UWBe and 3M India inaugurate a papad making unit at Kanakpura

By Reena Pillai

Under United Way Bengaluru’s women empowerment program, which is supported by 3M and implemented by Green Foundation, a papad making unit was inaugurated at Chikkamokudlu Village near Kanakpura. Under the program, 15 beneficiaries were provided with the requisite machinery required to make papad on a large scale.

Representatives from 3M India inaugurate the papad making unit by unveiling a plaque

This includes papad making moulds, grinder -mixer and a dryer with a capacity to dry 10 kg papads a day.  This unit is able to produce 3500 papads per day. Five kinds of papad such as rice, ragi, tomato, wheat, urad dal and multigrain will be made. It will be sold under the brand name Parvathi papads. Efforts are being made to market the product at various exhibitions, trade fairs and outlets such as Jaanadanya.

The papad dryer which can hold upto 10 kgs of papads a day

A mixer-grinder, papad moulds , weighing scale and sealer (were provided to the beneficiaries

On the occasion, a training session was organized for the women and Kavitha from 3M spoke on safe packaging of food products. She stressed on the importance of hygiene at every stage of papad making and highlighted important points such as –

  • Procuring best quality raw materials like ragi, rice, spices and ensuring that they  are correctly washed and cleaned
  • Taking a bath before stepping into production units, wearing clean clothes and washing hands at regular intervals
  • Strictly adhering to cleanliness and hygiene of self by avoiding touching of nose, eyes ears, hair or any other body parts.
  • Wearing the cap, gloves and mask throughout the papad making process.
  • Taking the day off if anyone is suffering from any ailments like cold, cough, fever, allergies etc.
Kavitha, from 3M India spoke on importance of safe packaging for food products

Please click the link here to view Kavitha speak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvvKzXWmZb4

Aparna Sardar, Global leadership coach from 3M stressed on the importance of choosing a leader from the group, “A leader must be appointed to ensure smooth functioning of all aspect of the work. It can also be on rotational basis where each member takes turn to lead the group.”

Aparna Sardar, Global leadership coach from 3M India insists that a leader be appointed to manage the initiative

Says Shiv Kumar, representative of Green Foundation, “We are extremely glad to share that at recent exhibition, we were able to sell around 3000 papads over three days. This was a positive response and we are awaiting feedback from customers. We have yet to standardize the product and this exercise will take around three months to fructify.”

Shiv Kumar from Green Foundation briefs beneficiaries on the importance of taking ownership of the papad making initiative

Ratnamma who is a homemaker and a beneficiary was excited with the opportunity to earn extra income through this initiative. She expressed that she was looking forward to the work becoming regularized and standardized which could be of immense help to her. This program will help her earn around Rs 1000 to Rs 1500 per month.

Ratnamma, an active member of the group interacting with the trainer during the training session

A video on the highly reputed and successful brand Lizzat papad was also shown to the beneficiaries to enable them to learn and understand from this sustainable livelihood model for women.

Representatives from 3M inaugurated the initiative by unveiling the plaque.  Panchayat Development Officer Raghu cut the ribbon for the papad drying unit and representatives of 3M India, United Way Bengaluru and village counsel lit the lamp.

