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.
Anudip Foundation continues to grow in beneficiaries and geographies served. We are fast approaching the 20,000 mark in terms of livelihoods created, with over 100 start up businesses incubated. Here are case studies of two individuals who attended Anudip's entrepreneur course in a new center at Nagendrapur, in West Bengal, India.
The DREAM program at Nagendrapur, has been conducted at a place that received electric power recently. Course was completed with help of an inverter, arranged by our local NGO partner.
Kabita Mondal is a 27 years old Anudip graduate is physically challenged and a mother of two children. She resides in a very remote village of the South Sunderbans region (world’s largest mangrove delta), 165 km from Kolkata. Kabita’s husband takes her to Anudip center for training by bicycle everyday and Kabita dreams of becoming independent. After completing the IT training on Desktop Publishing, she is confident about starting her own venture in her community. She has decided to take equipment support from Anudip for her business and is very busy setting up the business. She finds herself as a new lady everyday in her busy life.
Tulsi Sardar is a 28 year old lady, an Anudipgraduate from a very poor and deprived family background. Tulsi wants to start her own business to offer IT services to the local community. She joined the Anudip course three months ago and is now getting ready with infrastructure to start her business. Tulsi is planning to open a digital studio and silkscreen printing center. After completing the course, she realized the local demand for IT services in her region, for which people today travel 30 to 40km from the village. Tulsi has applied to Anudip for setting up her business and avail of entrepreneurial support and is getting ready with the infrastructure to start her new venture.
Thanks to your contributions, Anudip is growing rapidly and the need for a consulting teacher with English as a Second Language experience has become critical. We have identified such a person, Suzanne Simmons, and need to raise $6000 to enable her to spend six months with us in India.
Please visit this GlobalGiving page for more details and to contribute whatever you can: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/urgent-need-for-job-skills-faculty/
Since our last project report, Anudip has grown to included 85 staff most of whom are faculty members working in difficult rural areas of three Indian states, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha. We crossed the 15,000 mark and have set our sights on training 7500 students in 2103-14. We will also ramp up or rural entrepreneurship program through group enterprises and cooperatives.
Thanks again for all your support.
Happy new year!
Anudip begins 2013 on a high note with its first expansion into a new Indian state, Jharkhand. We are on track to meet our committed training/placement number of 5000 for 2012-13. But the most exciting news is Anudip's receipt of a grant of $60,000 from Bank of America for our entrepreneurship program, which is a testament to our work with the marginalized rural poor.
All programs of Anudip's integrated economic empowerment model -- training, placement, entrepreneurship and projects -- continue on a serious upward swing and our major task as managers is to manage growth.
For a short representative video showcasing an entrepreneur group, trained and incubated by Anudip, please visit this site.
In the current quarter, Anudip will expand into another state, Odisha (formerly Orissa), continuing its commitment to serving the marginalized poor in eastern India, the least served region of the country.
We depend on your continued support, so do make an effort and contribute what you can.
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