ASHRAYA: Free Education for Slum Kids and Livelihood Support for Women in Sarfabad, Noida.
Organization’s charitable mission
ICDFR strives to provide a highly competent and skilled community focused on holistic wellness and livelihood. The core value system is to give training and skills to the struggling communities to come out of their challenges. The organisation aims to educate, empower, and provide healthcare and livelihood support to 1 million beneficiaries by the year 2030. ICFDR runs the following schemes to achieve its mission.
1. Education and Training of Youth
2. Giving Right Values to Children
3. Teaching Art and Culture to Women and Children
4. Spreading awareness about Women's and Children's Rights
5. 'Ashraya' Shelter Schools for Socially Neglected Children
Specific community need or issue our organisation addresses
Various cities across India, especially metropolises, face a difficult situation where many financially deprived kids living in slums don't have access to basic education and nutritious food. Usually, they either don't go to school at all or drop out of school because of financial pressure. Many such children are pushed into professional begging, rag-picking, and nefarious criminal activities. By means of our shelter school, we are aiming to alleviate these issues for the children. In developing countries, women are treated differently from their male counterparts. These discriminations deprive them of education, employment, awareness, and financial independence. Women from slums do not have either employment opportunities or essential skills to earn a livelihood to support their families. Our project serves the populous slum neighborhood of Noida, especially Sarfabad, with a total population of 11,078, which comprises 5,000 women and 2,000 children among our targeted beneficiaries.
Organization’s high-level goals and objectives in serving your beneficiary community.
ICFDR aims to eradicate illiteracy and incompetence among children from slums and other economically challenged backgrounds. Also, it aims to fight the lack of skills and unemployment among women in poor economic situations. Thus, we have come up with the project 'Ashraya', focused on child protection, child education, and women's empowerment.
This project aims to give education and nutrition to children.
- Basic Arithmetic and "Reading-Writing" in Hindi and English are given to beginners. They are also trained in basic sanitation and cleanliness.
- When the students get proficient in these, they are further encouraged and helped to get admission to primary schools.
- Students are given one nutritious meal per child.
- For these students, scholarships are provided, which help them continue their education. Many of the children who need help with homework and further guidance are also provided with the same.
- Sundays and holidays are specially meant to enhance the cultural aspects and to celebrate festivals joyfully. Dance and art classes, along with theatrics and music, give them an overall development.
- Vocational training is provided for teenagers, primarily computer skills and accounting as well as stitching and related activities.
- 'Ashraya' project empowers women through skill training and livelihood generation making them self-dependent. Our skill training is focused on giving them skills for full-time job opportunities.
- The stitching center initiative will give them training and certification courses on stitching, tailoring, embroidery, and fashion design.
Our women empowerment plan also includes health and sanitation awareness, basic education, providing Training and certification courses on knitting, makeup, beauty parlor training, etc, and helping them set up small businesses of Dhupa Bati, Pickle, Papad, Madhubani painting, handicrafts, etc.
Unique about our programs and our organizational capacity or experience
ICFDR comes up to plays a vital role due to a team consisting of the majority of members from thesame demographic area in the country. This makes them well aware of the issues faced by the beneficiaries, the nature and liking of the beneficiaries, and the language of the beneficiaries.The faculty and trainers have 5-8 years of experience in the social sector. They are young and dynamic but mature and experienced. This gives scope for innovation in methods as well as effectiveness in the results.The spirit of women's empowerment is strongly built into the organization. The center managers and trainers comprise 80% of women. This is an example for the women coming to the center as beneficiaries. Women and children in this area open up easily to our women trainers and thus can get better help. Leadership is composed of qualified professionals coming from the top universities in the country. This enables an efficient utilization of resources, utilizing technology in abundance, and innovation in the services rendered.
FACTORS CONSIDERED, ARE THE TOOLS USED AND THE COLLECTION METHODS TO UNDERSTAND HOW OUR ORGANIZATION EVALUATES PROGRAM EFFICIENCY AND SUCCESS.
Some factors we use to estimate success are:
1) Number of children given primary education and training.
2) Number of children getting connected to mainstream education like schools and Anganwadis.
3) Number of women trained in certificate training programs, specifically stitching training. certification, and other vocational training certifications.
4) Number of beneficiaries who have been given livelihood opportunities or have developed their self-sustenance through small-scale businesses.
5) Number of beneficiaries getting full-time employment opportunities.
6) Number of volunteers connected.
7) Number of awareness programs conducted.
8) Number of sub-branches of Ashraya Shelter School opened.