UWBe announces Scholarship program for 200 students

United Way Bengaluru is inviting applications from 10th standard students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to apply for our scholarship program in order to pursue your 1st PUC college program.
The Scholarship will be given to 200 students residing in Mahadevapura, WhiteField, HSR Layout, Marathahalli and KR Puram  zone, Bengaluru.
Highlights of the Scholarship
  1. Scholarship covers Admission fees ( pre-fixed amount ), cost of books, stationery, bus pass, subject specific tuitions.
  2. The scholarship includes spoken English and personality development skills, counseling and mentoring sessions for the selected students. These sessions are mandatory and in the interest of these selected students.
  3. During the Education support program period several personality development skills, counseling and mentoring programs will be organized during vacations.
Interested candidates, please write to us at info@uwbengaluru to avail the application forms.
The last date for submitting your duly filled applications with all the required supporting documents will be Friday, 5th May, 2017.
Kindly read the criteria form carefully and reach out to us at 080 40906345/ 2525 8363 if you have any doubts or concerns.
CRITERIA FOR APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
  1. The applicant must be a citizen of India, and must provide a copy of proof of citizenship by providing a copy of Aadhar card/Election ID card*
  2. The applicant must be living in and around Mahadevapura, WhiteField, HSR Layout, Marathahalli and KR Puram  zone, Bengaluru.
  3. The applicant must have completed class 10 and must provide a copy of proof appearing for the 10th Board Exam.*
  4. The shortlisted candidate must provide proof of passing the board exam –  must secure at least a cumulative 40% aggregate marks in the recent 10th std board examination.
  5. The applicant must be from economically disadvantaged group/family, and must provide copy of BPL/Ration /other certificates*.
  6. Preference shall be given to girl candidates and coming from families with single parent/widowed mother/ parents suffereing from Health problems such as Cancer, HIV, Kidney failure, orphans.*
  7. The applicant must share details of number of siblings in the family and number of dependents on parents.
  8. The applicant is required to provide a copy of the course details/prospectus of the registered course and institution applied for and provide copy of the statement of tuition and fees*.
  9. The applicant must show proof of financial needs after filling in the application form with all due information about family, parents occupation, family annual income etc*.
  10. The applicant must submit a motivational letter/letter of purpose ( in Kannada or English language) to United Way Bengaluru stating how the scholarship will help.
  11. The applicant has to submit two recommendation letters from teacher and Principal of Institution from where the applicant is passing out.*
  12. The applicant is encouraged to share all extra curricular activities that he/ she has participated in since school years and mention if any awards have been won. (Music, dance, sports, art/craft, theatre etc)
  13. The applicant should attend the interview along with a guardian / parent as part of the selection process on the specified date and time.
  14. UWBe reserves the right to verify the documents submitted by the candidate by conducting personal visits to school, homes and other contacts provided or though our sources.
(*  indicates need for copies of relevant documentation)
Selection procedure of the suitable candidates
  1. All applications are subject to verification for eligibility. Once applications are received the selection team will short- list 220 students for a panel interview and intimate the same over phone.
  2. The short-listed candidates should clear the Interview round which will be conducted by a panel of experts.
  3. Based on the interview round and final results, 200 most deserving candidates will be selected for this scholarship. The decision of the panel is final and binding.
  4. The selected student would be required to sign a partnership agreement to ensure that they will honor the support and strive to complete the program.
 Last dates
1) For submitting an application: The deadline is 5:00 p.m.  Indian Standard Time, May 5, 2017. Applications can be sent via courier delivery or posted to the below address or through email @ info@uwbengaluru.org
Our address is
No: 811, 1st floor, 7th main,
1st cross, HAL 2nd stage,
Bengaluru- 560008
Tel: +91-80-4090 6345, + 91 80- 2525 8363
2) Interview date for the candidates: The shortlisted candidates would be called for a personal interview between 15th and 16th of May to UWBe office or any other location.  Venue details shall be intimated in advance.
3) Announcement of the final list of selected candidates: The final list of shortlisted candidates shall be displayed on UWBe website www.uwbengaluru.org by 24th May 2017.

Our gem of Volunteers!

We are pleased to share experiences from two young volunteers who fondly reminiscence about their time volunteering for the Born Learning Campaign initiative in the years 2015 and 2016.

