Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India

by Karuna Trust
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Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India
Kalpana outside her house
Kalpana outside her house

Dear Donors,

Sorry again for the late update - I'm writing from India, where I've been spending time visiting different project, including the Green Tara Foundation (as it's now called) which supports girls like Preethi.

It's always a delight visiting here, and I look forward to sharing some of my experiences with you. We will also be making a short film about the project.

I met many girls on this trip, and I'd like to share the story of one here. Kalpana is 18, and has not long completed her 12th standard exams. She is bright and intelligent and a remarkable example of what this project is doing for girls in the slums. 

"Before I joined the Green Tara Foundation - I mean, the computer classes, I never used to leave the house." Kalpana joined with the project a few years ago, first with the computer classes, and then with the spoken English. She's so confident and clear, you'd never guess she was talking about herself just a few years before. "Now I go out - but before I didn't know about anything. You don't know about anything if you don't go out. Now I know about computers, English... I know a lot. 

I see Kalpana again and again at project acitvities, She's helping the other girls now, so they can experience was she did. I ask her about her plans for the future and work.

"I got a job offer from Tata motors" she says - an incredible achievement for a dalit girl from the slums, "but I turned it down. I want to study more." 

In the week that I am there, she gets another job offer from a local supermarket that she interviewed for. She takes it "but only for 6 months" she tells me. "That's when my course starts."

Thank you for helping to bring about this great change.

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Pooja
Pooja

Prior to attending classes at the project Pooja, 20, was living with her mother in a rented single room with only a tin roof for shelter.  She had hopes of buying a home for herself and her mother however with only her mother’s 4,000 Rupees monthly income to support them, there was little prospect of improving their situation.  Her reliance on her mum for support left Pooja with low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. The project leader described her as sincere but initially very timid and reluctant to take part in class activities.

Pooja saw other young women in the neighbourhood benefit from the project classes in the area and decided to attend the computer and English courses. She noticed a rapid boost in her confidence as a result of attending the classes. Despite not having much funding for travel she was managed to attend classes every day for three months. Her tutors helped her search for job openings and helped her with interview preparation and guidance.

Pooja now has a position as a call operator where she uses the skills she gained during her time with the project. With her 6,000 Rupee monthly salary she was able to help buy a place for her and her Mother as well as a gas stove to replace the brick oven 'chulha' they had been using. She has encouraged other women in the area to join the projects classes and her friends have commented on how much happier she has become since qualifying from vocational training. 

"I am very much liking my life  I took some loan we have our own house - small tin walls but we have our own shelter. And now we have cooking gas also, before we cook on 'chulha' - very much trouble.

Green Tara Foundation [the project] give me support to search for a job, they prepared me for interview.

I faced the interview very confidently, and I got the job because of Green Tara's vocational training"

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Madhuri
Madhuri

Madhuri is typical of the gilrs at the project.

22 years old, she lives in a small house, constructed of tin sheeting, with her 2 brothers, a sister-in-law, and her 2 parents, in Bhimnagar slum.

Her father is a rickshaw driver, and brings in 7,000rs a month, on which it is impossible to support a family of 6. 

Madhuri explains that she used to see other girls who were attending classes, how confident they were, and the new skills they were acquiring. 

" I wanted to help my family. This was my main concern. I really wanted to take responsibility in helping, especially because my father is getting older. I decided to enrol in the computer classes. I attended these classes for 3 months. In this time, I was also able to attend other classes that the foundation were running, such as the 'Personality Development' lectures and 'Spoken English' classes. All of these things helped me to get a job in a call centre as a call attendent."

Madhuri now earns 7,000rs a month, which means the household income is now doubled. She also expresses happiness that she no longer has to wear old clothes as she always used to have to.

"I am very grateful to the donors" she said smiling widely.

Thank you for your support which allows these girls to change their lives, and the way they are regarded in their families and communities.

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Deepali Sewing
Deepali Sewing

Deepali is 18 years old.

Age: 18years

Education :  9th        

Address: Vishrantwadi  slam, Pune.

Background:  

                 I  am Deepali my parent’s are no more my uncle & aunty look after me. I have one brother. When I was at home I felt insecure  about my life & future               

Feelings:

         When I learned tailoring in Green tara foundation I feel very secure & proud about my self, I am earning money so I can save money for my future . I am getting confidence in me day by day in future I will be green tara ‘ s staff  I want  to do something for poor girls like me very thanks for karuna trust & green tara foundation.   I got my way to secure life through learning tailoring     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pratibha
Pratibha

Not all of the girls who live in the slums are fortunate enough to benefit from the interventions offered by this project. In fact most are not, and so end up marrying while they are very young and dropping out of school. This was the case for almost all of the girls a few years ago, before project activities began here. Now the situation is slowly changing. 

For the young women who had no opportunity to escape early marriage and domestic servitude, the project provides them with a chance of improving their situation. Many come to project activities, benefitting from an environment of peers (most of the women seldom leave their houses before attending), sharing their stories, and giving assistance and support to the staff and the younger girls. Some take part in the skills development courses to improve their own situations.

Pratibha is 28. She is married with 4 children and lives with her husband and mother in law. They live in the Bhimnagar slums, Vishrantwadi, in a small house of one room with a tin roof. Her husband is a driver and his 6,000rs (£64) a month salary doesn't quite cover the basic needs of the family. 

Prabhita wanted her children to study so they would not have to struggle as they parents do. They saved as much money as they could and the children were going to school, but there was no money for their books, and not enough for oil to cook food.

Then one day Pratibha spoke to a neighbour of hers who had attended sewing classes, Motivated by the wish to educate her children, she was inspired to do the same and started going along. 

She has now been attending classes for 6 months, and has gained a lot of confidence and new experiences through leaving the house and socialising with other women. In terms of income, she can earn up to 120rs a day for sewing things for others, and this 3,000rs or so a month raises the household income by half.

They can now afford both food and books and educational materials for the children. Pratibha says the house is also more peaceful now there is not the pressure of making sure there was enough money every day. The relationship with her mother in law is much improved now that she is able to contribute to the family financially. Furthermore, she has made a lot of new friends, and is confident that with the support of those around her, her business can grow. 

Now Pratibha is happy, her home is peaceful, and her children stand a chance of escaping the poverty which binds their parents.

Thank you, as always, for funding this life changing work.

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