Community ProgramsI came to rishikesh to start a school, but i couldn't close my eyes to the misery and poverty of the mother's, sister's and brother's of my students. - Shahla Ettefagh, Founder
Women’s Empowerment Program
Teaching tailoring & handicraft to illiterate women in our community and marketing their products.
Since 2009, we’ve trained 265 women, and hired the 25 most vulnerable. Collectively, these 25 women have generated $52,000 in revenue from the sale of their handicrafts, which helps to support their families.
Many of the uneducated women in our community live difficult lives. Every day they face hunger, substandard housing, abuse, lack of good clothes, and an overwhelming feeling of helplessness to overcome their situation. Many of these women are the mothers of the children attending Mother Miracle School. The “Earning While Learning” Women’s Empowerment Program provides the opportunity to learn cooking, baking, tailoring, knitting, and fine crafts. We help to market these products in India and around the world, and 100% of proceeds are reinvested in the program to cover each woman’s salary, operations, and materials.
We welcome volunteers who are talented in knitting, tailoring, or sewing to share their skills with the women in our program. We also appreciate donations towards new sewing machines so that we can hire more women and create an even larger impact.
Vocational Training & Free Computer Institute
Providing young men and women courses in computer literacy & proficiency
Since 2009, we’ve served 1,680 students of whom 92% passed the exam to receive certified government degrees from the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology. Approximately 60% of our graduates are now employed.
Computer Institute courses are offered through the Department of Electronics and Accreditation of Computer Classes (DOEACC) Society. Courses include: Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Access, Adobe PhotoShop, Hardware Networking, Accounting, and Coding.
In the case of some of our students coming from remote rural villages, they come to our program never having seen or used a computer in their life. Despite this, our graduation success rate is extremely high, and more than half are then able to secure well-paying jobs.
We are constantly trying to improve and expand our facility. We welcome volunteers with computer skills and donations that will help us to purchase updated computers.
Computer Institute Graduate Testimonials
Priyanka’s father is a shopkeeper and has trouble supporting his family. Priyanka is a Computer Operator in the State Bank of India, and now earns enough money to support her family’s needs.Priyanka Jethuri
Aashish’s father earns little, so the family was struggling to get by. After completing our computer course, Aashish passed a very tough postal worker exam. His salary now supports two siblings and his parents.Aashish Negi
Rajni’s parents earn very little as lemonade street vendors. Since completing her computer course, she was hired by Mother Miracle as our full-time Accountant. Rajni is now the highest earner in her household and proudly supports her sister and brothers.Rajni Bisht
After her father’s death, Shushma’s family had no source of income. Learning computer skills helped her to pass the competitive police service exam. She now earns enough to support herself and her family.Shushma Kokliyal