On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we thank our partners SEVAI and GRAMIUM, which are working in the evolution of the status of women in India. The women’s emancipation program initiated by our partners is effective as it has triggered a form of “silent revolution” in the villages where it has been implemented. By providing economic power to women, they have acquired professional and managerial responsibilities that have naturally led to an improvement in their self-confidence and access to the decision-making spheres of their community and their families.
In February, DIN’s Foster Homes are equipping new libraries! Thanks to Millar Cameron for their generous participation with shelves, floor mats, cushions … and more than 500 books !! The little ones love having access to a multitude of books and discovering new stories.
It is with great pleasure that we share with you our project “Small Homes, Big Dreams”, finally available on Lilo. Lilo is a search engine similar to Google, which you just need to install to collect drops that you can convert into donation money. We count on you to send us your drops.
“Small Homes, Big Dreams” is a project to welcome street girls from the slums of Bangalore to foster homes offering a healthy and safe living environment. Let’s act together for lasting and equitable change!
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On September 25, 2017, the organization South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE) honored OFI’s work for education in South India by rewarding us the Community Outreach KALAM Award, which recognizes the work of NGOs working for schooling of disadvantaged populations in Andrapradesh, Kerala, Tamilnadu-Pondicherry and Karnataka.
The OFI team wishes to express its gratitude to the OZONE committee for this proof of appreciation of our work!
In partnership with the NGO SEVAI, and with the support of the Hirzel Foundation and the Ali Baba & You association, OFI has undertaken the construction of more than 300 toilets for families living below the poverty line in rural areas of Tamil Nadu. The organization SEVAI, with its experience in the construction of toilets for 20 years, bases its program on a participatory approach. The women, first affected by the lack of sanitary facilities, are playing a important role here! Not only do they actively participate in the construction phase of the toilets, they also serve as ambassadors within families to raise awareness about hygiene practices.
Thank you again to SEVAI for the realization of this ambitious and necessary program!
This month, heavy rain poured into the areas of Tamil Nadu in which we are carrying out a watershed renovation program, in order to face the drought that has lastedfor 3 years. This was the first significant rain in 2 years! The storm filled some of the newly renovated ponds and made the soil of the region looser, thus accelerating the work on the future watersheds.
Many thanks to SEVAI and GRAMIUM, our partners in Tamil Nadu, who are making this vital project possible!
And thank you to the women and men of the villages of the region who participate in the renovation of the watersheds!
OFI’s general meeting will take place on June 17 at 5p.m. at Stéphanie Durand-Gasselin’s, 12 rue de Sèvres 92100 Boulogne Billancourt – code grille A 1962. 3e bâtiment interphone. Tél 01 46 03 54 59.
You are all welcome!
A big change for OFI: For the past two years, we have been welcoming Civic Service volunteers to support our projects. This year, we have obtained a license from the Civic Service Agency to welcome 7 new volunteers in 2017.
It’s a new adventure that begins for OFI!
Our “De Fil a Aiguille” project comes to life thanks to the financial support of one of our donors.
We will be able to buy 10 new sewing machines to equip two training centers in the Karaikal region of Tamil Nadu. This project is part of a program in partnership with the Amisse Foundation which will benefit nearly 1,800 women!
A new program starts for the construction of 100 toilets in Tamil Nadu in partnership with the NGO SEVAI. The toilets will be constructed directly by the beneficiaries of the project.
We thank the association AliBaba and You, which generously supports us to carry out this project.
Our goat farming project financed by the Air Liquide Foundation has just been completed and the results are spectacular: in 1 year, the income of the 48 women who benefited from the project has increased by nearly 60%!
Thanks to a revolving fund system, the project will be able to be replicated in the surrounding villages without the intervention of a new landlord. Thanks to the Air Liquide Foundation for trusting us for this beautiful project.
The volunteer brunch took place on January 22, 2017. The 2016 volunteers shared their stories and experiences: ParisTech students taught computer science and put fifteen computers in working condition. OFI’s new projects were presented. This year, several projects have begun, such as the small homes for children, other projects continue in our schools.
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