SWF has undertaken some activities to consider the social needs-
a) Organize open conferences, conventions, seminars, symposia, debates, study-circles in different levels nationally or internationally to propagate the ‘Universal Ideas’ and to disseminate the ideas relevant to the present day problems confronting humanity at large.
b) Print and publish newsletters, brochures, souvenirs, magazines and books to highlights the news and ideological views of the Society and to set up libraries on the aforesaid matters in the society at large.
c) To use modern technology i.e. website, blogs, facebook, e-papers etc. to highlights the news and ideological views of the Society.
d) To organize Training for social awareness, education and capacity building services in various forms to achieve a sustainable development of community people through self-reliant with promotional activities
SWF also organize training and workshop in regards to women, girls and working children education, gradual elimination of child labor, Gender sensitiveness.
Establishing nonformal education center for adult literacy and also formal education establishing primary schools etc. that is, constructing buildings, training for local teachers and providing educational materials, salaries etc. and also help the poor students.
SWF’s health service focus is on enhancing complemented health service system by engaging in capacity building of health workers, facilitating effective and sustainable water and sanitation practices, the establishment of community managed ‘satellite clinics’, prevention of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS, and cancer care and mental health care.
For health care, health care center will be established and the program will be taken to improve access to family planning, to improve nutritional and health status of child and mother through MCH activities and campaign to promote health education program. Also, organize and manage nursing ¶-medical course training.
Meditation is an essential tool for self-transformation and spiritual development. One of the goals of Sankar Welfare Foundation is to make meditation available to all people free of charge throughout the world. Specially trained teachers give personal instruction in the process of Yoga- meditation, but you can try a simple technique for yourself now:
Meditation- (Initial stage):
Find a comfortable place on the floor and sit with your legs crossed. Place your hands one on top of the other in your lap, keep your back straight, eyes closed and tongue on the roof of the mouth. Your breathing should be calm and relaxed, feel that it is coming not from the chest, but from your navel area.
Now imagine that you are sitting in the most peaceful place on the earth that you can think of. Feel that you are sitting there in complete peace. Now think, your mind as a mental point and keep it between your eye-brow.Now imagine infinite consciousness is surrounding you in every direction. Feel that you are completely surrounded by that infinite entity, and now start calling that supreme entity saying BABA with your breathing from the core of your heart.
Baba means “beloved”. It refers to your deepest self: the Supreme Self, the source of infinite peace, happiness and universal love. Think of the meaning as you’re repeating it, and feel the infinite peace and happiness all around you and within you. Continue it as long as you like, then open your eyes.
Benefits of Meditation:
-Meditation gives rest our body as deep sleep twice a day- as a result, energy increases and high blood-pressure decreases.
-It helps to protect and cure all the Stress-related diseases.
-It increases mental concentration, firmness, self-confidence and mental peace.
-It helps to protect the youth from their bad tendencies of life.
-It helps mind and active part of nerve-cells to get enough rest. So one can take proper decision and work in calm and cool mind. As a result, it increases technique and productive capacity of those who are in services, businesses etc. different fields of works. Nowadays it is called “YOGA-ECONOMICS”
-It expands mind i.e. all the narrowness, inferiority complexes etc. gradually removed from the mind. One can boldly face all the situation in life, even if worst situation comes.
-In all the situation one can keep oneself calm and quite. In family life, one can live in joy and peacefully adjusting with all others.
-In individual life, get self-satisfaction and self-realisation.
Guidelines for meditation:
• Don’t worry if you have trouble concentrating – it’s normal. It takes some time and practice to be able to focus on the one thought. Every time you realize your mind has wandered away from the mantra, concentrate on it again – it will get easier the more you do it. The main thing is to keep practicing, and really try to tap into the flow of the ideation.
• Don’t meditate sitting on a chair or on your bed – you are likely to get too relaxed to concentrate. Instead, sit cross-legged on the floor in a peaceful place where nobody will disturb you. Sit on a blanket or mat, and keep it only for your meditation. If you have trouble sitting cross-legged, put some cushions under you so your backside is higher off the ground. That will take some of the pressure off your legs, and help keep your back straight. Avoid resting your back against the wall.
• Refresh yourself with cool water before you start.
• Meditate twice a day – in the morning before breakfast, and in the evening before dinner. Each time is important, to get your mind and body used to it.
• Repeat the mantra throughout the rest of the day. That will give you a continual feeling of lightness and happiness, and make it easier to meditate.
The practices of Yoga Sadhana encompass a wide range of techniques for physical, mental and spiritual development, the central practice being meditation. Meditation means to look within your mind to feel the bliss that is the essence of your existence. That bliss is within you, just as it is within everybody and everything.
SWF’s experiences and strength in Skills development Training:
SWF has long experiences in the area of skills training and offering skill development training courses to the unemployed and underemployed youth in both rural and urban settings since 2011. SWF has so far implemented a number of projects providing skills training and post-training support services for employment mostly in the domestic and overseas market.
