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Rotary Clubs make dreams real for women in Vellore district

P.V.V. Murthi

Reach out to underprivileged women, dropouts, through vocational training

— Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

Empowering:Women undergoing training in embroidery at the MDR-Vocational Training Centre in Old Katpadi.

  

VELLORE: About 60 women including school dropouts and housewives have so far undergone training at the Make Dreams Real (MDR) -Vocational Training Centre established through the efforts of nine Rotary Clubs in Vellore district.

Women trainees were engrossed in embroidery on Monday afternoon at the training centre at Tiruvalam Road in Old Katpadi. “We impart training to them from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday since the timing was convenient for housewives,” said R. Natarajan, former president of the Rotary Club of Vellore North, who was the founder of the training centre, which offered a four-month course to the beneficiaries, who were underprivileged girls, dropouts and poor married women.

Sujitha (19) from Old Katpadi said that she came to the centre to learn tailoring since she wanted to set up a business after completing her course. Renuka Devi (16), who completed X standard last year, but failed, has appeared for the examination in the failed subjects this year. “Though I want to pursue Plus Two and go for higher education, I am learning tailoring in order to acquire an additional skill,” she said.

Kavitha, a housewife said that she wanted to learn tailoring and carry on business.

Thilaka, another housewife said that by acquiring tailoring skills, she hoped not only to stitch the clothes for her and other women family members, but also stitch clothes for others and earn income through self-employment.

Saranya, the tailoring instructor who teaches the students said that on completion of training the beneficiaries would be able to earn a decent income through tailoring in their own homes.

Ms. Thilaka said that there is a good demand from women in Old Katpadi and surrounding areas for stitching blouses and chudidhars.

Mr. Natarajan said that the centre was started in 2008 with the help of the presidents of the Rotary Clubs of Vellore North, Vellore Mid town, Vellore, Vellore South, Vellore Fort, Walajapet, Vaniyambadi Mid Town, Sholinghur and Ranipet SIPCOT. It is currently managed by a governing committee comprising the 2008-2009 presidents of the above clubs, R. Natarajan, K. Ganesan, N. Raghavan, D. Viswanathan, N.P. Thanigaivelan, B. Ramamoorthy, L.S.K. Ramesh, G. Ramamoorthy and S. Rajakumar respectively.

D. Samarasam, advocate and former president of the Rotary Club of Vellore South and K. Pandian, auditor belonging to the Rotary Club of Vellore Mid Town are advisors to the centre.

Mr. Natarajan said that many of the trainees who passed out of the centre have set up business and were earning around Rs.2000 to Rs.4000 per month.

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