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Education and Health for Carpet Knotting Families

01 / I – Women Empowerment Program

Many of the women who live in the villages of Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India’s “Carpet Belt”, have never learned how to read or write. This makes it all the more difficult for them to contribute their share of the household income or participate in current political affairs.

CARE & FAIR wants to give these women the skills they need to have a greater impact on their own lives. It was for this reason that we launched our first Women Empowerment Program in November of 2001. We chose the Amita School to serve as the first site since it had just moved into a newer and larger building.

Our pilot project at the Amita School was soon to be followed by several other Women Empowerment Programmes at other CARE & FAIR schools. In many cases, these programmes help the mothers and older sisters of our students. These programmes give women the opportunity to learn basic skills in reading, writing, mathematics and hygiene. They can also learn how to sew and embroider – skills that make it possible for them to make and sell clothing and thus contribute to their own livelihoods.

Knowledge and independence are two important factors that play a decisive role in improving the status of women in village communities and ultimately in society as a whole.

We initially encountered some resistance when we introduced our Women Empowerment Programmes. After all, many men found it difficult to accept the fact that their wives and daughters were taking the initiative to improve their own lives. Change often takes time and patience. In this case, patience definitely paid off. Six of our schools now offer Women Empowerment Programmes, which the women in the village communities have warmly embraced. In fact, the response has been so positive that we now have waiting lists for coveted spots in the Women Empowerment Programmes.

At the end of the sewing class, every woman is given the option to take a sewing machine home with them for a low leasing fee. CARE & FAIR then gives them their first paid work as seamstresses to make the school uniforms desperately needed at the schools. Of course the women can also sew their own clothing, do needlework for their neighbours or sell their work at the market as a good way to provide extra income for their families.

Women ± 202
Teachers ± 10
Staff ± 7

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I / 07 – Haji Saheb Ali School

Khanapur, Jangiganj / Bhadohi
In 1998, Mr. Abdullah Ansari CARE & FAIR India signed a plot of land for a new school building in Khanapur, southwest of Bhadohi. Construction began in 1999. On August 21, 2000, the ...

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I / 08 – Linie Design School

Chaksikhari, Gyanpur / Bhadohi
The small village of Chaksikhari provided CARE & FAIR with a plot of land in 1997 - for the construction of a new elementary school. The first construction phase was completed in ...

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I / 10 – Volker Heinrich Med. Dispensary

Bhadohi
The property on which the day clinic is located was made available to us in 1997 by CARE & FAIR board member and co-founder of the foundation, Mr. A. C. Baranwal. As a direct consequence, the new building ...

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I / 12 – Barakat School

Samhai, Laxmanpati / Bhadohi
1997 CARE & FAIR takes over the school. The dilapidated house needs to be replaced. A new school building is needed. The land for the new building was given ...

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I / 15 – Semuhi School

Semuhi-Jaunpur / Bhadohi
In the area around the village of Semuhi there was a village school around the turn of the millennium, but it was dilapidated and much too small. So a new building was needed. An Indian ...

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I / 17 – Amita School

Sultanapur/Bhadohi.
From »open-air classrooms« to a modern school building. C & F has sponsored this project since 1998. A year later,C & F received a plot of land and began ...

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I / 23 – carpetXL School

Garauli, Aurai/Dist. Sant Ravidas Nagar/Bhadohi
CARE & FAIR often takes over existing facilities, rebuilds and rebuilds them. But sometimes something comes up from scratch. The foundation stone for this school was ...

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I / 24 – CARE & FAIR Girls High School

Chaksikhari, Gyanpur / Bhadohi
A real pioneering project, started in 2012 in Chaksikhari: A secondary school for girls was built right next to the Design School line - the first of its kind among the CARE & FAIR ...

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I / 25 – Haji Saheb Ali Girls High School

Khanapur, Jangiganj / Bhadohi In the knotting areas, in rural areas, there are hundreds of school-age children, but far and wide there is hardly a school. One such area is around the place of Khanapur, southwest of Bhadohi. The approximately 24,000 ...

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P / 01 – Vern School

Vern, Sheikhupura
The village of Vern (Sheikhupura) is located in the middle of a carpet-knotting area, about 50 km northeast of the metropolis of Lahore. Here, in 1997, CARE & FAIR financed the construction of a ...

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01 / IP – CARE & FAIR goes green

With solar energy in the projects and for the students at home.

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02 / IP – Students Health Care Program

Knowledge is important, health is fundamental. That is why this program was created.

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