Apr 30, 2020

You can work from home, they cannot

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your support over the years. Now we need you more than ever.

97% of India's workforce is in the informal sector without any consistent income. Migrant construction workers, truck and auto drivers, and other daily wagers are having a hard time trying to bring food on their plates. Anudip with the support of corporates and individuals has already reached out to 40,000+ people to provide daily essentials. However this isn't enough in view of the uncertainly ahead. If you'd like to support this initiative please support us by making a contribution.

Please circulate this report to spread the word and support the cause. Thank you in advance!

Warm regards and stay safe

Dipak Basu

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Jul 17, 2019

Building Resilience in Youth & New Partnerships

Dear Friends,

A lot has happened since our last update.

In last quarter, Anudip secured support from organizations such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and HSBC India. Through these partnerships, Anudip aims to train and place over 3500 youth across three of the most populated states of India over a period of 24-26 months.

Presence of large scale unemployment, lack of penetration of new economy benefits, and stable occupational opportunities, force rural and peri-urban youth to relocate to urban areas, overcrowding the cities and exhausting their resources. Most of these low-income youth from disadvantaged communities are unable to compete with the urban work force due to their education quality, trade knowledge, and absence of corporate awareness. These youngsters are generally dropouts from schools/colleges between the age of 18-25 years and have limited skills to compete with the urban workforce for new economy jobs. Anudip’s programs have been designed to assist such youth to step out of the generational poverty trap, often riddled with financial debts, and avoid social evils like trafficking, insurgency or early marriages.

It is only through placement; development of career path with the help of our training courses (job/trade specific and soft-skills) that Anudip is able to build resilience among youth. Programs’ effectiveness and open feedback from youth have assisted Anudip to understand its strengths and weakness; and develop a customized program that caters to the requirement of the youth making it the most sort after courses among marginalised youth. Needless to say that this has kept us true to our mission as well.

Felicitation at Anudip New Orleans Sheriff’s Day Reporting Center

A commemorative event was held at the New Orleans Sheriff’s Day Reporting Center for award of graduation certificates to the first batch of Anudip students who are under the city’s probation and parole system. There was much to celebrate as the graduating students (100% have secured IT jobs) and an incoming cohort of students were presented to Sheriff Marlin Gusman and Charu Adesnik, Deputy Director of Cisco Foundation. Cisco is the sponsor of Anudip’s New Orleans program.

Anudip's Skilling Model Showcased in IFC's Report

International Financial Corporation (IFC), a sister organization of the World Bank and the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries, promulgated Anudip's digital skilling model in its latest report as one of the best practices on how skills can effectively drive employability and scale in emerging economies. For full report click here.

Thank you for your support and faith in our cause.

Until next time,

Anudip Family

May 2, 2019

Meet Anudip's New CEO

Monisha Banerjee
Monisha Banerjee

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Earlier this month, Dipak Basu, co-founder and a change agent, announced his departure after 12 years of exemplary leadership, to support and grow the work of Jhumki Basu Foundation in the United States. Though he will be actively involved as the Board Chairman of Anudip, his guidance and unwavering support will be missed.

Monisha Banerjee, an Alumna of the Haas Business School, brings with her close to 25 years of broad-based business and programmatic experience with leading educational and skill development entities. During her tenure with Labournet, one of India’s leading skilling organisations, she accelerated the growth in funding for the organisation with her flexible designs to CSR needs. She has an excellent track record in developing innovative solutions to complex problems and driving growth in young organisations. Monisha is a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Education Growth and Research (CEGR), and has co-authored a book on Employability Skills on behalf of CEGR.

On the occasion of Monisha’s elevation to CEO, Dipak Basu said “Our work would not have been possible without the trust and encouragement of our sponsors, our employers, and the efforts of our dedicated staff. I am delighted that the Company is in good hands going forward. Monisha has already made an impact at Anudip as Executive Director. Her decades-long multi-faceted experience, social commitment, and strategic mind-set will be invaluable assets as she assumes Company leadership.”

Anudip is excited that Monisha will be leading our team with Anudip’s vision in mind and continue to serve our marginalised beneficiaries around the world.

 

                                        At Risk Youth Jobs AND How We Succeed

Each year, Anudip sets itself a target to impact the lives of young people from marginalized communities. During 2018-19 Anudip carefully planned and executed changes in program delivery such as introduction of marketing executives as opposed to basic level mobilization, blended learning, better and user friendly information management systems etc. These initiatives allowed the team achieve the highest number of students trained and placed in Anudip’s history in one year –21,791 students. This healthy growth trajectory will keep Anudip on track to growing its annual capacity to of training 100,000+ students in next 3 to 4 years.

Excerpts from my interview with Subhra Bandyopadhyay, VP Operations, who has led the drive to meet Anudip’s expanding targets year after year.

How have you achieved the training numbers?

Understanding organizational need, planning ahead, and execution of the plan on time are the three pillars on which our achievements stand. Meeting the number was a team game which not only included student mobilization but also the entire training life cycle of a student, especially alumni students who are our brand ambassadors. A group of enthusiastic and passionate employees with great zeal for creating social impact; alumni with immense happiness after receiving best in class training and successful livelihood jobs with well-known employer partners; has helped us achieve the training and placement numbers

What kind of innovative ideas on the field have succeeded?

Implementing objectives other than traditional ones was the only innovative ideas that helped succeed in the field. The primary innovations are interactive learning through a blended training curriculum, and a compelling learning management system accessible 24x7 online and offline. Connecting with the community, the one where our beneficiaries come from, was one of our primary practices which included rallies such as collecting funds during the Kerala tragedy, participation in traffic safety and, education weeks, and campaigns such as Clean India - Green India.

Summer and winter camps along with mass career counselling sessions were major hits together with seminars and roadshows.

Plans for the future?

Creating brand ambassadors from alumni network, engaging alumni, providing up-skilling courses based on new economy job roles and dynamic market demands, focusing on references by present and graduated students based on their experience, introducing more global certification aligned courses such as Microsoft Certified Solution Associate, Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and high in demand Cisco Certified courses; industry exposure for aspirants are among plans for future.

Thank you for your support and encouragement to impact as many lives as possible.

 

Until next time!

Anudip Team

Monisha and Subhra with field team
Monisha and Subhra with field team

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