Engage&Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India

by Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)
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Priyanka at her home cum work place
Priyanka at her home cum work place

Hello Donors ,

Hope you all are in good health and spirits. 

IDEA  conducts many vocational training programs for underprivileged women, such as Beautician course , Tailoring Course , Home chef course , Computer training ..etc. Many women are getting benefitted of these programs. Here is a story of woman from one of our training centres located in Sutardara.

Sutardara is a small locality in Kothrud, Pune, India .The area accommodates people under the below poverty line mark. The inhabitants of this region are mainly urban workers, who manage to fetch themselves meager income. The living standard is at the rock-bottom and apparently the residents survive in small unhealthy living spaces. One such occupant in Sutardara is Priyanka.

Priyanka, a mother of two daughters, dwell in a one-room rented apartment with her husband and father-in-law. She migrated from Junnar to Pune city few years back. She was not only astonished with the fast pace of the city but was also determined to match the steps. Priyanka, who has studied only till 11th grade, took reasonable time to transform to the growing environment. She understood that income and empowerment go parallel and hence developed a will to earn. Her bundle of skills was only restricted to basic tailoring as she was exposed to the same at a younger age.  She started taking stitching orders but failed miserably. The reason behind the disappointment was lack of efficiency in her stitching expertise. She realized that her existing dexterity is insufficient. In the time being, word of mouth introduced her to IDEA foundation’s Advance tailoring course. Her eagerness to learn helped her to complete the course successfully. Not only her former ability in stitching was polished but she also enlarged her artistry and learned new techniques. Priyanka was now trained and prepared to take stitching orders and deliver clothing styles that were in trend. She resumed with her work. Initially, she was unable to evoke customers but there was no turning back. The few clients she bagged were immensely satisfied with her work. Her newly learnt skill in stitching beautiful blouse neck designs became her specialty and also her selling point.  Her clients recommended her work to others and a regular flow of customers was ensured.

On an average, Priyanka earns a monthly income of Rs.3000 and festivals like Diwali make her earn up to Rs.8000 . She is pleased with the grossing of money and aims to multiply it in the future with her tough grind. Priyanka plans to save her hard earned money for the bright future of her daughters. She aspires to provide her daughters with education, a better living and all the happiness they deserve. IDEA foundation encourages assistance to women like Priyanka who are budding talents and are ambitious to uplift themselves.

IDEA foundation is thankful to your tremendous support and we anticipate constant aid to fulfill and uplift several women like Priyanka.

Thank you.

Home Chef - An IDEA  skill development Initiative
Home Chef - An IDEA skill development Initiative
Beauty Parlour Students
Beauty Parlour Students
Beauty Parlour students
Beauty Parlour students

Warm greetings from IDEA Foundation!!

We live in a world in which women living in poverty face gross inequalities and injustice from birth to death. 

When women are restricted to housework and prevented from leaving home, they can’t contribute to the family income. This leads to greater poverty, slower economic growth and a lower standard of living. 

We, at IDEA Foundation are trying to change this situation through various activities and projects which help families to escape the cycle of poverty .We have started a project for empowering women and young girls through skill development programs, giving underprivileged women a second chance to lead a better life.

IDEA runs an employability enhancement programme where youth and young women are imparted vocational training and life skill sessions. We are successfully conducting different courses under vocational training such as Beautician course, Tailoring classes, Fashion Designing and Computer courses. The course duration varies from 3 to 6 months. Along with these courses all the participants are imparted life skill classes and ‘spoken English classes’ as per their requirement.

These coures were really successful. We approached the communities , did door to door canvasing for women to attend these course. After the completion of these courses many women started earning immediately. Afterwards , the we didn't have to do much for mobilisation as women from these communities came forward and took admission for these courses. 