Abhi Seetharamiah

Co-founder & Head of Sales- Diamond Waste Management

Dear Reader,
I want to share my wonderful experiences volunteering with the United Way of Bengaluru (UWBe) over the past two years. Having grown up in the United States and working in a large Oil & Gas company, moving to Bangalore to start an organic waste recycling startup was a huge adjustment on many levels. Having worked with the United Way in Houston, I decided to involve myself in a volunteering role with the UWBe. I was pleasantly surprised that the same level of community awareness and social impact that is synonymous with the United Way in the United States is true for the Bengaluru branch.
Abhi volunteering at the Born Learning Campaign stall during the first edition of Makkala Habba, 2016
Aside from acting as a trusted intermediary, ensuring that donations go to those that are most in need in the community, UWBe’s team does incredible work in the areas of early childhood development and environmental restoration. Volunteering at Makkala Habba, an annual event that is part of UWBe’s Born Learning Campaign, was an eye- opening experience that allowed me to interact with Bengaluru’s youth. Coinciding with children’s day, the event saw thousands of youth come to Cubbon Park to play traditional/ethnic games, set up by UWBe, designed to educate youth on Indian culture and heritage.
Abhi volunteering during the second edition of Makkala Habba, 2017
Another highlight of my experience was helping in the ‘Wake the Lake Campaign’ for the Kaudenahalli Lake. Before joining UWBe, I had no idea that the rapid urbanization of Bangalore had such a devastating effect on these water bodies. In less than 100 years, Bengaluru’s 900+ lakes have been reduced to 200, many of which are polluted and inhabitable by birds, fish and small animals. Kaudenahalli Lake stands as an example of a once polluted lake that is now a thriving ecosystem, thanks to the United Way Bengaluru. Not only does the restored lake enhance the surrounding community by providing a beautiful and scenic public walkway, the restoration efforts have provided many species birds, fish, and other animals a sanctuary from urbanized Bengaluru.
United Way Bengaluru earns my highest recommendation as an organization worth supporting as a volunteer, CSR partner, or donor. You can trust that 100% of your time and money will be going towards making a tangible and positive impact on the community we all live in. If you have any questions regarding my experiences, please email me at abhiinusa@gmail.com.

 Nandini Subramaniam

Student- Indus International

When I moved to India in 2008, I transformed into an outraged little 8-year-old; I could not fathom why we ever had to leave everything I had known to be home, known to be mine. I was angry with my parents and at the time could not understand the obscure reasons they gave. They said, “it is to make you adaptable and stronger, empathetic and resilient”. It made no sense and I dramatically blamed them for robbing me of my friends, my elementary school, the life I knew so well.
Nandini demonstrating a yoga pose to BLC children
My first few years in India are now a blur, but I don’t remember them to be too happy. For a while, I had completely forgotten what it was like to smile. That is, until last year, during my 10th-grade summer. During this time, I had a 5-month summer break. To put things in perspective, I had around 150 days, or 9000 hours, or 540000 minutes of not being in school. Needless to say, this got me thinking a lot about education. And more specifically, education in India. I did my research, and what I found wasn’t too surprising. While over the decades the general well-being in India has improved drastically, there is still a great deal of marginalization. This is having a very evident effect on families, but I’d like to draw your attention to the children that are placed to one side. Per a UNICEF survey from 2013, India contains 50% percent of the world’s wasted children and 40% of the world’s stunted children. Few of these children live past the age of 5 years because of the lack of access to childcare facilities. After learning of this, I couldn’t help but think how selfish I had been as a child and I finally understood what my parents meant when they said India would change me.
Nandini with BLC children
Now, in and around Bangalore, there are small pockets of village areas where one can find small daycares for children upto the age of 6. These “anganwadis” as they are called, not only aim to provide basic education to children from marginalized families, but also provide meals to them and training in motherhood for inexperienced women. However, these Anganwadis are severely underfunded and often lack not only the finances but the human influence to function. This is where I come in- in a small way, nevertheless in a way.
In the beginning of the summer, I was recruited as an intern for The United Way Bengaluru. I spent my first two months in an office editing documents and proposal and creating them too. Eventually, this internship panned out into me going to anganwadis 3 times a week for the next 2 months and working with the teachers and children in these villages.
My experience there had a confounding effect on me. Every morning, on the way to the anganwadi, I would go through a class plan in my head and I would go over the notes I made, the plan I created. For as far back as I can remember, this was one of the first times I made a plan I actually stuck to. To this day, as I dwell on those experiences, I am able to find motivation in my enthusiasm.
BLC children engrossed in a coloring activity during the writer’s visit
When I was at the anganwadi, I would teach the kids how to make paper planes, to color between the lines, to play catch and in the process I taught myself to have gratitude. The more time I spent with them, the more I realized how easy I had it; and the more I devoted myself to caring for them. By the end of the first month volunteering there, I had already learnt the names of all the children and I even worked on fine tuning my Kannada just to converse better with the kids and the staff.
I felt miserable when, a months later, I had to stop volunteering there and return to my school life. The repetition and the simplicity of those 4 months there were so meditative, it was so incredible being there and realizing what it was like to not have. To not have a stable roof over your head, to not have a classroom with chairs, to not have so much.
Carefree BLC children who had a profound influence on Nandini, reinforcing values like acceptance and gratitude
Yet, in all my time there I couldn’t realize what it was like to not be happy. The kids there never seemed upset by their lot in life, they seemed so carefree and while their mothers weren’t as carefree, they never seemed despondent or resigned. They oozed power as they picked up and dealt beautifully with what they had, and tried constantly to make things better. This taught me heaps and mounds about acceptance, about contentedness and most importantly gratitude. Working there last summer completely changed my outlook on everyday matters, be it putting extra hours to finish work or not being picky about what to eat. I’ve become so much more aware of my actions as well as the implications of them, and I’ve learnt how to be happy because of the small things, and I owe this all to my volunteering work at both the office of United Way Bengaluru and the anganwadi.

