Talk of a CHANGE
A decade of perseverance and hard work can bring out a transformational CHANGE. In 10 years, a PPES girl has been emboldened to make her own decisions. One of those decisions is to continue her higher studies COME WHATEVER MAY. From now on, a PPES girl need not rely only on a handcraft to earn an income since there is no demand for a developed profession around where she lives. She has a CHOICE. Once she graduates grade 10, the PPES girl will be trained into taking up higher studies or learning handcraft vocations from scratch. Higher studies will enable her to take up various professions even outside of her village, in a developed city.
From April 2011 onwards, the academics at the PPES are being strongly supplemented with training in English language and computer programming. The focus on high end vocations and leadership and personality development programs at the school will help the students to make break through decisions and take up high professions. Besides, every PPES graduate will have knowledge of computers and fluency in speaking English language.
A Community Toilet in Madargate
We shared the news of building a community toilet in the last PPES Newsletter. In two months since then, PPES took up the task of refurbishing a concrete toilet structure around the area of Madargate in Anoopshahr. Due to lack of proper hygienic facilities the locals had no choice but to prefer the use of open fields to the toilets.
The fully refurbished toilets by PPES were inaugurated on March 11. These have been divided into two sections. One of the sections has a set of five toilets and a bathroom for females. The other has a set of six toilets and a bathroom for males. To ensure the toilets don?t go back to lying in a state of shambles, PPES has employed a team of three employees from the Madargate area with responsibilities of regular cleaning and maintaining of the toilets. The task that lies ahead now is to construct a boundary wall around. There are also ideas in the pipe line for clean drinking water, play area for the kids, and solar lighting. The goal is to transform the most discriminated and so called low caste area of Madargate into a community hub for health and hygiene.
A Look at the Library
One look at the PPES library and you can tell how much of a FUN space it is fast becoming for the students. A PPES past volunteer, Melanie Closs, and her writer friend Emily Culliton fundraised for the PPES library through an innovative holiday party fundraiser. Their close friends and family put in an amount that they could donate, and that gathered into a strong support for purchasing new shelves for the PPES library. While Emily and Melanie took up the initiative far off in the US, it was Babli, the librarian, and Naomi, a PPES volunteer, who did up the library at the school. Well, it all started with the work of Leigh Anne &her grandparents, Lindsay Johnson, Jacobi Wade, and Emma O Hagan that have made the library look the way it looks today
Melanie is also the Education Director of an eco theatre company, the Green Theatre Collective. She and the Executive Director of the company, Hal Fickett, are planning to come in to the PPES in 2012 and develop a sustainable theatre program there. The theatre is one of the most creative media of spreading awareness, and by having a PPES theatre group; we foresee a deep social change at the village level
Our Partner Friend
The Action for Support of Deprived Children ( ASED) and the Pardada Pardadi Educational Societys (PPES) association is the herald of a new hope and progressive action for the students at the PPES. The ASED is a Swiss humanitarian organization that supports and ensures subsistence and education to the poorest children and their families across the world. The ASED is sponsoring the construction of six new classrooms, a set of toilets, a well equipped computer lab, and an English Lab. Under project Sustainable Development through Education and Skills Enhancement brought by the ASED, the PPES would become a school imparting academic education with an extra edge.
With the skills development training and education that a PPES girl now receives, she would be a strong candidate for a job that requires her to speak fluent English and work on computers, besides pursuing high end vocations like nursing, fashion designing, media, and computer programming among others