Friday, 25 November 2016

SMILE FOUNDATION supports EPs KISHORI SHIKSHA PROGRAM!


Adolescent girls born in rural households often only hear about being educated. The written word  mostly remains unrecognised in their lives, but they have heard about literacy and the mileage many are getting by virtue of being 'literate' and having studied.

EP's Kishori Shiksha Program has been a buzz word in the Tijara Block since 2009 and a welcome opportunity for many young girls who are desperate to learn to read and write. 

SMILE FOUNDATION joined hands in support and we hope this is the beginning of a relationship that will provide all the keen learners in Tijara with a serious and sincere opportunity to learn the written word!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

End Poverty's New website

Dear All

We are very pleased to announce that End Poverty has a brand NEW state of the art , user friendly website!

www.endpoverty.org.in 

Do visit and share with your friends and family! Let us know what you think!

Thanks.




Tijara Craft Exhibition at ShopClues.com






Tijara Craft(earlier known as Meo Home Crafts) is a home grown brand of End Poverty's Ajeevika Craft Center (ACC).  The ACC is a women’s livelihood project that was conceived and pilot tested in 2010-11. As a result our first Ajeevika Craft Center was set up in 2011 and since then 546 women  from under privileged section of the society have been trained in sewing skills out of which 80 women come and make 26 products regularly.  
 

ShopClues.com has organised an exhibition of our hand made products in their premises on October 18, 20 and 21 as a part of their CSR initiative.The range of products on exhibition cum sale includes mobile pouch, round pouch, potli pouch,tote bag, shopping bag, passport pouch, Ipad cover, laptop cover etc.

 

 




We thank ShopClues.com for their support to our initiative to create sustainable livelihood options for the rural poor. 

Monday, 3 October 2016

Skill upgrade training

End Poverty set up Ajeevika Craft Center in 2010 as a part of its Women livelihood project. From its inception these women have been given regular skill upgrade trainings. One such training took place in the last week of August. This was a training program designed by Rhizome . 


 The trainer Ms. Varalika held week long training where she introduced 3 new ranges of products to our artisans.
Our artisans took part in the training very enthusiastically and grasped all the new techniques and tips taught by the trainer.









The product ranges introduced are Tableware, Organisers and Bags and clutches.
Ajeevika Craft Center would soon be launching its new product ranges.
Table ware comes in a set of 1 table runner, 6 each of placemats, coasters, napkins and cutlery case.
Organisers have a travel oraganiser, passport case, tissue holder, hygiene case and stationery case.

They were also taught 2 varieties of tote bags and clutches and a sling bag. The trainer was able to bring out the best talent the artisans already possessed and use it in the products. 


All in all the training was a big success and we look forward to an exciting range of new products hitting the market very soon. 


Trainees  proudly showcasing  the products they made

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Saplings distribution



As a part of our Plant a Tree for Life campaign, on 20th Sep 2016 another tranche of saplings were distributed to the farmers of village Hamiraka in Tijara block.  As per the demands from the farmers, pomegranate and guava saplings were given. These saplings were donated by Mr. Lalit Jalan on behalf of GLMF DMRT 43, Delhi.





Wednesday, 14 September 2016

EP's collaboration with ABS India


End Poverty has collaborated with ABS India, a subsidiary of Genus world leader in animal breeding to improve the breed of dairy animals in Alwar. Dairy farming is extremely crucial in the area as most of the people here are engaged in dairy farming and income from dairy farming is crucial to sustain their families.  ABS global, headquartered in De Forest, Wisconsin, US is the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and udder care products. The cluster which covers Bharatpur, Alwar, Dhaulpur, Dhousa and Karoli is a dairy belt that lacks the know-how of scientific dairy farming and farmers remain poor.

ABS product launch meeting was held in Tapukra on 6th of September 2016. Vinod Kaushik, President of End Poverty presided over the function and expressed his conviction that with the availability of ABS semen in Alwar this area may grow in leaps and bounds and move forward  faster in breed improvement leading to the required change in farm sector earnings.



The Managing Director of ABS India Dr. Arvind Gautham, delivered the keynote address. He shared that ABS India has set up a high end breeding farm in Pune, which is amongst the best in the world which has imported 13 of the best bulls from America. With this genetic input, it is expected that Indian dairy farmers will have access to best semen similar to the one available in the US. The best genomic semen is now available to the farmers of this area at their door step with the support of End Poverty. In the near future there are plans to introduce embryo transfer technology and sex semen to dairy farmers.

Dr. Jayverdhan Tiwari and Mr. Abhishek Kumar from ABS India also presented valuable aspects that will support the effort such as - allow the farmers to choose the semen, managing the future progenies –such that the milk yield continuously grows. How customers can choose and estimate profits by using customised Apps was also shared by the ABS Team.

The program was attended by Zilla Parishad members, Sarpanch, progressive farmers, AI (Artificial Insemination) Technicians, NGOs representativesin large numbers.


 Farmers who had gathered from far and wide from areas like Alwar, Agra, Meerut, Rewari and the AI technicians had many queries that were answered to their satisfaction by Dr. Arvind and his team.



This product  launch was covered by the local media as well.




Thursday, 8 September 2016

International Literacy Day 

UNESCO officially proclaimed September 8 as the International Literacy Day in the year 1966. This year, the world will celebrate 50th International Literacy Day under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”

 

UNESCO 2012 report shows that 13.54 million South Asian students leave school before completing their primary education. Three main reasons for this being expectations of domesticity, safety and infrastructure barriers.

As per the 2011 census data  literacy rate in Tijara block is 50%.  In males the literacy rate is 61% as 86695 males out of total 139884 are literate however female literacy ratio is 37% as 47705 out of total 127023 females are literate in this block. 
End Poverty recognised this problem in its target area of Tijara Block in Alwar district, Rajasthan and came up with Kishori Shiksha Program. In 2010 EP launched Kishori Shiksha Program (KSP) for the girls in the age group of 10 -18 who have never been to school and may never get chance to get the education. KSP started off as a 3 months course and slowly evolved into 6 months and finally to the present 12 month course.

End poverty not only recognised the problem of girls not being sent to school, but also the real reasons and concerns of the society behind this. In addition to the global reasons listed above for the girls dropping out of school, the local population in EP’s target area also had concerns about male faculty teaching the young adolescent girls. EP addressed this concern by training one of the literate girls among their community to be a teacher for adolescent girls between 10 and 18 years of age.  The school runs in their own hamlet, so the distance and safety concerns are taken care of.



 KSP is a 12 months, in-house designed, holistic literacy program for adolescent girls who have not been educated in regular schools. This program provides literacy, numeracy, reading and expressive skills.  In addition to these there are modules on health, personal hygiene and environment awareness. Sewing is also taught as a vocational skill. There are frequent tests conducted and feedbacks are given to the parents in Parents teachers meetings conducted. The  girls also have drawing and colouring classes.





Currently 417 girls are studying in 15 centres. So far EP has been successful in making 1686 girls become literate in many villages of Tijara Block. There is an estimate of still about 10,000 unschooled adolescent girls in the area. EP is striving hard to empower the unschooled adolescent girls of Tijara block with literacy skills.