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End of the Year Celebrations

January 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

With the Christmas season gone, and a New Year starting we want to represent, how Noah’s Ark celebrated this holiday season at its premises. While focusing on the meaning of sharing, thanksgiving, and sacrifice, we tried to relate this meaning of Christmas to our work. To keep ourselves committed to providing ongoing support to our employees, our social projects and increase teamwork, we hosted  special Christmas celebrations, where a program was held at our school  (different performances by young children), followed by a luncheon. A special service was held on Christmas Day at our Factory where  our factory employees were given special gifts to show our appreciation towards their hardwork and emphasize on sharing/giving. After which, a special lunch was held.

To increase teamwork amongst our employees, we held a special gift exchanging ceremony between them, similar to Secret Santa. This was intended to encourage them to build a stronger brotherhood. Noah’s Ark tries to encourage its employees to understand the true meaning of Christmas because we believe that it has changed over the years.

Special Dance performance by School children

 

Noah’s Ark first newsletter

November 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

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Today, we released the first newsletter for Noah’s Ark India, featuring a collection of news from our blog and Facebook as well as a few highlights from the Noah’s Ark International Exports website. A little preview of the newsletter is above, but you can view the full email here. If you enjoy the newsletter, please sign up on the Newsletter sign up bar to the right or by clicking here.

Measuring our impact

October 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Metalwork artisans, Noah's Ark India

In our 2011 Fiscal Year (April 2011-March 2012), Noah’s Ark International Exports dedicated $25,098 (USD) to the social initiatives run through Noah’s Ark Handicrafts and Artisan Welfare Society. You can imagine that this figure makes us quite proud! Noah’s Ark was founded on giving back to the communities we work with, and we continue to make it a top priority of our work.

Each day, Noah’s Ark International Exports provides a sustainable source of income for the artisan groups we work with through the business we receive. With over 49 artisan groups employed, made up of over 500 artisans, we are creating jobs and providing fair wages to an ever-increasing number of people. But we know that our workers need more than just an income to break the cycle of poverty. Based on requests from artisans over the years, Noah’s Ark Handicrafts and Artisan Welfare Society has chosen to focus on education, clean water, health, and capacity building initiatives.

Here are a few bold numbers that demonstrate the impact these initiatives have been able to achieve:

Project Umeed
20 independent artisan workshops established through Noah’s Ark guidance and support
$20,000 (USD) in grants and no– or low– interest loans to artisans for vital equipment purchases and business development

Project Ashakiran
3 schools established and run by Noah’s Ark
225 children educated in 2011-2012 school year alone
$0 cost to families for their children to attend these schools

Project Pyas
10 homes/workshops received water pipe fittings, pump motor and storage tanks to provide continual access to running water
30 water filters distributed to artisans and factory workers
290 estimated workers and family members given access to clean water since 2010 program founding

Project Disha
33 women currently attending the one-year program
100 women trained in the vocational stitching school since 2010 founding

Health Initiatives
650+ workers and family members received free dental, eye and medical screenings in 2012

*All figures current as of October 2012

 

 

Profit Sharing gives back to artisans

October 6, 2012 at 4:34 am

Oct 2012 Profit Sharing Meeting | Noah's Ark

On Thursday night, the sound of rustling chairs, quiet voices, and anticipation filled the second floor of the Noah’s Ark facility. Over 75 attendees – artisans, some with their families, and Noah’s Ark employees – sat in rows waiting for the program to begin. In April 2011, Noah’s Ark International Exports began an initiative for sharing profits with the artisans. Through this program, Noah’s Ark hoped to ensure that each workshop’s artisans saw a direct return on their hard work, a benefit often limited to a workshop’s owner.

In its inaugural year, which ran from April 2011 to March 2012, the program was implemented with ten artisan workshops, five of which were represented at the meeting. Noah’s Ark would pay a 1% cash return based on the total value of goods each workshop produced for Noah’s Ark, to be equally distributed among each respective workshop’s employees. At this week’s meeting, these workers were individually recognized and handed their share. While 1% may seem like an insignificant number, the cash received per worker could equal as much as one month’s wages. Workshop owner Khalil Ahmed was so inspired by the initiative that he added an additional sum from his workshop’s profits into the money received by his employees.