THREADS OF HOPE

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Being an indian woman is difficult!
Being an indian woman is difficult!

Raising a child is equivalent to watering the neighbor's garden". These are the words of a famous Indian saying that explains how Indian women are discriminated before they are born. In India, where the patriarchal system is very deep-rooted, girls are considered a burden for their family: having a daughter does not bring gain, indeed asks a continuous sustenance.

This concept means that there is a preference for male children and girls are discriminated, less cared of and fed. Forced to join prematurely in arranged marriages, women are denied the opportunity to receive adequate education and are destined to depend first on their fathers and then their husbands, thus not being able to achieve economic autonomy.

The "Threads of hope" project aims to give hope to these women, an opportunity to redeem both on a personal and social level. Tailoring and computer courses provide girls, who have often had to leave school, professional skills and help develop their empowerment.

Currently there are 43 girls who attend the computer course and 22 those who follow the tailoring course: the desire to learn is so many and many women demonstrate particular attitudes and qualities. In order to make the project more sustainable, Aleimar is planning to commission the girls tailoring the production of bags of Christmas.

A special thanks to all people who believe in this project and contribute to give a valuable opportunity to these girls!

Good job!
Good job!

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New group of girls
New group of girls

In march we took part in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund campaign with the project “Threads of Hope” and, thanks to your valuable contribution, we have reached the 26th position (out of a total of 146). The result was really good: we collected 3266 dollars, of which 520 in special bonuses for all donations made on 8 March 2018.

The support received will allow us to increase the services offered by the project through the purchase of new machinery and the possibility of continuing to support the salary of teachers in the rural village of Nagercoil. This, for Indian women and girls, means being able to obtain more and more professional skills and consequently be able to seize opportunities in the world of work.

After the delivery of the diplomas in January, the tailoring courses were restarted in February with a new group of girls. Also the computer courses, organized in several cycles throughout the year, continue for the best: our referent Upalth is satisfied with the results achieved and the great opportunity given with this project.

 

Thank you very much  for your support and we hope you can count on your precious help: together we are sure we can give that possibility often denied to many Indian girls.

Tailoring courses
Tailoring courses
informatic courses
informatic courses

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Graduation day
Graduation day

In December our project leader Sara is brought with her dear friend in India in order to visit the projects that Aleimar sustains in this country. After having turned in the immense slums of Mumbai, making visit to the families and sustained children, Sara is moved to South, in the Tamil Nadu, to also visit the other projects for women and children that we follow in the area of Nagercoil thanks to the local organization MTSSO, composed by voluntary professionals that are auto-taxed for financing interventions destined to the most disadvantaged bands of the Indian society. Here Sarah has participated in the delivery of the diplomas to more than 40 women that have finished with success the informatic and tailoring courses.

Full of energy and joy the girls have purchased a new suit for the occasion and have prepared presents and traditional foods to celebrate together this important day! In a patriarchal and sexist country, in which the women are forced to precociously unite in combined marriages and to live among the domestic boundaries, the possibility to instruct and to learn a job allows to find again the hope of the liberty.

Only the teacher of the courses, being pregnant, was not present: affectionate to the girls it has nevertheless kept on following her in their run and she has made of everything assist for telephone to the attainment of this important finishing line.

Thanking to have contributed with us to give a future to these girls, we bring the exciting words of Sara:

"Once more has been a maddish trip, an unbelievable experience, a vortex of emotions, that has overcome any my expectation: despite the experience already lived last year, the joy that can give the direct meeting with the people is unbelievable and always very touching! The smiles and the strength with which all of them face every day the life, that certain has not made great gifts, have given me once more an unbelievable position to return even more in desirous to help these people because can have a best future. I hope to be able to also count on all of you for 2018!"

Congratulation
Congratulation

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Cutting and sewing courses
Cutting and sewing courses

The computers training and cutting and sewing courses for young woman from Tamil Nadu continue with great success and there are more and more inscriptions. Many girls come from Nagercoil or nearby villages, one of them lives more than 30km away, but is willing to spend more than an hour on a coach to attend the lessons. 
A group of girls has now completed both the 3 month and the advanced course of about 6-9 months and, having achieved excellent results, has acquired the skills needed to enter the workplace. Between two weeks, our project leader Sara will travel to India for a follow-up trip and, on her attendance, will be celebrating the expected delivery of diplomas.

The poorer young people who attended the tailoring course will be donated, through the microcredit mode, a sewing machine worth 7,000Rs (about 90 euros) and donated by the Mother Theresa Social Service Organization (MTSSO). Beneficiaries woman undertake to return the value of the sewing machine over time with the gains from their work.
However, women who have completed computer courses do not have any computer at the end of the course but, thanks to the official certificate they receive once they have completed the training course, they have a greater chance of finding a job.

In a culture in which the woman is seen to deny any right and you/he/she is destined since child to precocious marriages, the project wants to oppose this social sore, offering participants the opportunity to learn a trade and, in some cases, to start a small income generating activity. For this reason, the day of the diploma is a real goal for those girls who, forced to leave the studies and often marginalized or victims of domestic violence, succeed with such courses to redeem both at personal and social level and family.

With a view to promoting and empowering, at the request of Upalt and many women, is appraising the possibility to activate a course of English language, in order to further facilitate the entry of girls into the world of work and give them a better future.

Cutting and sewing courses
Cutting and sewing courses
The tailoring course
The tailoring course
A sewing machine
A sewing machine
Informatic course
Informatic course
Computer science course
Computer science course

Cutting, sewing and computer science courses continue very well and the participating girls are increasingly developing their skills!

However, our project leader Sara points out the temporary difficulty of contacting our local referent John Upalt, a teacher living in a peripheral district of Nagercoil and coordinating and monitoring the progress of the project.

Infact, although India is one of the continually developing countries, many South areas have dramatic situations of extreme poverty: without water, medical care, sewage, roads and connections with the city, many villages are completely isolated. For this reason, not always our referent Upalt can go to Nagercoil and find a phone or internet coverage to be able to send news and updates.

For more details, we will have to wait for the monitoring trip in November: Sara will be able to personally test the activities of women and attend the graduation of some participants, raising information and photographic material for the end of the year.

Our goal is to increase the number of students and the variety of courses and to pursue the idea of microcredit, thus giving young Indian women the opportunity to become more autonomous.

Support this project, together we can help these women to build a better future for themselves and for their children!

 

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GRUPPO ALEIMAR ONLUS

Location: Melzo - Italy
Website: http:/​/​aleimar.it/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @AleimarOnlus
Project Leader:
Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy
$4,110 raised of $9,000 goal
 
92 donations
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