Tanveer is a 5 year old girl child whose parents work in the handloom industry. She was enrolled at Nand Ghar centre in Thattar Colony, Jaipur in April 2017.Her parents are delighted and happily express that Nand Ghar bought out a great difference in her as from being a shy and a socially withdrawn child to becoming a confident child who started writing and speaking English and Hindi alphabets along with counting numbers.“We got a valuable gift for which we are thankful to Vedanta for getting a Nand Ghar constructed in our Village” her parents expressed.Furthermore, Tanveer not only comes to Nand Ghar on time but, also motivates others to do so. The Anganwadi worker appreciates her and adds that she has shown a considerable improvement in co-curricular activities, Nand Ghar has hugely enhanced her confidence and she is ready to be admitted to a school after a year or so.
Madhuri came from a poor family and was never sent to school. Her husband used to earn INR 250 and often used to fall sick due to his night duty. She was afraid about her children’s future and whether the profits would be ever enough to provide her children with proper education. So, with this in mind, she started doing whatever work she could find such as washing and cleaning, etc.
Then after the establishment of Nand Ghar in her village, she visited the site in search of any potential work opportunity and was happily surprised at the long list of skills that she could easily learn. She chose to start a business, rather than working as a labourer. She chose to do the work of Atta Chakki (Flour Mill) which would enable her to work out of her own home. This enabled her to earn enough to meet her daily needs, educate her children and fulfil her dream of building her own house. She also enabled her husband to leave his job and start supporting her.
Babita Devi belongs to Kakaraiya village in Varanasi. Her husband is a small farmer and they have three children. . Babita always wanted to do something of her own and joining the skilling program offered at Nand Ghar was a first step towards this journey. Interested in joining the local village grocery shop, she also tried to build her own knowledge by visiting the wholesale market of Varanasi.
After gathering information from her wholesale market research and after understanding her local market needs, she decided to open her own shop. Initially, she was unable to get loan but was able to borrow INR 30,000 from her father and started selling low cost products. The Nand Ghar program facilitated the linkage with the wholesale market as well as other vendors delivering to the village. This helped strengthen her business and she now earns INR 200 daily and has become very well versed with the business.
“Padhe likhay ke hain Chaar ankh, anpadh ke hain do aankh” (literate has four eyes and illiterate possess 2 eyes), says Zada when she is asked about the importance of education. Zada is a 90 year old woman residing at Bheelon ki Basti village in Barmer with her eldest son & his family. She is a proud mother of 4 sons and 5 daughters, all of whom are happily settled. Zada believes that education is very important for everyone. If a person is literate he/she can get many sources of livelihood. “If a girl is educated then the whole family is educated”, says Zada, stressing on the importance of girl child education. She is happy to see a Nand Ghar in her Dhani which is contributing to the preschool education of kids. Zada has a 4 year old granddaughter, Munni who attends Nand Ghar regularly. Zada wants Munni to study well and ensures her regular attendance at Nand Ghar. While Zada herself has never attended school in her lifespan of 90 years, she hopes her coming generations will add value to the society by receiving proper education.
Soyati projects the image of a grande dame as she oversees not only her own seven children who range in age from as young as 13 to the eldest being 29 but also her four grandchildren and her two daughters-in-law who all live together as a joint family. “Before this Nand Ghar was built, there was no Anganwadi in the area. Children the age of Priyanka, Durga and Reshmi would loiter in the fields and the roads when their parents did not have time to be with them. Now, at least they have a safe place to go to, get fed a nutritious meal and at the same time learn something that will be useful to them,” she says . “I wish this Nand Ghar had come up years ago.” she exclaims. “I have no big dreams for my daughters or grandchildren. No big dreams. But they must read and they must educate themselves. As long as I am alive I will do that and I am thankful that the Nand Ghar here has given my grandchildren a head-start,” she says gratefully.