Tryst with science at National Science Museum | Financial information is financial power indeed!
“The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.” - Ayn Rand
Tryst with science at National Science Museum
When we established our learning center at Noida, we were shocked to see the state of girl child education. It was an uphill task to convince the parents for enrolling them. They never allowed their daughters to step out of their home. In such a situation, it would not be surprise, if parents refuse to send their daughters for educational trips. This is exactly what happened when Mr. Alam decided to organize an educational trip. A special counseling session was organized for the parents. Our efforts bore fruit as parents agreed.
On November 5th the tour kick started from Sector-10, Noida. Children were first taken to the National Science Museum, Pragati Maidan. Despite huge rush, they patiently awaited their turn. As they entered the museum, they were explained about different inventions and advancement in science and technology that took place over the years. The models of various planets in the space room captured their imagination. They also saw dummies of Dinosaurs depicting different species.
There was a section for “Wild Animals” and another depicting people from different tribes, the way they live and kind of dresses they wear. Thereafter, they were given refreshments and taken to India Gate. They had never seen these places. It was a dream that came true for them.
Financial information is financial power indeed!
Deepalaya Microfinance SHG program has helped thousands of women to come out of the four walls of their house. However, the program may not be able to produce desired results in the absence of adequate bank support. While Deepalaya as an NGO has given a direction to women in rural areas, we have limited resources. Banks and financial institutions like NABARD have enabled us in providing these women more resources, who in turn establish their micro-enterprises.
In order to bring these benefits to their doorstep, NABARD organized a Self Help Group (SHG) Bank linkage workshop, on November 7th, 2015 at our Pataudi office. Due to widespread rural bank network, the SHG-Bank Linkage programme enables them to take additional loans to meet their working capital requirements.
The workshop aimed at providing financial literacy to these women by making them aware about different banking services and various development schemes announced by the government for their empowerment.
Mr. R.C. Nayak LDM, Gurgaon was the chief guest of the workshop. Mr.V.S.Bhatnagar DDM ,NABARD, Mr.R.K.Bhukkal and Mr D C Yadav Manager Grameen Bank Pataudi were also present on the occasion. 135 members from 20 SHGs participated in the workshop. Mr. Brajesh, programme manager welcomed the guests. Thereafter the honourable guests apprised the women about how microfinance SHG leads to their empowerment, how linkages can be established with different banks and what are the basic formalities to be fulfilled. They also apprised them about Jeevan Jyoti Beema Yojna, Suraksha Beema Yojna and Atal Pension Yojna.
The women were encouraged to ask questions which were adequately replied to by the knowledge persons. They also explained the benefits they got after forming SHGs. With pride they said “we do not use the purdah” any more.
The four-hour long workshop came to an end with women explaining the bank representatives the problems they face in a rural area and the kind of product and services that would serve them better.