This summer the Laksh Foundation took initiative with the youth of Manger and Silakari Villages to encourage them towards a skills development course. The Laksh Foundation collaborated with the ‘Institute of Hotel Management’, Faridabad, Haryana for the skills development course. The principal of the institute invited us to visit the institute and he explained the project, ‘Hunar Se Rojgar’. The ‘Ministry of Tourism’ launched this special programme in 2009-2010. It is fully funded for the creation of employable skills amongst youth belonging to economically weaker sections of the society. This initiative was taken to bridge the gap of skilled manpower in the hospitality sector. Under this scheme, a person seeking admission to the programme should be a minimum requirement of eighth pass and in the age group of 18 to 28. The trainees of the 6-week ‘food and beverage service’ and 8-week ‘food production’ courses are paid Rs.1500/- and Rs.2000/- each, respectively. We motivated ten boys for the hospitality course and two girls for the cooking course. The trainees attended the institute for a six week course which they enjoyed. Additionally, throughout the training programme we saw tremendous changes in their personalities.
On September 19th 2014, the trainees received their certificates from the institute, which they were happy with. The institute offered them one more course for six months, ‘waiter cum-houseman’. They were all excited to get admission here. Furthermore, the Laksh Foundation is trying to reach more people and support them through similar types of programme. There were 35 trainees from different NGOs and institutions, who began training for the house keeping course. However, one of the trainees (Mr.Ramesh) who was sent by the Laksh Foundation scored the highest mark of 88/100 in all of them.
Lots of Love!
On September 29th 2014, we organised a co-curriculum activity at Manger Village centre. Ms. Sheela led the activity with the older students dividing them into two groups. We gave them two different themes and asked them to write their own thoughts about the theme. We gave the first group “as a child, explain your expectations i.e. the things you ask and the things you do” and the other group had “if we have two moons then what would happen?” We used this activity to develop their creativy and understand their thoughts. As a child, everybody thinks different so we wanted to have a glimpse into their imagination and engage them in creative thought. The first theme gave us lots of different views. For example, one child said “I ask my parents for lots of toys”, another said “I go to visit temples or to visit village fairs”. We tried to gain an understanding of their desires and expectations. The second activity was centred on imagination. If we have two moons, some children said we would have two nights, others said we would We found that they all were very creative, with everybody having different views. It was new thing for them and they all enjoyed it.
As we know, it is monsoon season in India right now and during this season lots of people suffer from fever due to their lack of awareness. Children suffer from fever more often, so we decided to introduce awareness in the centres about Dengue fever.
The number of cases of Dengue Fever is much higher this year than last year in cities like Delhi and Mumbai, even in rural communities as well whose already overworked hospitals and civic bodies are struggling to contain the ailment and treat the unwell. We attained information from internet about Dengue fever and explained it to our students at Alampur centre today. Mr. Ramesh briefly explained about the fever and informed them of the precautions they need to take to be safe. We also said to them “if you have fever then don’t try to self-medicate and stay at home. Please go to a doctor.” We are trying to create awareness in the students so we can therefore reach more people in the community.
On October 2nd 2014, we celebrated Gandhi Jayanti on account of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. People called him “the priest of non-violence”. A group of farmers from New Zealand became the part of the celebration. They came to the farm at 11 o’clock and spent four hours there. They liked our project along with the organic farming we do on the farm.
We celebrated Gandhi Jayanti at Silakari centre with the favourite song of Gandhi JI (Raghu pati Raghav Raja Ram, Patit pavan Sita Ram.) Then we heard a short speech about him, all prepared by the students. They sang one more song (Shalom my friend, Shalom shalom…). It was an admirable programme prepared by students.