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,