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Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) – Empowering Children with Education

Today we share with you story of Nazma who used to make Rakhi’s at home to help her family and now regularly attends our CFS classes and is soon going to give the exam for 10th Grade to join formal schools.

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Nazma is 14 yrs old and is a resident of Fatehwadi, Juhapura area of Ahmedabad. She met Firdausben our CFS teacher during her field visit in the area. Talking with her Firdausben came to know that Nazma has never been to school and makes ‘Rakhi’s’at home to help her family. For making 12 dozen rakhi’s she gets paid Rs. 50. Firdausben came to know that her parents are very reluctant to send girls to school but Firdausben convinced them to come to send Nazma to the CFS classes.

Talking about the class she says, “When I joined the class I entered into a different world where everything was new for me as I had never attended Najma-Habilulla-Kadri-1a class of any kind”. Her parents are migrants from Uttar Pradesh and hence she didn’t know any Gujarati at all. In the class she was very eager to learn and showed a lot of enthusiasm for learning new things. Now, her Gujarati is really good, she reads and writes with full speed and her handwriting’s are something to look at.She further says, “Through the class I got a chance to go to a theater to watch a movie for the first time which was another experience I never had before. I really want to study further and join a school, my dream is to become a Doctor”.

For enrolling Nazma to a formal school Firdausben went to meet her parents. She found out that her parents are illiterate. In their family education is very low and there is reluctance to send their children to school especially girls.  After much counseling of Nazma’s mother and father by Firdausben they have agreed for Nazma to give exam for 10th standard. Now they are also eager for her to give exam and study ahead.

Creativity and Innovation at its best @ Nirman

“Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Today we share with you the story of Mr. Akhilesh, one of Nirman‘s electrician course trainee who had its own eureka moment and invented a rechargeable torch using recycled mobile battery through which he wants to help the rural population who have an irregular supply of electricity.

“I’m thankful to Nirman for giving me this platform”New Picture (2), Akhilesh

Akhilesh displays his torch

Sharma Akhilesh Shambunath (34 yrs old) is a resident of Ahmedabad currently living in Odhav area. He lives in a joint family of 8 members. 10 years ago when he was looking for work, he was interested in becoming an electrician but couldn’t find anyone to teach him the trade. So he joined his father’s business of furniture work. A few months ago he came to know about Nirman – Electrician course through one of his neighbours who had joined the electrician course. His old interest was revived and he thought as now a days there are electrical fixtures done in the furniture’s too, so while learning a trade of his interest he will also be creating an alternative option for income and so he joined the course.

Nirman has changed my life, the training was effective and apart from the trade, the life skill and business development sessions were amazing and they will definitely help me in building up my network. The course has brightened up my life and has made me think beyond my capabilities says Akhilesh in regards to his training.

About his new invention………….

Talking about his invention he says that the idea for a rechargeable torch came to him from his trainer. He thought that such a kind of torch will be very useful in rural areas where the supply of electricity is very irregular. Starting from the basic of just getting the light to switch on, he kept on making corrections and adding things and finally made the torch with the help of an old mobile battery.

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Reusable Torch

He took his torch to his village where it proved to be a quite a handy and useful tool to have. Made with a recycled mobile battery and simple PN Junction Diodes and Resistors put in a plastic box, the cost incurred in making is a mere 50 rupees. The torch lasts for 4-5 hours after charging it for 1 hour and the battery inside could be changed. Akhilesh says, “This torch is very good for emergency situations especially in rural areas and if I get support for more development I want to improve the torch further more and make it accessible to rural population at a reasonable price.”

 

Youth Stories: Kamlesh

Kamlesh is a resident of Jahangirpura area of Surat. He left his studies after 12th New Picture (1)standard and followed his dream to become photographer. He worked hard to become a photographer and now he professionally photographs weddings and events to earn. He has spent his life in poverty and struggle. He always wanted to help people in his area and community so that they could also improve their life like he did.

His dream is to help the society and uplift the life of the youth. In between, he came into contact with SAATH ’s Youth Force programme. Within no time he said yes to join the program.

Kamlesh’s views of Youth Force…

I am very happy that Saath founded Youth Force, which is essential for slum youths. The aim of Youth Force is to make a youth group and change their life. Earlier the youth of our area were not attached to each other. They were busy in their individual life. But after joining the youth groups they have started youth activities and with these youth activities they have bonded. We all are working on social agendas. I want to share one very important incident.

