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THREADS OF HOPE

by GRUPPO ALEIMAR ONLUS
THREADS OF HOPE
THREADS OF HOPE
THREADS OF HOPE
THREADS OF HOPE
THREADS OF HOPE
THREADS OF HOPE
THREADS OF HOPE
THREADS OF HOPE
THREADS OF HOPE
Women attending the sewing course
Women attending the sewing course

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!

Together we can really make the difference!

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!

At the beginning of February our India Country Manager Sara and one of her colleagues are leaving on a monitoring trip to India, where they are going to visit also the ‘Threads of Hope’ project. They will bring some updates and photos, that we can’t wait to share with you all! Moreover, on that occasion, the women who took part in the tailoring and computer courses last year will receive their certificate, which means they successfully completed their course!

As far as the general situation in the country is concerned, India is now preparing for the forthcoming general elections, which will be held in spring, between April and May. We are going to keep the situation monitored in order to register any possible political change and its impact on the local communities we work with. We hope our Country Manager will be able to learn more about the current political situation during her trip.

Meanwhile, we would like to renew our gratitude to all of you for believing in our project, since it is thanks to your support that we can carry on our actions!

Finally, we take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year!

The tailoring and the computer courses are proceeding successfully and all the participants are really enthusiastic about what they are learning! The girls who are attending the tailoring course have been commissioned to make some Christmas items, such as bags, in order to get them used at being independent and working autonomously.

Two weeks ago our local referent visited two girls who recently completed the tailoring course. Both of them were given a sewing machine, with the purpose of helping them start their own activity. The feedback of our referent was totally positive and fulfilling: the girls started to work at home and they are now producing and selling their pieces of clothing. We were also very happy to know from them that they are willing to pay back the sewing machine and that they are determined to reach this goal.

We are really satisfied about how this project is going on, since all the participants of the courses always show their engagement. Recently, we planned our next follow-up trip, which is going to take place next January.

We are deeply grateful to all of you for believing in our project and for your fundamental support, without whom this would not be possible!

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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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GRUPPO ALEIMAR ONLUS

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy
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