aalamba - towards fullness of life...
· Mobilising people’s power
· Training and skill development
· Promotion of livelihood activities
· Health and sanitation
· Disaster relief and rehabilitation
We work with
· People from low-income areas and slums in Bangalore city
· Villages in Bagalkot district (northern part of Karnataka)
Read our detailed report here:aalamba report
Read the 2011-12 Annual Report here:
Annual Report 2011-12
Tackle – A creative learning resource centre for children and learning facilitators in urban and rural Karnataka
This programme also provides an opportunity to all people who would like to make a difference in the world of exploratory learning for children. It aims to strech their minds and generate creative ideas to make learning concepts easy, fun and interactive.
Srishti – Creative learning program for children in rural Karnataka
This initiative promotes creativity and interactive learning among children in Bagalkot district of Karnataka state. We are currently working with >500 children from 13 villages in Bagalkot. Creative learning sessions are conducted twice a month for children in these villages. Another initiative is Makkala Gram Sabhas (Children’s panchayat) which was held in 4 panchayats of the district where students compiled and presented issues concerning themselves before panchayat and Government officials. Many issues were resolved, others are being followed up by students’ groups facilitated by headstreams.
Vidyabhivrudhi – Children’s education savings programme among self-help group members. Over 100 childrren are enrolled in the program.
To learn more, visit Tackle page
Entrepreneurship development programme
Being part of the young women’s Self Help Group (SHG) exposed them to many new experiences, such as forming their own group, framing their own rules, conducting their own meetings, saving and lending money to each other in times of need, walking into banks for depositing/ withdrawing money and discussing different issues which concerns all of them. Soon the women wanted to learn reading and writing. Some of them wanted to learn English. These women who came to the group with their individual needs and problems realised that there was strength in being together.
After sessions by headstreams on entrepreneurship and business development, they began to dream that one day they could also turn their core strengths into business opportunities. A group of women decided to use their cooking and serving skills to start their own food joint and catering unit. That was the genesis of Sangam Foods.
A stitch in time....
Radha*, Govindamma* and Fatima* are members of the women's Self-Help Group, organized and facilitated by headstreams. Radha used to work in a garments factory as a helper. Soon she learnt stiching and started stitching clothes for her relatives.When she lost her job in the garments factory, Radha started stitching clothes for her neighbours and began earning a small income. She also began teaching stitching to those who were interested. Govindamma and Fatima, other members of the women's Self-Help Group also learnt stitching from her.
After they became members of the self-help-group and attended sessions by headstreams on entrepreneurship and business development, the three women then approached headstreams through the self-help group for support to start a tailoring business. The staff supported the women in drawing up a plan and a formal business proposal was presented before the self help group. Today, the three women have taken a loan from the self-help-group, rented a business space and have started their own tailoring unit. (* Names changed).
Employment and business opportunity Seminar @ headstreams
Headstreams is organising a free employment and business opportunity seminar, exclusively for youth from low-income backgrounds. The seminar is intended mainly for school drop-outs, in the age group of 15-26 years.
Interested candidates (or their well-wishers) are requested to kindly register the participants through email or phone.
With about 18 million people directly affected by the floods; one million people rendered homeless; more than 3,55,000 people in over 1,200 relief camps and the death toll crossing 200, the recent floods in North Karnataka is the worst in recent history.
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