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
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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