Sewa Sandesh January 2017
SEWA USA PRESENTS ‘NAMAMI GANGE’ INITIATIVE IN R-DAY FUNCTION
Sewa International Bay Area, presented Sewa’s “Namami Gange” initiative in the annual Republic Day function, arranged by the Consulate General of India, San Francisco. Shri. Sandeep Khadkekar VP, Organization, talked about Sewa’s mission, and gave a brief overview of its projects. Bay Area Chapter joint-coordinator Shri. Guru Prasad talked about the National Mission for Clean Ganga, and Sewa’s role in creating awareness to prevent pollution of the sacred river Ganga and support to this mission through projects such as building toilets in riverfront communities and some other initiatives. He made an emotional appeal and requested all to do their part in giving back to the community.
SMT. JAYA JAITLEY VISITS AT DILLI HAAT
We were pleasantly surprised to see Smt. Jaya Jaitley, Founder of Dastakari Haat Samiti visit Sewa International stall, as part of the 32nd Annual Dastkari Haat Bazaar at Dilli Haat. Our products made under our “Kashi to Kutch” program included Dupattas, Stoles made of Handmade Banarasi Silk with subtle Ahir Embroidery work, as well as laptop bags, sling bags, totes by our women artisans from Kutch specializing in embroidery work.
Smt. Jaitley marvelled at the novel concept of the program and appreciated the efforts made by Sewa International through our Project Coordinator, Dr. Govind Singh, for the support and promotion of the artisans/weavers in Kutch and Benaras. The demonetization woes are still affecting the sales, but with the support of our donors and customers, we are sure to tide over these testing times and help conserve our cultural heritage.
GIRLS HOSTEL AT BHARATPUR IN NEPAL
Temporary girls’ hostel at Bharatpur, Chitwan in Nepal, providing shelter and quality education to orphaned/displaced girls after #NepalQuake in 2015. Sewa International is committed to building a Girl’s Hostel with capacity to house 100 needy girls in Bharatpur area. The land has been acquired and construction is about to begin. Till the new hostel is ready, we are providing support to 16 such girls in the said hostel. Thanks a lot to our generous donors for their contribution, and volunteers on ground who are working hard on this project.
HANDLOOM TRAINING PROGRAM AT RAMNAGAR IN VARANASI
Sewa International started 10 months Handloom training program. This program was organized at the local office of Sewa International Bharat Ramnagar, Varanasi. In This training program there were 20 weavers who are presently working with Sewa International Bharat. These weavers had quit their weaving 15 yrs back and those who are still engaged in the profession are having the important fact that their work is not quality based.
Through this training program our motive was to make weavers independent and in this program 15 weavers are benefitted.
This program was organized under 5 stages:-
- To provide better information about weaving from Master Weavers,
- To provide better information about designs from well known designers,
- To provide better information about dying and coloring with the help of Master Dyer,
- To provide better information about Market and to associate them with market,
- To make them aware about the recent programs started by government:
- Handloom Mark
- Silk Mark
My name is Radhe Yadav, 68years old occupant of Jalahiya tolla. I have been associated with Sewa international for one year. I was involved in weaving at the age of 13 now it’s been 55years I am doing this work. Weaving was my family’s traditional work, due to financial crises my father involved me into weaving. That time this business was very much needed demand and supply of product were also very high. At the age of 22, I started my own weaving business I was getting good income. My family condition was good. But After few years government stopped all weaving business, due to which demand and supply became less and gradually there was no work for us. Conditions was becoming from bad to worst. We started searching for other job for our basic necessities of life such as labor, construction worker, carpenter etc. That period lingers on until we met Sewa international. A year ago we met with the team of Sewa International and they told us about their project of “Kashi to Kutch” and they want to restart the concept of weaving with some modern techniques with the weavers of Varanasi. Sewa international also provides training programs for our skill development and to make us more efficient. Now we don’t have to go anywhere else for work. We timely get payment of our work. We are very satisfied with this project and our income, They came in our life as a saving hand to provide us employment attributable to which our family condition is also getting on improved.
On 20th Jan, 2017 20 weavers who are associated with sewa international now were provided training about E-marketing. Santosh and Ahmed (Quality Executive) from Weavers mart online service and Association of Corporation Apex Societies of Handloom (ACASH) supported by Office of the Development Commissioner Handloom, Ministry of Textiles, guided the weavers of Ramnagar about E-marketing.
What is e-marketing ,its benefits, how to create an account in it, how to upload photos and how can it be more beneficial to them. They provided the detailed information about e-marketing and its scope ,merits and demerits.
3RD BAMBOO HANDICRAFTS TRAINING AT NAISINGHPARA
3rd bamboo Handicrafts training organised for Bru Refugess at Naisinghpara camp on 20th Jan 2017. Training for 20 trainess for 3 weeks. Focussed specially on bamboo ornaments, purses, wall-hangings and other small utility items. Chief Guest was Shri KCP Santosh, SDM, Kanchanpur, Tripura.
INAUGURATION OF HANDLOOM WEAVING AT NAISIGHPARA REFUGEE CAMP
Sewa International inauguration of Handloom weaving training at Naisighpara Refugee camp on 18th Jan 2017 with Nishant Aggarwal of Sewa Bharat and DC of Kanchanpur, Tripura Shri Animesh Dev Varma. Training for 30-40 women for a month.
SEWA INTERNATIONAL – APPEAL TO HELP FAMILIES OF MARTYRED SOLDIERS IN KASHMIR
While the whole country proudly celebrated the 68th #RepublicDay, the spirit was dampened by the sad news about the death of our soldiers protecting our snow-capped borders. So far, 24 brave hearts have martyred and many still missing; as a result of the #avalanches triggered by fresh snowfall in #Kashmir since 25th Jan. Sewa International expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers. We plan to provide succor to their distressed families and help them in these testing times.
If you would like to contribute towards the benefit of their families, please go to “sewainternational.org/donation” and donate as appropriate.100% of the proceeds received would be sent to the aggrieved families.
Appealing again to contribute generously.
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