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
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!
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
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
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:
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.
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