Pullman Chefs demonstrate Hyderabadi Biryana (posted this week)

Chefs from the Pullman Aerocity Hotel demonstrated cooking of Hyderabadi Biryani as part of their Solidarity Week outreach at the Kamalini new campus. The cooking and housekeeping program is being sponsored by Ayuntamiento Elche with the help of FundacionDASYC with emphasis on good nutrition, health and hygiene. Thanks to the Pullman-Novotel team and the support of Fundacion Bancaja Bankia.


Student groups create business plan

Adding value to the technical skill being acquired, students are also trained in entrepreneurial skills to help them understand the aspects involved. Each group had to present a project by making a product, present strategies of marketing the same as well as do the costs involved. Here are some glimpses of a session themed "Let's do Business" held at Kamalini Campus on Sohna Road.

Running for a cause

Motivated and determined not by the spirit to compete but to help improve lives of many underprivileged women, supporters of Kamalini participated in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon held in November, 2014, inviting donors to sponsor their run. An active Kamalini volunteer, Marian Duran completed the 21K run in 2 hours while Wayne Andrady was the youngest of individual runners who was applauded for dedicating his time towards a noble cause despite his studies. Wayne gathered classmates from Mount St Mary's School to form a Youth Challenger team and garnered support from their past students' association. Some Kamalini students and volunteers of Housekeeping, Computers and Cooking also fielded a Youth Challenger team for the 6K run. Dr. Vero Dinand exceeded her target as Dream Maker running the 21K in her third appearance on behalf of Kamalini. Another individual runner, Claire Komives grabbed a spot among the highest fundraisers in the I-Pledger category. Though it was a test of physical strength for the runners, they knew it would result in positive change for countless people less fortunate than they are. Thank you, Kamalini Dream Team, and thank you, donors!

A day with the Capital IQ team

As a part of its community impact month project, McGraw Hill Financial partnered with Protsahan to extend support for the training activities by providing a grant for equipments and materials for Kamalini Centres. The volunteers from Capital IQ (a venture by McGraw Hill Financial) also conducted a small event for our beneficiaries to formally donate the equipments purchased and hold an activity based session.

Fast food and sweet dish making competition along with embroidery competition in the parallel were the initial activities of the day. The volunteers relished the dishes prepared by students and judged them in their different categories as winners and runner ups. They also showed their keen interest in learning few of the prepared items. Looking at the finesse, design and neatness of the hand embroidery, the participants were judged in their category for the prizes. The winners of the different competitions were awarded certificates and a gift hampers. After a small interval, the volunteers performed a street play thematised on various discriminatory practices and forms of violence against women and the girl child. The aim was to bring out a strong message about gender equality and importance of educating a girl child. Confidence building activity for the students in marketing and entrepreneurship was the following activity where the students displayed and presented products made by them, as a manifestation of their creative learning at Kamalini sessions.The guests actively purchased few items from the students and placed orders for some of those that encouraged the students to promote their skills at a higher scale. The programme ended with a vote of thanks to the volunteers and a small souvenir to them on behalf of Kamalini.

Kamalini Fest with the Alumni

The last weekend of April 2014 witnessed an exciting event at Kamalini Shahpur Jat centre with the former and present students participating in various competitions and bagging winner prizes. Embroidery, singing and dancing were the competition categories in which each participant gave their best performances, showcasing their skills and talent to the audience. The event was witnessed by other Kamalini students, its staff members, some local employers, boutique owners and the councilor of Shahpur Jat, Meenu Panwar, as its guest of honor. Not only the winners were distributed with the prizes, all the participants were gifted Kamalini apparel set as a token of recognition. The vigor of the event instilled a sense of belongingness within the Kamalini students and the alumni.

Visit of Ana Luz Huete, Chairperson of Fundacion DASYC

Kamalini was pleased to welcome the second visit of Ms. Ana Luz Huete, Chairperson of Fundacion DASYC (Spain) last week to evaluate the implementation of several projects that DASYC has supported along with the support of Bancaja for the student Production Centre and the Ayuntamiento de Valencia for the construction of the new campus. Ana Luz was really pleased to visit the construction site and the surrounding villages, to see how Kamalini has grown since her first visit in 2008, to meet the students and teachers, and to lead a brainstorm session with the Kamalini team. Thanks for your time and insights, Ana-Luz! All of us at Kamalini are so grateful for the hard work of so many volunteers and staff of DASYC to raise funds and awareness about Kamalini!

