VIDYA is an NGO that empowers communities through an integrated approach by helping vulnerable members – youth, women and children- transform through education. Driven by the dictum “Empowering one, empowers the other” VIDYA envisions an India where every child gets an education, every youth an opportunity to succeed, and every woman the right to equality. With nationally-recognised programmes like remedial education, computer training, adult literacy, skills training, microfinance, and social entrepreneurship, the organisation believes in working with people at an individual level.
Programs are offered in three major cities across India, in some of the poorest neighborhoods of Delhi, Haryana, Mumbai, and Bangalore. The team comprises 350 people including local and foreign volunteers, teachers and staff and a large circle of committed friends, donors and well-wishers. We've impacted more than 3,50,000 people over 33 years. The organization continues to run with fire in her belly, to educate, empower and transform India.
The Pappankala branch of VIDYA, conducted an interesting summer camp activity, of teaching the basic necessary sewing skills to the young kids. At the onset of the activity, delicate hands worked with nervous excitement, along with spurts of laughter and excited chattering. They handled the needle and thread, with care and learnt how to hem, put a button and sew hooks onto clothes. At the end of the activity they held up their work, proudly and showed that they have learnt the skill so well!
Child abuse is a curse for any society. A child who goes through sexual abuse, takes a long time to come out of the consequential psychological scars. Awareness towards child abuse and self protection should be the uppermost criteria for today's children, whether they belong to the under-privileged or any other child, for that matter. These are the times when the children should be totally aware of their surroundings and how they should conduct themselves with courage, when they are faced with something as grotesque, as child abuse.
VIDYA's Okhla community conducted a 'I am Safe' workshop which primarily aimed at creating awareness about sexual abuse and how their personal safety is in their hands. Children are innocent and they have no clue as to what is sexual abuse. Through an interactive session which included screening of movies and videos, were shown to the kids. The teachers of the center, who were personally acquainted with the kids, talked about how the child should be able to differentiate between a "good touch and bad touch". We at VIDYA help our children to be fearless and be capable to protect themselves and their friends. They should be able to confide in their elders whenever they are subjected to child abuse in their lives. It boosts their confidence, which is essentially important for their emotional growth as individuals.
Summer’s here and schools have shut. It is vacation time. YAY!!
VIDYA's Okhla community has started Summer Camp 2019 with an interactive session on hygiene and nutrition that are essential for developing well-rounded personalities. Children were taught fire-less cooking and they enjoyed preparing fruit salad and summer drink. We help kids smile by giving them the opportunity to expose fun learning activities that'll help them grow holistically.
"I don't much care where.... Then it doesn't matter which way you go." The enlightening lines from "Alice in Wonderland" was presented to the audience for an introspection at the Life skills session by Mrs. Lipika at VIDYA Mali Foundation, Bangalore! The wise lines served as an eye opener for those, who lack the art, skill, focus, motivation and inspiration on "goal setting."
Penning down specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound goals to attain better focus on ones aspirations, thereby realising it at the define time frame is the first step in goal setting, the session highlighted!
Our hearts and sympathies go out to the people of Odisha. #CycloneFani has caused grave destruction & we urge everyone to support them in their relief work and contribute to rebuild the beautiful state. Do share and spread the word.