Thursday, September 28, 2017

Action in the field!

Two of the fellows, Priya and Krishna, working under the project of Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3), together conducted a meeting of young people aged between 15 and 20 years. C3 is funding ALFA to foster quality education in Kherwara block of Udaipur district through connecting children who are deprived of education with the schools, enrolling back the dropped out students to the formal institutions, strengthening quality education in the existing schools and promoting creative learning outside the school campus.

The fellows explained the youth the importance of having some aspirations in life and then the continuous efforts to achieve those dreams. They discussed with the youth how education and schools play a huge role in achieving what you desire and to become independent. They cited many examples from their own surroundings to explain the benefits of proper education. They especially urged females and motivated them by giving a live example of Krishna who received a scholarship for higher studies along with a laptop and scooty as she qualified the state board examination with distinction. This motivated the youth who expressed their interests to pursue education by sharing the problems they face. The meeting culminated by conducting a fun activity with the youth which everyone enjoyed and promised to come in other gatherings too where the discussion will be more two-way.

Monday, August 21, 2017

New member in ALFA family

It all began a long time ago. Munis Makrani is a valuable addition to our team who knows ALFA from top to bottom. Started his journey as a local volunteer in 2010, he got involved in all the interventions and programs of Sanjha Manch, community name of ALFA. Munis, one of the survivors of Godhra riots, fled to Rajasthan with his family to escape the communal barbarity of 2002 while he was a small kid. Since then he has been brought up in Karawara village of Kherwara block, Udaipur.

He used to come to ALFA to chill out and spend time with volunteers who came from different parts of the world. Gradually as he grew up, he became sensitive to Hindu Muslim conflicts and opposed violence and discrimination on the grounds of caste and religion. His engagement with ALFA got deeper and he immersed himself in spreading the message of peace and love among diverse communities. He was one of the very active and passionate youth volunteers of ALFA. He attended various workshops and training organized by ALFA and has been to different parts of India to learn more about different ways and perspectives to approach the problems of society. He has been to various internships and became Youth Facilitator after undergoing a long journey with the organization. He conducted computer classes of local youth and has also worked in the past with us for a short period of 3 months while he was studying in University.

"I worked on the ground on grave issues of the community with ALFA. I feel proud to be associated with the organization due to which I was able to realize my dream of becoming a teacher. Even with my current profile, I will be engaged with children imparting quality education and creative learning.
-Munis Makrani
It is a pleasure to have him back on the board. 😊

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) Health Project

On Monday, July 15, a student from Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) gives a young boy an oral examination in Bambala, Kherwara Block. Using large models and poster presentations, the students taught local residents the importance of teeth brushing, hygiene, and good nutrition.  
Nine students from the KMU are working in Kherwara block this month to educate the village residents about common diseases and health best practices. The university's immersion internship program has sent medical students to ALFA Educational Society in Karawada twice in the past year. The students conduct surveys, health assessments, and workshops to improve knowledge and health, as well as provide a platform for intercultural exchange. 
The medical workshops cover the topics of malaria, AIDS, influenza, Japanese encephalitis, cholera, tuberculosis, hepatitis, oral hygiene, and hand washing. The interns conduct these workshops and health assessments for the ALFA staff and local volunteers, as well as in local households and schools in Karawada and the surrounding villages of Padela, Bambala, Barodwara, Futala, Kharidiwara, Dabachia.     By the end of the month, the KMU volunteers will have educated more than 50 families, 175 students, and 12 youth changemakers at ALFA. 
This summer, the KMU students have expanded their curriculum to include more in-depth surveys of the families they visit. By assessing their crops, income, education level, labor, and diet, the students can better understand the health conditions of the residents. They are also conducting local martial arts classes in the evenings. 
"It is so rewarding to see this program develop," says Cheng Ting Wu, a a third-year KMU student volunteer returning for his third time at ALFA, "each year we discover nuances that affect local health, and develop deeper relationships with the local volunteers; their motivation inspires me to work harder and learn more from the people here."
A special thanks to Sim-Sim Nursing Foundation and the Taiwan  Liver Research Foundation for making this collaboration possible.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mahila Shakti Silai Sangathan (Organization of Strong Women Who Sew)

