Focus: Education, Women, Children and Youth
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ANAEMIA among teenagers, especially in girls is widespread with more than 70% of girls from poor tribal communities affected. Give IDEA Foundation the hand up they need to combat this dangerous health issue.
IDEA run 26 study centres in communities and zilla parishad schools in Pune, Bhor, Bopkhel, and Jambulpada. The objective of this programme is to identify ‘out of school’ children, enrol them in school and to provide need-based assistance to them. Currently 700 underprivileged children from classes 1 to 7 are benefitting, with a remarkable improvement in their attendance, achievement levels and interest in regular schooling. It costs IDEA Rs 3,250 per child per year.
TO make sure poverty is not a barrier, IDEA sponsor deserving children, especially from secondary school till they complete Class 12 and, after assessment, for higher education. At present around 300 children are provided with school materials, uniforms and civic dress, school and coaching class fees and opportunities for their all round development through co-curricular activities. The cost of helping each child is only Rs 5,000 for a whole year.
IDEA have an employability enhancement programme where young women are given vocational training and life skill lessons. Courses, which include tailoring, fashion designing, culinary skills and computer literacy, run for three to six months. After successful completion, students are supported by IDEA in finding suitable jobs or in self-employment. IDEA trained more than 1,000 young women last year, giving them the opportunity to gain financial independence.
IDEA takes care of our children's education just like parents do. Social workers talk to us like family and provide support when we need it. Our children are confident that IDEA will support them even when we cannot.
It was very important to have a partner in whom we can have confidence in both their professional work as well as administrative skills. The confidence we put in IDEA Foundation was never disappointed.
IDEA to me is not only a volunteer certificate but a beautiful journey of learning what our busy lives rarely notice. They do a great job in boosting young talent. The journey has taught me how innocent smiles of a few can bring value to our own lives.
I earn about Rs.15,000 a month, much more than any woman in my family, making me financially independent. IDEA have given me an identity that is not restricted to familial relations: daughter, sister, wife, mother, daughter-in-law. I am an entrepreneur!
- Usha Pillai Director
- Rashmi Shirhatti Joint Director
- Mrinal Badawe Programme Manager
- Ravikiran Patil Programme Manager
- Ancy Stephen Resource Mobilisation Manager