Tuesday, November 8, 2022

 Shoshana Medical Centre, Lohiyapuram.


Sharing some recent pics from Shoshana Medical Centre - Lohiyapuram.

Located in the weaver's community. Majority of the population are weavers'. Weaving sarees is the main occupation. Almost every household is associated with the weaving process. Shoshana opened a Medical project here 12 yrs  back with the intention of providing first aid help to the area here which is  far away from the town. 




There were no basic facilities like roads, electricity, drinking water etc for the people here at that time when we started off but slowly over the years the area is developing but still there is no  medical facility except the medical help from Shoshana.


There is a large population of elderly people also in this area who needs regular blood pressure and Sugar check ups. Besides providing the basic medication, Shoshana provides all these checkups for free of cost and there is a regular nurse who takes care of all the basic needs.


He does house visits also for  those who couldn't  come to the centre so having a  medical centre here is a big help for the people.


Thursday, October 27, 2022

 Shoshana Sewing Centre, Pandaripuram, Chilakaluripet


Sewing project  specially started for Tribal women in Sugali colony. Some of the tribal people  migrated from different areas of Andhra Pradesh to Chilakaluripet  for work and formed a colony called Sugali colony with temporary shelters having different occupations like rickshaw pullers,  construction workers, daily workers in the near by Tobacco company, selling small goods on streets etc. Over the years  government provided them with basic facilities for living and their living conditions are far better than before. 

Shoshana under the sponsorship of Mrs. Gertraud started a sewing project in the year 2006 with 10 women as a group and the project has been running successfully for more than 15years now helping more than 150 women in teaching sewing and embroidery and providing them with sewing machines and certificates after finishing the course. Majority of the previous students are having their own small tailor shops at home.

The present centre is at Pandaripuram, Chilakaluripet with 5 women for the sewing training. Sharing some of their pictures .


Started recently in the month of July-2022. Finished their basics and into the actual sample making process. 


Sumathi - Sewing Instructor with the women


Myself along with the women had an interaction with our M.D Mrs.Martha, and our President Mrs.Getraud via a video call and they were happy to see the women and follow what were doing so far since Mrs.Martha was not able to visit India for a couple of years.












Monday, September 26, 2022

 Shoshana Medical Project - Rosy colony, Chirala.



Rosy colony is a backward tribal  area on the outskirts of Chirala. Around 100 families are living in this colony. Population is about 500 to 600 people. They are migrants from the neighboring states and have been living here for more than four decades. Their main occupation is construction workers, richshaw pullers, waste pickers etc. Government provided land for them to build houses and they have basic living conditions.


They have no proper medical facilities near by and the nearest access is roughly four kms away from the area. On the request of the people here, Shoshana started a first aid centre recently.
 Some pics from the area.


The nurse Ms. Lavanya is in charge of the medical  project giving out basic first aid help.




There are many older people in this colony those who can't afford to go the Government hospital which is four km away from the area. 



Medical Centre is providing free blood pressure checkups  and sugar  tests for the patients. This is quiet useful for many who can't afford to pay for the tests. Also free basic medication.





Wednesday, September 7, 2022

 Shoshana Sewing Project, Gannavaram

Sharing a few pics from the Shoshana sewing project, started recently in the month of Nov-2021 for tribal women.

Second group of women  who are having a free sewing class. Already a group of five women finished their class and got their sewing machines and certificate. They started working on their own and we are going to share their pictures asap.



This is the second group of women. Their main occupation was rag picking and begging. But lately for the last  few years, they slowly started working as maids and daily workers and sending their children to school. They are still an under privileged community.

We from Shoshana is offering few sewing class for the ladies here so that they could have an alternate earning source to have a decent living.

Few pics from the sewing project:








Instructor Mrs. Malleswari with students












Tuesday, August 30, 2022

 Shoshana Medical Project, Johnpet, Chirala.


This post is about one of the recently started medical projects by Shoshana at Johnpet, Chirala  in the month of March-2022.


It is a christian area with people from mixed economic backgrounds but majority families are daily workers like agricultural workers, rickshaw pullers and domestic helpers... On the request of the people here, and due to the rise in corona cases , Shoshana came to know that there is a need for medical help in this area.

 The nurse Mrs. Prasanna is associated with Shoshana for quite some time now. She is taking care of another  medical project at Karamchedu village. . This is her second project.


Giving out free blood pressure checkups and medication for viral fevers.










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.

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