Women's Empowerment Initiatives:

During the month of July 2013, ALFA has implemented the project Mahila Shakti Silai Sangathan (MSSS). A women's empowerment program, MSSS creates a micro-finance opportunity for 15 women participating in tailor-training classes to sell products in Udaipur. The combined benefits of education, capacity building, and micro-finance are used to mobilize women to gather and engage in a common space, sanjha manch. By creating a community around the teaching and learning of a valuable craft, MSSS seeks to help women build a sense of social as well as financial autonomy. The project is also designed to be sustainable by creating leaders within the group of women who can teach, organize meetings, as well as manage their growth in the future. It will leave the women with many opportunities to market and sell their products and services, as well as to meet collectively for this purpose on a regular basis. The women have all contributed a small fee to participate in the workshops, money with which they have bought a group sewing machine to be shared by all.

The classes began July 1st, 2013. The women started by cutting salwar kameez from newspaper, practicing over and over again until the cuts were straight and the measurements were accurate. In the second week, the women are taking turns practicing threading, pumping, and sewing seems with their new machine. They have shown extreme pride in their first garments! MSSS sees this batch of women as only the beginning. ALFA and the community of women in Karawada are determined to continue to teach and practice the art of tailoring, as well as the local embroidery practice called tanka.

As more women participate, the group will be able to acquire more sewing machines, facilitate regular workshops in an MSSS specific sanjha manch, and build up a sense of identity around a strong community of women who sew.

Intern coordinator: Matea Fish


Friday, March 23, 2012

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Succesfull story of Sajha Manch

                         Inzamam Makrani, aged 19 years, is a resident of Karawara village. Currently, he is pursuing his higher secondary in the arts stream from a local government school. He aspires to be a bank employee. He is an awesome Hip-Hop dancer and has had no formal training in it.
                         Inzamam lost his father at the age of six in a road accident. His father was a driver. Since then, life has not been easy for Inzamam and his mother. Being the only son and the sole bread earner of the family, Inzamam has been struggling hard to strike a balance between work and his academics. Both he and his mother run a small grocery shop in the village for maintaining their daily livelihood.
                         It has been six months that Inzamam has been a part of the Sanjha Manch (a youth research centre of ALFA educational society) family. He says that before joining the family, he was a staunch supporter of communalism. He hated mixing up with people from other religious background but after coming to Sanjha Manch and after interacting and sharing one's own thoughts with the youths of the other communities at Sanjha Manch, he felt that they are really doing a constructive job for the sake of communal harmony and spreading the message of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood which is very essential for a peaceful environment where the mind is without fear and free of inferiority complex.
                         Inzamam feels that after getting involved with Sanjha Manch, he has been able to live his dream. He always wanted to be a good dancer, but owing to family responsibilities and not so sound economical background, his aspirations and desires had to take a backseat. He feels that Sanjha Manch has given him and many others like him a platform to live their dreams. As a part of a regular training programme of Sanjha Manch, he also participated in some events like film screening on gender based issues and wall painting etc.He is very supportive of the work that the organization is doing in the areas of youth development.
                          Inzamam says that earlier, the villagers were not very supportive of the principles and values of Sanjha Manch and so, restricted their children from going and mixing up with the children from the other communities there. But gradually, the scenario is changing although internal conflicts still exists.Inzamam feels that everyone must thrive to rise above the feelings of religion, caste, creed and sex and work for the betterment of the human race rather than just keeping oneself confined to petty communal politics.
                          Inzamam also feels that the kind of exposure that Sanjha Manch
gives to the youths of the villages - like sending some of the village youths to the big cities for training and attending workshops is really commendable as it helps the youths to widen their worldview and evolve as a better human being.

                                                                 Interviewed and written by Rohit Singh, a SMILE intern from PRAVAH (December, 2011).