Earlier we use to live near Tapi River and we used to face lot of problems during the monsoon season. So the Municipal Corporation provided us with housing in Jahangirpura area. In those buildings they did not built solid walls. Because of this, several people were injured and some even lost their life. In our youth group, we thought we should something about this. So we wrote an application to the Surat Municipal Commissioner and to build the walls. We are still negotiating on this issue with the municipal commissioner. We are committed to fighting for this until our demands are met for safe living conditions.

We also run other activities like games and touring together. Recently, we all visited Saputara, where we had a lot of fun together. Personally I feel my life has changed a lot. I am much more positive and have made lot of friends as a result of Youth Force. My Business is increasing with the help of our group. I am heartily thankful to Saath for giving us Youth Force. In this program we feel that we have got the platform to express our self and live our dreams.

Urban Resource Centres: Deepakbhai’s story

Saath’s Urban Resource Centre’s are also providing loans for Auto Rickshaws and today we are sharing with you the story of one our client Mr. Dipakgiri Sureshgiri Goswami, who availed the loan services from our URC center.

Dipakbhai is leaving with his family in Guptanagar since last 25 years. New PictureThere are 11 members in his family, his father, mother and 2 elder brothers both married and have two children each. His father, an asthma patient is unemployed due to health reason.

His mother was working as a domestic worker to run the house. His elder brother left his studies to start earnings through a private job. They have a family house in Changodar village.  Dipakbhai started driving the rickshaw on rent to help his family. He was giving Rs.100 as a daily rent for the rickshaw. Maintenance cost of the petrol rickshaw was high and after deducting all the expenses, he was earning between Rs.150 to Rs.200 and that wasn’t enough. Dipakbhai then decided to buy his own rickshaw. He came to know about Saath’s Urban Resource Center through one of our field workers, who informed him about Auto-Rickshaw loans that URC’s provide. He took a loan of Rs.30,000 from URC and borrowed Rs.15,000 from his friends and bought a second-hand rickshaw for Rs.45,000.

Now, he is earning through the rickshaw and is also working in a packaging factory to repay his loan.  He shares his experience in his own words: “I am thankful to Saath’s Urban Resource Centre. They have given me a loan and now I am earning Rs.5000 to Rs.7,000 per month after deducting the loan payments.  I will be able to repay my loan soon and also I am saving my money for future. My sister-in-law who is working in Saath’s Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Ltd  has taught me the benefits of savings which she has learned from Saath’s Micro-finance Centre. Now we are capable enough to give proper education to my brothers’ children and also secure their future through our savings. Thank you very much Saath for your different programs for people like us who are unaware of savings and it’s benefits. And also for URC’s Rickshaw loan scheme.

Youth Stories: Hemant Ravtode

This is the story of a Youth who has undergone change in his life and is now sharing responsibilities in taking care of his family.

Hemant Sanjaybhai Ravtode, age 19, is a resident of Jhangirpura Surat. There are 6 members in his family, his father is New Picture (1)working in a company, his mother’s a home maker and he has two sisters and a brother. Hemant is the second child. His elder sister Ashwini is doing teaching course in an institute and his other siblings are studying. Hemant is 10th dropout and was jobless at the time of joining the Youth Force. His father is earning around Rs 6,000 per month which is not enough for the family. Hemant realised early in his life that he would have to start working to support his family. That is why he was looking for a job. But because of low education, no skills and low confidence he was not able to find any good opportunities.

Nishant Chaudhari the City Coordinator of Youth Force Surat visited Jahangirpura to talk with the youth of the area about the Youth Force programme. Hemant heard about Youth Force and decided to join the youth group. Hemant says “I like Youth Force because it’s for us (youth) and our development. I really like the activities they we are doing such as learning through playing games, visiting different parts of Surat like Auto Expo, Musical Events, Temples with the group. The meetings of the weekend are what I enjoy the most and look forward to.”

He further says “Within 15 days of joining Nishant gave me information of interview call in Harsh-Surgical’s. Nishant gave me tips for the interview which really helped me and I passed the interview. The company offered me a salary of Rs. 4500 per month, which I consider a good amount as this is my first job and now I can help my family as well.”

Hemant has undergone a huge transformation since he has joined youth force. His family is also very happy. His father says “Earlier Hemant just used to wander around with friends whole day. I feel proud to see my son working and shouldering responsibilities of his family.” Hemant’s review from his employers is also positive and they say he is hardworking, honest and a quick learner. The company has also decided to help him for his further studies.

Hemant is very happy with the change in him. His expresses “Youth Force has changed my life and way of thinking. I have a good job and I never miss our weekly meetings of the group. I am proud to be a member of Youth Force.”