Monthly Archives: July 2012
Teej is celebrated by all the women in a family .. many adornments are worn especially associated with it a henna or mehndi on the hands,dancing ,singing,special sweets and swinging on traditional rope swings from sturdy tree branches.
The women’s segment of Vatsal Chaya, Saubhagini self help groups, participated in a fete organised to celebrate Teej as well as showcase the work of very deprived women after they have been given training in a variety of skills.
A stall displayed the products and the festival was celebrated too to add cheer and festivity. The women who get training are from Below Poverty Line families who are issued a yellow ration ard by the government and we work in collaboration with the Urban Poverty Alleviation Cell of our region. The categorisation is done on the basis of income which is less than a $ a day!
puppets have been part of folk culture not only in India but in many cultures as well .They are a wonderful and joyful addition to the classroom especially for the very illiterate but older children we are trying to educate.They convey much more in terms of adding fun,humour,thinking skills,overcome language hurdles and make mistakes an accepted and necessary part of learning.
Our women’s self -help group is called SAUBHAGINI.In India when a daughter is born she is welcomed as Lakshmi the Goddess of wealth,when she is marries she is blessed in the name of her husband’s longevity,or as the bearer of sons. There is never a moment when she is loved for just being herself,there is no intrinsic merit in being female.
This mindset is more and more apparent as you go down the social scale and this is what we aim to change —that a woman can create her own good fortune when she is armed with skills ,some initial support and determination.
Here is a centuries old hand embroidery skill training and pottery class,There are more,will post later