New Year cards by Bapu Dham girls a hit
Greeting cards with colourful motifs have become popular abroad too
■ CHANDIGARH: Girls between 14 and 18 years, living in Bapu Dham Colony, are ushering in the New Year by designing greeting cards with colourful motifs and sketches of Mahatma Gandhi.
These cards are becoming popular not only in the city, but also abroad, with US ambassador to India Peter Burleigh and under secretary for public diplomacy of US government Ann Stock gifting them to their relatives and friends.
City-based NGO Yuvsatta started this initiative of engaging the girls, who dropped out of school, to design greeting
It feels great to share my knowledge with these girls who will
lead independent lives and then pass on their skills ANURADHA NGO member
cards and handmade products. The NGO is also tutoring the girls in several subjects.
“The aim is to make these girls independent and educated,” Ashwani Kumar, project manager of the initiative, Women’s Initiative Handicraft, said. “While the girls are expressing their creativity by making greeting cards, they are also being taught several subjects after work.”
At present the local library, Kitab Ghar, serves as the workplace of these girls.
Anuradha, who uses one name only, is training these girls in the art of making greeting cards. She has been associated with the NGO for seven years.
“It feels great to share my knowledge with these girls who will lead independent lives and pass on their skills,” Anuradha said. “These girls will soon earn their first salary when clients send in their cheques.”
At present there are seven girls from the colony, who are part of the NGO’S initiative.
The girls Archana, Poonam, Renu, Rupi, Ruksaar, Puja and Mamta, are busy making motifs and drawing pictures of Mahatma Gandhi on the cards.
“I feel happy that our cards are being appreciated in the city, as well as other parts of the country and even abroad,” said Archana.
“Our cards showcase our creativity and bring smiles on the faces of those who receive them as gifts,” said Ruksaar.
Ashwani Kumar said he wanted to rope in local sex workers to become part of the initiative. “The objective is to allow them to display their creativity, so that they can earn their living and leave their current job.”