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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…

  • Empowerment And Education of The Girl Child

    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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Shirin Fatima from MWS

Shirin’s father wants to protect her from the big bad world out there, and get her married so that she can be in the safety of her sasural. But what does Shirin want?

“Main aage badhna chahti hoon… padhna chahti hoon. Shaadi toh karni hai, lekin shaadi main tab hi karoongi jab mujhe job mil jaayegi,” she declares.

Mijwan on a Roll.. Buzzing with Activities

During her short visit to Mijwan, Shabana Azmi took Mijwan Village to a Storm by completing various activties which will benefit Mijwan Girls, Children and villagers in near future. These are:

1. The District Adminstration organised a one day medical camp on 8th August 2016 at the request of Shabana Azmi for all villagers with special emphasis on girls health and mother and child care.

With Doctors at medical Camp in Mijwan

2. A Healthy Baby Competition was also held to encourage parents to understand parameters of healthy - nutrition, weight, immunisation etc. Shabana Azmi gave away the prizes. She also emphasised that health is a right but must also be a responsibility. That simple measures like washing hands with soap frequently, boiling water before drinking, including 4 colours in food - white, yellow, green, red in meals and most importantly timely immunisation will go a long way in ensuring good health.

FEATURED : Silent Minarets Whispering Winds at the T2 terminal of Mumbai International Airport

Silent Minarets Whispering Winds at the T2 terminal of Mumbai International Airport

Mijwan, a hamlet in eastern Uttar Pradesh, is constantly demolishing old mindsets and reinventing itself with fashion, both as a source of income and as a course for the future. The intricate Chikankaari work is the epicenter of this change. Designing for names like Manish Malhotra and Anita Dongre, the women of Mijwan make their debut in the world of art by working on their very first installation that will be exhibited at the T2 international terminal of the Mumbai airport -NDTV (Click to watch the Video)