Project #13622

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

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

In early childhood, Nelan lost her mother due to malaria. Her father and Nelan both were working in local factories but unable to meet the end need. Even Nelan and her dad used to collect seeds and leaves from forest and sell others but still were unable to bring food to the table. With many hours of hard work Nelan was sort of tired and no interest for study or learning new skills. You can imagine the natural tendency to first find food then think about other needs.

During a survey in that area, a SANTI volunteer came to know about Nelan and asked to join SANTI Child Labor elimination school. Nelan was pretty excited and didn’t even think twice. She joined the SANTI Child Labor Elimination School established by solely by your donation. Along with study, she learnt sewing and alteration. She made Indian Blouse, Petty coat, Salwar Kamiz etc. These were sold to local shoppers. Last month she earned about 3400 Indian Rupee. This is a pretty big achievement for Nelan and as we discussed her dad is really proud of Nelan.

Nelan and her dad are both happy and this is possible because of your donation and support to SANTI. We need your support to finish the roof building project. Nelan and others do alteration work under the building that we are finishing now.

Please donate to our initiative and I am sure we will bring many more Nelan to you.

Nelan specially thanked to you “for your help to change her life and wishes you great happiness in your life”.  

God Bless,

 Ashok Dandpat


Training in progress
Training in progress

Hello Friends,

Hope you will have excellent upcoming holidays to enjoy quality time with friends and family.

We have two great news to share and I am excited to see this happening.

At the end of November, we started to provide sewing training in our newly partially built building. It was the initiative you remember about “build the roof” project for needy children to provide training. Due to low funding, so far we have completed only one room and using that to train students. We are thankful to all of you for supporting building the roof project.

But there is another and bigger achievement for SANTI. Our students were able to generate 4500 Indian Rupee by making ladies clothes supplied to local tailor shop. SANTI students are consistently trying to fulfil shop keeper's requirements. It is our first step to generate money for the SANTI beneficiaries. We are emotional at this juncture and driven to bring more positive results.

During my India trip, I realized the shortcomings of this project and became little more thoughtful. Thank God, few people and ideas all worked together and it is a great turnaround and now is the time to celebrate and even work harder.

Thanks again for your continued support, we definitely need your help.

Happy New Year in advance, from Students of SANTI.

God Bless,

Ashok Dandpat  

Training in progress
Training in progress
Leading team
Leading team
Unfinished portion of building
Unfinished portion of building
Building Roof 1
Building Roof 1

Dear Friends,

Hope you are doing well ! We are also moving forward with our students in child labor elimination school. Thought it is time to give you short update on our progress about child labor school. I will be vising SANTI in next two weeks - I am excited to see the results of our thinking and hard work to fulfill the dream of these children.

Last month focus:

We designed the curriculum for 3rd and 4th grade children. At the end of August, SANTI conducted an exam based on theoretical questions without any practical exam.

Children started learning to make soft toy and it was great fun for them. They really liked it; in future we will try to market those products in local shops.

We were building the training school for these children. Mr. Sarat Pati was quite busy monitoring the construction of building the roof for SANTI children.

Challenges in past:

Attendance in our child labor school is an ongoing issue. The local contractors hire these children temporarily and pay them for working on building road or housings. These children don’t show up in SANTI School to learn the sewing or attend classes. Although we provide them free lunch and free training children leave us when they get temporary money for their work under a contractor.

We have only 3 machines to teach the sewing to a class of 35 children, so you can imagine how tough it is for the teacher as well as learner to learn sewing.

We don’t have adequate space to train 35 children under one roof at a time. Our rental place was a challenging venue for this effort, keeping in mind this is the best we can get in this village.

Changing the course of river:

We had to think hard as it is not providing the result that I wanted. Now I am looking for a better progress and only way to achieve it is by reducing number of students and a focused training. We are discussing about optimal number of students to teach sewing every day. Let we have fewer children and focused on few products. We will be collaborating with local market experts to help us to teach these children so that they can become professional one day.

We will also be reducing one staff and may be eliminate the mid-day lunch. This may bring only students who are serious to become successful. In the mean time we will be buying more sewing machines.

As I mentioned before, we are a result oriented charity organization and we will change our course of journey to make it meaningful.

Thanks for your continual support, please enjoy the progress on building the roof project.

Ashok Dandpat

Building Roof 2
Building Roof 2

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.

Please forward the message to your friends and family.




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


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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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