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Brining Dignity and Self Reliance for Karnataka Adolescent Girl

Smile Foundation and Sisters of Charity has taken up an initiative to provide vocational training to the underprivileged adolescent girls in Grihini School at Bijapur, Mangalore, Karnataka state.

About the Partner

The Sisters of Charity is a registered charitable society working for orphans, destitute, sick, handicapped, mentally challenged, adolescent girls across caste and community in Mangalore. The organisation works for the poor and marginalized people in remote villages too.

The society runs a school for the poor children (both boys and girls) imparting basic education. The society also takes care of and assists the old, destitute, sick, handicapped, mentally challenged and mentally retarded people free of cost. They needy people are educated and trained properly. It is also ensured that settle in life orphans and destitute children of different age group become self reliant and lead a life with dignity.

 
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Sr. Viegeas Fiorella

“We are grateful to Smile Foundation which has enhanced the lives of 200 young girls below the poverty line for the past five years!!”

Name:              Sunitha

Age:                 20 years

Education:      10th standard

Place:             Basavana Bagewadi, Bijapur

I lost my father when I was a child. We are staying in a rented house. Due to poverty, my mother had to go house-to-house and work as a maid. My mother struggled to give education to my sister and me. My sister is married and has two children. She visits us often, and she encouraged me to join the vocational training course at Kanakal.

 When I came to know of Sneha Sadan, Sisters of Charity and their vocational tailoring programme, I decided to join the same. During this training, besides cutting and stitching, they also helped me to learn various skills such as cooking, nutrition, health and hygiene, gardening, first-aid, values and principles of life, which will help me become a good homemaker.  I learnt to live with a group of students and to listen to others and also to share my knowledge and talents with everyone. We were involved in a lot of group activities and games, which helped me to become a sociable person.

By the end of the course, the Sisters of Charity placed me at K Mohan Garments Factory in Bangalore. Here, I am now being trained to use the power machine, and was paid Rs.1920/- in the first month. They have assured me that the salary will be raised after three months. I hope this will help me to support my mother and improve the economic status of our family. I am very grateful to the Sisters of Charity, Sneha Sadan and Smile Foundation.

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Name:             Manjula B Hanageri

Age:                24 years

Education:      12th standard

Place:              Bidnal, Bijapur

We are eight children. I am the seventh child in the family. I am married and working in K Mohan garment factory in Bangalore. My husband is working as a welder in Bangalore. He is staying in a rented home with a group of his colleagues.

 I have done the vocational training course at Kanakal in Sneha Sadan which is run by the Sisters of Charity. Here, besides cutting and stitching, I have learnt various skills such as cooking, nutrition, health and hygiene, gardening, first-aid, values and principles of life, to become a good homemaker. We were involved in a lot of group activities, which helped me to become a sociable person.

The Sisters of Charity helped me and many other girls from Bijapur to get employment at K Mohan garment factory. I am staying with these girls of Bijapur in a hostel. I hope my earnings will help my husband support the family. I am grateful to Sneha Sadan and Smile Foundation for all the help.

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 Name:            Sunanda S Kumbhara

Age:                19 years

Education:      10th standard

Place:              Basavana Bagewadi, Bijapur.

We are four children. We have two acres of dry land which cannot be cultivated due to scarcity of water. My parents work as labourers. There is no other income to meet the needs of the family and to provide education. Hence, I had to discontinue my education after completing 10th std.

When I came to know of the Grihini Vocational Training Programme at Kanakal, my parents reluctantly agreed to send me to attend the 9-month course. But today, my parents and I feel very happy, because I have become a better person in the family as well as the society. My understanding and approach to life has changed. I have become a more positive person and I am able to support the family financially. This happened because of the efforts of the Sisters of Charity, Sneha Sadan, where they trained us in all aspects of life. I am grateful to Smile Foundation for enabling me to help my parents.

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Name:             Savitha Doddamani

Age:                19 years

Education:      5th standard

Place:              Kanakal, Basavana Bagewadi

My parents are labourers and they move from place to place looking for work. We are staying with our grand mother. We have a small house but no land.
My parents did not have the means to educate us. When the Sisters of Charity approached our village, I was happy to listen to the activities carried out at Sneha Sadan, Kanakal.

The 9-month Grihini Vocational course has helped me to read and write properly, to cut and stitch clothes, besides various skills such as cooking, nutrition, health and hygiene, gardening, first-aid, values and principles of life, and become a good homemaker.

Now, along with batchmates from Grihini, I have come to work in Bangalore to earn and support my parents. I am quite happy and content with this arrangement made with the K Mohan garment Factory by Sisters of Charity. For this, I will always remain grateful to them and also to Smile Foundation.

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Name:             Jagadevi

Age:                19 years

Education:      10th standard 

Place:              Kanakal, Basavana Bagewadi, Bijapur.

My parents are illiterate. My father is a drunkard. I could not continue my studies due to poverty. After completing 10th std, I started working to support the education of my younger brothers and sisters. I would buy coconuts wholesale, and then sell them near the temples during festivals.

The sisters from Sneha Sadan visited our village and conducted a group meeting with the women here. I was interested in the programme they had for young girls who have discontinued education. I was happy to know that I will have a job after the 9-month training course. This course has made me a courageous and outgoing person, and has empowered me to face the society and stand for myself. Today, I owe a lot to the Sisters of Charity and Smile Foundation. Thank you very much.

