Baal Tailoring Centre
The Tailoring schools are opened in villages where the girls stop their studies early because the High schools are too far from their village. The curriculum created for these tailoring schools include pattern-making, cutting, sewing techniques with hand-stitching machine. The girls are taught to make about thirty different kinds of Indian garments. The teachers are salaried and have been specially trained for this course. The course is provided free of cost to the girls and are provided copies, stationary and even fabric during the apprenticeship. At the end of the course the students have to sit for an examination and the candidates who clear this exam are given a Diploma for successful completion. In all the centres the students are also given an oppurtunity to earn some money after the completion of the course by providing them orders of garments and accessories.
Tailoring Centre, Baal
Khudgoth Tailoring Centre
One of the first Tailoring schools set up in a remote village near Dharamsala, it is about one and a half hour walk from the nearest road.
Tailoring Centre, Naddi
Started in 2003, it is our biggest centre near Dharamsala. Naddi village is situated at the crossroad of valleys. Every year about 18-20 girls enroll in the course.
Tailoring Centre, Khudgoth
The latest tailoring school started in 2006 near Dalhousie. The first batch of 14 students is nearly reaching the end of this course.
Jam Making Unit, Khudgoth
Jam making training unit
The Jam making unit is located in Khudgoth a village about six kilometeres from Dalhousie where we have taken the women trainees selectively from the nearby villages. These women have been selected because they have no bread-earner in their families. The types of jams they are making are local fruit specialities like Rhododendron flowers (edible variety) jam, wild raspberries, wild blackberries, wild barberries, locally grown apricots, plums and citron fruit. Apart from the three women employed, the people from nearby villages also are employed in collection and cleaning up the fruits.
Handicraft Training Centre, Khudgoth
A special workshop has been started with the local youth participating in it, to help them develop an eye and training to make handicrafts from the locally available raw materials like dry flower arrangements from pine, fir cones, hand made fibre paper etc. This workshop is quite useful considering that the village is near a tourist area and has a ready market. About 15 youth are participating on Sundays and holidays. They are encouraged to create new designs, keep accounts and for the older ones in marketing finished products and participating in exhibitions etc.