By Beatrice Vanaja, Chief Administrative Officer, New Life, November 2013
Economic Empowerment Through Learning New Skills
“I am happy that I can continue learning at this age of 32”. - Pushpavalli.
Pushpavalli got married at the age of 20, and she had to stop her education after completing her 10th standard as most of the rural women do. She talks about her experience as follows:
“My father did not allow me to go to school after I finished my high school education. I wanted to study and learn new things. But it remained a dream. I married a jewel appraiser. And gave birth to a girl. She is in 1st standard now. In the earlier years of my marriage, I was engrossed in the domestic chores. But as my daughter grew, I felt that I am undereducated and should gain knowledge if I should support her in growing up. I wanted to learn, learn, and learn."
The passion for learning new things flares up her face when she said this.
"It is then, New Life shifted their office to our locality and started giving training programs. I saw their programs and entered the office. Now, I am learning [gleamed with happiness].
"I joined the training on fundamentals of computers. And now I finished the course and I joined the Kundan Jewellery making training.
"And besides learning, I have got new friends, too.”
Like Pushpavalli, we have other women who have quenched their thirst for learning in our training centre. New Life is training women, youth, and girls above the age of 14 in alternate employable skills.
This paves way for the people who are in search of employment to enhance their skills, those who want to widen their knowledge and skills to do so. The people who undergo the training are to undergo assessment once they finish their courses and provided with a government- approved certificate once they get through the assessment.
Training is Popular!
Forty women and adolescent girls are trained in fundamentals of computer, Tally and Kundan Jewellery making trainings.
The organisation has been providing trainings on demand earlier. Now the programs are given in the office premises and on a continuous basis, which has given the organisation publicity in the locality.
Many people are approaching the organisation now.
Students Encourage Disadvantaged Children
New Life has also succeeded in bridging the gap between the young givers and the small children.
The students of the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, [Tiruchirappalli] conducted a programme on October 6th for the poor children and many competitions were held to bring out their talents.
Our children competed with four other organisations and won 43 prizes in dance, drawing, singing, handwriting, and eloquation contests.
We are proud of them and the teachers who coached them.
Donated Gifts Bring Joy
On November 9th, the young students who wanted to bring the dreams of the poor children to reality, donated things like toys, sports materials, books, emergency lights, bags, shoes, pens, etc., to the children.
Wishes were collected from the children supported by our organization and given to the students, who made the children jump with joy.
We are happy and motivated to work by this support from young India.
Mobile Outreach Medical Care
New Life has reached 1,230 women and children through its mobile outreach project which gives medical care to the tribal people in the hills of Pachamalai, Trichy district.
The people who had less accessibility to medical assistance are now getting the mobile medical support in their own villages on scheduled days of the week. This has helped the women much as they have now started caring for their health, too.
Thinking of those Affected by Cyclone Phailin
Cyclone Phailin affected Andhra Pradesh and Orissa forcing up to 1 million people to run away. Though we are safe from the cyclone, we feel sad for our fellow countrymen who were affected by the cyclone.