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Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write

by Empower Foundation
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Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write
Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write
Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write
Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write
Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write
Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write
Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write
Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write
Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write
Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write
Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write
Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write
Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write

Greetings from Empower Foundation! As we have entered a new year, I hope we learn and teach how to let go of the idea that “it’s too late”. It is truly never too late to change your life. It is never too late to become the person you have always hoped you could be.

We welcome students of our 6th and 7th batch at Kalsada village, Alwar and Shekhpur village, Allahabad. Classes have already begun at these centers. The excitement and eagerness are visible on the faces of these students. Students have shared how miserable they felt after putting thumb impressions on important documents and that too which are not read and understood.

Sharing the words of one of our students.

“My name is Sunita. I am 38 years old. I have never been to school. My identity in the bank is the name given by my husband and my thumb impression. My husband has no expectations from me; he is fine with the fact that I am illiterate. He doesn’t understand that it’s not about being illiterate it’s about one’s identity. So, when Sunita madam explained to me about Badlaav I couldn’t say no. I am learning how to identify various letters in Hindi. You should see the glow on my face when I try writing my name. With the help of Badlaav, I want to find the lost confidence in me”

Your continuous engagement is the best way to support us in reaching more women like Sunita. Just a small donation of $50 will help us conduct a session on Legal & Social Rights for 30 illiterate women. We need to raise $ 1, 36,174 more to fulfill our goal of 1000 women literate. Every drop helps! We would like to encourage you to start a recurring monthly donation for a small amount by clicking here.

Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write

Do share our campaign with your friends, family or anyone who would like to be part of this journey.

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Dear Donors,

Greetings from Empower Foundation ! Thank you for reading our stories and continuing to encourage us.

43 women have become functionally literate in the villages of Mandar Daih , Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh) and Kalsada, Alwar (Rajasthan). This happened through our rigorous efforts over the past 4 months.

Their final assessments were concluded on the 18th November’19. From 0% functional literacy at the time of batch start , to a 14% at Mid-assessment and finally a glorious 69% at the time of Final Asessment, these women have come a long way.   

 

Atara                                                                         

 

Meet Atara. 58 years old , mother of four, the eldest son being 38 years old. Atara has never attended school. When our counsellors met her ,Atara was clear that education doesn’t help get dignity. There were tears in her eyes. She shared that no one in her family gives and trusts her with any kind of responsibility apart from cooking and cleaning. She has no role to play outside the house and feels worthless.

Our counsellor spoke to her and made her understand that learning how to write her name, filling up government forms , reading and checking MRPs , checking medicines for expiry and knowing numbers will all empower her. This empowerment will lead to gaining trust inside and outside the house. After a couple of such meetings Atara joined our 5th batch at Kalsada , Alwar (Rajasthan).  

Listen to delighted Atara’s words post final assessment by clicking on the link at the end of the report. 

“I haven’t studied much. I wasn’t aware of what was happening outside by house, so I stopped taking interest in various activities at home which included buying groceries , going to bank. My family members took me for granted and use to treat me like a child. I wasn’t given any responsibilities apart from cooking , cleaning and rearing animals. One day a lady came to my home and explained us about functional literacy and Badlaav. Hesitantly I joined the program. From that day and till our final assessment I didn’t miss a single class. I use to walk 3 kms daily to go to the centre and then 3 kms back to my house. Now I go to the market to buy groceries, vegetables. I even fought with a shopkeeper who was selling a food item which was already expired. I opened a bank account by filling the form myself. Seeing this Badlaav my family members have started looking at me with respect.”  

“Thank you Badlaav for helping me live my life in Dignity.“ 

There are many many more Ataras across the country. BADLAAV aims at empowering all of them with the power of Literacy. 

The intervention through Badlaav model in a remote rural community such as Mandar Daih Mafi ( Allahabad ) and Kalsara ( Alwar ) developed a sense of confidence, dignity and pride in women. It also gave them the power of knowledge and literacy to be able to think and take decisions about their personal, family and community growth. This intervention, though focussed on women primarily, also affected men and children in the community in a positive way. 

Badlaav has reached out to scores of people, however, it is just a small drop in the ocean. There are millions of people devoid of their basic constitutional right - The Right To Education! And this, has been keeping them from all other policies targeted to improve their lives. Thus, there needs to be more and more Badlaav happening in more and more communities in more and more geographies

We are in the process of freezing 2 more batches of Badlaav.

Our adult learners have been able to reach this milestone because of your support and contribution. Your continuous engagement is the best way to support us in reaching more women, so we would like to encourage you to start a recurring monthly donation for a small amount by clicking here. 

Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write

Do share our campaign with your friends, family or anyone who would like to be part of this journey. 

