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.
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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Feb 18, 2014

Exciting developments at Anudip

Women
Women's tailoring co-op in south Bengal

Dear friends,

The new year has brought new directions to Anudip Foundations.

In December we celebrated passing the 20,000 student milestone in our march to the target of 150,000 in ten years.

Anudip received a 10 million rupees (US$ 170,000) grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

Our expansion plans now take us beyond the states of West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand into Bihar.

We are beginning to focus our work of providing alternate livelihoods into three of the neediest communities in India:

  1. Tribal and marginalized rural women
  2. Women populations vulnerable to or rescued from trafficking
  3. Insurgent youth in the central part of the country

We are providing IT and traditional skills to these people and placing them in either jobs of large rural co-operatives so that they can make better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

We are piloting new technologies to deploy compelling multimedia training curriculum in classrooms with intermittent elecrical power and internet, inalienable features of our work environments. These technologies simultaneously allow better trainer productivity, improved training quality and consistency, and larger class sizes - all of which will enhance Anudip to finance more of its expenses through earned income, reducing our reliance on grants.

The company celebrated its achievements with picnics, cricket tournaments, and cultural events in Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, and Ranchi, as we looked forward to scaling higher peaks in 2014.

With warm regards

Dipak Basu, CEO

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