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Women brigade working for a cause

HT Correspondent  Jalandar, April 04, 2013
First Published: 18:52 IST(4/4/2013) | Last Updated: 18:53 IST(4/4/2013)

Women from the city's richest families have joined hands to ensure that the less fortunate women are allowed a life of dignity and self-sufficiency.

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Their NGO Aaghaaz focuses on the improvement and uplift of needy women. The NGO has taken upon itself the task to train them and also provide them jobs.

"We provide vocational training to girls in stitching, computers, bag stitching, self grooming and as beauticians, free," said Nidhi Kohli, one of members of the NGO. The group runs courses and also exhibits the particpants work at exhibitions.

"We have more than 50 members of the society, who make monetary contributions. The girls are trained free and are also allowed to keep the earnings and profits earned ," added Pooja Bhatia.

The ten active members of the group include Pooja Bhatia, Nidhi Kohli, Monika Bhatia, Ritu Duggal, Kuldep Ghuman, Shilpa Aggarwal, Vandana Maria, Arun, Kiran Mehta and Neeru Aggarwal.

More than 150 girls are training in vocational skills with the help of the NGO.

"Most girls are part-time domestic helps and other needy girls who are learning skills and earning for their families. We have hired teachers for all the courses," said Pooja.

Women who have been learning the stitching course displayed their work at an exhibition recently, where they displayed bed-linens, table-runners, table clothes, mats, organisers and bags.

Women wanting to pursue free courses can contact 0181-5010011.

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