Recently Bonniema and group visited another project that Child Haven International supports – the women’s project Manav Vikas Parishad (MVP) in Ghaziabad, which is near New Delhi in India. It is a small NGO that helps local impoverished women with training, medical care, and child education.
They have a wonderful tailoring program that teaches useable skills to young women of the community ages 15 and older. They come to MVP for a free of cost 6 month course which teaches the basics of tailoring; how to use a sewing machine, how to make and cut a pattern, and how to sew a variety of standard dress options. With these skills the women are able to get a job at a local tailoring shop or garment factory, sometimes even set up a shop of their own, and help out in their own household with tailoring needs.
The team at MVP is lead by Rajni, one of two Child Haven employees. She is a very dedicated and caring women who has seen her own share of tragedy. She is able to understand and connect with the women in the community and win their confidences. There are also literacy classes, a homeopathic health clinic, with a volunteer doctor, and the Soyacow program which provides low cost milk and employment to local women. It is truly life saving work that is being performed here and we are proud and honored to help.
I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice. - Mahatma Gandhi
Until next time,