Project #13622

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

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

Dear friend,

Thanks for your great support that you showed since last year. The teenage students in child labor elimination school is doing great. Because of you SANTI is placed permanently in It is the time of the year when we need your support.

I am really thrilled that SANTI is selected to receive 100% matching fund from Microsoft through globalgiving. What this means: on Wednesday 25th June USA time, you donate X Dollar to SANTI Microsoft will give additional X Dollar to SANTI. So SANTI receive total X + X = 2X dollars on that day. But if you don't give anything, Microsoft will not give any money to us. SANTI is competing with other 500 organizations to get this type of matching fund from Microsoft on that day. So fund may run out by midnight, please donate on the same day.   

USA: 25th June starting time to donate: USA Eastern Time - 12:00 noon. USA Central time - 11:00 AM, South Africa time: 25th June 8:00 PM evening.   India time: date changes to 26th June 9:30 AM morning.    

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With your donation, we will build the roof that will provide space to train 35 teenage girls to learn sewing in a sub urban area of Rajgangpur, Odisha, India. This building will be used as a work shop to keep the sewing machine and its accessories and place to design new clothes. This house will be one stop to provide training and keeping all sewing machines in a secured place. Being near to the market area it will be easier to transport the finished products to the local garment sellers or various shops.

This training house will help to self-sustain these poor 35 teenage girls. It will be place to generate income for these young girls. 

 Again, I personally believe you will be a part of this big helpfor 35 girls. I am positive and looking forward together we will be able to provide a better life to these children.

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Dear friend,

Hope you are doing well. Our children in SANTI Child Labor Elimination School are also doing great and thanking you for your continued support.

The feeling of earning: Children and teen students are all excited about the new experience of sewing and jewelry making. They are interested to learn faster and better as it will help them to earn money. Few of them have started to show great interest to learn specialized sewing and alteration work.  They are becoming motivated and emotionally strong to meet the sewing need for local resident.  

Formal education: children are also going through formal education and preparing for the upcoming final exam. These courses are specially designed for students who study and work simultaneously. These courses are prepared by school teachers in such a way that one can move between formal school and SANTI child labor elimination school. Hence performing well in the SANTI school is equally important. They struggled last few months to achieve the balance between study and training.

Sewing training: Children have started to make various Indian attire such as blouse, salwar and Kurti. These dresses are currently being used by students of SANTI. Further this will be available to public to purchase.  Proceed will be distributed among the children.

Jewelry design: Jewelry is popular in local community. Few teen students are interested in jewelry design. They have made few designs that attracted attention from people.

Work to do: 

1.  We are still facing challenges to rent a shop in market or visible area because of the high initial deposit and heavy rent. The initial security deposit will be about 1000 - 1200 USD and monthly rental will be about 60- 70 USD. So please step in and support more so that we can open the shop to sell products made by these children.

2. The final exam is on April 1st hence the focus is to do well in the exam.  

3. We are looking to buy few sewing machines and one embroidery machine so that the children will be able to produce nice design on dresses.

If you please donate on April 16th Microsoft will match 50% to your donation. As our project is featured as Microsoft youth spark project in globalgiving. This is a big deal for us as your donation will be resulted into 1.5 times the original amount. But if you don’t donate we don’t get any money from Microsoft. Please make a note of the 16th April and donate on 16th April and help us to run the training school for the second year.

Thanks for your interest.

Ashok Dandpat

Dear Friends,

We wish you to enjoy great holidays and a happy new year. SANTI children are really thankful for your continued support to run the Child Labor Elimination School.  To reiterate, we are determined to stop the child labor in the Barupada village of Odisha. We are excited to share our experience for last couple of months and our future plans.  

As you know, we started the day time child labor elimination school for 50 children with an aim to teach from standard 1 to standard 5 courses in addition to provide vocational training.

from the beginning, we have focused to provide sewing training and lately we have achieved a level of satisfaction. We have thought about working for local tailor shop and earn money through them which will be distributed among children of SANTI. We have already initiated the effort in an experimental basis and see how it goes. We are in early stage and have a long way to go. Few children have shown great improvement and perfection in tailoring. We are expecting to do more skilled work in near future and be able to produce excellent clothing.

Recently we started to train these children to make jewelry. You can see some picture of these children with Jewelry. We expect them to do well in this creative field and help them to sustain.

As you already know we have divided their study and vocational training hours; morning half, children are focusing heavily on studying the class work for grade 1 to 5 and in second half, children are focusing on vocational training. We have been successful in this method of teaching and training during the day time.  

On Children Day 14th November, we initiated a rally to educate people about the importance of stopping the child labor. This gathering was coordinated and led by SANTI founder Sarat Pati. Public awareness program was well appreciated by local community.  

