Vidya– “Lotus Club” Pappankalan Community, New Delhi, India

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Vidya– “Lotus Club” Pappankalan Community, New Delhi, India

The organization

Vidya is an organization based in New Delhi, India which strives to educate the less privileged through integrated methods. The organization helps youth, women and children with educational and empowering programs. This organization was founded by Mrs. Rasmi Misra, and started initially from a few classes she gave to a bunch of little street girls on the doorstep of her house in New Delhi. To this day, Mrs. Misra is still the director of the organization and through her dedicated work and her passion Vidya has thrived to become the organization it is today.  

Vidya is conducting programs in New Delhi, Haryana, Mumbai and Bangalore and has been supporting development of communities for over 30 years.

To learn more about Vidya visit the website:  http://vidya-india.org/

 

The project
The Lotus Club project was started by the director-founder of Monde par la main\Give a Hand, Mr. Daniel Lalande. Since 2007, Daniel has been working as a volunteer for Vidya and especially with the Pappankalan community.  After initially creating a sewing and skills development program for the ladies of the community, he realized that mothers always attended classes with their children. It’s for that reason that the Lotus Club program was designed for the kids. In this low-income community parents do not have the means to provide access to art, dance, music or sports classes.
 
Since its inception, the Lotus Club was a real success and the program now provides yoga to photography to dance and music classes and will draw upon the talents and skills of selected teachers in each discipline. The activities are also aiming at developing specific skills such as self-esteem, identity development, conflict resolution, teamwork, decision-making, and communication skills.  
 
Since its beginning, hundreds of children of that community have participated in the Lotus Club program. We have been able to establish that the children are doing better at school and a lower dropout rate.
 
We would like very much in the near future to offer a similar program to the children of the Okhla community in New Delhi, where Give a Hand conducted its 2016 project Shanti Arts in Action.
 

I would like to take this opportunity to say, on behalf of all the Pappankalan children and on behalf of the Give a Hand team, an enormous thank you to Design Zola for its partnership and support for this project.

To learn more about Vidya, you can visit its website: http://vidya-india.org/