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!"



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!

 “Threads of Hope” project has been proceeding very well and the next monitoring trip is scheduled for September. On that period, our project leaders will be there to assist the graduation and experience with them this important moment.

At the end of the year, all the participants will be able to change their social and economic situation, but also to reap the benefits of what they have learnt thanks to the relation with others women and the improvement of the awareness on their important role in family and social environment.

In India, especially in Nagercoil (Southern India) where the project is being developed, the women condition is really dramatic: they are socially marginalised, inferior from birth and exposed to violence and exploitation. Thanks to this project they can hope in a different future for them and for their children.

In a short while the participants have understood the big opportunity the project is giving to their empowerment: through the sewing class they could learn a work and start a small enterprise enable to reach their independence, while the informatic lessons guarantee the competences request to work in the public offices.

We would like to expand the classes! In order to promote the project towards more and more people and to reach our dreams we need all the donors support!

The Threads of Hope project has been seing his first cycle of graduate women in 2016, when our project leader Sara and her group have visited Nagercoil, in southern India. Here, 20 women are following the cutting and sewing class, and 35 women the computer class.

As soon as our correspondents arrived in front of the building wich hosts the classes, they immediately understood that everything was ready for a big festivity! In fact, a big Mandala had been painted all over the entrance stairs! Some of the women following the classes had welocomed them with jasmines to put throught the hair and painted on their faces typical symbols with bright colors and given a rose to each one.

They visited the small spaces in which the computer classes are held, and afterwards, on the second floor, the sewing spaces. The participants had made another wonderful decoration with flower petals on the floor. Here they could see the women at their stations with the 12 sewing machines of the centre; on the walls thei could see all the samples of clothes and purses they had made, and the local sewing teacher Upalt showed them all the notebooks which every women has to fill with the samples drawings beforse she can start working with the materials.

The women have then continued celebrating, bringing sweets, singing and reciting poetry, beforse donating to each member of the group a personal gift. The festivity ended with the signature and the consignation to each participant of their certification of competence.

Now those women can be conscious than, thanks to these competences, they can build a future for them and their children, in a reality which still sees the women as inferior to the man.  

They saw that those classes are very appreciated, and hope to extend the spaces and the range of women which can follow the classes!


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Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy
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