Nool Koota – Stringing together a difference today and reaching out to the community
Nool Koota has now expanded its scope and the group has taken to creating toys, jewellery, garments and anything else that can be created with yarn. Gradually, a few children and household help have also showed interest in learning to knit and crochet. A domestic worker has earned over 5000/- in the past few months making mufflers, amigurumi toys and coasters.
Teaching the household help to learn new skills which can help in supplementing their income and income generation for others with no employment is in line with Sakshara’s vision, so it has become a good symbiotic relationship with the NGO.
While the Nool Koota is working on new projects, their initial project of providing woollens for the babies continues. Last year (2020) they sent over 40 sets to the Hospital in Jharkhand, and also made some woollen products for the Ashwini Hospital in Gudalur and woollen caps for children at the St. Philomena’s Hospital in Bangalore.
Currently Nool Koota’s Whatsapp group has more than 50 members and most of them are busy creating something or the other with their hands. A core team of 10-12 members meet physically once a week from 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesdays at the Courtyard Koota (post the COVID lockdown they have resumed their meetings in November). Members take turns to conduct workshops to share a particular skill over one or more sessions. The unselfish sharing of knowledge and the pleasure in each other’s achievements is the driving force behind the Nool Koota.
During the pandemic, and the ensuing isolation, the team stopped meeting on a regular basis, but then decided to have some online workshops on long and short embroidery, vegetable dyeing and kawadi quilting. They also met for sessions on basic quilting techniques, filet and mosaic crochet, amongst others.
Recently, a large group made 125 sets of crocheted coasters for GoodEarth. This is going to be one of the gifts created within the community to be given to owners of GoodEarth Medley. The Nool Koota team felt honoured to have been given this opportunity.