Outstanding Performance by Kamalini Students

To upgrade the skills of our students to meet the industrial needs, Kamalini entered into a partnership with NIIT foundation for certification of the Basic IT course at its Delhi centres in July last year. A total of 24 students enrolled in the first batch of this programme and took an exam for certification in October, 2013. 

This year’s Republic Day was chosen by Kamalini as an occasion to celebrate the success of its students who as the first batch of NIIT certification outshined in their performances. 40 certificates were distributed for different courses, out of which 24 NIIT accredited certificates were given with 2 students being awarded in the category of ‘Outstanding Performance’. Mr. Paramananda commented that this was the first time that NIIT has awarded students with ‘Outstanding Performance’ grade. The event was graced with interesting dance performances by small children and several Kamalini students and the programme concluded with the National Anthem.

Another Kamalini batch appear for Government Certificate Exams

The ninth batch of students enrolled under TECOS for cutting and tailoring and cooking courses took their exams for government certification. A total of 40 students attempted the TECOS exam for the out of which 11 students for cooking course and 29 for cutting and tailoring course. All the students were attempting exams for the first level of their course: Basic Sewing Operator and Assistant cook. The exams were in conducted parts of theory and practical assessment. 
For the cooking practical exam students were asked to prepare different Indian cuisines and desserts. 
For the cutting & tailoring practical exam, students were asked to draft and cut dress patterns as well as showcase different types of stitches. 
All material and ingredients for both cutting and tailoring and cooking practical was provided by Kamalini.

First outstation session imparted by Kamalini

A five day workshop was organized by Kamalini for women working as domestic workers in the city of Ranchi, Jharkhand. Kamalini was invited by The National Domestic Workers’ Movement (NDWM), an organization working with domestic workers, children in domestic work and migrant domestic workers for the past 27 years.

The participants had to be trained in housekeeping and some traditional Indian cuisines.Along with a Kamalini team member, a volunteer from Spain accompanied for the session, who consistently assisted in photo coverage of the entire workshop, bearing her own travel expenses.Training began at 10 am everyday and would end by 3-3.30. The morning sessions comprised of inputs on housekeeping (theory and practical) followed by a 15 minute break after which the cooking session would commence. The entire training was conducted in Hindi language. To make it more participatory, the trainees were divided into groups and each group was involved in activities related to what they learnt to enhance their understanding of the concept.On the last day of the training, 35 women who had attended the training received certificates of participation.

Deloitte conducts workshop as a part of their CSR

A workshop on ‘Importance of personal hygiene for women & adolescent girls’ was conducted by Deloitte on the occasion of their annual Impact Day and as a part of their CSR activity, at Kamalini Kishangarh centre. Six volunteers from Deloitte imparted approximate 5 hour session to 21 Kamalini participants. The workshop began with an introductory session followed by a quiz contest related to aspects of hygiene, for the participants.

After a short refreshment break, a ‘let’s draw’ group activity involved in the form of drawing, poem, slogans etc. and the winning teams were rewarded with token prizes. The HR manager also visited the centre to understand about Kamalini and its work. They also saw the products made by our students (bags and Barbie dresses) and were very impressed with the work.

Kamalini team conducts survey in rural villages around Sohna

In order to study the demographics and educational needs of the people, entire Kamalini team visited different villages adjoining the new campus site, around Sohna in Haryana. Interesting statistics were the implication out of the interaction with 47 people in Haryana villages and 40 women in the urban villages of Delhi. Out of the total, 20% happens to be self employed, 18% are employed outside and 30% are unemployed. Around 21% of the women have higher education, 37% have technical/vocational skills and 12% reported no schooling at all.

People narrated different reasons as obstacle to their aspirations like financial constraints, early marriage, gender discrimination, lack of opportunities, lack of awareness, lack of family support and other factors like safety concerns. There were women who had immense artistic skills but had no market knowledge as to how they could use their skills as a means to their improved livelihoods. Mixed nature of families, joint and nuclear, poor and well-to-do, all reported difficulty in managing household budget and minimal savings. Most of them had hopes with the upcoming Kamalini training centre in their vicinity that would help improve their lives and knowledge with education and skills training

Third International Cooking exam with a renowned jury

A Main Tendue volunteer, Isabelle Lenseigne has been imparting International Cooking lessons at Kamalini Shahpurjat centre and the day for examining the students had arrived. Six students attempted the exams that were divided into two groups and were given a test to prepare the dishes - tapenade, cookies and Bolognese sauce. The judges' panel consisted of Ms. Ceri McGregor from British High Commission, Ms. Pascale Pécheur-Jacquet from Main Tendue and Mrs. Frances Chowdhary from American Women's Association.