 

Reaching out when there was no hope

By Bhargavi S. Rao

Whilst the Country and States are yet to implement all the provisions of the United Nations convention for rights of persons with disabilities-2006 (UNCRPD) and the recently passed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016, and the many other existing laws, policies, programs and schemes to protect the rights of children with Disabilities, a small group of sisters who call themselves Daughters of St. Camillus, truly are visible angels for they decided to take over the care of the girl children suffering from Cerebral Palsy, Quadriplegia, Hydrocephaly, Microcephaly, Down Syndrome, Hemiplegia with mental retardation and Spastic from a Remand Home where they lacked nursing care, nutrition and more at the call of the Department of Women and Child welfare back in 2006.

Children at Swanthana greet us with a welcome song

WATCH THIS VIDEO TO HEAR OUR ANGELS SINGhttps://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayBengaluru/videos/1430846223646370/

Each child has a story, and the stories are heart wrenching. The story begins from where they were found and abandoned, mostly at Railway Stations, Bus stands, Roadsides, near and in garbage bins, in and around busy market areas, near narrow roads behind hotels or near compound walls.

Children are quite happy to meet visitors

As the Sister narrates the story and walks us around, the angel picks them up, plants a kiss on their cheeks, asks if they had their fruit juice, feeds another with the milk in the bottle, changes the dress of another, talks to each one of them as she walks us from one room to the other where the children are in cribs with full time caretakers attending on every child in each of the rooms. She understands their gestures, their smiles, their requests, needs and more and very importantly the language they speak.

Sister Regina proudly introduces us to Amulya, the youngest child at the home

A small group of eight sisters manage nearly 30 odd girl children each with a different set of medical condition and complications. The day at SWANTHANA starts very early and these children need to be fed every meal, every drink, every medicine and spoon-by-spoon with a lot of cajoling and care. They have to be bathed many times on some days.

Physiotherapist Banu urges little Amulya to lift her head at an ongoing physiotherapy session

WATCH BABY AMULYA AS SHE ENJOYS HER PHYSIOTHERAPY SESSION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kFTIpDnpak

Providing them milk, fruit, and three meals a day is a big challenge. Ensuring there is a constant supply of diapers is another. Managing used diapers from stray dogs dispersing them and tearing them apart was the biggest challenge. This apart, an ambulance for emergency, regular physician visits, physiotherapy and constant care with sleepless nights are other challenges.

Ambika who dreams of walking on her own two feet , (which most of us take for granted) is being strapped and readied to walk with the support of bars.

