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    Mijwan - The Village

    Every sixth person in the world lives in India;
    Every sixth Indian lives in the State of Uttar Pradesh;
    Every sixth person in Uttar Pradesh lives in Eastern U.P;
    And Mijwan is in Eastern Uttar Pradesh ;

    And Mijwan needs you…

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    Empowerment And Education of The Girl Child

    Our focus has been gender empowerment though overall personality development with focus on extra curricular activities theatre, dance and craft and computer literacy.

    Several initiatives to encourage students to value the importance of education have been taken.

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    Kaifi Azmi and Mijwan

    Kaifi Azmi was born to a zamindar family in Mijwan, a tiny village in Azamgarh Eastern U.P. He believed that in a country like India where 80% of the population lives in the villages, we will need to empower rural India if real progress is to be made. Towards this objective, he formed an NGO called MIJWAN WELFARE SOCIETY(MWS) in 1993.
    Today, his daughter, renowned actress/activist Shabana Azmi, carries forward the work started by her father along with her goddaughter Namrata Goyal.

  • Mijwan Welfare Society

    Mijwan Welfare Society

    Kaifi Azmi founded MIJWAN WELFARE SOCIETY (MWS), Kaifi Azmi girls inter-college, Kaifi Azmi computer centre , the Sewing and embroidery centre where students are taught stitching and embroidery.

    The objectives of the Society are Employment, Self Reliance, Sustainable Development.

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Mijwan Welfare Society - Shabana Azmi

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Shabana Azmi

Lines from a poem written by my father, the noted Urdu poet, late Kaifi Azmi continue to strike an emotional chord in my heart and inspire me to work with renewed strength for the marginalised sections of our society. Mijwan Welfare Society (MWS) is an NGO founded by my father in 1993 that works for the empowerment of villagers in a small village, Mijwan in Azamgarh UP where he was born. My father believed that India's remarkable economic progress can only be meaningful if it reaches out to rural India, where 80 percent of the population lives but is denied access to opportunity.

After he passed away on 10th May 2002, I have, along with my godchild Namrata Goyal, taken on the task of carrying my father's dream forward by steering MWS which runs:

  1. Kaifi Azmi High School for girls
  2. Kaifi Azmi Inter College for girls
  3. Kaifi Azmi Computer Training Center
  4. Kaifi Azmi Sewing and Tailoring Center

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Namrata Goyal

namrata-goyal-mijwanIt’s time we stop watching this injustice silently and move towards action. It’s time that we stand up against the disparity between the rich and the poor and realize that they have an equal right to life. My heartfelt plea is for all of you to join our movement.

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Manish Malhotra

manish-malhotraI am happy to adopt the Kaifi Azmi Chikankari Centres in Mijwan. I see this not as an act of charity, but a win-win situation for both. The girls get a means of livelihood by which they can negotiate a better position for themselves in a patriarchal society.

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16 year old Gurbaz from USA dreams to set up a Sports Academy in Mijwan

16 year old Gurbaz from USA dreams to set up a Sports Academy in Mijwan

The Kaifi Azmi Sports Academy is not just a dream project - it is soon to be a reality. I along with an amazing team at Mijwan are determined to achieve this lofty goal.

I first came to Mijwan as a 14 year old in the summer of 2014 as President of the Youth Chapter of Home of Hope (HOH) Inc., to start a sports program. I began by holding a summer camp at the Kaifi Azmi Intermediate school to teach Soccer. I didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the great response I received. The girls were very quickly able to pick up the sport and had a lot of fun playing even though they had never seen or played the sport before. Their skill level and confidence was impressive and I was very motivated to take this to the next level. It was an experience that completely changed my perspective. The love and warmth I received from the entire team at Mijwan from the cook Gopal Ji, manager Ashutosh Ji, principal Sameena Ji to the founders Shabana Ji and the youth leader Namrata Ji really motivated me to not only build the sports program but also establish a sports academy that will help find and train India's future sports stars.

