Project #13622

Help-Indian child worker not to work,but to school

by SANTI (Social Association for Nourishment, Training & Improvement )

Dear friends we have some exciting news to share.

Sunita and survi joined SANTI sewing training classes since last couple of months. They were trained to make Indian clothing. Mr Pati came to know that there are job openings in Jana Sikhya Sanstha (JSS). Mr. Pati inspired them to apply for the sewing trainer positions in JSS. SANTI provides certificates to students who finishes the training, so Sunita and Survi had obtained certificates. They were shortlisted for interview and luckily got the job as a trainer. They will receive a monthly salary of INR 5000. Truly is it is one of best achievement of SANTI to provide them permanent employment and this is only made possible by training we provided in SANTI. We really thanks for your effort to support us in running the training center.  

We wanted to provide better training as we felt the need to improve the current level of training. We came to know about Mrs. Sangita a long time trainer. She is really interested to join us she had couple of decades of experience as a  trainer. We expect our students to be better at sewing under her guidance.

Roshni, Warden or Caretaker of SANTI Children is also interested to learn sewing. She is now making the dress and blouses and earning monthly INR 1500. Other learners Jashita, Sanju, Suganti, Poonam and Albina getting trained on few sewing technique such as hemming in summer vacation.

Rajgangpur City Municipality Chairman and Vice Chairman along with executive members visited our Child Labour Vocational Training Center. They were highly impressed about the progress we made so far. They also approved to provide four (4) street light that connect our training building to the main road. Previously the road to our center was dark from the interstate. This is a great recognition for SANTI from local authority. As they help us in long run when we need their support and face any future challenges.

In the month of April 2016 we have got an order from our local political party Mr. Narayan Prasad Modi (leader of BJP) to prepare 15nos.of flag. We have income Rs.2000/- from this programme. This was boost to our students moral as they earned their share.

We are doing our best to serve the community to improve the current state of people by education and employment. Please do contribute to your level best.  



Award Ceremony
Award Ceremony

Hello Friends,

Hope you are doing well and feeling the start of pleasant weather.

We had a great time of appreciation and celebration on International Women’s day 8th March 13, 2016 by SANTI. SANTI and a local cement manufacturing company OCL together organized this event with participation of more than 300 women.    

Boby was awarded as a best member of Women Self-Help Group. She was having a tough time two years ago to support her two daughters, although her husband was working as a tailor. Mr. Pati from SANTI came to know about her situation and suggested to start some business. She asked some monetary help to set up a grocery store in her house. Mr. Pati provided INR 20,000 and she started grocery store. Later Mr. Pati assisted Bobby to obtain a loan of INR 1.2 Lakh from the bank. She was able to run the grocery store and that helps to meet the needs. Her two daughters are currently studying in college and this effort by SANTI helped her to provide education to her daughter. SANTI Stood with her in her difficult time and assisted in making dream comes true. We are proud of Bobby's achievement.

We also awarded following women for outstanding work in past year.

Sabita – Best in Sewing

Lata – Best work in Liploi Mahila Samiti ( a local Women committee)

Anis – Best work under the category of Minority Women Self Help Group

Anita V – Best Volunteer of SANTI Self Help Group

Thanks for your support as we are able to start training following six (6) girls in our new batch. Parbati, Anita T, Bobita, Meena, Suravi and Roshni are in the initial phase of training and will be able to generate some money for their work soon.

Boby’s Grocery store is an inspiration to our community and is an example to many others. 

Please support us to buy equipment for new trainees.


Girls Dancing
Girls Dancing
Mr. Pati Opening
Mr. Pati Opening
Women in Action
Women in Action



Wish you will have fun with friends and families over coming Christmas holidays.

We had a great year in providing training to young women and want to touch base on the updates on our side.

  • Beginning of the year we started to train 3-4 young girls in the tailoring and alteration work. This was to support local market needs. Training and the work was done in our newly partially built house.
  • Now we are fully functional in providing training to Seven (7) students. We pay all of them based on their work produced and sold in the market.
  • Three (3) students are earning about INR 5000 per month and Four (4) other students are still learning and earning in the range of INR 2000 – INR 3000 per month.   

Training these students and providing them a path to successfully earn money was a big thing and we feel that is one of the greatest achievement for us. This year we came a long way to motivate them  and pay all of them. We are successful because of your continuous donation, support and inspiration to do better in our work.    

This was a very successful year and hope to assist more people next year to make their living.


Ashok Dandpat

Please donate in this festive season. 

Hello Friends,

Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. This day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country.

In India child labor is a complex issue and we have taken the initiative to find a better solution. We are moving forward to provide special classes of respective grades to the youth and also we are focusing to teach sewing skills to make them self-sustained.

In last two reports I highlighted the turning point story of Sabita and how we changed Nelan’s life. Both of them are doing great in developing their skills and learning in school. They are grateful to SANTI as they were provided a great platform to be successful.

We are making sure that they improve their sewing skills. They have proven that the local people like their product but I would say there is room for improvement. We are sharpening their skills in such a way that in future they can start their own shop or a venue. None the less now they are earning about INR 5000 per month by sewing work through SANTI.

We have two challenges –

  • We need to buy some more machines, so that we can start adding more students to the team and we need your support.
  • We need at least one embroidery machine which is kind of expensive, but that will help us to stand out in local market.

Please cheer up to celebrate the success of Nelan and Sabita and come forward to donate so that we can bring more success stories to you.

It is possible just because of you.



Dear friends

Sabita belongs to the poor section of the Rajgangpur, her father works as a security guard earning Rs. 5000 per month but he wastes most of them by drinking alcohol. Her mom is a housewife and looks after her four children. Life became challenging and tough for Sabita when she was studying in 12th grade. She started working as a maid in nearby homes, when Mr. Sarat Pati came to know about her. As she was hard working and interested to learn, we enrolled her in SANTI Sewing course funded by your support. That was the turning point of her life, she became very interested in sewing and currently we can say she is one of our best.  

Recently, Sabita led the effort to sell blouses at Rajgangpur Jharjhara Mahotsav (Festival). Together with 6 other youths of SANTI, Sabita was able to sell more than 100 blouses. Currently she is able to take home about Rs. 5000 per month. With huge support from SANTI she feels secured and recently completed 12th grade in Arts with second division. This is a major accomplishment for her as before SANTI she was about to give up. We wish her to achieve better success in future and will encourage her to study further.

This is a proud moment! When your donation really turned Sabita’s life in a different direction, I bet you are also proud of this achievement. Without your support it was not possible. We would like you to continue support as we need more sewing machines to be used by others to bring similar success.

Thanks again

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SANTI (Social Association for Nourishment, Training & Improvement )

Location: Rajgangpur, Odisha - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Ashok Dandpat
Odisha, India

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