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We need your help to build villages and transform lives.
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    Young women and children

    from Nainital

Why we decided to do this 
Despite the high rate of literacy in Uttarakhand (79%), there are scarce employment opportunities in the State especially in poorly resourced villages. This is one of the dominant reasons why 47% of the young people in the villages in Uttarakhand are migrating in search of employment opportunities.Unfortunately, it is mostly male youth that migrate and young women are left back in the villages where there is no opportunity for them to fulfil their aspirations. There are many young girls like Pooja, Deepti and Sheetal who have completed their undergraduate studies and know stitching, painting or knitting but do not know how to leverage these to earn a livelihood.
Seeing the immense potential in so many young girls who are passionate about Kumaoni art form, Aipan and proudly talk of their work with all the people who visit their homes, made us want to create an opportunity for them.We asked ourselves, what can we do in order to take their talent forward to build a sustainable livelihood for them and a ray of hope for so many more youth in their village? How do we empower villages to create an ecosystem that fosters development?

This gave birth to our two-fold plan, firstly to support young women realise their aspirations in the village itself so we build an ecosystem that has multiple examples of young girls changing the status quo. Secondly to infuse in the minds of children that they can have a future in the village without migrating if they learn how to problem solve and develop self-created opportunities. We want to develop a steady stream of change makers in the village who are willing to take the plunge to develop their villages.

What we intend to achieve
Mountain Village Foundation intends to help curb this migratory trend as well as the impact it is having on the cultural and social changes in the lives of those people left behind in the villages, who are mostly children, women and the elderly. We will support children to develop a mind-set that helps them see how they can create opportunities for themselves within the village. For young women we intend to provide skill development training so they can enhance their present learning and move towards financial security.  We will re-orient their thinking through a well thought out skill development and educational program, so they become initiators and leaders in bringing their communities together and working towards growth and development.

One entrepreneur in every village
As part of Project Prarambh, we will be working with young women like Pooja and Sheetal from villages to train and build their skills in hand-painted wall art and cards depicting local art forms, crocheting and knitting well designed woollen clothing. We will build entrepreneurial skills in these girls and other women as they have expressed a desire to lead developmental projects in the village if they are provided an opportunity. Giving young girls this opportunity can make them competent in creating marketable products in the short term and in the long term even start a small enterprise. Read more about Prarambh HERE

Creating a pipeline of long term change makers
Our survey shows that most young people do not know ways to problem solve for developmental changes in their villages. Our work with village children will therefore focus on guiding them so they learn to participate as equal members in community development. The Little Entrepreneurs program aims to support children between the ages 9-12 to start their own projects towards village development. The program will impart skills like problem solving and collaboration and build a mind-set to support community needs and build opportunities of growth for everyone. Read more about the program  HERE

Why we need contributions 
While we have designed our programs and are set to roll, we have had to slow down as our funds are insufficient to take the programs through to their successful completion.Through your support and the contributions you make we will be able to ensure that the programs reach their fruition. Your support will give an added push to our efforts, as even a small contribution made by you, is a step forward in fulfilling the small dreams of these economically disadvantaged children and young girls. All of this money will help us to sustain 6 months of operations at least in 3 villages, impacting 60 children and 16 women. 

Lending a helping hand will surely pin a smile on the faces of these children and young women as they will be so much closer to seeing their dreams come true. Their happiness will be double fold when they realise that they are not only fulfilling their personal aspirations of rising above their present situation but are also helping the entire village to dream big and move towards development.

How we will utilize your contributions
21 % will be spent on specific skill development training for young girls
17% will go into setting up a media lab and running an educational program for children
16% will be spent on purchasing raw material for local handicraft and design book for children’s projects
20% will be spent on running the program, curriculum design, community engagement and administrative costs
26% will be spent on women’s wages and seed funding for individual projects

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