Dignity, the training to become self-reliant and thereby, immeasurable confidence has been generated in innumerable women living in abject poverty in the villages of Karnataka by SAMVIT SUDHA® ever since it was founded on the 14th of January, 1999. Based in Shirali - a tiny village in Uttara Kannada (North Kanara) SAMVIT SUDHA® is an exemplary woman-empowerment initiative functioning under the PARIJNAN FOUNDATION® set up by His Holiness Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji, the 11th Mentor of Shri Chitrapur Math®.
SAMVIT SUDHA® FABRIC UNIT was set up as a modest tailoring unit to stitch cloth bags and uniforms for school children in Shirali. The aim of SAMVIT SUDHA® was to give the village- women living below the poverty line a platform to express their creativity and earn the joy of operating a personal bank account and hold their heads high with this new self- esteem, even as they faithfully fulfilled their domestic obligations, as daughters, wives, and mothers.
This unit helps to provide a regular income to the local women in Shirali and around 8 other villages nearby. Over 500 women have been trained so far to create a fascinating variety of world-class gift items designed from exquisite Indian fabrics. Photo options below:
HANDMADE PAPER AND PAPER CONVERSION UNIT In December 2011, under the umbrella of SAMVIT SUDHA®, Parijnan Foundation launched a Go-Green all-woman initiative- the Parijnanashram Handmade Paper Project (HMPP) in Shirali. The girls working here have been trained by volunteers who learnt the craft at the Khadi Village Industries Commission's Handmade Paper Institute at Pune. HMPP is an effort aligned to the Indian economy's pressing need to recycle waste and create paper- a much-needed resource. By using cotton and hosiery waste, which is otherwise dumped in landfills, as the raw material the process is eco-friendly and does not involve any felling of trees. Some of the attractive items created from this handmade paper are - visiting and invitation cards, greeting cards, certificates, gift bags, wire-bound notebooks, gift tags and envelopes, scrapbooks. Photo options below:
The first publication under the Parijnan Foundation®, was released during Pujya Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji’s Ordination day commemoration at Mumbai in February 2009, an aesthetically designed coffee-table book about Dhyana Praveshika and Ashtamurti Upasana. Also published under the SAMVIT SUDHA® banner is a unique series of books for children, called the Parijna series. The unique ‘have fun as you learn’ series of books for children introduced on 1st of March 2014, have been compiled very carefully to make young readers more positive, more sensitive to the needs of others who are less fortunate, proud of their heritage and also protective towards the bounty gifted to them by Mother Nature. The series encourages urban parents to spend quality time with their children by reading the books together and sharing the little lessons for better living hidden in their varied content. Like at Fabric and Paper units, the writers, designers, and editor of PARIJNA BOOKS are all women. Each Parijna Series book- English or Sanskrit, is a delightful combination of a story, word-maze, a fact file, a poem, and a lot more. ‘UTSAVA- 51 Celebrations of the Divine’ is a unique and beautifully illustrated book embellished with shlokas,little stories and snippets associated with the festivals. Fun-filled activity books like ‘Oceans gems’ ‘Arctic Gems’, ‘Desert Gems’ encourages a child to explore his/her imagination and also delve into creative writing.
The project imparts Vocational Training to the mothers of the severely mentally challenged children of Swami Parijnanashram Educational and Vocational Centre for the Handicapped, Virar, Mumbai. While the children attend school, the mothers of these special children spend their waiting time making these products upcycled from newspapers. This provides a much-needed distraction from the day- to- day challenges faced by them and enables them to utilize their time gainfully.