Over years, SWF established a number of training centers and facilities in rural and urban context with appropriate equipment and training packages. A set of professional trainers and instructors are deployed to those centers to conduct courses and hands-on skills training. The current skills development courses are catering the needs of both formal and informal sectors of employment. In the formal sector, SWF has developed specialized courses for the export-oriented garments knit & woven and Sweater industries. In line with the organizational perspective plan (2006-15), aiming at improved living conditions of the targeted population, as a process of expanding the span of skills development programs has been considered as a viable approach.
The present interventions include running a) Institute of technical and vocational education and training, the diploma on various technical disciplines, b) vocational training institutes for urban working children and adolescents offering basic trade courses, c) community-based skill training centers offering short courses and para-trade courses for the poor women and unemployed youths. Besides, a number of skill-based educational and training materials, both print and audio-visual, have been developed which are being used in various GO, NGO projects for imparting income-generation training. Along with providing training, SWF provides employment support services including providing micro-credit support or linking-up with other credit institutions.
SWF is now implementing and providing vocational skill training in collaboration with other projects, NGOs and donors providing skill development training to HTR graduated children under UNICEF (2011), garment workers and supervisors under GIZ support (from Oct 07-Jan 2011), urban working children (from 2012), urban street children and working children (from 2012), P-CAR project beneficiaries (from 2011), drug-addicted patients under FHI supported project (from 2012), trafficking victims under WINROCK supported projects’ beneficiaries (from 2012)
Moreover, SWF successfully accomplished the following skill development training projects like Literacy and skill training for Rickshaw Pullers for alternative employment under UNESCO (2011), Skill training for urban street children under ARISE project (2011-2013), Skill development training program for Worst Form of Child Labour (WFCL) under ILO-IPEC (2011-2012), and Skill development for Promotion of Bangladeshi Exports in EU countries under EC support (2006-2007). In addition, vocational skills training SWF imparted life skill training in the curricula to develop skills on non-technical skills- health, labors laws & rights, safety, communications and negotiation skills, entrepreneurship skills etc. SWF has been incorporated Life Skill topics in the vocational training curricula. SWF has also developed the Life Skill training manual for the facilitators in 2011 under UNICEF support.
SWF’s experiences and strength in RMG Skills development Training:
From 2011 SWF has taken initiatives to develop skilled workers of Ready Made Garment sector in Dhaka and Gazipur districts. Under the financial and technical support of GIZ and continued up to January 2013 after that SWF has been implementing this project named “Skills Development training for Garment Workers” with part of the financial support of Güldenpfennig GmbH from February 2013.
The skills development training program has been well appreciated by the employers of the RMG sector as well as the community people for giving a viable training support to the poor and disadvantaged adolescents and youths who never could have such opportunity. SWF has the yearly capacity to provide RMG skilled operators & Mid-level Managers/ floor supervisor training for 2500 targeted people (about 70% Female) where 98% were placed in the job directly as RMG sector workforces. As a continuation SWF undertaken this project for training to the disadvantaged people on RMG operator courses and to place the job in RMG factories as skilled RMG machine operators and some of them are as Floor supervisors/Mid-level managers at different Garment and Sweater Industries with partial support from American Buyer Knights Apparel.
The project is aimed at empowering especially the young and underprivileged women by providing technical and social skills to improve their employment opportunity, income and upgrade social status as well as to benefit employers through the improved performance by creating a number of skilled operators for Ready Made Garment sector.
The project targeted and given priorities to the unemployed and underemployed adolescents and youths between the age group 18 to 25 years who are from ultra poor, disadvantaged, disabled and women headed families, many of who are unskilled or retrenched garment workers living in urban slums came from remote coastal and rural areas.
SWF Vocational Training Institutes are well furnished, decorated and equipped with necessary types of machinery and tools. SWF trying to ensure one machine to each participant to develop skills as competitive and quality garment operators by procuring new modern RMG Machines.
The RMG training offers 3 (three) training courses designed for 3 types of garment manufacturing industries (garment trades).
Legal /Human Rights and Social Justice:
In Human Rights & Social Justice sector, SWF’s major focus is to mobilize communities to stand up for their social and human rights in the broadest sense including the right to live in a safe and peaceful environment, gender rights, and child rights. Besides, SWF joins policy dialogue on related issues at the national level.
To establish Human Rights SWF has taken the program to educate the common mass to bring social awareness regarding Human Rights and Law. And also to give legal assistance to the poor and suppressed section in the society to establish their Human Rights.
The Research and Policy Advocacy Division of SWF provides support services for research, program evaluation and policy advocacy activities of the organization. The division also conducts research and project related activities for other national and international organizations as consultancy services. In policy advocacy role it works in collaboration with other organization at national, regional and international levels. The Division has its own full-time or part-time (when necessary) professional staff and supports services. Occasionally, it draws upon the expertise of external resource persons.
Policy advocacy activities concentrated on two major areas; one, literacy and the other youth development. The research study findings were prepared for sharing with a wider audience of representatives from GOs, NGOs, civil society organizations, social activists, research personnel, and development partners. Initiatives were taken to establish and up-hold contact with authorities and agencies at various levels to promote action programs and policy changes.
SWF will respond with cash and kinds to any natural or man-made calamities that strike in Bangladesh according to its capacity and also take the rehabilitation programs.