This project was started last year, i.e. 2017-18, beginning with 30 girls from 8th standard of Kanya Shala, Dehugaon, 40 kms from Pune. This year we will have a fresh batch of 30 girls from 8th standard along with last year's batch, now in 9th standard. Next year we will have three batches; new 8th std., 9th std. & 10th std.
In a school class the number of students is very high and is made up of various levels of intelligence. This results in the teachers teaching to an average level of understanding. Thus a lot of students remain away from advanced methods such as synthesis, analysis & application of theories beyond the scope of curriculum. Students, specially from rural background, remain weak in these areas. We plan to help the girls from Kanyashala of Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, at Dehuroad in the above learning levels.
Project Pandita - Objectives
Majhi Maitrin Charitable Trust realized a need to start empowering girls from underprivileged stratum of society at a younger age and to help them in increasing their education level. With this aim in mind we selected Rayat Shikshan Sanstha's Kanyashala at Dehu, Pune for implementing our Project Pandita.
- To correctly understand and interpret Science, Math, English concepts
- Exposure to small scientific experiments performed in small groups to clarify concepts and scientific principles
- To increase the skill level in written and spoken communication.
- To build their ability & confidence level to go for either college education or take up professional / vocational courses.
Almost 90% of the expense outlay is towards direct project expenses.
You can donate specifically for Project Pandita thereby ensuring that your donation will fund only this educational activity of the Trust.
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Project Pandita - Execution Details
Majhi Maitrin Charitable Trust realized a need to start empowering girls from underprivileged stratum of society at a younger age and to help them in increasing their education level. With this aim in mind we selected Rayat Shikshan Sanstha's Kanyashala at Dehu, Pune for implementing our Project Pandita. This Video captures some moments of planning and actual classroom execution of this project.
Project Pandita - Evaluation
Majhi Maitrin Charitable Trust realized a need to start empowering girls from underprivileged stratum of society at a younger age and to help them in increasing their education level. With this aim in mind we selected Rayat Shikshan Sanstha's Kanyashala at Dehu, Pune for implementing our Project Pandita. This Video captures some moments of planning and evaluation done by the teachers.
Sangeeta, almost illiterate, makes very tasty chutneys. Many retail shops who are already promoting & selling 'Majhi Maitrin' products, prominently displayed her product, chutneys. These are well received by people. Now she has a bank account, can operate by herself. It may be just 6 months more for her group to get firmly established.
Shobha has completed her school education, but cannot take up a full time job due to her family responsibilities. She was introduced to the Trust by a well wisher. We observed her stitching skills and encouraged her to make Jute shopping bags, Purses, File Folders and other products. We displayed her products during our monthly programs and her designs & products are well appreciated by several women & young girls alike.
SECOW was undertaken by MMCT to test the validity of concepts developed by Mrs. Shaila Limaye. She had opportunity to conceptualize this project during her training at 'Histadrut' in Israel (Management of small scale business). SECOW was aimed at giving gainful employment to women from underprivileged section of society and thus make them confidant.
MMCT took up its first project under SECOW as Project 'Jaya' to make & market 'Ghadichi Poli' - special soft chapati (Flat bread). A brand 'Majhi Maitrin' was registered for marketing all products under SECOW. Uttara Foods Ltd. (A Venkateshwara group company exporting the flour) was contacted and persuaded to make available good quality wheat flour. The product was tested by reputed labs for its nutritious values and shelf life.
Several banks like Pune Peoples Coop. Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Saraswat Coop Bank , Central Bank of India, have collaborated in MMCT's efforts to make the women of SHGs financially literate. Bank accounts were opened by relaxing some of their rules to extend their help in making the SECOW projects successful. The banks have also helped and supported 'Majhi Maitrin' Magazine through their advertisements. Surplus from the magazine is used for these SECOW projects.
Other projects making progress are (A) Project 'Sangeeta'& (B) Project 'Shobha'.
Working Women’s Hostel
Presently, Majhi Maitrin Charitable Trust has been working on the plan of building a working women's hostel in Pune area. The proposed project offers a pleasant, affordable and safe shelter. This unique hostel will be having state-of-the-art amenities and facilities at cost effective charges. Every room will be self-contented with a small pantry, internet connection and other latest facilities. Apart from these amenities, the hostel will be an ideal place to live with a good library, small community hall, bank counter or ATM centre, laundry, beauty parlor, yoga and meditation centre.
As part of this hostel project, the trust is building a crèche for the children of working mothers. It will be a fun place for the children with lot of games offering fun and education in hygienic and safe environment with friendly and loving caretakers around. In other words, it will be a home away from home. Working mothers can drop their child here and go to work without any tension. Their tiny tots will be well looked after here.
Donations for project
- the trust is in the process of collecting funds for this much needed facility.
- A helping hand from your side means a lot to the trust. Come forward and donate.