India Companions’ Donna Glass suggests pondering “outside the box” this 12 months as you propose a present for mother. “Cards are nice. Flowers are nice. But is that needed? No,” she observes.
“Flowers will wilt and die. A card ends up in recycling, eventually.”
Why not change a life in mother’s honor as an alternative? By its in-country cohorts and monetary assist from folks such as you, India Companions affords a six-month coaching program to deprived ladies. It’s a part of their work in the direction of “an India rich in hope, justice, and compassion.”
The tailoring program teaches ladies how one can function a foot-powered stitching machine and make clothes. These expertise are easy but life-changing for mothers like “Pidi.”
Pidi and her husband battle to offer for his or her two younger youngsters. Though Pidi’s husband works, his job solely offers 2,000 to 2,500 rupees – or, $28 to $35 USD – per week. It’s not sufficient to assist a household of 4, so Pidi seeks work as a day laborer. It’s back-breaking labor, however this job can also be the one possibility for folks with restricted training.
“She didn’t have any qualifications; she only studied through the sixth grade.”
Every part modified when Pidi bought accepted into India Companions’ tailoring program, Glass says.
“She was just really excited about it because she knows that she can work from home, and she can take care of her house,” Glass says. “[Pidi] was really excited to go through the training, and to learn all the different models of clothes, the different dresses and skirts.”
There’s extra to the tailoring program than job expertise. It’s about empowering ladies like Pidi.
“Because [Pidi] can work on her own schedule…she can earn quite a bit more. She hopes… she’ll be able to earn [enough] money to supplement her husband’s income.”
…in mother’s honor
This 12 months, take into account making Mom’s Day a “team” occasion. Workforce up along with your mother, or a mother , to assist a mom in India.
“For $100, you can make a difference in a woman’s life and the life of her family.”
As defined right here, your present affords her an opportunity to attend a tailoring faculty for six months and be taught invaluable stitching expertise. As soon as she graduates, she’s going to obtain a free stitching machine that may allow her to begin a house tailoring enterprise.
“There are 60 women who are going to graduate in June and each of them are going to receive a brand new sewing machine,” Glass says.
Photograph courtesy of India Companions