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ABOUT THE PROJECT

Operation Sadhbhavana is a development initiative by Indian Army - a non-kinetic effort to mainstream youth in Kashmir by engaging them in constructive activities. One of the key efforts under Sadhbhavana is livelihood enhancement of local communities through Skill Development courses like Fashion Designing, Retail and Hospitality - in alignment with market requirements, so that the youth get an opportunity to enhance their family incomes. This not only empowers them but can also dissuade them from anti - national activities like stone pelting and insurgency - a major national and global challenge. If the young have choices to decide their future, they are likely to adopt those activities / vocations that not only provide them livelihood, but also keeps them and their families safe and out of conflict. Success of peaceful efforts like these can provide a proof of concept for larger policy and action on how to move towards resolution of civil strife and insurgency.

REACHA is the Implementation Agency / NGO of the project at Chinar 9 Jawan Club, Baramulla, under overall supervision of Indian army. ONGC has provided support through its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programme. This is a flagship initiative under Operation Sadhbhavana.

Since April 2016, 240 youth in Fashion Designing (ASSOCHAM Certification), 450 youth in Retail Management (NSDC Certification) and 450 youth in Hospitality (NSDC Certification) trades have been trained at the Club. Overall, about 60-70% youth trained have been able to enhance their livelihood - through jobs, and/or by setting up their own boutiques/entrepreneurship ventures.

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Some eye-opening stories have now begun to come out of Chinar - these can inspire a nation to look for medium to long term solutions for resolving the Kashmir crisis.

"After class 12th, one of my teachers recommended me to join the Chinar 9 Jawan Club. I have always been keen on learning fashion designing and starting my own business. The teachers and staff at the Club were very helpful. Our teacher, Mrs. Harmeet Kaur was very motivating, and she guided us with patience and diligence. Moreover, we were taught computers and English-speaking skills to later become entrepreneurs. After the 6-month training, I opened my own enterprise - 'Khadija Boutique' in the market. It has been two years since then. I started it single handedly and today I work and teach 5-6 other girls who want to earn their own money and be independent. I trained them for free and then hired them to work for me. Now they support their families financially and love their work. I have many clients from my village and nearby places. Everyone knows me in the market. My parents are also happy and proud of my efforts. My gain is much larger than my investment. Not only did I learn to make clothes, but I am also gaining an understanding about how to be a business woman. I dream to bring together more women and girls who wish to be independent. I want to teach them this skill and give them wings to fly. Today, we work as a 5 people team, I dream of making a team of 50 tomorrow and 100 later. I hope one day I can expand my business to other states and then to other countries. I want to bring out the beauty of Kashmir fabric and embroidery to the world. I work tirelessly with the entire team to make clothes for our customers. I wish to learn strategies to expand my business through social media. I have come so far, and I wish to go beyond. " Shafia (Fashion and design student from Chinar 9 Jawan Club)

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CASE STUDIES (FASHION DESIGNING)

Name: Iqra Mehraj

Age: 19 years

Education:10th pass

Batch: 2nd 2019

Domain: Cutting & Sewing

Family Background: I Iqra Mehraj, D/O Gulam Ahmad Wani, R/O Rangwar Baramulla belong to a poor family. My family is based on 07 members including my parents, 03 sisters & 02 brothers. My father is a farmer , my mother a housewife and my siblings are studying.

Before Training: Before training I was hopeless what to do to regulate my family, how to support my siblings in studies etc. Then I came to know about the courses offered in chinar 9 jawan club where I Choose “Cutting and Tailoring” as my vocational domain, because this was the only course which could help me in getting stand on my feet. As I am not much qualified I prefer to choose the said vocational course.

During Training: During training I learnt so many things related to the field of “Cutting and Tailoring”. I came to know different sewing techniques. I also got reasonable command over the stitching and over multiple designing techniques. I also learnt how to cut, stitch, assemble and prepare a beautiful suit. I am highly thankful to my Trainers, Indian Army, ONGC& REACHA who gave me the beautiful opportunity to lead my life in a proper way.

After Training: After getting 6 months of vocational training in “ Cutting and Tailoring” I feel blessed that I am in that position where I can earn a handsome sum. I am in that position where I am getting orders from different people for stitching and designing. I have opened my own shop at my home where I am earning as much that I can support my family.

Support during Covid Pandemic: During the situation of Covid Pandemic, I used to prepare protective face masks to donate and retail for having running atmosphere and distribute it among the community. I believe in keeping myself open for the support of society and for developing myself, reimagining the future for the better and stable tomorrow.

Name: Aamina Ayoob

Age: 18 years

Education: B.A

Batch: 2nd 2019

Domain:Fashion Designing

Family Background: I Aamina Ayoob D/O Mohammad Ayoob R/O Delina Baramulla belong to a poor family. We are 5 family members including me, my parents & 2 brothers. My brothers are studying and my mother is a housewife.

Before Training: Before training I was hopeless what to do & how to lead my life in a proper way, how to support my siblings in studies etc. As I am well qualified but still unemployed. Then I came to know about the courses offered in chinar 9 jawan club where I Choose “Fashion Designinig” as my vocational domain, because this was the only course which could help me in getting my earning.

