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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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Laurels from Home

 

Laurels from Home

Nothing succeeds better than success at home. Girls of Mijwan Welfare Society were felicitated on 26th January 2014, by Nava Yuvak Kranti Dal (Young Men’s Revolutionary Group) at Phoolpur, amid cheers of thousands present, after their continuous success at various places in India.

Thousands gathered to cheer the girls who became epitome of success and have become local celebrity on the Republic Day of India this year. Crowd present there waited eagerly to see the girls on the stage amid tumultuous applaud and became witness to an event that Founder of MWS Late Kaifi Azmi could not see in his life time. The girls were showered with blessings and gifts.

Leadership workshop in Mijwan

Leadership workshop in MijwanOn the occasion of International Day of the Girlchild a Leadership  workshop was organized at the Kaifi Azmi Inter College for Girls Mijwan by Heena Desai  to provide the girls, the opportunity to participate and build their capacity for leadership and to understand gender, the discrimination and its impact on their over whole wellbeing.

Mijwan Welfare Society in collaboration with Sri Ramanand Saraswati Pustakalaya organized the workshop at Kaifi Azmi Girls Inter College in Mijwan on 10TH and 11TH October, 2013.

The two day workshop witnessed the capabilities of the girls who were venturing into unexplored territories for probably the first time. Group discussions, games, role plays, songs and public appearance have enthused the girls and overwhelmed them with the self-realization and awareness of their own identity.

It was a fun filled exercise which enabled them to identify and understand gender and its impact. Heena Desai emphasised the value of education as a way of freeing the mind and making the girls self-reliant.

Mijwan Girls Communicate With World Beyond

Home of Hope, a charitable organisation started by Indian Expatriates in USA, has always been a source of great strength and support to Mijwan Welfare Society since decades.

Recently, their member Ms. Neeti Sandhu who is also the Team Leader for their latest and unique project EEP - English Empowerment Program visited Mijwan, accompanied by Ms. Anjali Bajaj in July this year to introduce EEP at MWS. It is a step forward in training girls of Mijwan to learn to speak & understand English in an easier way.

MWS is grateful for such innovative idea to empower people of Mijwan. MWS share the dream of HOH to make Mijwan a 100% English speaking Indian village in near future.

Mijwan Sun Rises in Denmark

Denmark-Mijwan Friendship Association LogoA new page was added in the annals of Mijwan Welfare Society. MWS registered its first foot print in Denmark with creation of Denmark Mijwan Friendship Association under the able guidance of Ms. Bente Haulund Madsen.

Bente visited Mijwan in January 2013 and stayed there for seven weeks. She became part of every event and activity while she was in Mijwan. She went back with a resolution to carry the legacy of Late Kaifi Azmi and Ms. Shabana Azmi to Denmark.

Denmark Mijwan Friendship Association was formally and legally formed on June 2nd, 2013 with Ms.Bente Haulund Madsen as Chairpeson of the Board of Directors with Ms. Sonja Salminen as Secretary and Mr. Ripudaman Singh along with 15 more members, to support Mijwan with friendship, cooperation, funding and dissemination of knowledge about Mijwan and Mijwan Welfare Society in Denmark and establish strong bonds between MWS, Mijwan and Denmark. Ms. Shabana Azmi is the Patron of DMFA.