The judges had a pleasure to see all 6 young women performing confidently in the exam. They examined their team work as well as their individual knowledge. They evaluated in terms of their skills - organization of things, time management and team interaction. In the end, all the students cleared in their exam of preparing foods that are different from what they are accustomed to.

Kamalini Gathering!

A get together was organized by team & trustees of Kamalini to share with friends and well wishers the progress and future plans of Kamalini. Presentations were given followed by serving of refreshments and dance performance by Kamalini students. The gathering concluded with interactions between the guests and the Kamalini team members (staff, trustees and volunteers).

Awareness session for Kamalini students

An informal awareness workshop was conducted by Mrs. Annie Moraes at Kamalini Kishangarh centre. Annie Moraes newly appointed as the new Member (Finance), Telecom Commission. She is the first IP&TFAS officer to become Member (Finance), Telecom Commission. The 1979 batch officer of IP&TFAS had been serving as Senior DDG (WPF) in the rank of Additional Secretary. She is also a consistent donor and supporter of the Kamalini project.

The main Objective of this workshop was to spread awareness about some of the rights amongst the girls and women of Kamalini. The session began with few queries about the problems faced by the participants and informing them about few government schemes that could be helpful in fetching benefits. The students were explained about the importance of ID proof, Ration card and Adhaar card and how to apply for these credentials. They were told about the facilities provided by the government like treatment facility provided to the physically disabled and the facility of regular pension, bus passes Facility provided to all the school-going and college-going students.

Wrap up workshop for Kamalini trainers

After 5 group coaching sessions that were held over a period of 5 months earlier, a wrap up workshop was held to build up on the learning's and the improvements among the members. The workshop was divided into few sessions and involved activities and tasks which had to be performed either individually or as a team.

An introductory session followed by few other development sessions and a group activity was conducted in the workshop. The participants were also made to prepare a product and make a presentation of the same. The workshop ended with the coach summarizing the learning and experiences and how the participants could further evolve as individual selves.

Annual Kamalini Function on the 66th Independence Day

Another auspicious year and another great occasion to celebrate Kamalini's success with not less than 281 Kamalini students receiving their certificates (78 Kamalini certificates and 203 government certificates). Kamalini once again had its annual celebration addressing the Independence Day '13 and conferring the course completion certificates to its students.

Mrs. Veena Kumari Bhutani, Administrative Officer (Training) - Directorate of Training and Technical Education, government of NCT India and Dr. Sanjay Kumar Managing Trustee, SEWA (Self Employed Women's Association), Delhi were the guests of honor, inaugurating the event. The students and staff actively participated in decorating the venue and perform at the event. A welcome song, cultural & folk dances, a classic parody, patriotic songs and fashion show, were active schedules of the function to showcase the creative talents of the participants.

Kamalini students appear for TECOS exams

The eighth batch of students enrolled under TECOS for cutting and tailoring and cooking courses appeared for their exams for the government certification, a total of 63 students (33 for Cooking and 30 for Cutting & Tailoring).

The exams were in conducted in two parts, theory and practical. For the cooking practical exam students were asked to prepare various Indian dishes and for cutting & tailoring, students were given to draft few dress patterns and few stitches.

Kamalini steps ahead to support the cause of Domestic Workers

Over five crore domestic workers, face vulnerable and unique work conditions, with no defined rights and privilege that any profession should get. Organizations working for domestic workers, trade unions and non-government organizations, have come together on a common platform to take up the campaign for the enactment of a comprehensive central legislation for domestic workers, based on the Constitution of India and the ILO Conventions for domestic workers No.189.
The protest was held near Jantar Mantar where Kamalini representatives were present to support the cause. Folks of domestic workers gathered from every corner of the country, to voice their needs of defined rights and secured work conditions.

Life Skill Session at Ghamdoj Village by EY

As a part of the CSR activity, Ernst and Young conducted a life skills session for young girls and women at Ghamdoj Village in Haryana. There were 10 volunteers from EY and 14 students who were a part of the life skills sessions. The session began with a street play highlighting the prevalent social evils such as alcoholism and problems arising out of it, preference of a male child and discrimination against the female child.After the play, the participants were asked about their learning's and to identify a sense of right and wrong from the session.

They were also given a brief about the importance of budgeting in smooth functioning of a household. They were also given an activity to narrate their aspirations either towards their career or smooth functioning of their household.

