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Light up Lives! Help 1000 Women Read & Write

by Empower Foundation
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
Happy students!
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!!

Classwork in progress
Classwork in progress
Assessment graph
Assessment graph
Ready to learn
Ready to learn
Empowering together
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!!

Classroom discussions
Classroom discussions
Happiness
Happiness
Community engagement
Community engagement
Interactive session
Interactive session

Greeting from Empower foundation!

Thank you for supporting "light up lives" campaign to help 1000 women read and write.  

Delighted to share that we have finally started our new batch in 2 villages i.e. Kalsara and Mander daih mafi. Kalsara village is located in Alwar district with a population of 4724, out of which 2452 are males and 2272 are females. Literacy rate for males stands at 81.21 % while the female literacy rate is 49.90 %. Our second location i.e. Mandar Daih Mafi village is in Allahabad district with a population of 3630 of which 2008 are males and 1622 are females. Here Male literacy stands at 75.42 % while the female literacy rate is 51.15 %. 

'Teachers play a vital role in the quality of education provided for the development of his/her students'. Meet the torch holders of our Allahabad center, Jyoti Pal who hails from Allahabad and has already led the previous batches of 90+ women on the road to literacy. New to the team is Sunita Dhanwal who has 4+ years experience in the education sector. She is leading the way for our first batch of 30+ women in Alwar.   

Classes had already begun in both these centers. The excitement and eagerness to learn can be seen on their faces (Pictures attached). In one of our interaction, few of the women who enrolled in our center shared that had mugged up how to write their names for loan application but can not recognize letters. This observation made us realize the importance and necessity of the "Light up lives" campaign. We are fully motivated to see this campaign in achieving its goals. 

Hope to reach out to more women with your continuous support. Do share our project with your friends, family or anyone who would like to join us on this journey by clicking here

Shall get back with more updates soon!!

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Empower Foundation team interacting with women .
Empower Foundation team interacting with women .

Project BADLAAV is all set to embark on its journey by helping first 60 beneficiaries of our project through the funds received by the donors to Light up lives with the target to help 1000 women read and write. In the first phase of the project, we decided to focus on a couple of communities and after elongated desk and primary research, we have decided to adopt two locations as our target communities for this phase. One of the locations is in Allahabad, nearby to our pilot project location where the women have already seen the impact, and for the second location, we are expanding our reach to Alwar, Rajasthan.

Close to village Bhagwatpur & Kadilpur in Allahabad where BADLAVV during its pilot phase has already helped 90 women becoming functioning literate, is the location of our new center where a group of 30 women is eager to start their learning. We have started the enrollment process for these women, and are in search of the best place where the center can be opened. Simultaneously other important things that are required to open the center and keep it functioning are being arranged. Basic amenities like books, stationery would be provided by us to the beneficiaries. Meanwhile, our team is also meeting the family members of these women as we understand, that we need to take their family members as well on board so that these women can attend the entire course without any hassle. Before the monsoon hits the ground in the form of rain we have decided to start our classes i.e. in another 2 weeks.

For the Alwar in Rajasthan, our teams have visited 2 villages of the area which are among the most backward villages of the District. In both of these villages, our team has received a brilliant response from the women, and they seemed to be excited to light up their lives. We aspire to cover the whole area but our funds are limited as off now.

We know that it's a magical moment when Asha, Rajni or Rani write for the first time while holding a pencil in their hand and tell us at the end of our project that they can read and write.

Empower Foundation through Project BADLAVV aspires to spread this magic to more Asha's, Rajni's and Rani's and this can only be possible with the support of you and me giving our share in it.  We look forward to your constant support on this journey. 

 

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Empower Foundation

Location: Delhi, New Delhi - India
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Pritha Dutt
Delhi, New Delhi India

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