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Name:             Annakka G M

Age:                18 years         

Education:      6th standard

Place:              Kanakal, Basavana Bagewadi, Bijapur

My parents are illiterate. We are 6 children - 5 girls and one boy. Due to extreme poverty, they could not provide us with any education. My brother got married and left us. I am the eldest of the daughters. I joined my parents to work as labourers in the fields, to support them financially. The Grihini Vocational Course has opened up better prospects for my future.  I have been groomed to become a self-reliant person with good self-esteem.
The whole course of Grihini training programme has helped me to move to the city of Bangalore and earn my living. I hope that this tailoring job in the garment factory will make way for a better life for my parents and siblings. I thank the Sisters of Charity and Smile Foundation for their support.

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Name:             Shivu Bai

Age:                18 years

Education:      10th standard

Place:              Kashina Kunti

We are five chidren - four girls and one boy. My father is a poor farmer. We have one acre of dry land and there is scarcity of water. The income is very less. I had to discontinue my studies due to poverty. I had to earn and support the family.
The Grihini course conducted by the Sisters of Charity came as great help for me because it helped me to get a good tailoring job at a garment factory in Bangalore. The programme helped in the over-all personality development, and gave me the courage to move to a big city like Bangalore and to help my family financially.

The sisters have arranged for my job and my stay here in a hostel along with the other students from Grihini. I am very happy here. And I am sure that I will be a good support for my family. My family and friends are very happy to see the tremendous changes that have occurred in me. 
I want to express my gratitude to the Sisters of Charity and Smile Foundation.
Thank you

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Name:            Bharathi B

Age:                20 years

Education:      10th standard

Place:              Hanageri, Basavana Bagewadi, Bijapur

We are five children – three girls and two boys. My parents are poor illiterates. Two elder sisters are also illiterate. During the summer vacation of my high school, I went to work as a labourer with my parents, and managed to complete my 10th std. We do not have a good house to stay in – we live in a small hut.
When I came to know about the tailoring course at Sneha Sadan, I joined happily, and took active part in all the activities. This has given me encouragement, and I have realized that I can find better job to earn my living.

Today, I am happy to come to Bangalore and to work in K Mohan Garment factory. I am hoping to do my level best here and support my family members. Though my father was insisting on getting me married, I convinced him to allow me to work for two more years to improve the economic status of our family.
My heartfelt thanks go to the Sisters of Charity and Smile Foundation for all the help.

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Name:             Renuka N Hadimani

Age:                18 years

Education:      9th standard

Place:              Muddebihal, Yaragal

We are six children. My parents own one and half acres of dry land. Due to scarcity of water, we could not cultivate the land. I convinced my parents about our poverty and the need to discontinue my studies. I was working for about three years with my parents in the neighbouring fields. Then, I came to know about the Grihini tailoring course at Kanakal, which is run by the Sisters of Charity.

The 9-month course has brightened my opportunities in getting a good job in a garment factory. I am hoping that my earnings will support the family and improve our economic status.

I wish the Sisters of Charity continue to run the Vocational tailoring course and help many girls like me who are working as labourers. I thank the sisters and staff of Sneha Sadan and Smile Foundation for doing a great service to our village and helping many families to live a life of dignity.

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Name:             Madina Mulla

Age:                18 years

Education:      6th standard

Place:              Basavan Bagewadi, Bijapur

We are ten children – 6 boys and 4 girls. My parents have one and half acres of dry land which cannot be cultivated due to scarcity of water. Since my father had a lot of problems in the family, he could not provide us with education. During summer holidays, we used to work in our neighbouring fields to earn daily wages and support our parents.

When we came to know about the Grihini tailoring course at Kanakal, my parents willingly came forward to get a seat for me in the course.

I belong to a Muslim family and I was very happy to join girls from so many other communities at Grihini and take active part in the given syllabus. The people in my village are very happy to see me attending the course and developing into a smarter person, and supporting my family. My family take pride in my achievement and I am happy that I have made my parents proud.

Today, I fondly remember all the people who have helped me to have a better future. So, my thanks go to the Sisters of Charity, Seva Sadan and Smile Foundation.

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Name:                         Renuka C Poojary

Age:                            18 years

Education:                  5th standard

Place:                          Kanakal, Basavana Bagewadi, Bijapur

We are five children. My parents are very affectionate and love us very much. They had a great desire to educate us. Due to poverty and scarcity of water, however, we could not improve our economic status. So, my father had to go in search of work to earn and look after us. We have two acres of dry land, and are staying in our own small house. My desire is to help my parents to improve their standard of living. The sisters of Charity approached us and encouraged me to join their Grihini course at Kanakal. This has helped me grow psychologically, socially and spiritually. Besides this, I have learnt to cut and stitch various ladies dresses. I did not have a sewing machine of my own to earn from home. So, I joined the other girls from Grihini to go to K Mohan Garments Factory in Bangalore. I am very happy with all my colleagues. I hope my longing to see my parents and siblings happy will be fulfilled with my earnings.

Today, I have become a positive person to encourage and support others because of the training which I received at Seva Sadan, Kanakal. I am grateful to the Sisters of Charity and the Smile Foundation for helping my family and me.

 

Eleven proud girls tell their success stories

Special Focus

90% retention level of the students maintained

Local girls are encouraged to start there own units at home with financial assistance.

The Project

The project titled ‘Grihini Residential Course’ educates and trains 40 adolescent girls in the centre. During the sessions girls are taught to read, write, stitch, make craft etc. Along with the vocational training, the beneficiaries are imparted with personality development and basic hygiene education through health & hygiene special classes. In addition programmes on cooking, gardening, home management, grooming and personal skills are also provided.

In the education centre young school drop-out girls learn and prepare themselves to be self supportive in their life. At least 60% of the students are projected to be well placed at the end of the course.