Some children, after years of constant care, have now started to learn and even go to school. All other children are taught at the center through Art, Craft, Music and Games. Children are very happy and chirpy and express their happiness in so many ways.

Dedicated volunteers conduct regular classes at the home

The Center is mostly run from voluntary donations and corporate support that has helped in significant ways. Wheel chairs, children physiotherapy equipment, regular supply of diapers, children’s clothes, a building that is accessible to all with a CCTV camera to monitor all children from being hurt, an incinerator to take care of the large volumes of used diapers, a vocational training center that is nearing completion, and a dedicated set of helpers, have all been possible through the dedicated and committed support from United Way Bengaluru which has played a key role in making those connections with corporates and volunteers.

Sister Regina gladly demonstrates the working of the incinerator which was donated by UWBe, to deal with the large volume of soiled diapers  on a daily basis.

Swanthana encourages volunteers to help them in the daily activities of serving, feeding, help in every day routine activities and more.

A visit to the center will leave one changed for life!

To support the holistic development of these innocent children, write to us at info@uwbengaluru.org

 

Born Learning Campaign kindles Joy of Learning

By Siddharth Rao

United Way Bengaluru (UWBe) introduced the Born Learning program four years ago in private day care centers catering to children from backward communities to further the cause of “Healthy Childhood Development”. In 2015, the Department of Women & Child Development, Government of Karnataka invited UWBe to work in government anganwadis to accomplish the following objectives:

The writer(left) plays a game of ball with excited BLC children
  • Enhance early learning abilities, including fine and gross motor skills, among children.

  • Engage with mothers to spread awareness about health and hygiene among children.

  • Provide a conducive environment for children for early learning

The Born Learning Campaign brings in league all segments of society to form a sort of coterie to ensure sustainable development of children while giving them the opportunity to contribute, palliate, sustain, and bolster the program in their own way. It targets bringing together childcare experts, parents, teachers, government-run institutions, and corporates to focus on childhood development.

Children sing an action song for the UWBe team

In addition, the program also looks to engage with mothers, to educate them, teach them and spread awareness among them with regard to the health and hygiene of children. It proves to be one of the most critical areas in the development of the child and the program looks to expand the capability of mothers and keep them one step ahead in respect of children’s health and their education.

An anganwadi teacher briefs the UWBe team during a review session

The program also makes sure the children have a clean and healthy environment to learn and flourish, for example by providing basic needs for the Anganwadis such as learning materials, educational posters, toys, clean cutlery, mats, drinking water, meal plans, re-painting of walls, spruced courtyards, etc.

A spic and span kitchen with sparkling vessels in an award winning anganwadi, supported under BLC

It also looks to improve sanitation facilities and enhance the greenary around the anganwadi by planting medicinal and fruit bearing plants thus ensuring an overall conducive environment for the children, teachers and parents.

The UWBe team ensures that the infrastructure is maintained and used to good affect once provided, through regular checks and audits, thereby never letting the standard deteriorate, and avoiding anything that could be potentially detrimental to their progress.

Scene from an ongoing review of BLC at an anganwadi

The children at the Anganwadis receive a mid-day snack a little after they arrive, followed by lunch with a small sweet at the end, which brings the biggest smile to each face. Apart from the services, funds and infrastructure provided, this forms a sense of community and friendship among the children, as they congregate every day, play together, and learn together. It is more than certainly a step in the right direction, as the development process should not only make the learning process fun for the children but also encourage them to continue their schooling, by making education something that they love rather than detest. Furthermore, it also informs and makes parents apprised of the benefits having an education, thereby invigorating them to ensure their children receive a rounded education in the future.

The UWBe team identifies government run Anganwadis near corporate centers and tech parks. They also conduct a gap analysis to gauge the need for and availability of infrastructure at such Anganwadis. Corporates are then contacted and engaged at various levels to bridge the gaps identified and improve the Anganwadis.

