her own words “The advance course gave me a lot of confidence in this field. The experience I gained from this course was really helpful. Now I work with a beauty parlour and earn Rs. 7000 a month. If not with this course, I would never have been able to earn this much. I was just earning 3000 before. I am really happy to be self dependent and be able to support my family.” Her picture here, shows a confident young woman.

On behalf of IDEA  , I would like to express our sincere thanks to every donor who is making it possible for many young women and girls to achieve their dreams and live a better life. Please continue to support us so that we can make a positive impact in many more lives.

A gender awareness program in process
A gender awareness program in process
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certificate distribution-Vocational training.jpg
Training on SPA
Training on SPA
May 3, 2016

ROHINI -A GEM SHINING FROM HEAPS OF FAMILY CRISIS

Rohini in IDEA
Rohini in IDEA's office

Dear friends ,

Thank you so much for supporting this project. We are here again with the story of Rohini who is facing many hurdles in life but determined to face any life situation boldly with a smiling face .Her story is also a testimonial on how timely help from YOU is making a huge difference in poor children’s life.  

ROHINI’S STORY   

18 year old Rohini visited IDEA office to meet her social worker. I interacted with her as a new member of the IDEA Team – Manager ,Resource Mobilisation . She remembered her family’s difficult times with tears in her eyes . 

When IDEA enrolled Rohini under the sponsorship programme in 2008 , she just completed her primary school. Her mother was very much worried about her two daughters’ education and other family expenses. Rohini’s father who is an alcoholic was not only not contributing towards the family expenses but was also forcefully taking whatever little savings the mother used to keep at home from her job as a part time maid servant. Immediately after a request from the mother for support and a verification visit to their house by our social worker, sponsorship aid was granted to Rohini much to the relief of the mother and daughters . 

The family was undergoing many hurdles one after the other during the past years. Rohini’s mother who was the sole bread winner fell ill and her father met with an accident. The house they were staying was in a dilapidated condition which required immediate repairs . The family took a bank loan and the mother took another loan from a women’s Self Help Group . The family was struggling to meet their daily expenses and Rohini’s elder sister Roshini started working as a sales girl but eventually she left college to undertake a full time job . There were frequent quarrels between the parents due to the father’s irresponsible attitude and extensive drinking.      

However the family properly utilized the sponsorship assistance to meet educational expenses of Rohini . Co-curricular activities helped Rohini to develop the hidden talents in her , career guidance sessions gave her a direction to select a proper vocation . Rohini could pursue her hobbies including running, Kho-kho ( an Indian Group game )  and singing. She is also very good at singing.

After completing Higher Secondary education in flying colors (she secured 74% marks, stood first in her class ) , Rohini started pursuing bachelor degree in computer application (BCA). In first semester of BCA she secured 72%. She likes the subject ‘modern operating system’ and scored 91% in it.  She has to study two more years to complete her BCA. After completing BCA, she is planning to take up a job.  She is also interested in doing her Masters (MCA)  in future. 

During the toughest period of the family , Rohini  was  working as a  teacher in IDEA  study centre  in her community for some time to minimize the burden on her mother and sister . But she left it when college exams approached . Now in India Summer vacations have started and Rohini make use of it by working at a clinic near her home. Roshni , the sister  is getting married soon so Rohini is determined to support her mother by continuing her part time job along with her studies .

 While narrating her story, Rohini was smiling all the time . The hardships in her life has molded into an understanding and capable human being . 

I realized that Rohini is a real gem shining from heaps of family crisis ! I wished her the very best in life and extended IDEA’s support to her and her family .  

An Appeal

We appreciate YOU for supporting IDEA to help many marginalized girls through this project . We are planning to reach out to many more girls in drought affected and remote locations in Maharashtra as well as in Pune city. We are seeking your continuous support for this expansion plan .

