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Project Ashakiran (Ray of Hope)

September 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm

This is a schooling project which is run at 3 different locations. The main objective of this project is to provide free education for artisans children. Approximately 220 children are being educated under this project. Around US$ 10000 are spent yearly on this project. The main purpose of this school/project is to educate children at a younger age so that they can receive basic skills like reading and writing. There is a vast economic disparity within the income brackets in India, which creates a roadblock for many young children to get the necessary and or basic education needed to help develop their future. This often leads these children to be classified as “burdens”, through our project we want young children to get the basic education so that they can manage to stand up on their feet. This also encourages poor families to send their young girls to school and keep them away from child labor and prostitution. We hope to develop a hunger for education in these young children attitude.

Project Pyas: Water Filters

March 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Adding to our on-going social project “pyas”, we distributed 10 water filters to Artisans and Staff of Noah’s Ark on 28th Jan 2012. We have received many requests for water filters from artisans and so far we have met almost half of the requests. Many requests keep coming to us but we have always tried to meet this demand for water filters.

Ms. Kathleen Campbell of TTV – USA visited us from 27th to 29th Jan 2012 and we used this opportunity to distribute the water filters by her. The artisans who received the water filters were:  Mohd Shahid (Brass and bell work) , Mod Shanawaj (Brass and aluminium casting) , Shanawaj Hussain (Brass and aluminium work) , Mohd Saleem (Brass and aluminium sheet work and platters) , Mohd Riyaz (Glass mosaic work) , Intizar Hussain (Recycle materials work) and The staff of Noah’s Ark were: Babboo (checker) , Bhupindra (checker) , Veer Singh (checker) , Jameel (repairer).

The total amount spent on these filter was around Rupees 25000 (US$ 500).

“We would like to thank you for your support by buying our beautiful handicrafts and we ensure you that we will continue to improve the living conditions of the marginalised population in the handicraft sector through our work.”

Samuel Masih

Noah’s Ark Silver Jubilee Celebration 2012

March 30, 2012 at 6:48 pm

To mark the 25 years of hard work and commitment, Noah’s Ark celebrated its silver Jubilee on 3rd January 2012. We decided to keep the celebration at our premises and set up the decorations in our factory.  The invitations were sent out to all our artisans and families, especially to our Fair Trade Federation committee india and to all those who helped Noah’s Ark reach this stage.  This was a huge celebration for us, and we ensured everything was professionally done. We called a Patashi group from Rajasthan to perform different cultural dances for our attendees. We appointed a moderator our employee Mrs. Sunita to make announcements in the middle and lead the program in a timely manner.  The program started at 7pm, with an opening prayer from our pastor Rev. Brijesh Mansell, followed by a Welcome from Mr.Julius kumar where he said a few words about this silver jubilee and welcomed everyone. This was followed by a special dance from the children of our sponsored school asha kiran. After the dance a lighting ceremony was held where we invited 10 important people who contributed to the success of Noah’s Ark.  This was followed by a speech from the Director of FTF India, where he explained the meaning of fair trade and gave a few real life experiences to encourage our artisans.  In between many special gifts were presented to Mr Niamat Masih, Mr. Samuel Masih, Mr. Shammi Masih and Mr. Raju Masih from different artisans and employees.  A special combination of dances followed from the patashi group where people really enjoyed their performances. After the dance performances one of our main artisans Mr.Kamrul Hassan had an opportunity to say a few words about his journey with Noah’s Ark. This was followed by two speeches from our employee Harswaroop Singh and Indul Singh where they both said how grateful they were to Noah’s Ark and its commitment to its workers. Another dance performance was held by the Patashi group, after the performance Mr. Ramashanker said a few words about his experience with Noah’s Ark, this was followed by a speech from Mr. Samuel Masih who spoke about Noah’s Ark, how it was started, why it was started, and the future of Noah’s Ark along with a thank you to all those that made this program a success.  Another dance performance was given by the Patashi group. This was followed by a concluding speech from Mr. Niamat Masih, who spoke about the challenges faced before starting Noah’s Ark, the amount of hard work that went in to expand Noah’s Ark and encouraged the employees to be loyal and understand what Noah’s Ark stands for.  The patashi group continued to perform for the attendees while dinner was served (Vegetarian Food Only). After finishing dinner, all the employees and family members went on the roof and lit firecrackers to celebrate this occasion.  The music was played, the employees, members of the family all danced to different songs to show appreciation of hard work.

Noah’s Ark Christmas Celebration 2011

March 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Christmas is the time of sharing and giving. To mark this special festival Noah’s Ark holds a celebration every year for its employees, artisans and relatives. As a token of appreciation for their commitment and hard work Noah’s Ark gives gifts to its employees and holds a luncheon for their families, artisans and our relatives. We also hold a secret Santa between our employees and upper management to increase teamwork, improve open communication and flatten hierarchy. This year on the 25th of December, a special celebration of Christmas was held at our premises. The celebration started at 2pm, with our pastor Rev. Brijesh Mansell started this with a prayer, welcoming our employees, artisans, relatives and speaking a little about why Christmas is celebrated and what it means. This was followed by a little speech by Mr. Samuel Masih explaining why Noah’s Ark does this every year and the meaning of Christmas for our staff.  The presenting of gifts (this year we presented room heaters and iron depending upon job responsibilities) to our staff was initiated and many people appreciated our staff with a round of applause. After the presenting of gifts, lunch was served (Non-Vegetarian and Vegetarian) and approximately 300 people were present in total to take part in this celebration with us.  To mark the end of this celebration secret Santa was organized where staff had the opportunity to exchange gifts amongst themselves and enjoy this special day as a team.