Meet the people of Learn for Life
This is Chanda! Chanda has been working with us for over 10 years. She is part of our women staff and her job is to keep the "Learn for Life Headquarters" nice and tidy. She is a very valuable presence in our team because she has a lot of respect for everyone and she is respected by everyone. Chanda lost her husband few years ago and as a widow is very important to her to have a job and a regular salary. Her daughter is a member of our kitchen staff and her grandson is one of our school students. Chanda is a dedicated worker and wherever she passes she brings peace. She can truly make any space more welcoming and comfortable!
garbage collection in one of Bihac refugee camps
From India to Bosnia... During a garbage collection in one of Bihac refugee' camps the refugees are wearing masks made in Varanasi by the Learn for Life Tailoring Empowerment Project.
back to school !
We are very happy to announce that since a few weeks our Badi Asha School is - partially - active again! Every day for two hours it is open for former students of the school, from grade 9 to 11, for our Coaching Classes. In total safety and in compliance with the hygiene rules for Covid-19, children can study, review and deepen all school subjects. In some cases, for many kids it is the only opportunity they have to do their homework and study in a quiet place. Therefore is really important to keep on supporting them in their education process. Now, more than ever, we are really looking forward to have all our kids back at school!
With our small help SOS Bihac was able to improve the healthcare system in Lipa camp. In just one month, the percentage of scabies infections dropped from 95% to 5%. All this would not have been possible without your precious donations. Thank you.
HELP REFUGEES – BOSNIA
Dear friends, We recently have spent a week in Bihac and Lipa, to see the terrible, unberable circumstances in which refugees are currently living. What we saw left us dismayed. Around 8000 refugees live in intolerable conditions with no protection from the cold, no electricity and insufficient water and food. All they have is a hot meal per day. Moreover, contagious diseases are rampant (95% of the camp inmates are infected with Scabies), and there is only very limited medical help and medication. These people are left alone, abandoned to their squalid condition. Some, who no longer are housed in the "camp", survive in the forest under plastic sheets. Public funds for the care of the people seem to trickle away and there are recurring violent police operations to prevent the refugees from moving on. Luckily some NGOs on the territory are incredibly committed and we could see with our eyes how impressive their help is. However, money is lacking everywhere. THEY NEED YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT! In the next few weeks we will come back to Bosnia to distribute donations. The Learn for Life project in India of course is continuing, but we simply feel that something needs to be done in the short term to prevent people from dying. To support: DONATION DETAILS Account: Learn for Life/Subkonto Bosnienhilfe: Iban: AT85 3258 5003 0200 6195 Bic: RLNWATWWOBG DONATION DETAILS FOR ITALY (Please specify Bosnia in the payment description) Learn For Life Italia OdV Banca: Crèdit Agricole Cariparma IBAN: IT 93 S 06230 02402 000057650664 BIC: CRPP IT 2 P
It’s cooking time!
Welcome to our cooking class in Varanasi. Sakchi Madame is leading today's lesson about restaurant standard cooking skills. Our responsibility? To train and provide monthly salary and free healthcare to all our trainees. Our aim? To manage more food distribution to children and people in need on a daily basis in Varanasi. Coming soon: vocational training dedicated especially to women coming from difficult situations.
Meet the People of LFL
Today we want you to meet two of our former students. Shivani and Aasif! Shivani is 21 years old, and was one of our very first students when the Badi Asha School opened in 2005 (!). She was a brilliant child and it's not surprising at all that she successfully graduated in History and Sociology. Shivani works now in our kindergarten and we are very happy to have her on board in the LFL team. With Aasif we start from today, inside our Organic German Bakeshop in Delhi, where he's mastering his knowledge and professional education in baking. He's worked with us since some time and during the Covid crisis he was in charge of the quality check and control of the food production for the food distribution activities in Varanasi. He joined our vocational training quite early after school, being in need of getting a profession to support his family. We are very glad to have given him this opportunity and we are 100% sure he'll be soon a master baker! Till the next "episode"...
Badi Asha School Update
Fact number 1: we really miss our students! Our school is closed since March but we are trying our best to keep the education process going and to take care of our students and their families. What we are doing: Daily distribution of food rations to our students; Online lessons to middle classes students (free tablets and internet connection); Education kit distribution to small children (class books, colouring books, pencils, colours etc.) Soon starting again: afternoon coaching classes from class 9 to 12! We are really looking forward to be back to normality! In the meantime a few "archive" pictures from last year.
Christmas Time overview
The new year has just started and we would like to thank you all for your support throughout 2020. Especially to all the donors that made a donation for Christmas or that "gifted" it to family and friends. Thanks to your generous contribution we could bring relief and assistance to many people facing great difficulties in these times. So THANK YOU! This is a little overview of what we have done during the Christmas time. Thanks to you we could distribute warm blankets and clothes to people living in the streets of Varanasi and Delhi; thanks to you we donated food supplies to many families facing a big crisis in these times. Furthermore, we could support not only our students and families of the Badi Asha School, but also other children that could not go to school since last March. To them we distributed as well food, books, pens and warm blankets. We want to start this year feeling grateful for the help of friends from all over the world, as well from the Learn for Life Empowerment Project employees, volunteers and collaborating associations. We hope that in 2021 we can continue working with solidarity, compassion and the usual enthusiasm. Together we can do great things!
All three branches organise delegations of members for regular annual visits
to the locations of the projects in India in order to supervise projects
“implementation and make assessments for future projects”
development and steps ahead.