Anudip Foundation for Social Welfare

Anudip's mission is to generate sustainable knowledge-economy livelihoods for underserved rural women and youth, through its market aligned skills training (MAST) program. Through MAST Anudip creates entrepreneur groups among students interested in starting IT-enabled business startups or unable to go for urban jobs for economical or traditional reasons.
Jul 7, 2015

Scaling Anudip

Dear Friends of Anudip,

The last few months have been spent in developing a plan to build Anudip Foiundation into one of India's major nonprofit brands and a ;eader in the skill development sector - without losing its complete focus on hi-need youth and women.

Having quadrupled capacty in the last four years we aim to do it again in the next four, while enhancing earned income and sustainability. We will do this

  1. by bidding for an increasing number of government and CSR projects that fund through reimbursements rather than grants, and
  2. by extensively deploying e-Learning technologies that improve trainer productivity, curriculum quality, and student engagement
  3. by establishing a top-notch team of business unit leaders who are passionate about technology for economic empowerment who will lead the company into the future

Through these three strategies we will increase out annual training capacity from 12,000 today to 50,000 students per year in 2018-19, pushing our cumulative trained numbers past 200,000.

The last few months have also seen estalishment of our Specially-Abled Vocational Education (SAVE) program for persons with diabilities, wherein we have trained around 200 physically and visually challenged young men and women and placed them in corporate IT positions. We are excited about the enormous upside and social impact that can result from SAVE.

Finally our entrepreneirship groups of rural women continue to grow across West Bengal and Odisha state. The photo shows a team of Anudip incubated garment makers at a donor meeting.

With warm regards,

Dipak Basu

Jan 15, 2015

High-Needs Community Training Center Set Up in Delhi

Dear friends and supporters,

We have a wonderful New Year surprise for you!!!

Anudip has launched its first livelihood program for high-needs communities in Delhi. Our partner, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has shown faith in our ability to provide support and address these beneficiaries’ livelihood needs in India. The aim is to assist the unemployed political refugee youth in bringing about a change in their lives as well as pose as agents of change for their society.

This has not only marked Anudip’s program expansion and presence in Northern State of India but has also given us an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of communities in desperate need to be economically independent and who seek holistic development.

Last year at this time, Anudip has brought significant change in the lives of over 100,000 families by providing their children (ages 18 and above) a means to support their families and have a future with dignity through our market aligned skills training and job placements services. Today that number has been increased to over 150,000 individuals. 

We cannot thank you enough for your support and for having in our ability. Your donations helped in providing skills development training to close to a large number of rural students.

Thank you for helping in our fight against economic inequality!!

The Anudip Team

Oct 17, 2014

Business Development in Remote Sundarban

An Anudip classroom
An Anudip classroom

Neeharika Tummala is an in-the-field traveler for GlobalGiving for the India and Bangladesh region.

India is one of the largest producers of engineers in the world. But many of them don’t use those degrees and instead have to retrain to find industry relevant jobs. So you can imagine that the need for industry relevant job training is even more relevant at the grass-roots, where thousands of youth are searching for employment. Anudip is working to bridge that gap by bringing in training and relevant courses to these small towns. I had the opportunity to travel to a small town a few hours away from bustling Kolkatta. Here I found eager students who were working on their English, learning computers and interacting with software developed in-house with video based learning. The batch that I met were newbies so it was interesting to hear their thoughts on the future and where they think they will go after these courses. One thing is for sure – it looked like a hardworking group of students and I loved seeing the eagerness on their faces.

The trip didn’t end there through. An Anudip staff member and I travelled another few hours to get to a much smaller town that is considered the gateway of the Sundarban, a famous tiger sanctuary. There I met a small business owner, who owes his start to the Anudip Foundation and their grant. It’s a modest internet, phone and copy store, but it does good business as it’s the only one of its kind in that town. I had a great time there as we toured around the village, went to the lake on a bullock cart, and met his brother. We talked about his business, entrepreneurship, new technology and continuous learning, which is the spirit of Anudip. I loved seeing this success story in person and I’m so happy that I could bring his story to you! 

Learning through videos
Learning through videos
A glimpse of Anudip Software
A glimpse of Anudip Software
Anudip Entrepreneur
Anudip Entrepreneur
Proud owners
Proud owners
A tour of the village and the Sundarban!
A tour of the village and the Sundarban!

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