Building a Bridge of Opportunities for Well-Being

 स्थानीय तहसील ब्लाक और जिले के प्रसिद्ध प्राप्त गाँव मेजवा मे कुंवर नदी पर बनेगा पुल ।

Kaifi Azmi had a dream for his birthplace Mijwan that he worked relentlessly for. Now, his daughter Shabana Azmi has taken over the baton and is leading the race for Mijwan on the path towards development at high speed. She wants to ensure that Mijwan takes full advantage of all the schemes that the government is making available for small villages in the state. She is knocking on all doors, be it top officials, MLAs, or even the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, and meeting them to provide Mijwan with all those facilities that a village should be enjoying for better living. Proud of her father’s and her own incessant efforts for the development of Mijwan, she brings her friends, from India as well as abroad, on her visits to Mijwan to show them that instead of a small backward village, Mijwan has become a prime example of modernity, with more and more development on its way. Shabana Azmi is working day and night to ensure that Mijwan becomes a model village in the district of Azamgarh.

And she is encountering success at every step.

This year itself, through Shabana Azmi’s efforts, the I-Sparsh scheme was launched in Mijwan, being one of the only two villages in the district to be impacted by the scheme. Under this scheme, toilets and bathrooms have been built in every house, roads are being constructed, and tanks are being built to provide clean water, among other improvements.

And not only Mijwan, Shabana Azmi’s efforts have now begun benefiting adjoining villages as well.

Most recently, a proposal to construct a bridge over the Kunwar River has been passed by the administration. The people of both Mijwan and adjoining Kaneri villages have welcomed this news with joy and applause. Earlier, villagers had to travel 6 kms along the Kunwar River to reach Mijwan. The most adversely affected by this distance were students from Kaneri and nearby villages who were unable to attend the school in Mijwan, which had been opened by Kaifi Azmi to ensure education for each child in district Azamgarh. With the new bridge in place, they will be able to attend school in Mijwan, which will now be just a short distance away. Life will also become easier for the people in the surrounding villages, Jagdishpur, Gobarha, Aspatpur, Khojapur, Bhormau, Gandi, and Jaffarpur. One major advantage will be the straight journey to Sikror market, where the villages regularly go for their basic and other purchases.

The Pradhan of Kaneri, Dharam Yadav, Jagdishpur Pradhan Sigaari, Mansha Yadav, Dinesh Pande, Ram Nivaare Yadav, Banaarsi, Bhuylot Yadav, along with several others have applauded the success of this attempt by Shabana Azmi. They are now looking forward to Shabana Azmi’s next visit to Mijwan, when they plan to give her a grand welcome!

Pradhan Dharam has aptly said that along with Mijwan, Shabana Azmi has taken village Kaneri also under her wing, and they will never be able to repay her.

Shabana Azmi wants no repayment. Mijwan, and surrounding villages, becoming model villages will be the best gift bestowed upon her.

स्थानीय तहसील ब्लाक और जिले के प्रसिद्ध प्राप्त गाँव मेजवा मे कुंवर नदी पर बनेगा पुल

फुलपुर आजमगढ़ 17दिसम्बर | फुलपुर ब्लाक के इस पिछ्डे छोटे से गाँव की तरक्की और खुश हाली के लिए प्रख्यात शायर स्वर्गीय कैफी आजमी ने जो बीड़ा उठाया था ।उनके अधूरे कार्य को पूरा करने के लिए उनकी पुत्री फिल्म अभिनेत्री शबाना आजमी दिन रात एक कर नित प्रतिदिन गाँव को एक अच्छे मुकाम पर पहुँचा कर एक आदर्श गाँव का दर्जा दिलाना चाहती है ।इसमे सफलता भी मिल रही है ।तमाम सुविधाएँ हो जाने के बाद शासन द्वारा चलायी जा रही योजनाओं का लाभ इस छोटे से गाँव मेजवा को दिलवाना चाहती है ।