 In addition, the Born Learning Campaign offers corporates the opportunity to play their part with options of both one-time employee activities as well as strategic long term initiatives, which would look to benefit the health conditions and education of the nearby community’s children. Since education is a focus area, their contribution to the cause goes way beyond funding. It is through employee engagement programs where employees are invited to actively participate by investing time off work to be part of the change through various activities such as reading stories, creating materials to assist with education, spreading general health and hygiene awareness among women and girls etc.

UWBe team and the writer smile for the shutterbug with BLC children

This campaign sheds light on crucial areas of development for the children’s future. It provides for healthy conditions as well as a holistic environment for the child to learn and live. It focuses on building a strong foundation for the children and because of corporate support and that from UWBe, the children at said Anganwadis become “School Ready” with sufficient development of the necessary skills, display growth and their mothers are well informed and acquainted with the concept of early childhood development.

(Siddhart Rao is voluntarily undergoing a three-month internship program with United Way Bengaluru to further his understanding of the Development Sector)

 

 

Women Unite on International Women’s Day in Kolar

 By Reena Pillai

The International Women’s Day celebrations organized by United Way Bengaluru and corporate partner AMAT brought together nearly 200 beneficiaries under the Rural Development Program in Chikkanallaguttahalli, Kolar on 8th March 2017. On the occasion, 60 roof top rain water harvesting units, the first of its kind in Kolar district, was inaugurated by Deepa Shashidharan and Priya from AMAT, David Kumar from United Way Bengaluru and other representatives of our implementing partner agencies.

David, Senior Manager- Community Initiatives, UWBe inaugurates a roof top rain water harvesting unit

David Kumar, Senior Manager- Community Initiatives, UWBe said, “We have pioneered the installation of roof top rain water harvesting units in Kolar where people for a long time have been suffering from acute shortage of water. Each unit will capture upto 15,000 liters of water during the rainy season which can be stored upto a year without any fear of contamination. People can use this water for drinking and cooking especially in dire times. It is a low maintenance set-up and very convenient for the beneficiaries to use. “

The event commenced in the traditional style with the feeding of a goat followed by nearly 10 beneficiaries sharing their positive experiences with the immense support they had received in the last two years.

Deepa from AMAT and David from UWBe inaugurate the program by feeding a goat
Students supported under the Scholarship program gather for a memorable click

College students supported under the scholarship program gave entertaining cultural performances, while young students spoke on the positive impact of the new educational model introduced in 50 government schools. Tamarind parcels packaged by beneficiaries were distributed to the lead representatives of the 12 villages supported under United Way Bengaluru’s Rural Development Program.

Tamarind parcels produced by beneficiaries gifted to lead representatives of other villages

The programs supported under the Rural Development program are 1) Women empowerment program which covers sheep rearing, mini poultry farms, kitchen gardens, tailoring, tamarind processing and other sustainable micro enterprises ; 2) Financial support through scholarships to college going students; 3) Academic enhancement through motivating and mentoring students studying in government schools; 4) Roof Top Rain Water harvesting and 5) Safe drinking water units.

Table showing the total numbers of beneficiaries in Kolar under various programs

There was also a conscious decision taken to make the entire event eco-friendly and minimize the use of plastics. Earthen pots were used to drink water from, lunch was served on plates made from arecanut leaves and large brass containers were used to store drinking water.

Earthen pots for drinking water displayed on stage

Pushpa, a beneficiary who was supported under the scholarship program last year was also excited with the roof top harvesting unit in her house. She said, ” Earlier, it was quite difficult to get access to clean drinking water. We had to wait for three days, sometimes even upto a week for the tanker to come to our village. Then we had to stand in queue to collect the water and later carry the heavy pots home. We are so happy with the roof top harvesting units in our houses and we cannot thank UWBe and AMAT enough.”

The implementing partners for the Rural Development Program are Sikshana, TREES, Chilume, C&R and Samarthanam. The event concluded with a sumptuous meal and an engaging interaction with the beneficiaries.

