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Women Empowerment

 Bala achieves security!

Bala, from village Faiz Alipur Majra Village has two sons and a daughter. Her husband used to  earn a meager subsistence wage, as a day labourer. The family was so poor that often a meal was missed due to lack of money. However, Bala decided to struggle and strive for a better life. She persuaded her husband to learn masonry skills and he became a good mason. Then she became a member of the Puja Self Help Group formed by Arpana in her village. Despite her in-laws not wanting Bala to work, she went to work as a daily wage labourer.She began depositing regular savings, as advised by her group members, first with just Rs.20 to 50 a month to now over Rs.500 a month.

She took her early loans to build better housing and then later for her children’s studies. Gradually, her savings reached Rs.85,000. Today she smiles with pride as her eldest son is earning Rs. 60,000 as a manager in a firm and daughter is teaching in a school near their village. With the support of her group and her husband, Bala has struggled for over a decade to pull her family out of deep poverty

 

  Differently Abled

Balwinder of Bassi Akbarpur Village

Balwinder, son of Shri Jagdish, belongs to the village Bassi Akbarpur. He is a member of the Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) formed by Arpana, called Naya Savera Viklangjan Samiti.

Earlier his condition was not good at all. He had little income with no hope and poor living conditions. Once he became a member, he found that the new information and learning shared in the monthly meetings was very useful, for better access to government schemes and benefits. 

He began sharing information with other persons with disabilities (PWDs). His own medical certificate was made only after becoming a member of ‘Naya Savera’.

He took a loan and bought a good sewing machine and now his income from tailoring has increased from Rs.5000 a month to Rs. 15,000 a month. He is happy that he has savings and security of the DPO as a guide and a platform. 

Education at Molarbund

Neelam

Neelam had studied in Arpana’s tuition program for six years. She credits Arpana for not only enabling her to excel in academics, but in giving her self-confidence by participating in dance, drama, music, computer and life skills classes.

Although no one else in her family has even completed Class 12, Arpana counselled her to continue her studies. Arpana supported her financially when she was admitted in Delhi University where she graduated in Political Science.

She is now pursuing an MA in International studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University and plans to pursue an M.Phil., do civil services and become an IAS officer.

Neelam says, “I am very grateful to Arpana and all the teachers, because of whom I could perform well in studies.”

 

 

Hospital

Saving Raman’s Eyesight!

Master Raman is a four year old male child. He lives with his parents and five siblings (2 brothers and 3 sisters) in a small house in village Dadlana. His father is a laborer and works for daily wages. His mother is a housewife and does all the household work.

On April 16, Master Raman was playing on the road with his friends and an iron wire inflicted a wound on his right eye while he was playing. Immediately, his father brought him to Arpana Hospital.Dr. Mukul Sharma told his father that due to the iron wire, the pupil of his eye had been damaged, so stitches were required to save his eye. On April 17, Master Raman came with his family for the suturing of his right eye. 

Master Raman belongs to very poor family and his father was not able to pay full charges. So, except for Anesthesia charges, his hospital bill was free. His family was very thankful to Dr. Mukul Sharma for suturing his son’s cornea and to Arpana Hospital for subsidizing the cost of the treatment. 

 

Himachal Pradesh 

 Vikrama Devi

 

Vikarma Devi of Sharda Self Help Group in village Lodhi in the Badhiya Kothi panchayat has been burdened by extreme poverty. Arpana formed Sharda SHG in 2014. In July 2017, the SHG was linked for larger credit from the bank and vikaram Devi took a loan of Rs. 40,000/- to buy 2 Jersey cows. Vikrama Devi earns Rs. 10,000/- to 22,000/- a month through the sale of milk and the family has finally been relieved of the pressure of poverty. Her children are being given proper care and are improving in health and in their studies.