Dear ACT Champions and Well-wishers!

Summer's high heat has set some of our initiatives on fire! We are delighted to share two amazing stories of Vandana and Akanksha, who have got permanent job offers with a Fortune 500 MNC, after undergoing internships with them. Both girls learned computers and vocational skills with ACT. We are so proud of both of them! Take a look at our impact footprint on women empowerment initiative - Project Saksham. Summer also means the celebration of circular design worldwide and our artisans were recognized for their contribution to making eco-friendly garments! And last but not least, here's the first look at our ACT Women's ACT DEEVA Day Celebrations!

Thank you, dear Donors! These amazing stories of recognition, success and celebration are possible due to your staunch support. Your recurring donations will enable up to uplift more girls and women skywards!

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS - VANDANA & AKANKSHA
Vandana, age 22, is a first generation college graduate and hails from a small town Sultanpur in UP. She joined ACT's Andheri East centre, but expressed an interest in pursuing a professional career after her commerce graduation. She was delighted to have got an opportunity for internship at a Fortune 500 MNC through ACT and our associate NGO, Opportunity Foundation Trust. Six months after working in the 'Order Management' department, she was offered an opportunity to join the company full time, a rare opportunity given to high performing interns. She started working in the 'Transcon' department under the guidance of her mentor Rupal. Her profile and salary improved very quickly and with her first month's earnings, she took her parents and younger sister by airplane from Mumbai to Lucknow, for the first time ever. Her overjoyed parents felt that their daughter is truly a blessing to them and a strong pillar of support for their whole family. Her father, Mr. Chandrashekhar said that Vandana is much more than any son can be and that he is proud to be the father of two girls. In fact, the Sultanpur village community were so inspired by Vandana's education and career growth that following her example, two other girls moved to Mumbai to complete their education and find suitable jobs. Her neighbours too are very proud of Vandana's success and she is a great role model for young adolescent girls within her Sunder Nagar community. She feels that the opportunity she got has opened up the skies for her and is very eager to up-skill herself with fluent English and also invest in insurance for her future well-being.

Akanksha 21, had completed ACT's free Basics of Computers course while pursuing her graduation in 2017-2018. Thereafter, she had just finished her B.Com degree and was looking for a job, when her father suffered a massive heart attack. She set aside all her personal career dreams to take care of her father till he recovered. She felt that she needed to urgently start working to support her household. She was fortunate to be given an internship by Opportunity Foundation and started earning Rs 15000 a month. Her parents were overjoyed and encouraged her to make the most of this huge opportunity. She proved herself within 3 months and got selected for a full time employment by the contractor of the Fortune 500 MNC. Her salary increased and she contributed to her household expenses and also started making investments for the future, with her father's guidance. Today, she is very happy with her progress and continues to study for M.Com and attends college in the morning before heading to work.

We are grateful to Avasar Foundation and Opportunity Foundation, for giving our beneficiary girls such an amazing opportunity which has transformed their lives!

PROJECT SAKSHAM IMPACT FOOTPRINT

Animedh Charitable Trust is grateful for the CSR partnership with IDFC FIRST Bank on Project Saksham since October 2016, and to date 459 underprivileged women have been trained and certified for advanced Tailoring skills enabling them to earn livelihood and become economically empowered! We wish our beneficiaries lasting success in all their endeavours. Together, we can make a bigger difference!!

IDFC FIRST Bank said: On 23rd April 2019, Mr. Pankaj Sanklecha (CFO & Head – Corporate Centre, IDFC FIRST Bank) along with the CSR team at IDFC FIRST Bank, felicitated the women trainees of Project Saksham, on successful completion of the Advanced Tailoring course at Saksham Centre 3, Navi Mumbai. The objective of Project 'Saksham' – which is run in partnership with Animedh Charitable Trust, is to support women from low-income groups residing in urban slums of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai by skilling them in tailoring and linking them to earning opportunities within the garment and fashion industry.

As a token of appreciation, the women trainees gifted the entire team of IDFC FIRST Bank guests, hand-stitched bags crafted by them and expressed immense joy and hopeto be able to start earning and become independent financially.

CELEBRATING CIRCULAR DESIGN
Meet Zaheda, Sangita, Parveen, Kalpana, Bushra and Rajeshri, who along with 50 other artisans create superbly tailored and embroidered clothes for reputed garment partners supporting circular design and up-cycling! ACT is thankful to Fondazione Pianoterra and Project Donna for enabling and empowering these artisans to earn livelihood in such a beautiful way!
ACT DEEVA WOMEN'S DAY CELEBRATIONS

ACT celebrated International Women's Month by felicitating Women achievers at an event in Mumbai on March 28th 2019 in association with our sponsors IDFC FIRST Bank, Pianoterra Onlus & Smile Multiplier. We were joined by many other donors and partners that make a marvelous difference in the lives of our women, who were present in huge numbers to enjoy their special evening. ACT DEEVA recognized those women who have managed to survive the odds, challenged society's norms and inspired millions of other women to follow their path.

IDFC First gave away accomplishment certificates to Project Saksham's graduate trainees (which empowers women to upgrade their skills in a “learn and earn” format), and also sponsored a prize of Rs.10,000 for Vocational Excellence. Celebrity Women of Substance singer Manasi Scott & Asian Games silver medallist Shweta Shervegar also graced the event and motivated the women to dream big and aim high. The evening saw beautiful dance, skit and fashion show performances all conceptualised and executed by and for more than 200 beneficiary women from across ACT centres.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Back to School: Scholarships, Sponsorships and Studies
Impact Report: What Women Want.
Deep Dive: Last mile engagement in 15 tribal villages in Khanvel
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