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.
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!
Sep 19, 2014

A Kick Start Monsoon

Dipak Basu meeting newly enrolled students
Dipak Basu meeting newly enrolled students

Dear Friends and supporters, we finally did it! As already announced in our last update, we have started an IT enabled skills training center for persons with disability (PwD).

On the path of providing sustainable livelihood solutions to impoverished and disadvantaged groups of our society, Anudip has, with the help of our generous donors, opened two community based new MAST centers in remote areas of South 24 Parganas and Paschim Medinipur. The training will support and promote PwD students over a period of three months where they will be trained in basic IT, workplace readiness and English.

West Bengal alone has more than 20 lakh PwDs; according to the census 2011. Due to a variety of societal barriers, persons with disabilities are over represented among the poor, are more likely than non-disabled persons to be excluded from education, productive employment and decent work, health services, economic and financial resources, infrastructure and participation in all aspects of society. Persons with disability in India face many challenges when looking to develop employable skills and in gaining meaningful employment in conditions of decent work.

Anudip’s plan towards promoting inclusive growth for persons with disability is its step towards scaling up activity. Anudip has opened two centers in two villages in Canning and Balichouk of South 24 Parganas and West Midnapor district respectively. This will be a first initiative towards developing this exclusive program, in which Anudip hopes to reach more and more people to help them in changing their lives for better.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support

Jyoti Singh Chauhan

Business Development Executive

Jun 13, 2014

Anudip Update - June 2014

The new Anudip/iMerit office
The new Anudip/iMerit office

Dear friends and supporters, 

Quite a lot happened here at Anudip Foundation since our last project update. 

Because Anudip’s number of employees is constantly growing, we were searching for a large enough office space able to accommodate us all. We succeeded and together with our social enterprise partner, iMerit Technology Services, we have moved into our new head office in Sector 5 of Salt Lake in Kolkata. Since April we are now neighboring with other IT based companies and enjoying a much more pleasant and productive working atmosphere. 

Besides such administrative progress, we are continuing to extend our projects in order to fulfill our overall mission: creating livelihood opportunities. 

And so I want to briefly highlight our newest project, the Anudip Academy, as well as our just started focus on persons with disabilities. 

The Anudip Academy was launched, in partnership with NetHope, in the town of Baruipur near Kolkata on May 6, 2014. The partnership between Anudip Foundation and NetHope, a global technology alliance of the world’s 40 largest humanitarian organizations, will build on proven skillsets, assets, and experiences. With this project we focus in particular on motivated youth that are university and technical college graduates but need “polishing” to secure full-time employment as IT professionals. Preference is given to underserved populations – women and members of marginalized communities. The goal of our Academy is workforce development by skilling promising youth and women for well-paying jobs as IT professionals. Because of the customized training which meets the very particular needs and requirements of their future employers, our students will leave Anudip Academy as valuable assets to the IT job market. 

To extend Anudip Foundation’s impact on underserved populations, we are additionally working on the design of a project, specifically targeting people with disabilities. In line with our previous experience, we strongly believe that the integration of marginalized groups into the labor market will ensure their dignity, freedom, and independence. Getting in contact with various NGOs, as well as companies offering employment to people with disabilities, we are currently assessing the actual situation on the ground and working on designing a new training project, which will bridge the special needs of disabled people with the requirements of interested companies.

We thank you for your continued support for our work.  

 

With warm regards

Dipak Basu, CEO

Anudip Academy
Anudip Academy's inauguration

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