At PROTSAHAN, a young girl is trained in Design & Art, Photography & Cinema, Digital Technology tools and Theatre & Storytelling, she gets equipped holistically to not only decide and pick up a creative skill of her choice but also gets has the understanding of the creative tools to put her knowledge and learning and training into action by churning out into a micro entrepreneur (she could be a teacher running a design school, a photographer (there is a young girl at PROTSAHAN, who wishes to be one, who cannot speak or hear) etc.
Business skills inclusive of digital and financial literacy and setting up of their shops by providing them basic micro loans, form an essential part of the project. For micro loans, we will be tying up with our partner organizations to provide individual assistance to the girls.
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The women in The Masala Project will be given assistance in quality control – my father, Sudhir Pohankar who holds a Masters in food technology and has worked with big corporates like Cadbury and Amul India for over 25 years. He will be heading the quality control of the products and give training to the women. There will be close supervision for two to five years by myself, my father, and Rupa Amolik who is the founder of CMSS in terms of marketing, sales, distribution and advertising.
We are greatly inspired by the Lijjat Papad Model and want to incorporate similar sales and distribution channels. In addition to this, in my field of drama and theatre I have encouraged a lot of young people to come and volunteer with our organization. A small community is slowly starting to develop.
The ILaw ng Tahanan project, undertaken in the Philippines, trains female inmates a set of skills that will allow them to support themselves after they are released. What kinds of crimes are most women convicted of in the Philippines? Normally, is it particularly difficult for them to stand on their own two feet after they are released?
Margarita Gutierrez, ILaw ng Tahanan:
Women confined at the Correctional Institution for Women are considered national prisoners and they are those sentenced to suffer imprisonment of three years to life imprisonment. Most of the crimes the women are convicted of are drug related, mostly non-violent and are poverty-related crimes. It is difficult for them to start a new life after release as most of them suffer long incarceration.
With the current set-up, women sentenced with life imprisonment, Reclusion Perpetua or those adjusted to definite 40 years have to be confined for more than 15 years as minimum requirement before they are considered for recommendation for any form of executive clemency.
By that time, most of inmates have been disowned and forgotten by their families. They are then faced with this fear upon release… 'What am I going to do now?' This project would make the inmates realize that they can still have a bright future ahead of them. They would have their dignity and confidence back, trying to be productive, God-fearing citizens.
The Global Press Institute (GPI), USA is offering a unique journalism training program. What are the prerequisites for this program?
Cristi Hegranes, GPI:
GPI trains women from all walks of life. The only requirements are basic literacy skills and a passion for using the craft of journalism as a tool to change the world by increasing access to information, promoting transparency, and elevating global awareness of some of the world’s most under-covered regions and topics.
(Note: English is not a requirement for this program.)