When you want to do something new, you are always asked how and why? Project WHY is indeed an answer to all the how’s and why’s and in turn achieving success.
Project WHY started way back in 2000 with a mission to Educate, Employ and Empower children and ladies. The journey began with 40 children who were keen to learn how to speak in English. With time the number of children and volunteers increased, their demands increased and teachers were found in the vicinity and lanes of the slums. The number increased rapidly but they did not turn away any child and made full use of the pavements and parks and tents to serve as makeshift classrooms.
The teaching standards of Government Schools in 2000-2001, was gloomy. They just resulted in poor learning and teaching environment. Also, these children did not have parents who were literate and could not support them in their studies. Thus there were a lot of drop-outs from school. This motivated them to start their first after-school support program at Giri Nagar to sustain the drop out rates.
Currently, they have 7 after school support centres and reach out to almost 1100 children, 200 women and have helped to create 50 job opportunities for the people from the community through their centres. The after-school support centres bridge the educational gap of the many underprivileged children along with working on their all-round development. Ultimately they not only minimized the school dropouts but also helped them climb up the merit list.
The brainchild behind the Project WHY is Anouradha Bakshi, also lovingly known as Anou and Aoundhi. Anouradha is a Diplomat’s daughter and she always felt a strong desire to give back to society. Her parents always told her good things about India and instilled a love for the country. On a visit to her ancestral village in Bihar, she felt an urge of what, how and why she should give back. Here she met Manu, a beggar. Running into him she made a promise to give Manu a home and that is how and why Project WHY came into existence.
Project WHY also works to empower women by honing their skills and giving them the required skills which are needed for them to become the change makers of their household. The Project WHY sewing circle is part of this effort. Since the time this project has been launched, it has given a different meaning to the lives of many women. But it has immensely affected Renu Karotia, the sewing teacher.
6 years back, Renu joined Project WHY’s sewing classes because her husband met with an accident which resulted in him losing his job. With his job, the family also lost their home and had large debts to payout. Being unskilled Renu did not have many options on her platter and it was then that she joined the sewing classes. She soon started getting small sewing works at home. When Project WHY lost their sewing teacher, they saw immense potential in Renu and offered her the post. Though hesitant Renu picked up the job and did very well and is a proud teacher and above all a woman who has high self-esteem, supports her family and easily pays off her debts.
Project WHY empowers women through the sewing circle by giving them skills, courage and a determination to work against all odds. The first sewing circle was set up at Khader almost 10 years ago. Up till now, almost 1000 women have been trained under this project. The sewing circle at Khader has proved to be successful for over 80% of the women who found some activity at home or outside.
The Project WHY sewing circle had a strong belief when it started. They believed that women are agents of change and giving them an appropriate platform where they can earn a decent livelihood can transform not only their lives but also their families. This is more apparent visible in families where women are victims of domestic violence. Here, at Project WHY along with learning and honing their skills they also learn to read and write and in turn became small entrepreneurs.
Today when they look back they only see happy faces and they want to grow these smiles with each passing day in the future as well… And for this they are looking for:
Interlocking machine 4400/-
Pico machine 5600/-
Ironing board 2000/-
Cutting table 4000/-
6-months salary for Renu 60,000/-
Total amount needed: 77,000/-
Your donation is 50% tax deductible under section 80G, and the entire expense account would be put up on the Project Why website once the amount is raised. Join the Project Why family by supporting Renu, so she can help women like herself.No amount is too small, and every little bit would help make Renu’s dreams become a reality!
Here is our chance to help Renu and many other women like her who will find employment in the garment industry. Donations made are 50% tax deductible under section 80G, and the entire expense account would be put up on the Project Why website once the amount is raised.
Because it really does make that little difference, so donate here.