Establising a learning center for underprivileged children and women
Our learning center in Champaran, Bihar India is our dream project to Establish a learning center for underprivileged children and women. A place where children or adult can get the adequate resources and a peaceful place to learn some skill or prepare for studies. The construction work is complete and we are setting up the center with library, computers, women sewing machines etc. The objective Bhavishya is to improve the livelihoods of rural Indians in a socially, culturally, and economically sustainable manner. The locus of our intervention is the rich and varied Indian handicraft tradition, practiced by skilled rural artisans, who produce objects of great beauty with strong market potential.ur scope of activities include creating skill development workshops and training programs on handicrafts, marketing and retailing products from rural artisans, building craft communities to sustain livelihood, organising cultural events, exhibitions, hobby clubs to create awareness about crafts and collaborate with various government agencies and corporate to generate resources and achieve common goals.Bhavishya focus on three key areas: rural livelihood creation – poverty eradication , education – quality education to rural girls, handicrafts promotion and marketingWith a population of 1.2 billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world. It is also home to more poor people than is any other country. With poverty concentrated in rural areas, the country is witnessing the biggest rural-urban migration of our times. There are several social and economic reasons for such migration, the overarching force being a determination to improve living standards for current and future generations. The chief reason for disenchantment and disenfranchisement among rural populations is the difficulty in eking out a sufficient living from agriculture, which is the primary source of income for around 60% of rural households. Supplementing the uncertain income from agriculture in a sustained manner, would therefore have a significant effect on stabilizing rural populations and stemming the urban migration.We believe handicrafts are the perfect medium to support employment generation and create sustainable development especially for a developing country such as India having a very large population of youth in need of jobs and also handicrafts being a low capital and labour intensive industry is perfectly suited for India where 70% of the population lives in villages. More importantly, jobs in handicrafts sector in villages promote gender equality as often rural women tend to be the biggest beneficiary. It also offers flexibility without creating displacement and therefore offers a balanced and sustainable medium of social and economic development as often the augmented household income is invested in children’s education. As a matter of fact, handicraft and handloom sector is the second largest employment generating sector in India, behind only agriculture. A recent UNESCO paper has singled out the potential of handicraft industry in its ability to reduce poverty in developing countries. In the post global financial crisis era, traditional economic models of development have also come under criticism given their excessive focus on shareholder wealth creation which often comes at the expense of job losses for the youth and increasing income inequality. Many economists have been focusing on overall well being of the society and inclusive growth as a better model of development – traits which fit handicraft industry as well.