Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India

by Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India
As neat as a pin
As neat as a pin

Dear friends of IDEA,

 

Warm greetings and a very Happy Diwali to all of you! May this festival of lights bring joy and prosperity to you and your family.

 We are very happy to share our filed stories with more vigor and more energy as festivities bring joy and hope in each life in every possible way. While the world is recovering from the pandemic and people continue their mundane work despite the danger of the third wave, we continue to strive to serve you better by reaching out to the unreached. Thank you for your silent support because of which many lives are touched.

As you are aware, this project aims to train young girls and boys on gender equality and sensitize them on the deteriorating sex ratio and its long-term implications. Life skill training has been part of our drill that we conduct for young girls and boys. After years of solid experience at the grassroot level, we have seen the fruits of the seeds we sowed in the form of dialogues on gender equality with young minds. Evil customs like child marriage have reduced drastically over a period. A girl who attended this session happily wrote in the feedback, “I was always discriminated when it came to division of labour in my family. My brother never did any household work. But after a series of sessions on gender equality, not only my brother but my parents also changed their perspective and their behaviour. Slowly he also started sharing responsibilities in whatever I do." Thank you friends for bringing about this attitudinal change amongst those who need support to educate themselves.

While the struggle for survival continues for men and women in the communities, they are more and more aware of the importance of education for all genders and the need to make them independent. Many such parents like Yashoda have made up their mind to educate their daughters no matter how many hurdles they face in the way.

This is a story of Yashoda (name changed) who was once a timid soul, turned into a self-reliant entrepreneur. Raised in one of the urban slum communities in Pune, she was only seventeen years old at the time of her marriage. She could study up to 7th standard. Her husband worked as a labourer for stone breaking and she took up part time work as domestic help. They live in a small room on rent. Her son is studying in 10th grade and the daughter is in 7th. Both go to a local corporation school. Remembering her own struggle and suffering after dropping out of school, Yashoda is very determined to support the education of her daughter and motivate her to dream high.

Yashoda was very shy when she joined basic tailoring course run by IDEA Foundation. Slowly she also completed advance course in tailoring. She received the Best Student Award during IDEA’s annual felicitation programme. Then she bought a sewing machine and started taking local orders in the neighbourhood. Now she earns between 5000 to 7000 rupees per month, and it has become her main source of income. She continues to work as domestic help in the morning to cover additional expenses of the household. She has mastered the skill of stitching mask, blouse, and dresses.

During lockdown period, her husband lost a few of his close relatives he was very attached to, and he went into depression. They tried to seek medical help, but they could not continue it. He stopped working as he was under tremendous trauma. This was a strenuous time for Yashoda as the sole responsibility of earning fell on her shoulders. She was courageous to handle it. She gives all the credit to IDEA Foundation for the guidance and a course like EDP (Entrepreneurship Development Programme) because of which she became skilled and independent. Today, she is supporting her family and helping her husband to come out of depression and resume his duties. Salute to her dedication! Thank you for reading her story.

Many women like Yashoda and their daughters need your help to stay strong in this pandemic. They need external assistance to be aware of their own rights and responsibilities and stay assertive in this competitive world. Thank you for being part of their journey. Let’s light up their lives with a small donation and a big smile.

Yashoda in her house
Yashoda in her house
With family
With family
A stitch in time saves nine
A stitch in time saves nine
Virtual session on Gender Equality
Virtual session on Gender Equality
Feedback full of positivity
Feedback full of positivity

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Samiksha
Samiksha

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings from IDEA foundation!

I am sure you all are eager to hear from us about the project you are supporting. There are so many inspiring incidents which motivates us to continue going with our work, in this pandemic. I am excited to share an impressive story with you as these small stories are like a treat to all of us especially during this pandemic.

Samiksha aims high ….

Coming from a very poor family background with 3 siblings, Samiksha was just another child for us in the beginning. But soon we recognised that she has a lot of potential and leadership abilities. Through e-learning classes and spoken English lessons, she has improved her knowledge and gained self-confidence. Her hard work and determination are beyond comparison. When the pandemic began, IDEA arranged a laptop for her so that her studies are not affected. Her parents are of great support to her. Her father, who is an illiterate works as a farmer to support the family, attends all parent teacher meetings. Samiksha was elected as the youngest 'Upsarpach' ( Assistant village head ) for a village in Bhor block and her story was published in the newspaper as the youngest member of ‘Grampanchayat’ ( local body of village). Samiksha and her parents are thankful to IDEA foundation for the motivation and support they got through this project in their area.