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Rohini attended a study tour.jpg
Rohini receiving  career guidance.jpg
Rohini receiving career guidance.jpg
Rohini with performance gift .JPG
Rohini with performance gift .JPG
Feb 18, 2016

Money matters a lot in women's empowerment

Kavita interacting with women
Kavita interacting with women

Dear friends ,

Thank you so much for supporting this project. We are here again with an impact story on  the project.

We also got an opportunity to host Ms. Kavita Mathew,In-the-Field traveler  from Global Givingat Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA) in January! GlobalGiving's site visits are an important part of GlobalGiving’s  work, , to meet the people in the field & support the Non-profits partners. Here is what
Kavita said about our projects supported by Global Giving .

 “ On behalf of GlobalGiving, I appreciate the invaluable work done by IDEA ( Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All) for the development of urban slums in Pune, through the empowerment of women and children”

Kavita’s visit was helpful for IDEA to use Global Giving Platform more effectively . OUR SINCERE THANKS TO GLOBAL GIVING FOR THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY

 

An update  from the field

 

We have been imparting vocational skills for girls and young women to make them independent . Recently we have introduced a new course- Home Chef .

About Home Chef course

 Under this course we teach women cookery, healthy way of cooking and how to cook on large scale . Once completed  the ‘Home Chef’ course, young women & girls’ will get better remuneration, self- employment opportunities like providing Tiffin boxes or even running small eateries  and will also benefit them skills and knowledge they acquire .

The First Batch of students of Home Chef course started the course on 24th Aug 2015 and completed  on 30th Dec 2015. The course was designed by experts of Food & Nutrition Dept, of a college of Home Science. Total 200 recipes were taught in 54 sessions. The course was conducted four days a week from Monday to Friday excluding Tuesday between 2:30 to 4:30 Pm.

Life skill sessions on motivation, goal setting, time management, Yoga were held for participants during the period to help them to be focused and to manage the different responsibilities skillfully keeping their physical & mental health strong. 

Output:

Nine women have successfully completed the course, 8 securing’ A+’ Grade & 1 Securing ‘B’ Grade. Two of them have started their enterprise and are on the way to be entrepreneurs. The confidence level of all has increased and each one is willing to make use of the skills for livelihood.

  A story from the field

Manisha balances her family & work

Some people are just born to make business. And the story of Manisha is just like that. In partnership with her sister she has opened a beauty parlour and ladies shopping centre in the community area, but this way to success was not usual in her family - she was the writer of her own destiny.

Manisha came from a conservative family who preferred to have sons. She is 3rd among 5 sisters and got basic education till 10th grade .From beginning of school itself ,she was a quick learner and always enthusiastic  to learn new skills. She wanted to pursue further education but unfortunately got married in an early age. While handling responsibilities of two children she was in search of her own identity. She got associated with IDEA as a teacher for a year in learning centre for young children. But the responsibility of mother made her to leave current job .But Manisha was not among those mothers who consider motherhood is only aim of life. She thought of joining the tailoring course of her liking in the time available to her. She successfully completed the course and later joined the beauty parlour course and completed basic & advance course too. The exposure visit and the soft skill sessions held during the course motivated her to choose the option of self-employment instead of traditional way of looking for job. IDEA foundation provided her with a basic beauty kit and parlour chair to boost her confidence of own startup. Today, Manisha runs a shop , attend customers with equal attention and stitches cloths in spare time. She named her enterprise with her daughter’s name which again shows her equal affection to children. We are proud of Manisha for her multitasking abilities. She set up the example of Strong business women with equally loving mother.

An Appeal

We appreciate YOU for supporting IDEA to help many marginalized girls & young women through this project . We are planning to reach out to many more girls & women in remote locations in Maharashtra. We are seeking your continuous support for this expansion plan .

Thanking you in advance for your support 

First batch of students- Home Chef
First batch of students- Home Chef
Cookery class
Cookery class
Manisha in her shop-cum-parlor
Manisha in her shop-cum-parlor
 

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