Kamalini Outreach Programme at Ghamdoj Village

A one month outreach programme was conducted from late April to end of May 2013, at Ghamdoj village located in the proximity of new Kamalini campus. By the end of the programme, the students had given a presentation of what they learned and gained skills. They were taught Cutting and Tailoring, mainly to prepare their own clothes.

There were 22 students in total who enrolled for the programme out of which 8 were married. The teacher Ms. Rajni was a native of the village and has been teaching C&T for over 12 years. The learners learned how to stitch clothes such as blouse, salwar kameez and small baby frocks as well. They were also taught 5 different types of neck designs.

Fundraising Dinner in Spain for Kamalini

Maria Luz and Esperanza, two Kamalini fans, organized in Madrid a fund-raising dinner for Kamalini among their friends. All the participants shared the enthusiasm for collaborating with the carrying out of this amazing project that will culminate in the completion of the new campus.

"We are convinced that Kamalini is not just a project that contributes to the improvement of social conditions of women in India, but also is a life project, a project for change that will mark the beginning of a new society, where the core values of ​​human beings will be respected. To see Kamalini is to understand that everything is possible, that what began as an idea is now a reality with a unlimited future."

Painting Workshop at Kamalini

Painting classes were conducted by 'Nayi Udaan' at Kamalini centres under the guidance of the art teacher Kajal Panwar, a renowned artist and the owner of Creative Solutions, who taught 'warli art' to our students. It was a two-hour session based on the theme of 'Women Empowerment'.

There were seven volunteers from Nayi Udaan and twenty students from Kamalini Kishangarh centre who participated in the session held on 26th April, 2013. The session at Kamalini Shahpur Jat centre was conducted on 17th May, 2013 with 24 students attending the workshop guided by 3 volunteers and the art teacher.

Check out Nayi Udaan here

TECOS exams for 7th batch

Kamalini students enrolled in the 7th batch under TECOS for Cutting and Tailoring and Cooking courses appeared for their exam after completing their second level of the respective courses: Indian Cuisine (Cooking) and Tailor's Ladies (Cutting and Tailoring). A total of 65 students appeared for the TECOS exam for the government certification.

The exams were conducted in two parts, theory and practical. Students in the cooking course were asked to prepare few Indian cuisines whereas; the Cutting and Tailoring course students were asked to draft and cut out few dress patterns and show sample of various stitches.

Art Exhibit in New York for Kamalini

American Initiatives for Social Development and Artist Maria Jose Puerto are conducting a spring fundraiser art exhibition for Kamalini scheduled for May 8th - 12th, 2013 in New York City.Inspired by nature and sentiment, Ms Puerto's works include abstract profiles that make the landscape, light and colors a new lyrical image. The proceeds from the exhibition support the construction of the new Kamalini campus on Sohna Road.

Ms. Puerto said "with great excitement we collaborate with the Kamalini project, which is turning out to be a clear example of vision and support for the future of women in India. It has been my pleasure to work for the May exhibit in New York and for such a humane and generous cause."

The work of Maria Jose Puerto begins in the objectivity of the horizon, the countryside, earthy colors, the effects of shade or afternoon light from the waters of a lake, the sea, the sky, the mountains and hillsides glowing, or wild mystery lens. Her works resort to a friendly, less aggressive, tamer and sweeter format to trap our eyes and emotions.

We hope all our friends in the New York area can visit the fundraising exhibition, and take this opportunity to purchase beautiful art and support our cause! For more about Maria Jose Puerto and her work please see here

Women's Day Celebration

A day set aside to celebrate women, and what could be grander than Kamalini that aims to Empower Women! On this auspicious day, H.E. Mr. Francois Richier, Ambassador of France to India, Ms. Caroline Cayeux, Senator of Oise, Mayor of Beauvais, Member of the Senate Social Affairs Commission and Secretary of the Senate Delegation for Women Rights and Equality Between Men and Women, and Mr. Rodolphe Monnet, the Counselor for Social Affairs, Health & Labor Issues celebrated International Women's Day with Kamalini members and beneficiaries at the ShahpurJat centre.

The guests of honor visited the training rooms of the Kamalini centre; saw the creative works of the students, tasted the snacks prepared by them and later treated their eyes with the exotic cultural dance performance of the students. The beneficiaries were given a chance to interact with the French delegates and narrated their journey through Kamalini. The French Officials spoke few words of motivation for the students and also promised for a cooking session for them at the French Embassy.

All Kamalini members were enthused from the success of the event.

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