Our project had been doing well but for the past six months we had to face severe financial crunch.So apologies to all our well wishers that we could not present a field report because we did practically nothing except revisiting some of the beneficiaries.I am proud to say that most of them are doing well and are able to make a living and thus live a happy life.We are proud that with the support from all our well wishers and support from GlobalGiving we could Empower about 70 disabled persons.We thank you very much.
We are sad to announce that we have decided to discontinue our project.
We apologize for our failure to raise enough funds to realize our objectives.
Once again I thank you all for your generous support.
It is easy to write reports but it is difficult to face hard times. Since we did not get our project funding from the Government of India for the last two years it was extremely difficult to manage the regular running of the project.We had to take up the cause through RTI This really irritated the department so they delayed the release of funds further!
After pursuing the matter through the Minister for Urban Development, the files started to move. Thank God we will be getting the funds shortly but it took a lot of time to pursue the matter. We had to travel to Delhi four times. Moreover contributions from Global Giving too did not come for a long period. As we could not keep in touch with our donors regularly the fund flow too was reduced.
We have taken up three more Mandals (Revenue Divisions) and we are very busy with conducting survey and sensitization. Sorry that we could not post the reports and photographs regularly due to several problems we were facing.Hope and pray that soon everything will be alright and we will be back with full activities.
While working for the disabled women and children with disabilities we came across a peculiar phenomenon. Most of the areas where we work were covered by micro finance agencies. They used to give loans to women groups for running petty shops and recover them with interest. Before getting in touch with Globalgiving we had no source of financing the needy women especially the disabled. So I requested several of these agencies to support our cause since they vehemently preach that they are there to help the the poor. All my requests were turned down because they say if the disabled women are given loans they would not repay and there is no collateral security etc. Then I made a study of these MFIs(Micro Finance Institutions). Most of them were simply looting the poor under the guise of helping the poor. Because they charged interest up-to 36%.I wrote to some of the International Financiers of MFIS like WWF/ CORDAID etc exposing the financial looting of the poorest in India by the so called MFIs and requested them not to finance such organizations. But they too turned a deaf year. I requested them to support the cause of the disabled women and support their cause by financing a special Micro finance programm designed with the help from the students of ISB( Indian Business School) with reduced interest rates. But none of these Organizations supported us. Now what happened to the MFIs??? There was a hue and cry against the looting lucarcious business carried out by the MFIs and Government had to put a ban on MFIS.
It was at this stage I came in contact with the noble Organization "Globalgivng". And I am grateful to all the donors for their wonderful support to our programme which has made a difference in the lives of nearly 50 families of the disabled.Still there is a long way to go. I am not disappointed at the slow progress that we make in the right direction because even a thousand mile begins with a single step.So I hope and pray that more donors would support our cause!!!
The project is doing well with the continued support recieved through our valuable donors and Globalgiving.We wish to record our sincere thanks to Globalgiving and our esteemed donors who had been donating continuously inspite of the global recession.
Our is a project for the less fortunate one.Our main photograph shows how happy the mother is with her little son because she can look after him while earning something for the family.It was the help given by our donors which made these people happy.We have another beautiful photograph of Two grown up girls who make a living through brass pot making.One is physically handicapped(lower limb) and her sister is deaf & dumb. These are the heart warming stories that we can offer you. We have many more such beautiful stories of empowerment.
We hope to publish all these real heroes in life who set an example for others instead of cursing the disability. Our aim is remove the "dis" and make them abled.Our dear donors you play a vital role to reach our goal of making the 500 disabled or disabled mothers to stand on their own legs.
We have to go a long way... still we believe that a thousand miles starts with a single step.
We look forward to your continued support and good wishes,
Twenty of our clients-Mothers of disabled children- received support to start their own livelihood program.Many of them have set up tailoring centers and others run small petty shops.Some sell vegetables or snacks.But most of them make a living.Most of the donors must be happy that with small amount of money like $250 peoples lives can be changed.These women today look forward with hope that they have something to lean on and look forward to improve their lives.We along with our clients thank our donors and request them to support us further till we reach our target.We are hopeful that we can reach our target with everyones cooperation and support from Global giving.
We wanted to support the mothers with severely disabled children by starting a Day Care Center but it remains as a dream .Because of the financial problems we are not going ahead with the project.Even though it would have been wonderful to start such a center because these poor illiterate women do not know how to take care of them. And these children do not get their rights to equal opportunity and justice.
To fulfill our dream we need some big donors.Those who read this report perhaps could motivate someone! who knows.. miracles can happen....
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