Baramulla, March 25: In its initiative to reach out to the villages close to the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Manav Uthaan, NGO organized a day- long session with the students and teachers of Middle School, Sultan Dhaki in Uri, district Baramulla. The village is located at a distance of 26 kms from Uri and is connected through a fair weather kacha road, which has come up recently. The distance of the village from the LoC is mere five kilometres and it was fully devastated in 2005 earthquake. There are 186 students in the school but only three class rooms exist. During interaction, the President of the NGO, Seema Mahajan lauded the role of teachers and the parents who were found keen to educate their wards. The morale of the girl students was so encouraging and their interest in learning computers was found to be of a very high order. They requested for providing computer to the school, which will be made available to them shortly by the NGO along with all accessories at the first instance. One more computer will be provided in the month of May, 2017. There was abundant curiosity among the male students for making available sports material to them, which will also be done by the NGO.
Later-on, another programme was held in the evening in the same village, where women of the area were contacted to plan some vocational training for them so that they could make some money to support their families. The women were found keen to get some training and subsequent work in view of the very weak financial condition of the families there. It was found that the educational background of the women is almost nil with a negligible percentage having gone to High School.
Sonia Sharma, a senior member of the NGO who was accompanying the President ensured that the NGO will be making all out efforts to arrange some source of livelihood for the women of the village. Taking note of the living conditions of many families, she assured that the issues will be taken up with the Government and vigorously followed.
Refreshment was distributed to the students, who were found jubilant over the commitments by the NGO. Similarly, the women desired the NGO visit the village regularly and mitigate the problems of the inhabitants. Worthwhile to mention here that the NGO had earlier this month organized a programme for women in village Alleh, Arnia, which was attended by around 200 ladies on the area.