School dropouts receive education and earn respect
School education for Indian girls living in rural areas leaves a lot to be desired. Many families have enough to do sending their sons to school for a number of years. Daughters just stay at home one day being unable to read or write. They would not cope in a secondary school. In Germany, these children are called under- achievers. They are faced with enormous problems later in life. AMG, the Indian partner of wortundtat, recognized early on that these girls and young women need target support. In sewing schools they are therefore taught how to use needle and thread, how to operate a sewing machine or they learn the art of embroidery, which provides them with the skill to embellish simple scarves. Being able to practice what they have learned they can contribute to the family income. And some of the girls attending the sewing school even find out how to learn successfully. For them, this opportunity is an interim stage to progress to other training courses.
Success stories with needle and thread
Chinagandam Suguna is 45 years old and belongs to the Kalavanthulu community. These are women, who still live as “servants” of a God in some Hindu temples, normally being forced into prostitution. The moment, Chinagandam Suguna left the temple, leaving this life behind, she was on her own. The AMG Sewing School gave her the chance to learn a simple trade. She finished her training and today her sewing work generates an income of about 3,000 Rupees a month – about 43 Euro. This is not much, even for Indian standards, but it is enough to reasonably provide for her family and – above all – to be respected by society.
Tiridi Nuka Ratnam is 22 years old. She belongs to a low cast and comes from a poor family. She was unable to complete the fifth grade, but had no difficulties to stand the pace in the Sewing School. On completion of her education, AMG presented her with a sewing machine and since then she has been able to take a nice bit of money home to her family. Whilst in the past, many children and young people of the village where Tiridi Nuka Ratnam comes from, were roaming the streets, without any chance of work, the Sewing School has provided quite a number of them with a perspective for the future