ASSET India Foundation is building a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) center in Forbesgunj, Bihar- close to the India Nepal border. This center will train and employ 100 girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking, children of sex workers and vulnerable girls.
1. The girls will be paid 2000 Rupees per month during the six month training.
2. After training, they will be employed by ASSET partner Ruralshores at 4,200 Rupees per month.
3. Infosys Foundation has donated 100 desk top computers for this project
4. Desi Power is designing a 50 KW Biomass power plant which will use rice husk and wood chips as fuel
5. Desi Power is also designing the center which will which will house the 100 computers.
6. Gates Foundation is interested in using this center for training their field healthcare workers.
7. Insurance and other companies will utilize this center for their document processing.
8. A total of $100,000 ( $50,000 each for the construction of the center and the power plant) has to be raised by ASSET by December 15, 2012.
A special thanks to the donors at GlobalGiving, without whom we would not be able to provide a new life for these girls.
I am very pleased that Lumos Labs, creator of Lumosity (www.lumosity.com) has agreed to partner with ASSET to do a pilot with their highly acclaimed LEAP program. Please see link below:
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110411005703/en/Lumosity-Launches-LEAP-Enhance-Children’s-Education-AccelerateThe program was developed by scientists at Stanford, Columbia, UCSF, Berkeley and Harvard. I believe access to Lumosity will bring tremendous exposure to our work.
We received a donation of 20 desktops and accessories from FirstSource in bangalore. These computers will be used in the new ASSET center in Hubli, Karnataka.
Jim Emerman, Executive Vice President, Civic Ventures has nominated me to be a speaker at the 2013 TED Conference in Long Beach, CA.
The issues that caused cancellation of classes at Prajwala, our partner in Hyderabad have been resolved and the English Helper program training will commence on May 20, 2012.
At our Delhi center, English Helper program was started in February 2012 with 20 female students, all children of sex workers. This center is managed by our partner Apne Aap. Due to some misunderstanding, mothers pulled the girls out of the English Helper classes and only three students are in attendance, We are working diligently to address the problem and get the girls back in the class.
My sincere thanks to all the donors who continue to support our work with their regular monthly contributions
A Very happy New Year to all the ASSET donors and supporters.
Based on the very positive results from the English Helper Pilot project, ASSET India Foundation has entered into an agreement with English Helper (http://englishhelper.com/about_eh.htm) to provide the various modules that will benefit nearly 5,000 girls rescued from sex trafficking at the various centeres in Hyderabad. Similar agreement has been put in place for ASSET students in Kolkata and Delhi as well.
In Mumbai, ASSET will be working in partnership with Kranti ( http://www.kranti-india.org/aboutus ) and Project Crayons which run shelters for children of sex workers. Kranti will be evaluating Akash, a low cost tablet PC as a desktop replacement.
The Forbesgunj BPO project is off to a frustratingly slow start, even though all the important players are on board. The community center in Fotrbesgunj where the BPO will be located is run by our partner Apne Aap. In Forbesgunj, which is on the India-Nepal border, the only income generating opportunity for women is prostitution. The ASSET/Apne Aap BPO is a unique effort to make a difference.
ASSET partner Arunodaya was able to place 100% of the students in jobs after their completion of the training. Please see attached placement report.
It has been a year since ASSET partnerand Prajwala founder Dr. Sunitha Krishnan was on TED. Here is an update from her, a year later: http://www.inktalks.com/talks/sunitha
Also ASSET introduced SMILE Foundation to American India Foundation to take advantage of MAST (Market Aligned Skills Training) program, AIF is training unemployed youth with a 10th-grade education for employment in high growth sectors, matching the demands of local area economies. MAST's goal is to train 1,00,000 youth across India by 2012. Over 61,000 youth have been trained by now with an average job placement rate of 72%. Corporations like Big Bazaar, Westside, Cafe Coffee Day, HDFC Bank Ltd., ICICI Bank Ltd. and numerous call centres and hospitals have recruited MAST graduates. It is our intent to offer MAST training in addition to computer training.
No progress to report on the establishment of a BPO center in Forbesgunj, Bihar where sex trade is the only gainful employment option for girls.
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