Samiksha has a dream, a dream to represent her village for the development of her community. With that intention, she has appeared for the MPSC ( a state level competitive exam for selecting talented people for Govt services)  preliminary exams and now she is preparing for the mains. She wants to become an IPS officer and has a strong will to serve her community. She has already started her journey and has become the voice of her people in the ‘Grampanchayat’ .The story of Samiksha is an inspiration to all of us to continue our work in these areas even in these difficult phases.

Samiksha is a real diamond, she was hidden in the limitations of marginalised living. But with the help of IDEA foundation’s out-reach programs, she could come out and spread her wings. There are so many girls like Samiksha living in these underprivileged communities who just need a little support and encouragement to complete their education and in turn they can help their families come out of the vicious cycle of poverty and exploitation. Please continue to support us so that we can reach out to more such people and implement our programs in many remote villages and poor urban locations.

Thank you for being with us throughout this pandemic! 

Samiksha Working really hard
Samiksha Working really hard
Samiksha with her proud parents
Samiksha with her proud parents
Samiksha with her siblings
Samiksha with her siblings
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Hema, a young girl with strong determination
Hema, a young girl with strong determination

Dear Donors,

Greetings from India! 

The Indian state Maharashtra continues to report the highest number of Corona virus infections in the country in this second wave. But we are looking forward to a better tomorrow. Governement , NGOs and health workers are trying their best to control the spread of COVID, let us hope for the best.

IDEA’s involvement in Women & Child  development through activities focussed on education and skill development is continuing to huge transformation in 35 communities in and around Pune. Time and again we have modified our approaches and method of implementation as the situations demand, usually adding up more responsibilities on our shoulder to ensure the expected outcome is reached.

We faced many challenges while implementing educational support programs in marginalised communities, so far. But a crisis like this was never anticipated or planned for. In times like this to sustain the programs we need support from within the community where we work. But thankfully, with so many years of continuous and sincere efforts, the community people trust our initiatives and they themselves come out with a helping hand. When we thought of starting a library for our sponsored students in a community, a resident immediately offered space in his stationary shop for free, as he has seen the benefits of our programs in his community children.

Our study centres and youth clubs are closed now due to the pandemic. We do not know when we can restart our programs. But you will be glad to hear about one of our young girls who could face this challenge boldly and come out with solutions which refreshed all of us.

 IDEA has formed youth clubs in different communities for children under our sponsorship. Hema is one of the high school students under our IDEA sponsorship program. Though initially a very shy girl, Hema could participate in the youth club activities held in her area and develop herself. She attended all the programs under the youth club and that helped herself come out of the personal limitations that the society had forced upon her. She learned to speak up and express her ideas through our communication skill training sessions. Youth club is equipped with a PC with all the software needed and with internet connection which our students can access any time they need, and during lock down Hema made use of this and educated herself. Not only that, when our staff could not reach the centre, she took the responsibility of the centre and helped other students who needed to use the centre.  As our primary students who were attending study centres did not have anyone to teach them, Hema along with her sister took the responsibility to teach them, following all the COVID protocols. We were amazed to see the leadership abilities of Hema , developed and expressed so thoroughly in such a short time. Truly we can say ‘Necessity is the mother of creation’ and we are glad that we could be of some help. When there are students like Hema, we do not have to worry about the sustainability of our initiatives in adverse conditions like these. Or consider taking a hit on our vision to make the World a better place.  “The personality development programs organised by IDEA Foundation helped me to be self confident to take actions when necessary. Though many schools started their programs online, smaller children from my community did not have a smart phone, even if some families have one common phone, they could not recharge it on time, so I decided to teach them, taking 3 or 4 students at a time in front of the centre keeping physical distance. I am glad that I could of some help to the community. ” says Hema.

Thank you very much for trusting us so far and supporting us in our efforts to make a positive impact in our low resource communitis. Please continue to support us we face more challnges now to continue our programs in these critical times.

Hema taking class for children in her community
Hema taking class for children in her community
Limited space, but no limit to learn from a leader
Limited space, but no limit to learn from a leader
Hema wastes no time in lock down, self learning
Hema wastes no time in lock down, self learning
Hema learning new skills in her free time
Hema learning new skills in her free time
Girls learning coding in our youth club
Girls learning coding in our youth club
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Beauty Parlor enterprise  by our beneficiary
Beauty Parlor enterprise by our beneficiary

HAPPY NEW YEAR ! 

Hope the new year 2021 will bring new hopes and opportunities for all of us!

