Educating India – Encouraging India Project
The Protsahan Classroom: Protsahan has taken up the baton to lead India’s neglected children towards a well directed and wholesome education. We started with a classroom near a slum cluster at Delhi with seven kids. In two months it grew to more than thirty enthusiastic children. Currently, the classroom spreads hope and cheer in the lives of approximately 60 children. The students are from varied communities, religions, and tribes.
The focus presently is on functional literacy with an emphasis on basic English, Hindi & Mathematics along with classes on varied art forms like Madhubani and Warli, theater and dance, glass and fabric painting, jewelry making workshops. These children are given an environment which is free of alcoholism, unending tiffs amongst adults, child labor and mistreatment that they have been subjected all along.
We as youngsters try our best to enthuse them with learnings that give them confidence and the wisdom to lead a life of dignity. We take the children to sponsored trips to historical places of visit. We need support from agencies and corporates on structuring the curriculum & sustained funding for the classroom.
Restoring Artisans Honor – Encouraging artwork through Fair Trade
As a significant step in ENCOURAGING ARTWORK in our country, Protsahan aims to feature works of art in its exhibitions/ fundraisers held across the country in various corporates, hotels, schools, and colleges too. Priced reasonably, these artworks consist of jewelry, kurtas, jute bags, paintings, carvings and various other forms on Indian contemporary art priced starting Rs. 50.
This project mainly aims to encourage artwork in various forms, especially the traditional and long forgotten art forms like (Madhubani, Tanjore etc.) 50% of the proceeds out of the sale of such artwork go to the artisan who worked on it and the other part goes to Protsahan’s classroom program. We have had such fundraisers at corporates viz. TCS, Infosys, Accenture, KPMG, Larsen & Toubro, Pitney Bowes, Moser Baer, Genpact, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Airtel, Patni Computers, E-Serve, Cognizant Technologies, Tata Docomo, Tata Communications, Mudra Group, etc. to name some.
Self employment – Eco-Encouragement Project
Protsahan along with its other projects has launched ‘Protsahan Cotton Collection’ as a part of the self-employment initiative for the mothers of the street and slum kids.
Protsahan Cotton Collection aims to employ women in the slum pockets and engage them in making Indian ethnic wear like kurtas and other handicraft items thus contributing towards their financial independence.
Proceeds from the sales of Protsahan cotton collection are equally shared between Protsahan’s classroom project and the women who worked on making the kurtas and handicrafts. The self employment project was launched keeping in mind the high dropout rate in a country like India. Engaging the families of these kids and helping them financially will keep them interested in letting their kids continue attending school
Remedial Teaching – At Construction Sites
Protsahan believes in spreading awareness about issues like AIDS, health, and hygiene through remedial short term teaching classes for women in the slums and more importantly with the mobile families of construction site workers. A short term training module is being designed by the Protsahan team. We need corporate backing to kickstart this project in a fully phased manner across the country. We look forward to corporate funding towards this project.