Dec 9, 2019

Computers make life easier!

Asavari taking the computer exam with confidence
Asavari taking the computer exam with confidence

 

Dear friends,

Greetings from IDEA!

It delights us to bring to you another report from our computer literacy project. We are on a mission to impart computer literacy to 1000 underprivileged women and girls in India and with supporters like you, we are able to go beyond our target.

We are filled with pride as another batch of ladies successfully completed their computer literacy exam. This exam is designed by Govt. of India’s - National Digital Literacy Mission and has to be taken online.

Women who were scared some months ago to even touch a computer took the exam with absolute ease. This is the result of our computer instructors who very patiently teach the women, both in groups and also individually. No doubt is too small, the students are free to ask questions and they also get personal attention and ample practice time.

In the latest batch which took the exam recently, there were two middle-aged women - Asavari and Deepa. Asavari is a student of our skill development course, she is learning to become a tailor and aims to open her own shop soon.

We convinced her to join the computer course since it will greatly help her in her new business. Deepa lives in a community where our computer center is housed. She came in one day just to find out what we do. Our team convinced her with much difficulty that computer training can be taken by anyone, even a woman of her age.

Both ladies had never touched a computer and were naturally slow to pick up in the beginning but our instructors were equally gentle and patient with them and soon enough fear gave way to curiosity. They began to enjoy the process of learning and were looking forward to the class.

They found that internet surfing is not only easy but extremely helpful. They were happy that they could talk to their children about websites, apps, etc. They learned how to do online payments, skype and book tickets online. This excited them!

Both of them have passed the end of the course computer exam and are eagerly awaiting the certificate distribution ceremony next month. Asavari and Deepa both agree to the benefits of learning computers and say that it has indeed made their life a little easier.

Friends, we request you to donate to this project and kindly spread a word among your friends. Let’s make everyone E-LITERATE!

Deepa taking the exam alongside a young classmate
Deepa taking the exam alongside a young classmate

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Oct 31, 2019

HAPPY DIWALI from INDIA!

Happy Diwali!
Happy Diwali!

Dear friend,

Greetings from IDEA!

 A very big thank you for your continued support to the holistic development of many underprivileged children! Needy children whose families struggle to provide 2 square meals a day have found IDEA study centres – a safe sanctuary where they come to learn and to enjoy life!

As you know, along with focus on improving their fundamental learning skills (Reading, Writing & Comprehension), we also strive to bring out their hidden talents through various Art & Craft activities. Many life skill sessions and exposure visits are also conducted for their all-round development. 

In the run-up to Diwali  - festival of lights, children enjoyed drawing, colouring, making masks, wall hangings and the most important of all  - colourful lanterns to celebrate the spirit of Diwali. They decorated their study centres with their hand-made crafts on the occassion of Diwali parties conducted by their study centre teachers. 

Like every year, we conducted story – telling workshops where children were given many story books to read out aloud. Afterwards, they are asked questions on the stories and were encouraged to discuss the morals of each stories. So they get value-based education while also having fun!

Another reason for excitement was – TABLET – A magazine for the children, by the children! This magazine is the testimonial to the impressive progress of our study centre children. It is their creation, right from the art-work to the content – poems, stories, essays and tasty recipes. Seeing their poems and essays featured in the magazine filled the children and their parents with pride!

Diwali is celebrated with much fan-fare in India, there are lights, people buy new clothes and eat the best sweets. But there are many families who spend the festival in darkness. This Diwali, with the help of many generous donors like you, we gifted the study centre children – sweets, snacks, educational games and festive clothes.

Thank you, dear friend, many underprivileged children are moving from darkness towards the light of knowledge because you care!

Please continue donating to this project, there are many more futures to be built!

New clothes gifted to tribal children
New clothes gifted to tribal children
Tasty treats on festive occassion
Tasty treats on festive occassion
Coulourful wall hangings made by children
Coulourful wall hangings made by children
Mask making activity
Mask making activity
TABLET magazine inauguration by children
TABLET magazine inauguration by children
Story-telling in a study centre
Story-telling in a study centre
Drawing and colouring competition
Drawing and colouring competition

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Sep 30, 2019

Small interventions too make big difference

Maya with her mother in front of their house
Maya with her mother in front of their house

Greetings from IDEA , a Pune based NGO . As many of you are aware, IDEA , conceptualized by a team of qualified and experienced social scientists and social workers, adopts a holistic approach to promote education & women empowerment.

IDEA has touched the lives of over 80,000 in its journey since inception through its core programmes .This considering the humble beginning in 2002 is an amazing achievement.  

Please do read our Annual Report 2018-19 to know more about our initiatives and impact –

https://ideafoundation.org.in/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/IDEA-Annual-Report-2018-19.pdf

 

IDEA started supporting schools and marginalised children in a few locations in central Kerala after the floods in August 2018 . Unfortunately the central and north Kerala was affected again by floods in August 2019 . People lost their belongings; houses damaged very badly leaving the marginalised people in the clutches of debt . Students are most affected as their parents are struggling to meet both the ends . IDEA continues its efforts to help families and children IN A SMALLER WAY due to inadequate funds .

Here we would like to take you through two flood affected families :-

Maya ( Name changed ) braves all odds to find a job to help her family :

Maya lives with her ailing parents and elder brother in Kainakari . When the flood completely washed away her house and all belongings , she and her family lost all hope for a few days . But she soon gained confidence when she was selected as a sponsored child. She successfully completed her school final exam and taken admission in a Nursing college for a two year diploma in Nursing with an aim to get a job and help her parents .

Maya’s parents are suffering from many chronic illnesses ; due to severe spondylitis mother can’t even do household chores . Her father though a chronic epileptic patient works as a casual labourer whenever he feels better. Maya’s elder completed diploma as a technician but unable to find a suitable job . At present he works as an assistant to a technician and earn a meagre  income to support the family .

The crisis at home never allowed Maya to have many dreams like her friends  but her ONLY dream is to be supporter of her ailing parents !

Goat brings happiness in a poor family

In our previous report we have mentioned about a livelihood program we have initiated for a few marginalised families through goat rearing .  We are pleased to present how it is making a difference to poor  families .

Prejitha, Prejith & Premjit ( name changed ) are three tiny children attending a primary school where we have some interventions to help children and poor parents. These children are the most less fortunate ones in the school with an unhappy family atmosphere due to alcoholism of the father and quarrels between the parents. Their father doesn’t live with the family or supports the family financially but comes home frequently only to quarrel with his wife. The poor mother works in a chicken shop and earns a small income . This family was also selected in our goat distribution program due to extreme poverty at home .

The family , especially the children have taken good care of the goat and they were so happy to share that the goat has started giving milk . The mother sells part of the goat’s milk for a regular but small income for the family while she is happy that she can now afford to give milk to her children . Gaining confidence from the experience the mother now looks forward to rear more goats !

A request ……………

The work still continues …..with more family assistance for livelihood and sponsorship support for children.  

Thanks a lot for your support so far and we look forward for more support to reach out to many more needy children and families  .

  

The family with the goat & Kid
The family with the goat & Kid
 
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