Monday, August 8, 2022

 Distribution of Sewing machines - Gamela Bazar, Vijayawada.

Sewing project at the rag pickers colony - Gamela bazar, Vijayawada.

First group of women who finished their sewing class at Gamela bazar, Vijayawada. With the initiation from a social worker friend, Shoshana started Sewing project at the Rag picker's colony whose main occupation is waste picking, segregating and bringing the waste to a place where they could sell it. As we found out, in the process, majority of the women are prone to diseases, abuse, different addictions etc. Couldn't send their children to school, single parenting and finally ending up bringing their children to the same profession.

In order to give the needy women another means of livelihood and a better living, Shoshana started a sewing project under the supervision of Mrs. Hemima. The first group of 5 women started their sewing class in Nov-21 and finished by the end of July-22.

Shoshana provided them with a sewing machine and a certificate. Though these machines are used ones  the women could use them without any problem. Also they could start their work right away and the instructor Hemima would do the follow ups. 

Sharing some of the pics from the sewing machine distribution program

On behalf of all the Sewing projects, I thank everyone who supports our Shoshana Projects in giving a better life to the needy women.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

 Shoshana Sewing Centre - Pedanandipadu village.

Present group of women at Shoshana sewing project, Pedanandipadu village.  The women are almost towards the end of the tailoring course. Blouse stitching  which the last part in their course. In villages women mostly wear sarees so for them if they could stitch a blouse then they could earn 200 to 250 rupees per piece.

All the women are happy to have a free class and thanks to all the donors who made it possible for them to have an alternate earning source besides their regular work in agricultural fields.

All the women are doing very well under the supervision of Mrs. Sivakumari who has been with Shoshana for more than fifteen years. She has her own tailoring shop and providing jobs to some of her students as well.

The women sell their samples at the tailor shop or some time give away for those who are in need.

We had a video call with our M.D Mrs.Martha, interacting with the women since she couldn't come to India for the last 2 years.

Women showing the samples made by them.

Thanks to all the donors for their continuous support to Shoshana.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

 Shoshana Medical Project - Dasaripalem, Guntur district.

Shoshana started working in partnership with a local society which has been doing many social activities for children and old people in Dasaripalem area . As a part of their activities, they approached Shoshana for setting up a medical project for the needy people in their area.  

Dasaripalem is a backward area with people who are mainly daily workers. Government allotted this area for backward communities. For many years these people were living off grid without any facilities like roads, water and electricity. Over the years they were provided with few facilities still there are no proper roads to go to this area.

In case of medical emergency reaching the nearest medical help is also a problem for them so after observing the need, Shoshana started giving medical help in this area from the year 2018 with a regular nurse. Shoshana's medical project turned out to be very useful for the people in that area especially old people who can't afford to reach the nearest medical help.

The nurse here is Mrs. Swathi who has a three year degree in nursing and has the experience of working in a private hospital before.  For the last one year she has been taking care of the medical project and happy to help the needy here.

This pic showing our M.D Mrs. Martha, who was talking to the nurse Mrs. Swathi. She couldn't come to India for the last two years due to the Covid situation but she is very much in touch with all the projects virtually.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

 Shoshana Sewing Project - Chilakaluripet

Summer slowly started fading away. Had first rains at a few places already. Waiting for the monsoon to come soon after the scorching heat. All the sewing projects had a brief  summer break and  resumed their work except for  the medical projects which are open all year long.

Chilakaluripet is surrounded with hilly areas  with lot of  stone crushing plants and pulses and cereal fields. The women who join the sewing class mostly come from agricultural background or daily workers in these stone crushing plants.

Here are a few pics from the Shoshana sewing project, Chilakaluripet. The present group is going to have their sewing training certificate very soon.The present group started a year back, due to Covid, the instructor as well as all the women got effected so the course duration took more than the usual time.

The instructor Mrs. Sumathi is one of our best instructors so far. She is a hands on trainer and see that each women makes the best use of the class. She has a well organized schedule for the sewing class.  Each one of the student has a proper map with miniature samples along with measurements  which they keep with them as a reference. Simultaneously they do the actual models which they use it for themselves or disturb to the needy people around their area.

Interested women after finishing the sewing class,  join the embroidery and painting class which is also available at the centre.

Instructor Sumathi

I Thank all the donors who are continuously supporting us to keep up the good work.

Monday, April 18, 2022

 CDS-Shoshana Sewing Project - Angalakuduru

Sharing a few pictures from the present group of women at the Sewing project - Angalakuduru village who are about to finish their sewing class in a couple of months. The project was temporarily closed for a few months last year due to the corona effect. The entire area was under red zone.  Majority of the students and the instructor was effected. Because of the after effects of corona virus, the instructor couldn't maintain the centre for a while.  Now it is revived again and going on smoothly.

The present group of women, all of them come from agricultural backgrounds. Most of them are housewives and part time agricultural workers. Sewing class would give them an alternate income source. They could work from home ,provided with a machine. Stitching a blouse would get them around 250 to 300 rupees per piece. If they could at least manage to stitch 2 pieces per day that would be a good start up for them to support their families.


Saturday, April 2, 2022

 Distribution of Sewing machines at Shoshana  Sewing Project - Gannavaram.

The very first group at Gannavaram Sewing project who finished their tailoring course.The group has five women who belong to a tribal community called Chenchulu. Different tribal groups of about 500 families are living in this area as a community.  Main occupation of these groups is rag picking, begging, selling plastic scrap, fishing etc. Child marriages, women abuse is very common here and children never enrolled in schools.

Local church people in this area came forward to offer their church premises for running the sewing centre and took initiative in meeting Cds-Shoshana and putting forward their request of helping the needy women in their area so that they could have a decent and  alternative income source instead of rag picking.

Finally the first group finished their sewing class after a five month training.  As a part of the course they got their certificates. As per the request of the women Shoshana provided sewing machines so that they could start working as asap.

Had a chance of interacting with the women to find out their future plans and encouraged them to work towards a better living. Closed the meeting with a small celebration with some friends , instructor Mrs. Malleswari and the group.

Finally I thank all the donors who are continuously supporting Shoshana for helping these needy women for a better living.

Monday, March 14, 2022

 Shoshana Computer Centre, Guntur.

Shoshana started a computer centre for needy boys and girls in the year 2015 with the active co-operation and participation of a local society. Shoshana has sponsored for the start up and it is completely  operated by a local society.

Besides having regular paid students the management is also taking in a few needy boys and girls , around 5 students as a group teaching them for free.

Offering  one month certification courses  like photoshop, 2D and 3D Animation for school and under graduation students.

Mr.Chandra is the Instructor

Graphic designing and Web designing for Graduation and post graduation students which would be around 3 to 4 months duration.

Also teaching how to do you tube promotions, editing and giving voice overs which would help the students to make money by working from home.

Students are given certificates after finishing the courses and also helping them to get placed in some organizations.

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