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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

KOI TO SOOD CHUKAYE KOI TO ZIMMA LEY
US INQUILAB KA JO AAJ TAK UDHAAR SA HAI
- Kaifi Azmi

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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The tube well to bring relief for farmers at Mijwan

The tube well to bring relief for farmers at Mijwan

In a happy news for the farmers of Mijwan, Bakshpur and Jauma, two deep tube wells for irrigation and farming purpose have been initiated to be built at the behest of Shabana Azmi Ji with the help of UP Government. Shabana Ji was deeply concerned with the problems facing the farmers regarding watering of their farms and crops and she prodded the UP Government for building two tube wells for the farmers. The first tube well would be setup in Mijwan for watering Mijwan and Bakshpur and the second one in the Jauma for Jauma and its surrounding areas. Each tube well would be capable of watering 200 hecteres of land.

MWS expanding its wings

A new Chikankari center Inaugurated at Mubarakpur A new Chikankari center Inaugurated at Mubarakpur

A new Embroidery center inaugurated in Mubarakpur, Azamgarh, U.P. which is famous for the manufacture of "Banarasi Sarees", which are also very popular and exported to many countries in the world. Inauguration has been done by Mr.Ammar Adibi(District President of Samajvadi Party, Azamgarh).

In initial stage around 40 students are taking training of Chikankari. to add an extra skill of this art.

Coming home the family

Coming home the family

Javed Akhtar. Shabana Azmi and Namrat Goyal's October 2015 visit to Mijwan has been historically significant that witnesses her crucial contribution to Mijwan and its surroundings. Activities and schedules that were performed and shown by her as follows: 

On 13 October:

Shabana Azmi along with her husband Javed Akhtar and daughter Namrata Goyal reached Mijwan at 3:00PM. A huge crowd holding garland in their hands and chanting welcoming slogans gathered around her parental home to greet them.

One more step forward for Mijwan

One more step forward for Mijwan

Says  President Shabana Azmi : "Mijwan has the distinction of all women and girls holding bank accounts. Union Bank, Azamgarh was so impressed with our record that they consented to our request for an ATM. All villagers specially girls and women have expressed how much they appreciate this facility because it grants them privacy and saves them standing in long queues at the bank. They have promised to motivate and mobilise people from nearby villages also to use the ATM."