Made by Survivors | There’s always light at the end of the tunnel!


There’s always light at the end of the tunnel!

30 Aug 2011, by elance programmer in Made By Survivors Programs

Last week I had a good time with my extended family in Boisar shelter home. I had gone to the Mumbai shelter home to follow up on the Made by  Survivors jewelry program which we are conducting since last year, October. It was great to see the level of improvement the girls have gone through. One particular girl, Sonam was apprehensive about the program because she lacked confidence when I met her for the first time. She would barely speak to us and was indifferent. She dreaded that she would not be able to do anything in her life as she lost the meaning of her life after what she had suffered. But this time when I saw her, I was very happy to see her  improvement because she has changed so much since the last time. She takes interest in jewelry making and also has involved herself with different training at the shelter home. When I spoke to her, she told me that the teachers and new friends she has made, have helped her to come out of her shell. Not only that she takes part in the cultural programs and is currently learning Karate. She especially thanked Dianna Badalament, Made By Survivors International Jewelry Director for inspiring her and the NGO which has given her an impetus to remake her life from the scratch. 

The girls are now pretty fast at making jewelry. They are learning time management and getting professional with time. Some of the girls from the program will be appearing for the high school examinations next year. But that hasn’t stop them from continuing with the program. In fact they have divided the classes into two shifts so that the students work during the morning and prepare for their examinations post lunch. They know that Education is compulsory as it is a gateway to achieve their goals and also taking keen interest in jewelry making which would help them to lead an independent life once they are repatriated. It is great to see how the girls are fighting back the trauma that they had gone through and have a positive approach towards life now.
  Chandreyi Basu, Program Manager, Kolkata.

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