Help Renu, a Sewing Teacher, Empower a Women's Sewing Circle

Generosity and Thankfulness

Why Give to Project Why? #ProjectWhyDelhi #GivingTuesday

26 Nov , 2018  

I am pleased and honored to help spread the word about Project Why, and specifically, the Project Why Women’s Centre at Madanpur Khadar, New Delhi (#ProjectWhyDelhi) A number of us bloggers learned about Project Why just a couple of years ago, through our friend Damyanti Biswas (@damyantiwrites). And now, we are helping raise much needed funds for its vital community programs this #GivingTuesday.

Empower Women, Lift Up Whole Communities

Project Why provides after-school support to underprivileged children, and also works to empower women, so that they can support themselves and their children. Since 2007, over 1000 women have been trained at the women’s centre sewing circle, including Renu, the sewing teacher.

Six years ago, when she joined Project Why, Renu Karotia had lost her home and incurred huge debts. Her husband got retrenched after an incapacitating work accident. After joining the Project Why sewing class, Renu started taking small jobs at home. She then grew into the role of the sewing teacher and began taking pride in her students’ newfound skills.

She is now paying back her debts and knows that she holds the key to her future in her hands. Her children study at the after-school support classes run by Project Why.

Today Renu is looking at developing the skills of her students through a six-month program. This will enable them to find employment in the garment industry. To this end, Project Why urgently needs the following:

Iron 1000/-
Interlocking machine 4400/-
Pico machine 5600/-
Ironing board 2000/-
Cutting table 4000/-
6-month salary for Renu 60,000/-

Total amount needed: 77,000/-  (About $1100 in USD – every donation, big or small, goes a long way, here!)

Why Donate?

Help Renu, a Sewing Teacher, Empower a Women's Sewing Circle

Women are true agents of change and helping them find the means to earn a livelihood goes a long way in transforming the lives of their families. At Project Why, Renu and her students not only practice sewing but also learn to read and write. When women are empowered, domestic violence drops, and subsequent generations find access to better education and ever-greater opportunites.

More Info

Read the Project Why story at

Join the Project Why family by supporting Renu, so she can help women like herself. No amount is too small, and every little bit would help make Renu’s dreams become a reality!

When we educate and empower one woman, we set off a chain reaction that transforms the life of her family and the community she lives in.

(from How can women promote India’s economic development?)

OK, I’m In! How Can I Help, This #GivingTuesday?

Would you Help Renu Empower a Women’s Sewing Circle in Need? If yes, then please visit the fundraising campaign at

Note to US readers and others outside of India: takes American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Stripe and employs SSL encryption technology to ensure the security of your financial transaction. If you prefer to use PayPal or to make your donation tax deductible, see Other Ways to Help, below.

Other Ways to Help

Visit to learn how to make a donation from any country.

If you are in India: Your donation is 50% tax deductible under section 80G, and the entire expense account will be put up on the Project Why website once the amount is raised.

If you are in the U.S., you can also donate to Project Why via Omprakash is a tax-exempt non-profit organization registered under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. They take PayPal.

Sharing is Caring

Last, but not least, please share our posts this week on all your favorite social media sites. November 27 is a global day of giving known as Giving Tuesday, and Project Why is a part of this kindness movement. You’ll find the links to this and others at founder Anouradha Bakshi‘s blog: Would You Help Renu Empower a Sewing Circle in Need? #GivingTuesday #projectwhydelhi Think of the positive impact your gift  and others will have on these women, their families, their communities, and future generations. Every donation, big or small, helps!

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20 Responses

  1. anouradha says:

    Thank you so much. Your support means a lot to us at Project Why. Please do share our campaign on your social media. Hope to see one day at Project Why! God bless

    • I am so very happy to help such a good and worthy cause, Anouradha. I’m thankful that Damyanti brought it to our attention, and that I got to “meet” you through her!

  2. Damyanti says:

    Thanks for all your support, your donation, and your love for Project WHy, Holly. Can’t tellyou how much it means to me.

    • Damyanti, it’s the least I could do. I learned about Project Why through you, when you first blogged about it. I’m glad of an opportunity to support the cause and help spread the word. You are a good and loyal friend and I know that there are good things in store for you. Congratulations again on your upcoming book – books!

  3. Geethica says:

    Sharing has always been helpful. Much more courage to Renu and many more like her. I will surely spread the word as much as I can.

    • Renu sounds like someone I’d love to get to know, judging by the things Damyanti has said about her. At least I can do something to help her establish her class and train other women in skills that will help them to improve their situations! Paying it forward is always a good thing!

  4. Aesha Shah says:

    I hope we can support these women and children to empower them and provide them with better opportunities for growth.

    • It will make such a difference. I don’t know what I’d have done without education and skills training and meaningful work. I love my husband dearly, but I’m so thankful I’m able to contribute and, if necessary, take care of myself. I hope that also sets a good example for my children and, one day, grandchildren. We can’t really have it all, all the time, but we can always do a bit better and with more self-reliance.

  5. Rasheed Hooda says:

    Done and done!
    Donated and shared.
    Thank you for shedding a light on this.

    • Anouradha Bakshi says:

      Thank you so much Holly for your generosity and support. It means the world to us at Project Why! We hope you come and meet Renu and all the team. God bless

      • I would love to, but it’s probably not likely in the next couple of years. Still, I hope that you will give them all my regards – you really started something great, there, Anouradha, and it seems you have a dedicated team to help you carry on the work.

    • Thank you so much, Rasheed!

    • Anouradha Bakshi says:

      Thank you so much Rasheed. God bless

    • Thank you so much, Rasheed! It’s a good cause, founded and run by good people. You can read much more at Damyanti’s blog – I linked to it (her name takes you there in the first paragraphs, where you can find a whole series of posts she’s written about Project Why). So happy to have a chance to help from afar!

  6. Shilpa Garg says:

    Project WHY is a great initiative to empower women. Thanks for sharing about it and Renu’s story. Renu has not only braved tough circumstances to earn a living, but is also empowering others to do the same. More power to her and Project WHY.

    • Paying it forward is such an important thing. Renu is clearly a tough-minded and resilient woman, but now she’s helping lift up others as well as herself, and that is a blessing that will keep on giving.

  7. Rummuser says:

    Doing what I can in India.

  8. Thanks for introducing Renu to us. I hope she meets her goal. More power to her.

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