After the lockdown, unfortunately our courses, as many other activities, are momentarily stopped because India is experiencing a somewhat difficult situation. Unfortunately, due to the incredible population density especially in major cities like Mumbai, Calcutta, Delhi, Chennai and considering the precariousness of the Indian health system, the concern for the whole population, and especially for the weakest and most vulnerable, is very large: few people will be able to escape the contagion and not all patients will be able to be taken care of. In addition to this invisible enemy, which is covid19, the Indian people must also cope with hunger. The worst damage is already caused by the blockade: closed schools means children without food and kids exposed to the dangers of the road; closed shops means thousands of unemployed people without the possibility of earning even a few rupees a day that previously allowed them to survive. In Tamil Nadu the situation is not better.
We must do something!
Recently John Upalt, our local referent and president of the MTSSO (Mother Teresa Social Service Organization) has finally managed to get permission to personally bring food to some of girls we support. Together with his collaborators and some members of the government, he then managed to distribute several masks to the inhabitants of Nagercoil and pockets of food to 75 families of poor villages in the area.The urgency that we are experiencing confronts us with unexpected complex challenges and we try to meet them with commitment, dedication and attention to the others: this spirit has always guided us in our engagement in India.
Now more than ever we need your help to be able to continue the project!
The project is doing great and is starting to work on is own!
Our project manager, Sara, will be in Nargecoil at the end of february for the "graduation ceremony" so she can give to the women whom finished the courses their certificate.
As we mentioned in a previous report all the women, who attended the courses and got a credit to start their own activity, are now working and so they are able to return the credit. This will allow the creation of a fund that will make the project autonomous and sustainable.
During this trip Sara will also speak with our local partner to understand how the project is developing and in how much time it will be possible to reach full sustainability.
As a first step on this direction, this year the returned credit will pay for the lessons!
This would have not been possible without you, dear friend!
But they still need training materials and sewing machines, so we will keep supporting them 'till the project can fully walk on it's legs and continue making the difference in the life of many women, even without our help.
Untill then, we hope you will continue be beside our girls.
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In Nagercoil, around a hundred girls and women are already attending IT and dressmaking classes. Our volunteer referent Sara already signed and delivered more than 30 certificates!
As proof of the importance and sustainability of this project, we found out that the new IT teacher is one of the girls who graduated last year, while another one has recently opened her own tailor’s shop!
Isn’t this just amazing?
With a $30 donation you could purchase three students’ training materials for one month.
With a $100 donation you could purchase a sewing machine, an investment which lasts several years.
You’ll make the difference in these families’ lives!
We are happy to inform you that this project is becoming more and more autonomous economically. In fact all the women, who attended the courses and got a credit to start their own activity, are now working and so they are able to return the credit. In this way we are creating a fund that will allow this project to be 100% autonomous in a few year.
So we are now considering the idea to keep on supporting these courses till the end of the year and then starting gradually to reduce the contribution.
It is a great success that we want to share with you!
Sara, our volunteer referent, has just returned from the monitoring trip to India and here is the exciting story of what she lived!
"This is the third year that I go to India to monitor the projects that Aleimar supports, but each time the trip can be a different and equally wonderful experience in this country that is impossible not to fall in love! The Indian people have had to overcome another difficult year from the political point of view and we hope that with the new elections that will be held in April 2019 the situation will become more peaceful again, especially for the humanitarian organizations that collaborate with us in this mission.
After visiting the children supported in Mumbai, in the middle of the week I moved to the south, in Tamilnadu, in the Nagercoil area to meet our local referent, John Upalt, and also to monitor the projects of the Mother Theresa Social Service Organization. Like every year I met the women of computer science and tailoring courses: with great enthusiasm and gratitude the girls organized a colorful welcome party during which I had the opportunity to sign and deliver 30 diplomas to the women who concluded with successful training! As evidence of how these courses are fundamental for these women, we discovered that the new computer science teacher is one of the girls who graduated last year, while another opened her own tailoring shop!
It's incredible and exciting to see and feel the joy of many girls who live this project as an opportunity, not only to learn useful skills to enter the world of work, but also to give themselves a chance for personal and social redemption ".
The words and the enthusiasm of Sara give us the charge to help more and more this people and to do it we know we can count on you: last week, thanks to the Little by Little campaign, we have collected almost $ 400! For many it could be a small amount, but for these girls it can really make a difference!
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