Challenges we are facing –

 1.    We have already started working with local tailor shops by working in our school. But we want to open the shop in the main market area where we can sell the products made or created by these children. This is a long term goal and we need  more donation for the rental shop security deposit, furniture set up etc. So please support the need to set up the shop for these children.

2.    We don’t have 100% attendance in our school because few children are still working part time or sometime helping their parents’ work. This will be a continuous challenge and we are trying best to inspire them to study regularly in school regularly. Starting a new shop, may inspire them to come to school regularly.


Thanks again for your continued support and thanks in advance to donate for the new initiative of SANTI Tailor shop.

Please provide your feedback; as always we are proud to be surrounded by you.   

Happy New Year,

Ashok Dandpat



Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support and interest in improving the life of these children. We are determined to stop the child labor in the Barupada village of Odisha. We have achieved few milestones in the past few months and we are excited to share with you.  

The day time child labor school started for 50 children with an aim to teach standard 1 to standard 5 courses with vocational training as our primary goal.

We initiated various vocational training classes such as sewing and ornaments making. But later, we realized that children should focus only in one area to get good grasp of one area of the expertise. These children were hungry before and also never studied, but we are asking them to do well in class and also to do a professional job - seems like too much to ask for - Currently we only focus on Sewing or tailoring. We have put many hours in teaching these methods to the children and will be continuing to do so for next couple of months. We will bring local professionals to evaluate the results of the work done by these children. A few children are performing really well but not to the level of expectation. We need to put more time in in the area of sewing, so that they can achieve the satisfactory level and meet our goal.

We have divided their study and vocational training hours. In morning children are focusing heavily on studying the class work for grade 1 to 5 to clear the examinations set by the board. We have instructed these children to clear all exams required by the board of education. In the afternoon, children are focusing on vocational training.

Children are really happy studying and enjoying free lunch during day time. We have attached few pictures of our recent activities, hope you like them.

In addition to this, your support helps to employ five people in SANTI – two educational instructors, one vocational instructor, one clerk cum accountant and one cook cum peon. So your contribution not only supports these children but also the staff of SANTI.

Challenges we are facing –

Yes! There are few children still pressurized by their family members or by their financial situation, forced to join the labor work. They are unable to attend our training program on a regular basis. It is a continuous challenge to bring them to our school and pursue the curriculum. We need to educate their parents and also the society about the importance of our child labor school. We need to explain the urgency to attend the child labor issue. Very soon we are going to organize a rally and meeting with parents of these children who are not able to cope up with our effort.

So stay tuned and please continue your donation.

What do you think about our work?  

Thanks again for your great heart.

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Dear friend

Many many thanks for your contribution:-

We are really excited to start the children school on July 1st 2013. As you already know these children are currently employed in other places such as restaurants, flee market, Garage, Tobacco factory, Brick making factory, Crushers, Mines and sometime begging too. These children are really looking forward to join our school and to learn few practical skills to survive in difficult situations.

What are we going to do ?

  • We have selected 50 children who really need our help. The children are aged 6 to 17 and will be joining for a day time school and lunch time meal along with required study materials.
  • The school will provide classes from grade 1 to 5 as a vernacular mother tongue based Odiya. Based on a child’s current level he will be enrolled in to one these grades.
  • Apart from study, we will exclusively teach them sewing / tailoring / alteration course. This will enable them to be trained such that in future they will be able to do sewing with local professionals under minimal guidance. Hence, in later stage of life many of them can earn from this learning.
  • In future months there will be more activity with 3 more individual training types such as bag/money purse making, jewellery design and making, artistic paper work to be used in local festival decorations.
  • FYI Mr. Sarat Pati founder of SANTI is leading the actual field work in Rajgangpur, Odisha.

What have we done so far?

  • We have rented a house near the area where these children live.
  • We also have selected the team of two educational teachers, one vocational/technical instructor, one cook and one clerk/peon
  • We also have discussed with a local tailoring professional to visit our school and show how it is done within a certain time frame.
  • We had a discussion with local representative to support our cause, and avoid any unidentified risk.

Budget – Because your donation, through GlobalGiving, we have received so far 349,400 Indian Rs. Last month. So we have still kept open our page for donation. Please see the attachement for the estimate for one year children school.

Apart from the children school project, we at SANTI also runs a Child Care Center where we have about 18 children are adopted by friends like you. These children are already staying with us for more than a one and half year. To know more about it we also have opened a different project in

Please like our page

Please feel free to ask, if you want to know more. Also please suggest your ideas.

Again thanks for your great heart to donate,

Ashok Dandpat


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Organization Information

SANTI (Social Association for Nourishment, Training & Improvement )

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