A group of like-minded people, who want to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged by giving their creativity and talent a professional platform, has come up with the idea of the Open Market.
At the Open Market, NGOs from across the region have come together to showcase their unique hand-made products that are in sync with the spirit of Diwali.
City NGO Hamari Kaksha focuses on educating children from poor backgrounds. The facilitators use theatre, dance and art to make learning an enriching and absorbing experience. At the Open Market, the NGO will bring art works in various mediums and techniques created by the children along with planters, book-marks, coasters, diaries, table lamps. “Art is a rewarding way for children to express and learn a range of skills and concepts,” said Anuradha Sharma, director, Hamari Kaksha.
Another NGO, Chhoti Si Asha, strives to create sustainable livelihoods for underprivileged women in the slum areas of Chandigarh. They are running an initiative Stitch-a-living, where slum women are trained to create handbags and home accessories and a market is created for their products. “Each product is a result of perseverance and hard work,’’ said Gagan Chawla of the NGO.
Children’s clothes made by women from minority communities under the umbrella of Sardarni Kartar Kaur Charitable Trust are a result of the NGO’s vision to help women by honing their abilities. “Bumble Bee has been set up to give a platform to these women to sell children’s clothes they create,’’ said Geetanjali Gupta of the NGO.
Samarpan Foundation is a charitable not-for-profit entity, and in Chandigarh, it runs kitchens for underprivileged children, serving them food daily. “We have earrings, key chains, bracelets, decorative hangings, candles… created by our women groups,’’ said Ravee Pandher of the foundation.
Women empowerment is a thrust area for the Phulkari Makers Bassi Pathana, which is keeping alive the tradition of Phulkari. For the Open Market, they have developed hand-embroidered stoles, table-runners, coasters, book-marks.
NGO Jagriti works for empowerment of rural women in the three valleys of Kullu district and develops products from local fruits. The Open Market will be organised at Casa Bella Vista, Sector 10, on October 31 and November 1.