Monthly Archives: July 2012

A swirl of color —Teej a traditional Rainy Season Festival In India

learning mehndi has proved very useful for Husnjahan one of our members..with an investment of 5 henna cones ataRs50 she can charge Rs 100 for each palm she does and can do about 30 palms in 3/4 hours.Though it is seasonal work,there are enough festivals,weddings to give her a tidy income

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!

A view of our stall at the fete featuring assorted handworked stufflearning mehndi has proved very useful for Husnjahan one of our members..with an investment of 5 henna cones ataRs50 she can charge Rs 100 for each palm she does and can do about 30 palms in 3/4 hours.Though it is seasonal work,there are enough festivals,weddings to give her a tidy income

Girls from Vatsal Chaya aided Children's Coperative Shelter Home dancing and swinging ...theses are auspicious must-do's for all the femmes et filles in a family. A rope swing on a mango tree..is a traditional village feature

Puppetry adds interest and fun to the classroom

making learning fun=effective

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.

Summer Holidays and some Braiding Fun

braiding lesson at a local salon

Saubhagini–Good fortune is vested in my skill and striving.

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

learning to use the fine needle called Ari

Practising under the eagle eye of the old and experienced trainer

learning to mould on the potters wheel

painting amd decorating the finished pots and Diyas

Summer Health Camp By Vatsal Chaya

Dr Rajesh Dhir and his friend gave up most of their Sunday and helped us bring some succour to very poor and needy women and children

Medicines were distributed for all patients,some we were prepared for and some were obtained according to need

some babies were found to be malnutrited and next Sunday will be only for children in need of nutrition support.

children waiting while their mothers collect medicines

A lot of children suffering from severe skin infections due to extreme heat and lack of clean water