Community Outreach- Workshops
Community Interaction workshop on 24th March 2019 from 11 am onwards, organized at the premises of SATAT, Basti Vikas Kendra, Sriniwaspuri.
The chief guest of the meeting was Dr. Rajender Dhar, who supported SATAT in various ways was kind enough to accept our invitation and suggested many ideas for further action and functioning of SATAT. Other Guests were Prof. Sanghmitra Acharya and Dr. Nemthian Guite from JNU, Shri. Jagdish Khandelwal, owner of Jagdish Stores, Col. Sanjay Srivastava, disaster expert, Mr. Jay Prakash from Ministry of Health, Mr. Raghav, textile designer, Mr. Rakesh, Manager Manyawar, Ms. Lekha. Social activist, Dr/ Rejoice from the University of Health Science, Pallakad with his nine students who were visiting Delhi, six members of Resident Welfare Association (RWA) of Srinivaspuri, along with 50 members from the community, largely girls and women. Also present were the teachers of Satat, Ms. Poornima, Ms. Pooja, Ms. Reena and EC members of SATAT, Mr. Adv. Atul Kumar and Mr. Kaushal Kumar.
Dr.Sunita Reddy, President (Hon.) of Satat welcomed all the guests and community members. She further introduced the organization and its activities since its functioning in this premise for the past 14 years. She also mentioned the challenges in running the organization with limited or no resources.
Prof. Sanghmitra Acharya also mentioned the slow and steady growth of the origination and the action based research conducted by her for Satat in the past on the issues of migrant workers and on violence in urban spaces. In continuations to these studies, the field based activities will be addressing these social issues.
Mr. R.Dhar spoke about the renovation of the building for more community participation and how it would help in the economic empowerment of the women. He suggested making this place vibrant by involving the youth, women and facilitate skill training and capacity building. He also sought suggestions from the community people for better functioning of SATAT and asked them about what they would like to learn? Satat teachers also shared a number of students who have learned vocational skills form SATAT for the past 14 years. So far more than 400 women learned tailoring, more than 300 learned computers. Around 40 learned grooming classes in the past four years. Most of them are self-employed or working in small enterprises. Learning computers by the students helped them to perform better in schools.
Pooja mentioned about various cases of domestic problems, which were resolved in the project on ‘Mahila panchayat’ supported by Delhi commission for women. Purnima, who has been the co-ordinator of the Mahila Panchayat mentioned to the women of the community center, present at the meeting, to fight and raise their voice against domestic violence in the Basti.
Reena, who teaches tailoring, raised a point about the steps to be taken to establish and increase the earning of women through the skills that they have acquired and also to engage them in regular stitching work to be able to generate some earnings for themselves at Satat.
The members of the community shared their experience at SATAT and expressed their wish to learn more skills. Kajal and Narendra spoke about their experience at SATAT, who learned dance and computers respectively. They mentioned that the skills that they acquired were very helpful for them at school.
Anisha expressed her wish to learn English and computers, so that she could be independent and mentioned about the initiative to be taken for spoken English classes. Sofia came over to the podium and spoke about the Mahila Panchayat going door to door in the basti and making awareness to come forward with their problems.
There was a sincere interest of the people of the community for spoken English course, dance and computers. 23 students were interested for Spoken English classes. 19 students were interested in Computer course. 9 students were interested for Dance classes.
Dr.Sunita Reddy then took over the podium and proposed the idea of starting a course for martial arts for self-defense classes, as suggested by Dr. Dhar. 16 students were interested in self-defense classes. Dr. Dhar spoke about the need for each individual to acquire the skills of self-defense. He also mentioned about commencing of a confidence-building programme alongside the spoken English classes.
Mr. Sanjay Srivastava addressed to the people from the community about how to keep oneself safe from natural calamities.He spoke about the importance of sunlight and about his research works on pollution, weather, seasonal diseases etc. He also mentioned about working on community-level services emphasizing on women like corporative stores. He suggested identifying young boys and girls for placement in Amazon.
Mr. Pradeep from RWA spoke about continuing the services of SATAT, which was very beneficial for the slum children. He mentioned that SATAT was working in a very positive way among the community. Another member from RWA, mentioned that every person should maintain punctuality during the time period of the courses conducted by SATAT.
Mr. J. Khandelwal, mentioned about putting a cooler during summers. He spoke about the employment of women and train students from SATAT for tailoring in a designing school. He was impressed with the working of the Satat and offered his support to help women to get training in tailoring and stitching and also supporting Rs.10,000/- per month for a year to the organization. He also suggested that some of their furnishing work, they can give it to the women to work and earn their livelihood at Satat premises.
