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New Delhi, Delhi, India (NewsVoir)
According to recent studies, more than 50% of women in India are illiterate and only 29% of women in India are actively employed. In addition, those who are employed earn 46% less than men who hold the same positions. To address unmet needs in the community, Plan Care Foundation, an upcoming non-profit organization, registered under Section 8 of the Companies Act (2013) is working to close the gap in socio-economic development. The organization is committed to the empowerment and education of women, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In fulfillment of these aspirations, they recently started a Sewing Center in association with Singer India Ltd., opened by Shri Mahender Yadav (MLA, Vikas Puri Constituency) in a densely populated area of Mohan Garden. They provide a Diploma and Certification Course for women/girls where they learn to prepare handmade cloth masks, children’s clothing material and lady’s costumes under one roof.
The course material has been meticulously prepared for the beneficiaries keeping in mind the objective of guaranteeing that they acquire the necessary skills, in the latest generation machines such as the industrial sewing machine and the fashion manufacturing machine, as well as their maintenance, guaranteeing their complete self-sufficiency From the beginning, the goal had been to provide sustainable employment and training opportunities, the result of numerous surveys in the locality where many women were struggling to make ends meet. In fact, some of them are widows without any support. About 150 students have enrolled and are in regular training in four shifts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. While the women of the household join the training during the morning session, and college students looking to study join in after noon. Ninety percent come from poor backgrounds, which has led the organization to take an initiative to provide them with a way to earn their daily bread and support their families.
Plan Care Foundation has also undertaken capacity building and infrastructure development work for MCD girls’ primary schools in West Delhi, including providing bulletin boards in classrooms and planning Smart Classes, something now only available in private schools, to renovate the ground floor hallway by painting the ceiling and walls. This is to create an equal opportunity and learning environment, regardless of economic background, that will put them on par with private schools.
They undertook a school beautification project which, when completed, received high praise from the administration. The principal and faculty were delighted with the new paintings, graphics, quotes, and images of inspiring female leaders adorning the walls. They said it would not only motivate the students, but give them hope to follow their dreams.
The occasion of the 8th International Yoga Day on June 21 was celebrated with great splendor and enthusiasm and was attended by 517 participants, including the principal, teachers, school staff and parents. The program was wonderfully organized by the faculty and staff of the school and with the assistance of a Plan Care Foundation volunteer under the PPP model, and a certified yoga practitioner carried it out in an engaging and charming manner. The session was carefully selected to suit the requirements of the event participants, to engage everyone holistically with the aspiration to spread positivity. The advantages of each Asana regarding our mind, body and soul during the yoga session were related and explained.
Making this event a great success was a brilliant initiative by the NGO where the director recognized and facilitated the hard work of the cleaning staff of the Delhi municipal corporation.
When asked about the organization’s vision, Director Ms. Manjeet Kaur said: “Patriarchy is a system that has been around for centuries and it will take more than a few years to change. But we believe that change is possible and we are committed to working to achieve it. We act as catalysts for change, causing a positive transformation in people’s lives. This work is not easy, but it is essential. We will continue to fight for equality and justice, even when the odds seem insurmountable. We know that Rome was not built overnight, but we also know that change can happen if we work together to achieve it. So let’s keep fighting the good fight, knowing that our efforts will make a difference in the world.”
For more information, visit plancare.org.