 

 

 

 

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And now its me time!!                                           

 

Dear Donors,

 

Greetings from Empower Foundation !!

We are delighted to share with you that our students from the  4th and the 5th batch have finished with their sessions and are preparing for the final assessments. The final assessment is spread across 3 days where first 2 days will be written tests and oral tests on the third day. The assessments will be held on 11th , 12th and 13th of November. 

The 4th batch is in Mandar Daih Mafi Village , Allahabad District , and the 5th batch is in Kalsara village located in Alwar. These 3 months have not only been enlightening for the candidates but for us too. Daily we could see the light of confidence in their eyes growing. 

This motivated us to put in our best efforts and make a positive difference in their lives.

 

                     

Keep Smiling and study hard!! 

These women are looking forward to the final assessments, as this is the time that they can validate their hardwork. 

Please join us in wishing them LUCK for a more literate tomorrow. Now we will be exploring another village and expand our project "BADLAAV". Request you to please support us geneously so that we can go on spreading the benefits.  

We will be back with more updates post the final assessment.

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Happy students!

Dear Donors,

Greeting from Empower Foundation!

We are back with some exciting updates from our adult learners who are relishing in classes and keeping their teachers on toes for more lessons.

Meet “Asha Devi”, turned 50 years this year, who wears the hat of a Wife, Mother, Sister, Student and many more. Asha believes in leading by example and the reason she was one of our first students to enroll. This month she volunteered to set an example for her peers to break the clutches of hesitation and take charge of own learning (video link). She is a living example that we all have the courage and motivation in us and sometimes we need a person to guide and support us to reach our dreams. We are glad that we can meet these inspiring leaders and have an opportunity to work with them. This has been possible due to donors like you.

As we complete our two months, an assessment was conducted to get more insights on how helpful the lessons have been and to review if we need to modify our approach to meet learner needs. All of our students took the assessment as a challenge head-on and performed their best. Their self-confidence itself is a testament of their will to learn. We are also sharing a graph in attachment to show the impact of the program on our students’ learning level. As per the mid assessment results, we have the movement from illiteracy to partial literacy.

Our adult learners have been able to reach this milestone because of your support and contribution. Your continuous engagement is the best way to support us in reaching more women, so we would like to encourage you to start a recurring monthly donation for a small amount by clicking here. Do share our campaign with your friends, family or anyone who would like to be part of this journey. More the merrier for us.

 We will be back with more updates soon!!

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Classwork in progress
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Empowering together

Dear Donors,

Greeting from Empower Foundation!

We are delighted to share with you updates from the 2 Badlav Programs we started with 60 women with funding from GlobalGiving donors, such as you.

Laxmi & Munni from Khalsada Village, Alwar are learning to put together simple words in Hindi using ‘matra’ (Vowels). Their joy in discovering how to write their name and that of their village is infectious! Laxmi & Munni are part of the 30 women group attending the ‘Badlav’ program there now into its 45thday.

And at Mandar Village, Allahabad, Rupa and Guddi are also putting together words in Hindi. Most of the 30 women part of the Badlav program here has to supplement their meagre family income by working as garbage collectors for 5-6 hours daily and yet they make time to come and learn. 

These 60 women are learning to also do banking transactions and how to manage money. To strengthen our relationship with the community members, we conducted an awareness session on "Importance of livelihood generation' in Khalsada village, Alwar. It was amazing to see 75 community members, out of which 47 were women who turned up to be a part of this session (Pictures attached). This was followed by a captivating interactive session with women who attend classes at Alwar center. 

This dream of a literate world will be incomplete without the hard work of our teachers/mentors. They are an important pillar of our campaign. They come up with innovative approaches and activities to engage students in the classroom. One of those activities i.e. paint your hand was conducted in the Badlav Centre, Mandar Village, Allahabad (Pictures attached). This picture made us realize the truth in the quote i.e. "Inside every adult, there's still a child that lingers'. We hope to continue keeping that child's enthusiasm intact and take it on an enriching learning path. 

Thank you for being a part of our 'Light up Lives' campaign. This World Literacy Day, September 08, we have dedicated to your spirit for helping the 'Light up Lives' campaign.

We need your support in helping us reach out to more women. Just a small donation of $50 will help us conduct a session on Legal & Social Rights for 30 illiterate women. We need to raise $ 1,38,128 more to fulfill our goal of making 1000 women literate. Every drop helps! Help us ‘Light up Lives’ with your contribution. Do share our campaign with your friends, family or anyone who would like to support by clicking here

 We will be back with more updates soon!!

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Classroom discussions
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Happiness
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Community engagement
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Location: Delhi, New Delhi - India
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Pritha Dutt
Delhi, New Delhi India

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