IDEA Foundation started skill development programs for women from under privileged communities to help them make a living to support themselves and their families. We have successfully completed many batches in tailoring, beautician and home chef courses. In addition to that we have also trained many women in short term courses like bag making, candle making and other art and craft courses which enabled them to earn a living in a short span. Though COVID 19 crisis forced us to lockdown our regular classes, we are able to continue our training programs through virtual platforms. The success stories we get to hear from our beneficiaries even in this pandemic situation is really an encouragement to all of us. 

Let me share with you a couple of stories. 

Reshmi is a great role model for all of us. From house wife to home chef, home chef to entrepreneur, entrepreneur to a cooking teacher, Reshmi's transformation did not end there. She kept on updating herself with new skills and adapted to the changes happening in her surroundings. After attending our short-term home chef classes, she became confident in her natural talents in cooking and started her own catering business. She started taking orders for homemade snacks too. She decided to share her knowledge with other women who are from similar background and encouraged them to improve their culinary skills too. 

Simultaneously she found time to attend our NDLM centre and updated herself with computer skills needed to run her business. Now at this time of lock down, her computer knowledge came handy, she started her own YouTube channel through which she teaches cooking to thousands of followers. Her story is inspiring not only to her family and close friends, but also to each one of us in IDEA team as she gives us motivation to continue even in this time of crisis and confusion. 

 
Madhavi is another great example of determination, determination to achieve one's dreams, even in adverse situation. After dropping out from school after 10th standard, she was working as an assistant in a beauty parlor in Mumbai. She got married very early and had to move to Pune leaving her small job and started her family. But when she came to know about IDEAs advanced beauty parlor course, she joined it and soon after completing it she got a job in a beauty parlor here. She felt very confident and her family was proud of her too. 


Madhavi was earning enough to support herself and was very proud of her achievement till the pandemic started and the parlor where she was working got shut down. Dreams shattered once again. Many of our women beneficiaries are facing similar difficulties due to lock down. IDEA organized different webinars for these women to encourage them to look for alternate paths. We are also giving information and guidelines to be followed according to the instructions from government for safety during this pandemic. 

Madhavi attended one of these webinars, and decided to start her own parlor where she could take the complete responsibility of the service she is providing. Her family supported her decision and stood with her once again. As she had also attended our entrepreneurship development programs, she had acquired enough knowledge to start her own parlor.   She inaugurated her beauty parlor in August 2020 and she is strictly following all the guidelines and protocols there for the safety of the customers. 

Dear donors, we have many such success stories from our beneficiaries,and you have helped us to make a difference in their lives. Please continue to support us in the coming years. 

Thank you! 

Tailoring set up
Tailoring set up
Learning through virtual classes
Learning through virtual classes
Tailoring set up by IDEA beneficiary
Tailoring set up by IDEA beneficiary
Following COVID 19 protocols
Following COVID 19 protocols
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Embroidery
Embroidery

Dear Donors,

Hope you all are in good health. It is a big challenge for all of us to manage our lives in this pandemic. Although the technological advancement has made it possible for most of us to continue with our day to day life, daily wagers and migrant workers are at a great loss. Their livelihood is a big concern.

IDEA foundation has been knitting together it’s staff and learning the nature of such challenges in each of the various communities in Pune. Aid-workers have been focussed on retaining their connect to their projects and social initiatives, while also undertaking certain relief work and counselling youth and women and local leaders as a positive contribution to the affected families, in addition to undertaking distribution of essentials and hygiene necessities.

We are continuing most of our sessions online for this project. In addition to the skill development sessions ,we have conducted zoom meetings on different topics which are needed to manage this crisis. Some of the topics covered were understanding COVID, Realization of self, communication skills & self-confidence, Motivational session, Importance of hygiene &  nutrition, Stress management, Time management and House budgeting.

Our beneficiaries have learned to use online platforms for different skill development programs. The main advantage of this situation is that they get to hear from different entrepreneurs and their success stories through these virtual platforms.

We have conducted webinars for women on how to restart their business and precautionary methods to be taken in beauty parlours after the lock down is released. 

These sessions are organised in such a way that the beneficiaries will be encouraged to continue to aim for a better tomorrow and be motivated to make use of the opportunities even in this difficult situation. 

Thank you for all your support during this crisis. Please continue to support us and together we can make a difference in someone's life.

Mehandi Art
Mehandi Art
Stitching
Stitching
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Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)

Location: Pune, Maharashtra - India
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Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)
Dr.Usha Pillai
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