This year we have introduced a new course for cooking and catering, called ‘Home Chef’. But when we started mobilzation for this course the response was negative. Women were reluctant to join a course where we taught cooking as it was nothing new to them, they said what is the use of learning  such basic thing like cooking. Then we changed our strategy. We decided to conduct workshops for mobilization, where we gave them exposure to different methods of cooking, explained them the demand for food stalls , we also took them for exposure visits. We gave them samples of different food items. When they understood , cooking can be used as an income generating skill, which is in high demand nowadys, they showed interest in the course. 

Many times , we have changed our strategies , as one straegy will not work for every skill, or for every area. Even in our educational projects, we have tried different approaches when one strategy didn't work well. It is always a trial and error method for us, or we learn by doing. But whatever be our approach our mision remains the same, we try our best to bring changes through our initiatives in development and education for all.

Our sincere thanks to all Donors.

 

Home chef students
Home chef students
Tailoring Class
Tailoring Class
Awareness Programs
Awareness Programs
Komal at work
Komal at work

Dear Donors,

Greetings from IDEA !

 Thank you very much for your generous contributions and for being a part of IDEA mission to create equal opportunities for all.  

As you know, In many developing countries like India girls drop out of schools earlier than boys.  Girls, especially from poor communities get married and have children at an early age or as soon as they are eighteen. They are very less likely to work for pay or work outside their homes. This indicate low social and economic  progress of women and may have consequences  for  poverty and affects their well being.

The awareness of employment opportunities of women can play an important role in changing this situation. So IDEA  started these awareness programs and skill development programs for women to give these women a second chance to work and earn an income and to lead a better life. We have many success stories about women who got trained in our training centres and started earning and supporting their family.  Hope these initiatives will change the attitudes of parents about girls’ education as now they understand that there are equal employment opportunities for women as well.

  Komal lives her dream! Thanks to IDEA .

  Komal, like many other women had dreams and aspirations to make changes in her life. As parents may not invest as much as in their daughter's education as their son’s,girls always have to opt for marriage as soon as they get a proposal. So Komal had to get married soon after she completed 12th.  Leaving her dreams behind, she started her new family, like every other girl in her community.  Soon she had her first child.

 When IDEA started tailoring classes in her community, she was eager to join and learn tailoring. She completed both basic and advanced tailoring classes with great interest and enthusiasm. As soon as she completed her training, not only she started earning but also started giving training to other women in her community. She has trained already 20 women. She aspires to be a fashion designer one day. These success stories give IDEA encouragement to create more opportunities for women employment. These skill development programs in IDEA centres also help parents to anticipate better employment opportunities for women, and thus promote girls’ education.

Please continue to support us so that we can work more efficiently and spread our efforts to more communities.  

           " We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Women under training
Women under training
Learning New skills
Learning New skills
Entrepreneur Development Program
Entrepreneur Development Program

Dear Friends,

Greetings from IDEA !

As a part of this project Engage & Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India  IDEA runs an employability enhancement program where youth and young women are imparted vocational training and life skill sessions. We are successfully conducting different courses under vocational training such as Beautician course, Tailoring classes, Fashion designing , Computer courses  and Electrician course. The course duration varies from 3 to 6 months. Along with these courses all the participants are imparted life skill classes and ‘spoken English classes’ as per their requirement. This year we have introduced a new course for cooking and catering, called ‘Home Chef’. After successful completion of these courses IDEA guides and supports the students for getting a job or for self- employment.

IDEA also conducts adolescent Health Education and Life Skill Education classes on a regular basis for adolescent girls in the community. We also provide health monitoring of women above 40 years , de-addiction programs for youth and  health and nutrition programs for women in slums. IDEA believes to make a deep, self-sustaining impact in the lives of female members of the family. It is crucial to provide them opportunities to receive education and earn income. Earning steady income enables our participants to provide for themselves and their families; to save for their children’s education; to invest in new businesses; and to become empowered decision-makers in their households.

