Sewing Centre

In Gautampuri, in our Project Area there are many young girls and women who work for their house and some go to different places to work (Kothi ka kam) and earn little money to look after their families. However, some are left who can’t go for work due to their unskillness and illiteracy.

MWS took a major step to open one Tailoring Centre in the plot of Gautampuri for these unskilled young girls and women and to train them to be skillful and develop their own potentialities. But during that time we didn’t have any infrastructure and also tailoring teacher to start this center. So we extended our hands to God for whom everything is possible and who shows us proper direction. We asked God for His help and support and He taught us the lesson of Abraham that the way He helped him to prosper and multiply, like that God will help us and open the way for us.


Education :

Education for Underprivileged Children through NFE Centre, Tuition Centre and English Medium Primary School Education is a fundamental human right and vital to achieve economic growth, increase income, and sustain a healthy society. Education is important in helping to improve lives, break the cycle of poverty and ensure that all people, particularly women have control over their destiny.

Our main objective on this educational program is: -
- to provide quality education to the poor children at project area.
- to increase children’s more participation in school.
- to eradicate child illiteracy and
- to ensure them education is their birth right.


Grace & Glory School

When we started this G & G School at Gautampuri, during that time only 8 children were there and with these few children we opened Nursery class by renting one room and by appointing one teacher. That time we collected very little amount of money as tuition fee from parents of the children, which was not sufficient for the maintenance of schooling. On the other side MWS had also no any such funds for utilizing on this educational program: - So I spent from my own pocket to continue our schooling. However I handed over this schooling works to Almighty God and he listened to my prayer. In the year 2002, He opened for us the way and introduced us with His people to help for the growth of our educational programs and activities. It is because of His grace, now we are able to continue this schooling program: At present, we have our own school building and we have Nursery, KG class and I standard to 5th Standard with 230 children including 8 teachers. If it is the will of our Lord, then we have a plan to purchase some land for School building for Higher Education.


NFE (Non-formal Education for dropout )

There are so many children whose families are shelter less without food and proper clothes. They don’t go to school but collect rags and sell and earn some money to support their families and many children is dropout from the school. We have decided to arrange non-formal education for these children to enable them to read and write to get admission in govt. school. We have appointed one teacher to teach them. At present there are 3 NFE Center children who get free education We provide them books, note books and pencils and rubbers. All are coming regularly and taking good interest in their reading. This programme could be initiated in 2001 only. When MWS was launched in April 2001 there was only 1 NFE centre which was in a bad shape. The focus of this programme was on girls, deprived and weaker sections in order to identify the children in need and voluntary teachers.


Tuition Centre

Our Free Tuition Centre serves students from slums. There are boys and girls studying in nearby government schools. As they do not have any money for extra coaching, the education of the children suffers. Most of the parents are uneducated ordinary labourers, and are not in a position to help the children to improve in their studies. Moreover the atmosphere in their homes is not suitable for study at all. In addition there is no extra room for the study in most of the homes. If they do not come here, they do not study. Furthermore, they have very less chance of learning good culture.

It is our experience poor children are very eager for education. The eagerness of the children for studies is evident from their enthusiasm in attending our Tuition centre. From humble beginnings, the scheme is now covering 175 students (boys and girls) from Class 1 to Class 8. There is a possibility to cover about 200 children. We have a group of 5 dedicated teachers, who treat these children as their own and teach with a spirit of service. Coaching is given in the following subjects - Science, Mathematics, Social sciences, English, Hindi, Computer. Regular tests are held to improve their skills. Two of the teachers are voluntary and the remaining three are paid part-time salary.


Beautician Centre

We are now happy to share with you that we started our Second batch for this year in “Beautician” for the girls and women in slums of Gautampuri on 8th of April 2013. A total of 20 girls and women have got enrolled for this course.

The training program, with sessions every afternoon from 2pm to 4pm for has seen around 20 girls learn Beautician skills.

Here, in these photos below, you can see the orientation session for the new batch in progress wherein we share the content of the training program and the scope of that particular course for employability or self employment in future.


SHG GROUPS

Over 40% of the population of India belongs to the economically poor/ weaker sections of society and a large majority of this number live in urban slums. The more marginalized among these hold menial jobs, working as coolie laborers, vegetable vendors or domestic workers. Theirs is a hand-to-mouth existence, with the household managed in large part by the women. With large families and/or high incidence of alcoholism among their menfolk, the women often resort to borrowing from moneylenders at heavy interest rates (interest upto Rs.20 for every Rs.100 lent). Banks are unwilling to lend money to the poor and even pawnbrokers demand security. Though the government has made financial inclusion a priority agenda, accessible savings systems and credit facilities are still very much out of reach of the poor, particularly in slum communities.

Empowerment is a crucial component of any attempt to tackle the root of poverty. The Self Help Group (SHG) program is designed to provide the poor with access to savings and credit systems, seeking to catalyse that process of empowerment through stimulating economic change within the lives of the group members. Mercy Welfare Society started the Self Help Group (SHG) program in October 2012 in 3 slums primarily because the formal banking system did not consider the poor a good credit risk. The program provided a means to the urban poor to get out of the clutches of moneylenders, provide them with access to savings and credit and educate people to cut down on borrowing for wasteful expenditure. Micro-credit or SHG programs were seen to be successful in rural areas, so MWS thought of extrapolating these learnings to SHGs in urban areas.