We all have fond memories of playing with toys in our childhood, be it a plastic soldier, remote control car, favorite jigsaw puzzle, or superhero/princess figurine. Children of slum dwellers, street children or kids staying in remote villages often are devoid of this experience altogether. They have to settle for makeshift toys made from tyres, plastic bottle, sticks, rope, etc. whatsoever limited things they have around them.
Education on its own can not foster holistic child development, Toys play a crucial role as well. They help the children in exploring and making sense of the world around them. They boost the child’s imagination and creativity skills. They allow the child to emotionally relate to others through imaginative play and role-playing with friends. When children are feeling distressed, they often find comfort in their favorite toys.
The months and years of hardwork seem all the more worth it, as we see the tensions fade away from the faces of the people and hope fill their eyes. These stories are close to our hearts as they serve as a reminder of the pledge we undertook all those years ago of bringing positive change in the society.
We are happy to introduce to you some of Lakshyam’s exceptionally brilliant and bright kids who have overcome tremendous adversities and powered through it all. Their love for life inspires us to extend the best of resources to them.
Our project Rooh (Awakening Women’s Soul) empowers women to generate self-employment and a means of income through imparting vocational training and professional skills. We help women overcome their worst fears and become independent. They are trained in different fields according to their interests and involved in a variety of activities which include making Handicraft Products. These handmade products are made mostly out of waste and converted to really useful items. For the women making these products is a symbol of pride that they have learned to be on their own and proved themselves that they are self-sufficient.
By purchasing these hand made products you can make a small contribution in raising the spirits and confidence of the less-privileged women who make them specially for us.
The profit that comes from selling these products is given to the women who create it and some of it is utilized in the programs of Lakshyam related to education and empowerment.
Below are some of the Handicraft Products made by women under Lakshyam’s Rooh Program.
These cute doll pencils are created with waste material like katran, gottaprocured from various designers and manufacturing units.
Price – Rs. 75 for a pair
These dolls are also made from otherwise considered waste material like leftover katrans and gotta. These potlis can just carry anything and look awesome with any attire. Women can also use this as a purse.
Price: Rs. 100
Made from waste, these doll magnets are quite fascinating and actually better than machine-made products with synthetic. These products seem kind of vintage and are extremely durable.
Price: Rs. 100 per pair