Another program IDEA conducts is entrepreneur developmenet program(EDP) for women to encourage them to start their own small scale businesses. As we have understood that even after completing the skill development courses, many women lack confidence to start something new. They need little bit of handholding support. So we arrange EDP programs with the help of resource persons from different areas of expertise to guide  and give them informtion on different ways of starting and running a business.

These EDP programs are designed carefully by our Project Managers, so that every aspiring new entrepreneur will get a very good idea of successful business strategies. It  is important to understand the market demands, their own capability and interest , time management , finance management etc before jumping into business. India government has implemented  different policies for supporting women entrepreneurs.  The participants are given information on different governent schemes which support small scale businesses. It has been noted that after getting such vital information women are encouraged and motivated to earn money and become self sustainable. It really boosts their confidence in their ability.Our students  approach us whenever they need more support and assistance and we are glad to provide them guidance whenever required. 

Success Story

Reema gets a second chance….. 

Reema (name changed) started earning immediately after completing the basic beauty parlour course at IDEA. She worked as a recurring agent going door to door. But she was cheated and was at loss. So she decided to change her field. At was at this time she came to knew about IDEA and the courses launched. She immediately took admission for the course. Her previous skills helped her in customer networking and providing home service. She earns approx. Rs 8000/m by doing basic treatments. She is able to satisfy basic needs of the family. The 3 months course really changed her life,previously her husband's earning was not enough to make run the family, now she can think of giving higher education for  her son.

 

Thank you very much for supporting us to conduct these classes.We have trained more than 1000 women last year . We are really proud to know that more than half of the women trained under IDEA skill development program have already started earning and supporting their families. We are trying to reach out to  more underprivileged communities in future for which we humbly request your continuous support. 

EDP Participants with IDEA Staff
EDP Participants with IDEA Staff
Tailoring  Class
Tailoring Class
Women eager to learn new skills
Women eager to learn new skills
Reena attending EDP session
Reena attending EDP session
Swati
Swati

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for supporting our project. Under our project named ‘Engage & Empower girls & boys for Girl Effect-India’ we are conducting various skill development programs for giving girls and women another chance to earn their living in a decent way. Our skill development programs include

  • Basic and advanced beautician courses
  • Home chef course
  • Computer training
  • Basic and advanced Tailoring course
  • Art and craft classes for women

 Swati is a twenty three year-old girl who has benefitted by this project. She belongs to a poor family in Pune which includes herself, her parents and three brothers. Her father is too old to work now, though he used to have a small shop before. Two of her brothers are married, so they have to take care of their own family responsibilities. Younger brother is working as a hospital ward-boy but his salary isn’t good enough to manage all the expenses.   

 Though Swati was good at studies, she had to discontinue her education after 10th because of financial problems. Though she wanted to work and earn she could not find any job without enough educational qualification.

She could not afford to join any good professional course in her area, but she managed to do a basic beautician course in a nearby beauty parlour. When she heard about IDEA’s advance beauty parlour course, she was very much interested to join, as with her basic knowledge she could not get a good pay.

 After completing IDEA’s advance course in beauty parlour, Swati’s demand as a beautician increased. She has become very confident and she uses latest machines and techniques with ease. Since last 6 months, she has been using all her knowledge and advance skills in this field and making a good income to support herself and family.

   In her own words “The advance course gave me a lot of confidence in this field. The experience I gained from this course was really helpful. Now I work with a beauty parlour and earn Rs. 7000 a month. If not with this course, I would never have been able to earn this much. I was just earning 3000 before. I am really happy to be self dependent and be able to support my family.” Her picture here, shows a confident young woman.

On behalf of IDEA  , I would like to express our sincere thanks to every donor who is making it possible for many young women and girls to achieve their dreams and live a better life. Please continue to support us so that we can make a positive impact in many more lives.

A gender awareness program in process
A gender awareness program in process
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certificate distribution-Vocational training.jpg
Training on SPA
Training on SPA
 

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Dr.Usha Pillai
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