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Want to give back to society?

You don’t have to wait to become rich and famous to follow your heart and contribute by taking one step at a time.
Giving your time and talent to a cause is the most selfless act and shows outstanding character and resolve to make a difference. Reading a book to an underprivileged child in your community can be a great way to giving back to society. 

 

Are you passionate about improving the lives of children? Do you get concerned when you see kids on the side of the streets on your way to work or the shops? Well, there are several opportunities available for working with marginalisied children and  you can do this in your spare time.

There are many community groups and organizations working with children in your city. You will be surprised to find them very close to your place of work or even where you live.

You can help in the by offering to teach, mentor, spend time with the children sharing your experiences of travel and basic life skills such as dressing, manners, health, and hygiene; creative activities using art, drawing, painting, music, and dance. If you enjoy reading you can do this with children in a school library; if you enjoy sports and can spend couple of hours in your weekends playing football.

Here are a few organisations you can consider consider for volunteering:

Salaam Balak trust is focused on educating the poor and disadvantaged children of India. Options include opportunities in teaching life skills and non-formal education, creative expression & talent, multimedia, communication, healthcare, formal education (such as teaching English or Mathematics) and more.

You can also consider contacting an organisation local to you and find out more, these organisations are always happy to meet you and give you suggestions about how you can help.

While it is very hard to completely change a child’s life but even small effort can go a long way.

To find out more click on the links below:

http://vidyaschool.com/

www.nazindia.org/about.htm

https://www.volunteeringindia.com/volunteer-delhi.html

karmmarg.org/

 

 

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Silk is an ingenious way to harness the wonders of nature

Why bother making your own silk? The Answer is Sustainable fashion!

Creating our own brand of Sustainable fashion and a keen desire to create products that are environmentally friendly while supporting local communities led us to the path of making our own silk. We wanted to gain a better understanding of what goes into the production of silk and how can we develop a product that truly helps people and adds value to the environment.

Sericulture a viable employment opportunity for women in Bihar

We chose to work in the state of Bihar as it not only meets all the ecological requirements needed for sericulture but also has high level of poverty and unemployment. The labour intensive nature of this project brings about a large amount of employment and up-skilling opportunities for women and men.

The process of sericulture aligns with the 3 major Millennium Development Goals set by the UN like; eradicate poverty and hunger; promote gender equality and ensure environmental sustainability.
Let’s break it down  :

Benefits:

– Generates employment throughout the year, with an estimated 11 person days’ employment for each 1 kg of raw silk production.

Employment, both on and off-farm activities

– Maintains and strengthens rural economies: more than 80% of the gross value of silk fabrics returns to the local area of production  benefiting the farmer, cocoon growers, yarn reelers  and weavers.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY:

– Mulberry is a perennial crop. It contributes to soil conservation and provides green cover

– Waste from silkworm rearing is recyclable for agricultural use

– Dried mulberry twigs and branches can be used as fuel

– Mulberry can be cultivated in areas of often unused land, e.g. hill slopes, watersheds.

natural mulberry

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PROVIDES EMPLOYMENT FOR WEAKER SECTORS OF SOCIETY:

– 60% of those employed in sericulture are women Low InvestmentThe investment needed to start sericulture activities is low and silkworm rearing can start within 6 months of mulberry planting

– Sericulture can be practised with very small land holdings; 1 acre dedicated to sericulture can support a family of 3, without the need to hire labour.

indigo mulberry

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Achievements so far:

  • Mulberry plantation on 20 of acres of arid land.
  • Established nursery with 4 Lakh saplings planted distributed to the local farmers
  • 50 local farmers trained
  • employment generated for over 100 people.
  • 1000 kg of silk yarn produced
  • Garments ready for sale

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