Bhargavi from UWBe team interacts with Pushpa one of the beneficiaries

Coverage of the event in local media

Samyukta Karnataka
Prajavani
Vishwa Vani

Support refurbishment of anganwadis and rejuvenation of lakes

1. Pledge for your Neighbourhood lake as a part of ” Wake the Lake ” initiative from United Way.

Water scarcity in Bengaluru is not a new subject. Our forefathers addressed the same by building artificial lakes across the city.

1. Cleaning the Lake Bund and the Lake Boundary.
2. Enhance Bio-diversity of the lakes.
3. Convert them as lung spaces for the communities.
4. Help in improving the physical infrastructure of the lakes such as Security Cabin, Benches, Children Play area, Dustbins, Solar Lights etc.
5. Help in setting up STP (Sewage Treatment Plants) and many more.

or

2. Pledge to revamp infrastructure of Anganwadis in your neighbourhood as a part of ” Born Learning Campaign” 

1)We will revamp the anganwadis by improving infrastructure
2) Make the anganwadis more child friendly to increase enrolment
3) Provide high quality learning materials to ensure they become school ready

What can Corporates expect?
1. United Way Bengaluru shall share quarterly report of your contribution.
2. Scope of volunteering at the lake you pledged support or anganwadi you have adopted.
3. IT rebate under 80G
4. United Way’s strict adherence to corporate governance.

United Way Bengaluru’s Contact details: 

Tel:+91-80-4090 6345, + 91 80-2525 8363

email ID: info@uwbengaluru.org

 

High demand for organic eggs produced under UWBe’s Women empowerment program

By Reena Pillai

The women empowerment program supported by United way Bengaluru and Applied Materials for 50 women in Kolar to initiate mini poultry farms in their backyards has come full-circle as women have started to sell the nati (organic / desi/ country) eggs.

Good demand for organic eggs produced under the Women Empowerment Program

Under the women empowerment program which commenced in December, each beneficiary woman was given three hens and one rooster to set up a mini poultry farm to make them financially independent. We are pleased to state that they have started to reap the benefits of the program. The demand for the organic eggs is high and each egg is sold for Rs. 9 which is very profitable for these women.

Maramma, a beneficiary women with the hens and rooster she received

David Manger of Community Initiatives, United Way Bengaluru said, “There is very good demand for nati (organic / desi/ country) eggs as people are becoming more health conscious. United Way Bengaluru is supporting a women empowerment program in Kolar where 50 women are taught to run their own mini poultry farms. The initiative which commenced in the month of December looks to be lucrative and and these women see a great potential to scale it”.

Women beneficiaries are positive about the success of the mini poultry farming initiative

Shivamma from Guvalahalli, Bangarpete Taluk, a beneficiary, committee member and a fervent participant of all the programs says, “I have sold 17 eggs so far and earned Rs. 135. With proper care and perseverance, in a year’s time, I hope to make a minimum profit of Rs. 6000 per month.”

Shivamma

Uma Devi from Hosmanegalu says, “I’m grateful to United Way Bengaluru and Applied Materials for providing us an opportunity to earn and contribute towards our family expenses. I plan to start a successful poultry farm first by breeding and multiplying my livestock and then selling the eggs and hens in the local market.”

Uma Devi

About the project

The Women Empowerment program supported by United Way Bengaluru and Applied Material through sustainable livelihood is a one year program (2016-2017) initiated to provide financial support to 50 poor and marginalized women from Yelesandra panchayat of Bangarpet taluk.

Though the project’s main focus is to improve the socio-economic condition of the 50 women, it has also helped them become more confident in their business dealings. Other women too have began to show interest in this venture in order to become financially independent, which is definitely a positive sign.

BLC children shine on Talent’s Day

By Reena Pillai

United Way Bengaluru, Target and implementing partner Vidyaniketan jointly organised Talent’s Day on 21st January, 2017. Nearly 200 children and parents from 12 anganwadi centers supported under the Born Learning Campaign participated in the celebrations.

