Noah’s Ark goes to the Dentist

September 29, 2012 at 10:28 am

Noah's Ark sponsors dental exam day for students

Each year, the Noah’s Ark Handicrafts & Artisan Welfare Society hosts several health days for our factory workers, artisans and the students attending the schools run by our Project Ashakiran. Every student or worker receives a free dental examination on an initial screening day, and if necessary, they will receive a follow up appointment on a second treatment day. We are grateful to the 8 dentists from the Teerthker Mahaveer Dental College & Research Center in Moradabad who participated.

In 2012, we hosted a student screening day on 28 March followed by a treatment day on 7 August. Over 175 students participated and received treatment. Each student was given an identity card with their record to be used during future exam days. Of the 175+ students seen, 30 were referred to a local hospital for further treatment.

Student receives dental exam through Noah's Ark India     Student receives dental treatment through Noah's Ark India.

For our factory workers and artisans, dental health days were held on-site at the Noah’s Ark factory on 8 May, 25 May and 14 June. On the initial screening day on 8 May, over 80 artisans and factory workers were seen by the 8 dentists.

Employee Indu receives dental exam through Noah's Ark India     Worker receives dental treatment through Noah's Ark India

Noah’s Ark Handicrafts & Artisan Welfare Society is committed to helping our community of workers, artisans and their families lead healthy lives by providing these dental health days in addition to medical and eye health screenings. Despite the usual discomfort that comes with a visit from the dentist, we are happy to say that there were lots of smiles.

Project Umeed

September 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm

There are times when the artisans don’t have the financial resources to expand their work, even though they are hard working and motivated. This causes many to give up and let the family legacy die while others just indebt themselves with loans from the bank. This is a project for grass root artisans where we provide them infrastructure to work independently. During the last 20 years many artisans have benefited and now have their own workshops. Through this project we show to our artisans that Noah’s Ark is behind them and if they continue to be honest and hardworking they will succeed. Capacity building can be difficult because the artisans need to be trusted as your own finances can be at stake.

Project Pyas

September 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm

This project provides clean drinking water in the artisan’s workshops. We provide water filter systems in artisan’s workshops where there is a lack of clean drinking water. The problem of water has taken a major hit in India, there is usually no running water in india for long periods, which causes concerns with the amount of clean drinking water available. This project was started recently and has been implemented in about 9 workshops and in the next 2 years we hope to expand this into all our artisans’ workshops. The main aim of this project is to supply our artisans’ workshops with water filters and motivate them through workshops/education on the benefits of drinking clean water. Many times people from minority/backward community do not understand the importance of having clean drinking water available. This project is a long term investment as we plan to provide water filters in about 100 different workshops.

Project Disha

September 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

The importance of stitching/tailoring still has a great demand in India. There are people especially women who prefer to get their clothes stitched rather than buy ready made. This made us develop this project keeping in mind the population of young woman. We use our stitching school that currently has 33 females attending as a vessel to create products that are stitching related and utilize these products to provide wages to these females by selling the products created by them. We have not yet started to sell their products as we are developing samples, but we hope to use their skills to help them stand up on their feet individually and be a support for them and their families.