Miss Baha wondered how she would help her family afford food and other daily needs. She didn’t have the skills needed to acquire a decent paying job; when she heard about the Jharkhand Computer Institute, she grabbed the opportunity. She didn’t know anything about computers and English was a major challenge. This center was established by GHNI to educate in computer education and English as a tool for income generation in this diverse region of the world.
The center is located in Jharkhand, a province of eastern India comprised of the Santal people where literacy is extremely low.
The Santals are one of the lower castes with little hope of a better future.
At nearly 48% of its population living below the poverty line, it is one of the poorest in all of India.
Working through a six-month curriculum, students earn diplomas in computer application. They can then take an advanced course series to enhance employment opportunities. One 16 year-old woman, who affectionately calls herself Twinkle, expresses confidence gained:
“Here teachers are giving better teaching about the computer. The educational and learning environment is quite good here. Here the teaching facilities are better. We first go through all the theory classes and then do practical. This method helps me a lot to understand whatever I am learning. I am extremely thankful to GHNI who gives us this facility in my home place at Dumka Jharkhand, India.”
Miss Baha, also inspired and determined in her studies, was encouraged by her new skills. She completed the six month course last year motivated by the prospect of getting a government job in her state. Shortly after graduation, she landed a job with the local police in the central jail. Miss Baha is now able to bring home money to help her family break the cycle of poverty. She is so thankful to GHNI for providing the Jharkhand Computer Institute!
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Just one year ago the finishing touches were being put on the House of Ruth, a community center in rural Jordan. Now the center is bringing help and hope to women and children of all ages! The GHNI-Jordan team has more great news in their latest update.
“Several young ladies have successfully made it through one year of English studies at the House of Ruth. They are a foundational class and many of the other students who are now coming are either related to them or are their friends. These young ladies have a positive attitude towards learning and are excited to start a new year at the House of Ruth.
“Hannah, who is a local lady that assists running the House of Ruth, is a very gracious woman from Syria. One of the highlights of her week is when the House of Ruth is open and the students come. She is in our English class for women and is progressing through learning the language. She is very grateful to GHNI for working in her village and she is looking forward to a new year and the work of the House of Ruth.
“With some slight schedule changes the House of Ruth will be run as follows:
- Tuesdays: intermediate girls’ English class; ladies handy craft class.
- Wednesdays: ladies English class; young boys’ English class.
- Saturdays: two classes for young girls.
“We are also looking to add a beginner’s older girls’ class. We are also looking into setting up an adopt-a-student program that will allow for sponsors to adopt a girl in the program and be provided with short updates on the progress of their sponsored student.”