Children sing and twirl in their colorful dresses

Organized at the Thanisandra school campus, children aged 3-6 years rendered heart-warming performance in singing, dance, quiz and story-telling.

Children performing a folk dance

The Chief Guests for the event was CDPO Prakash who on the occasion expressed his delight on the event and performances of the children. “I’m extremely happy to witness such talent in these young children. Such events must be encouraged among children to ensure their all-round personality development. I thank United Way Bengaluru for supporting these anganwadis under Born Learning Campaign and Vidyaniketan for being an exemplary implementing partner”.

CDPO Prakash (Center) with the felicitated anganwadi teachers

The other Guests were Nagaraj – Director of Vidyaniketan; Shrimati Renuka – Headmistress of Government High School, Thanisandra; Sharadamba- Supervisor, Department of Women and Child development.

It was momentous occasion when all the anganwadi workers of the 12 centers were felicitated for their commitment and dedication towards their work.

All anganwadi workers from the 12 centers were felicitated on the occasion

On the occasion, HC Mahesh and Ajay from the United Way Bengaluru programs team were felicitated too. The event ended with a sumptuous meal and everyone went home with wonderful memories.

UWBe team members Mahesh and Ajay were honored on the occasion

 

 

Uttarahalli Lake comes alive with Kere Sankranthi celebrations

By Reena Pillai
The three-day Kere Sankranthi celebrations organised by United Way Bengaluru, BBMP, corporate partner Infinera and Uttarahalli Maghekere Nadigedharara Vedike (UMNV) culminated at the Uttarahalli Lake today on 14th January, 2017 among 500 active community members of Uttarahalli. The entrance of the lake was decorated with the newly harvested produce like sugarcane, paddy, ragi, groundnuts, aurekai, coconuts, fruits and decked with traditional rangoli and flowers. The other lakes where Kere Sankrathi was celebrated with active community members present were Kaudenahalli Lake on 12th January, Seegehalli Lake and Saulkere on the 13th January.
Mr Manish Michael, Executive Director of United Way Bengaluru felicitated on the occasion
Mr.M.Krishnappa, MLA (Bengaluru South) Constituency, Bengaluru, Mr. Hanumanthaiah, BBMP Corporator,Ward No:184 Uttarahalli, Bengaluru, and Mr. Manish Michael, Executive Director United Way Bengaluru, Bengaluru were the chief guests for the event.
On the occasion Mr Hanumanthaiah BBMP Corporator, Ward No:184 Uttarahalli said, “Day by day the Uttarahalli lake has seen tremendous development since the last three years. Be it the Gym, the stopped of sewage or providing water supply, along with United Way Bengaluru and other leaders we have ensured that the lake is developed. In the future, we would like to increase the capacity of the STP to ensure that only treated water and rainfall flows into the lake. We also want to ensure that there is scope for the interested people to take up fishing enterprise. With the support from United Way Bengaluru, the corporation, Mr Krishnappa and other leaders we hope to continue to develop the lake. On this auspicious and joyous occasion, I wish one and all a very happy Sankrathi.”
A water pipeline facility which will take care of the all the gardening needs of the lake was inaugurated
A 1.5 kms of water pipeline facility was inaugurated during the event. This will ensure that there is continuous water for the gardening facilities for 10,000 trees and plants around the lake which were planted around the Uttarahalli Lake when the rejuvenated work commenced under United Way Bengaluru’s ‘Wake the Lake’ campaign three years ago.
Various stakeholders of the Uttarahalli Lake gather around the mound of newly harvested crops
Manish Michael, Executive Director, United Way Bengaluru who was felicitated which traditional shawl and garlands said, “The harvest festival historically has been celebrated in the community. Shrinking spaces in our cities is taking away the charm of such festivals. Rejuvenated lakes provide us the opportunity to come together to celebrate festivals together. United Way Bengaluru is happy to facilitate such programs in several lakes across the city.”
A traditional Rangoli design at the entrance
Rashi puja for the bountiful crop was performed and the customary ellu bella was distributed among all.