Poverty is a self-perpetuating phenomenon that gives rise to illiteracy, disease, and malnutrition. Of the world’s poorest 1.2 billion people, India is home to 33%. It disproportionately affects the already vulnerable populations of women and children, and is compounded by lack of resources and inadequate access to health care.
Maitri’s aim is to educate women and girls abouttheir rights and to empower them to be independent. We ensure that our instructors consistently engag them in conversation and educate them about health, hygiene,and domestic violence.
Location: New Delhi
Initiated: April 2007
Maitri’s Vocational Training Centre was set up in the slums of RK Puram sector 6, in 2007, to provide skill building and training for economically challenged women living in the slums as an empowerment program. After discussions with community women, a stitching and tailoring facility has been created where women and girls are given skills to design, cut and stitch garments. Duration of the course ranges from 6 months to 1 year and upon completion participants are awarded a diploma, which enables them to secure employment or obtain soft loans to set up their own tailoring or embroidering units.
- 550 children provided educational services
- 457 women and girls received vocational training
- 30,543 nutritional snacks given to underserved children