During Training: During training I learnt so many things about “Fashion Designing”. I came to know different designing techniques. I also got reasonable command over hand Embroidery, Tie & Dye, Fabric painting, etc . I also learnt how to cut, stitch, assemble and prepare a beautiful suit. I am highly thankful to my Trainers, Indian Army, ONGC & REACHA who gave me the beautiful opportunity to lead my life in a proper way.

After Training: After getting 6 months of vocational training in “ Fashion Designing” I feel blessed that I am in that position where I can earn a handsome sum. I am getting orders from different people for stitching and designing different kinds of suits. During Covid-19 pandemic, I used to do tailoring at my home where I am earning as much that I can support my family. I am also planning to open a Boutique after lockdown.

Support During Covid-19: As we all know the repercussions of the novel Coronavirus pandemic is shaking up the whole world, this phase which can last for months and years poses unprecedented economic and social damage for global industries. Retail and manufacturing industries world wide are amongst the worst hit with companies going bankrupt and shutting stores almost overnight. Is such scenario, Fashion is the last thing on people’s mind right now. During this pandemic situation, I used to prepare masks for free to donate in my locality. After that I got orders from neighbouring villages through Auqaaf committees and prepared around 400 masks till and I am doing it continuously and donating it on dail basis as wearing masks have become necessary throughout the country. Parallelly I am also stitching suits and trying not to get my work effected due to Covid-19.

Name: Shabroza Akhter

Age: 20 years

Education: 12th

Batch: 2nd 2019

Domain: Fashion Designing

Family Background: I Shabroza Akhter, D/O Ghulam Mohi-Ud-Din Najar R/O Ijara Boniyar, which is 35 kms away from Chinar 9Jawan Club belong to a family where we are 7 family members including me, my parents & 2 brothers & 2 sisters . My father is not able to earn due to health issues and my mother is a housewife.

Before Training: Before training I was confused & hopeless how to lead my life in a proper way. As I am well qualified but still unemployed. Then I came to know about the courses offered in chinar 9 jawan club where I Choose “Fashion Designing” as my vocational domain.

During Training: During training I learnt so many things about “Fashion Designing”. I came to know different designing techniques. I also got reasonable command over hand Embroidery, Tie & Dye, Fabric painting, etc . I also learnthow to cut, stitch, assemble and prepare a beautiful suit. I am highly thankful to my Trainers, Indian Army, ONGC & REACHA who gave me the beautiful opportunity to lead my life in a proper way.

After Training: After getting 6 months of vocational training in “ Fashion Designing” I got the opportunity to explore my skills and I am in that position where I am able to stand take on my own feet.. I am getting orders from different people for hand embroidery of different kinds of suits. I used to do hand embroidery at my home where I am earning as much that I am highly satisfied at the beginning.

Support During Covid Pandemic: During the World pandemic situation of Covid 19, everyone was frightened and under stress and I was also confused how to earn and how to support as we were going through financial crisis. Then our Chinar Faculty called me and took review of the situation, they motivated me to get up and show support to family and the whole community. REACHA, ONGC also supported us through Indian Army by providing food packets and necessary items in this intense situation. Then, I talked to village community head and other assistants , they provided me the material and I prepared 300 masks and then it was distributed among the people and I also earned a handsome amount. I also used to motivate and cousel my local people which were in my contact with the help of Chinar Faculty who were guiding us continuously and in this we are winning the battle against Covid 19. My sincere gratitude towards Chinar team, Indian Army, REACHA, ONGC for upbringing and supporting us.

Name: Parveena Bano

Age: 19 years

Education: 9th pass

Batch: 2nd 2019

Domain: Cutting Sewing

Family Background: I come from Kanlibagh Baramulla & I belong to a very poor family. My family is based on 05 members including my mother, me, 2 sisters & 1 brother. I have lost my father at a very early age, my mother is a housewife and my siblings are studying.

Before Training: Before training I was hopeless what to do to regulate my family, how to support my siblings in studies etc. as my family was going through a major financial crisis. Then I came to know about the courses offered in Chinar 9Jawan Club when the Faculty came for mobilization to our area , after which I joined Chinar where I choose “Cutting and Tailoring” as my vocational domain, because this was the only course which could help me in getting stand on my feet.

During Training: During the training of 06 months, I learnt so many things related to the field of “Cutting and Tailoring”. I came to know different sewing techniques. I also got reasonable command over the stitching and over multiple designing techniques. I also learnt how to cut, stitch, assemble and prepare a beautiful suit. As our training was almost complete, lockdown started, where I started working at home.

After Training: After getting 6 months of vocational training in “ Cutting and Tailoring” I feel blessed that I am in that position where I can earn a handsome sum. I am in that position where I am getting orders from different people for stitching and designing. I am working at my home where I am earning as much that I can support my family as well as lead my life independently.

Support during Covid-19: As our training was almost complete, lockdown started, where I started working at home. During tough times of Covid-19, it was very tough time for my family as well as for everyone. Firstly, I started preparing protective face masks for my locality .I nearly earn 4500 per month which is a boon to my family in this hour of need. During lockdown, I also stitched the suits of some brides, where I worked very hard and helped them as well as supported my family during these tough times. I am highly thankful to my Trainers, Indian Army, ONGC & REACHA who gave me the beautiful opportunity to lead my life in a proper way, and especially for making me able to generate income for my helpless family.

TESTIMONIALS (FASHION DESIGNING)

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TESTIMONIALS (HOSPITALITY AND RETAIL)

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