A manager from Manyavar also promised to support the organization in some or the other way. Mr. Jay Prakash, a representative from the health ministry then spoke about focusing on health, nutrition, sanitation, and hygiene. He mentioned about the inclusion of awareness regarding health care among the community members.
Dr. Ramesh Gaur, Director, Kala Nidhi, IGNCA could not stay for the program but met and suggested to start book reading classes by a teacher supported by IGNCA. HE also offered to send some books for the library and also a mobile book van. He offered that once in a while they can facilitate the community to visit IGNCA programs.
Mr. Atul, general secretary of SATAT and an advocate announced that there will be legal aid provided every day between 3-5 pm for addressing the community legal issues. The meeting was then brought to an end by the vote of thanks by Dr. Sunita Reddy. She thanked all the dignitaries on the dais, Mr. Bhagat and Mr. Kaushal for painting and cleaning the premises. Also thanked the DUSIB officers for renovating the BVK.
Meeting the community, giving back to the society on 31st August 2019
Dr.Madhuri Samana (Faculty,D.U.) and Ms.Samila (Imphil.Student) discussed the opportunities of self-employment, motivated us to protect our environment and also interacted with the alumni in the event held on 31st August 2019 at Satat, Basti Vikas Kendra, Sriniwaspuri. Both of them showed handmade bangles, pencil holders, bindis, rings, coasters etc, which can be taught to them and can be a source of income in future for the students. The cloth bags were showcased in the Satat premises and three visitors, Mr.Arora (School principal), Mr.Chauhan(RWA-Sriniwaspuri, Chairman), Mr. Praveen( Businessman) appreciated our work.
Cloth bags of different sizes and purposes, for instance, tool bags, vegetable bags and shoe bags stitched by the tailoring alumni of Satat were displayed. This event paved a way forward for a plastic free- campaign, environment conservation and motivated many hearts of the under-privileged women to become independent decision makers.
Visit to Dastkari Mela at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) on 4th Oct 2019.
The students visited the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts on 4th October 2019. Dr. Ramesh. C. Gaur (Director, Library & Information & Head-Kalanidhi Division ) and Dr. Sunita Reddy (Associate Professor, JNU) arranged this whole program for us. Dr. Malavika Joshi (Educationist) gave an insight on the stories related to Mahatma Gandhi depicted through Rangolis made by Shri.S.B.Polaji (Rangoli Artist) and his team. Mr. Rajkumar guided us in the premises of IGNCA. A documentary was shown to our students which was based on the book ‘Gulli-Danda’ written by Premchand. Stalls exhibited from different parts of India broadened the horizons of art amongst the students. They got inspired by the crafts and the neat Rangolis. Some of them showed interest in learning the Rangolis. Delicious and nutritious lunch was sponsored by IGNCA for us. The 30 students also noticed the India Gate as they passed by in the bus. This exposure surely has motivated them in some ways.
Motivational Talk by Ms.Jeeth Sanghvi and Ms. Geeta on 11th October, 2019 at Satat.
Ms. Jeeth Sanghvi and Ms. Geeta , both of them boxers and trainers shared their life struggles with the children . They distributed sweets, bananas and juice packets to the students on the occasion of Jeeth’s birthday.
Ms. Jeeth was the boxing trainer of the actress Ms.Priyanka Chopra, in the movie Mary Kom. At a young age, she lost her father. She did not get any support, many people pulled her back and sports was something which is always neglected. Despite challenges she moved forward and played. Jeeth asked all of us to lighten the fire inside our hearts, be more confident and to follow our dreams. She also spoke about the importance of sports in life which enhances our concentration levels, thereby also increasing performance levels in academics.
Ms. Geeta has been working with Ms. Jeeth Sanghvi. Being a woman, the journey was tough, they had to played with the boys and got knocked out. This built up their strength. They woke up at 4 in the morning and practiced. Surely, her journey has inspired many students to join sports and stay fit. For girls, it is very important to resist the practice of marriage and move forward to pursue one’s own dreams.
Dr. Sunita Reddy also shared her sports journey with us. She was involved in Sports for instance, in High Jump and Volleyball. She also spoke about how girls are doing better than boys. She also mentioned about Self-defence training which can be organized in future with the facilitation by the police of Sriniwaspuri.
Students asked questions to Ms. Jeeth and took selfies with her. They surely got motivated and driven by the talk and would try to include sports in their daily lives. Ms. Jeeth expressed her wish to start an academy related to boxing in our premises.