Sep 17, 2019

Finding courage in adversity

Stationery distribution Day for sponsored students
Stationery distribution Day for sponsored students

Dear Friends,

Greetings from IDEA!

We thank you for supporting our educational sponsorship programme wholeheartedly! It is because of your generous contributions that needy and deserving students are getting monetary (school/college fee reimbursement) and non-monetary support (school supplies, life skill sessions, career counselling and exposure visits). You will be happy to know that many of these students are making the best use of this programme, here are some success stories -

ANUSHKA

Anushka is a child of a single parent. Her mother works a maid and is the only source of income for her family which also includes her little brother.  Anushka is good in sports and participates in Kho-kho, running and long jump. She is a good student and a budding orator. She has won many prizes at various sporting competitions over the years. Anushka balances her sports and academics quite deftly and has secured 63% in 12th standard state board examination. Now she is in college studying Commerce. Our career guidance program helped her in deciding that there are many career opportunities for her in the field of Commerce and she wants to make a career in Banking. Anushka’s passion for sports has instilled leadership qualities in her and she is a real team-player, helping her mother with house chores and helping her friends in need.

“I learned so many useful things from all sessions by IDEA foundation. I am very thankful to IDEA, that they motivated me to continue my education” – Anushka.

ASHWINI

Ashwini’s is the daughter of a farmer and the family has been going through financial problems when they requested us to sponsor her education. It has been 2 years and we are so impressed with Ashwini’s stellar academic success!

Ashwini is a brilliant student pursuing post –graduation in Science. She was in the last year of her graduation when she has been enrolled in sponsorship project. After seeing her sincerity and honest efforts we have continued her in the project and supported her for higher studies. Though she was good in studies but she lacked stage courage and self-confidence. Our sponsorship not only helped her economically but also gave her gain confidence through personality development sessions. Now she participates in various college level competitions enthusiastically. Ashwini has scored 89% in recent exams which is a First class with Distinction. On her way to a bright future, she is eagerly attending our sessions on resume writing.

 “I am very grateful to IDEA foundation for this support. I got opportunities to learn and acquired skills from different sessions which would not have been possible without IDEA. Being part of this sponsorship program helped me enhance my capacities for future" – Ashwini.

 PRIYANKA

Priyanka’s story is as motivating as it is heart-breaking. Priyanka is suffering with a heart problem since many years. Her father is handicapped and suffering from mental disorder. Hence the responsibility of the entire family is on her mother who struggles to make ends meet by working as a house keeper. After a recent heart surgery, the doctors have given her only a few years but Priyanka is a real brave girl. She knows everything and still wants to get an education. Our program is helping her to fulfil her wish.Battling her health condition, Priyanka remains active, participating in various competitions and extra-curricular activities with gusto. She got 54% in 12th board examination which makes us all very proud of her.

According to her teacher, Children in rural areas lack of only opportunities not talent. Opportunities coupled with parental support and sponsorship can shape the life of many talented students like Priyanka”

“I got an opportunity to learn many things through IDEA Foundation, I will teach these skills to my friends and younger children in my village” – Priyanka signs off with this motivating thought.

Friends, please contribute to this project to help more students find courage in adversity!

 

 

ANUSHKA
ANUSHKA
ASHWINI
ASHWINI
PRIYANKA
PRIYANKA

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Sep 17, 2019

Turning dreams into reality!

Dear Friends,

Greetings from IDEA!

Friends, with your support we have been running skill development courses for women since 2010. Underprivileged and marginalized women who are relegated to doing menial labour or other low paying jobs find it difficult to come out of the vicious circle of poverty and lack of opportunities for gainful employment.

Our various courses in Tailoring, Beauty care and Cooking impart the necessary skills which enhance their employability. They additionally benefit from life skill sessions on time management, Govt. schemes and importance of effective comunication.

They learn through exposure visits to successful enterprises run by women which motivates them to join IDEA's Entrepreneurial Development Programme through which they learn business skills and financial managememnt. 

Our efforts are bearning sweet fruits and it is so wonderful to see that underprivileged girls and young women from our various skilling courses have fought all odds, overcoming adversities, breaking the vicious cycle of poverty, they are building their lives, full of new hopes and with a positive outlook. We are happy to share 2 success stories with you –

SARITA

Sarita, a school drop-out was married off very early. She had lost confidence in herself due to lack of education. Her husband persuaded her to join IDEA’s tailoring course. She started taking more interest and enrolled for the EDP sessions where she truly began to push her limits.

She developed a love for new learning which helped her fulfill her desire to learn and evolve. After EDP, Sarita became a tailoring instructor and has also started her own tailoring enterprise with other women from her Self Help Group (SHG). Today Sarita is so happy as she starts her new journey!

MANDA

Manda says “I have worked as a maid for a long time and never liked doing that work but what can an illiterate woman do? It was only when I joined IDEA’s tailoring course that I realized I have talent which can take me ahead in life. The social workers encouraged and motivated me.

After completing EDP, I joined IDEA as a Tailoring instructor and also started an enterprise with 3 other women. We stitch men’s clothes, some people ask me how a woman can stitch men’s clothes and I say that a woman can do anything! I thank IDEA for changing my life around”

Friends, please donate to this project and continue supporting these women so that they may bring their dreams into reality!

Sarita - a role model in her community
Sarita - a role model in her community
Manda - Conquering one dream at a time
Manda - Conquering one dream at a time

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Sep 17, 2019

Emotive expression helps in self-care

Drum circle
Drum circle

Dear Friends,

Greetings from IDEA!

As you know, IDEA serves many underprivileged and tribal women through various skilling courses in Tailoring, Beauty parlour and culinary skills.

Along with skills training, the women benefit through many life skill sessions in Health, Hygiene, Nutrition, interpersonal relations, personality development, soft skills, and time & stress management.

These life skill sessions are important as they teach the importance of self-awareness, they teach women to be knowledgeable and assertive. Slowly women begin to grow in confidence, they learn to cope with adversities and respond effectively to any situation, stress or emotion.

This helps them in dealing with their children, family, relatives and friends better. Their interactions with various groups start becoming more and more meaningful. It also helps their family and peers to engage with them better.

Recently we have started a new initiative - ART THERAPY. In this an expert engages women through the art of drumming. Collective drumming sessions guided by the expert help women release their stress.

This helps them in connecting with their inner self. Their emotions are channelized through rhythmic drumming creating a safe positive space.

emotive expression is especially important in stress management and it helps one tremendously in managing one's emotions and thereby living personal and professional life to one's full potential. 

It is no wonder that our women eagerly await the art therapy sessions and especially the drumming sessions are the most popular amongst women of all ages. 

We are trying our best to reach out to these women through various initiatives which focus on the importance of self-care and we are very happy with the positive response that we are receiving from them.

Friends, please share this project with your community so that more and more marginalized women can learn the importance of self-care!

Session on stress-management
Session on stress-management
Session on handling inter-personal relations
Session on handling inter-personal relations

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