Dec 27, 2017

Progress Report of YEP Oct - Dec, 2017

Counselling Session
Counselling Session

Employability Programme for Youth in Slums

 

Unemployment is one of the major problems faced by youth in India. Saath noticed that there are many youngsters in Gujarat who have dropped out of schools to earn livelihood. But they don’t have enough skills, so to get the solution for this issue Saath started employability programs, not only in Gujarat but also in Jharkhand and Bihar. 

Objectives of the Programme:

 

  • To train disadvantaged youth, aged 18-30 years, between 180 - 300 hours and ensure they are placed and try to support of them in relevant jobs with assurance of minimum wages and opportunity for career advancement

 

  • To introduce minimum three innovations that would directly impact retention, skill enhancement, and program sustainability

 

Report Duration: October 2017 – December 2017

Introduction about Programs:

 

The sector has been divided into formal and non-formal trainings:

 

1)      Formal training program:  Udaan

2)      Informal training program:  Nirman

3)      Informal training program for Women: Women at Work

Udaan:

 Udaan program provides livelihood training to youth from vulnerable backgrounds and give them an equal opportunity to employability. The courses selected for the programs are also a result of market research and need assessment program from the community itself. The courses that are currently offered in this program are as follows:

  • Beauty Parlour
  • Retail Management
  • Career and Workplace Skills

 

The entire above mentioned program is for entry level jobs. Placement assistance is also provided to the trainees.

Nirman:

Nirman program addresses the training needs of people in the informal sector. Practical and theoretical training is provided which enhance their skills and capabilities to get better incomes. The courses that are currently offered in this program are as follows:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrician
  • Masonry
  • Welding

SAATH has collaborated with American India Foundation and Ambuja Cement Foundation as they both are well known for their qualitative and effective work. They use their expertise in providing opportunity to impart training about safety standards.

Women @ Work:

 Saath started new skill development and enhancement program to empower young women and focus on non-traditional job options which will have an inclusion of micro-entrepreneurship, life skills and technology components to aid them in setting up their own businesses if they choose. In the case of adolescent girls below 18 years, there will be a STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) and Life-skills Module, through which they recreate interest in science stream also this programme, will help them in re-enrolling back to school.

  • Electrician
  • Mobile Repairing
  • STEM

 

Activities during the month:

1)     Counselling of students: Counselling of students was done at Udaan programme’s vocational training centres of Isanpur and Ghodasar. Main aim of this exercise is to know students preferences pertaining to the available jobs also to counsel them to join job. Around 20 students participated in the process.

 

 2)      Exposure Visit to a post office:  Under Udaan’s Beauty parlour trade, Beautyparlour students of Ghodasar and Isanpur center visited Rambuag post office on 10th of october to know more about  financial management and various types of savings and deposit schemes. Around 20 students participated during the visit.

  

3)      Workplace Readiness Session:  A session on how to appear for the interview and moc session was conducted in Ghodasar by Volunteer from Canada Ms. Barbara and Monitoring Manager, Mr. Kunal. A total of 25 students participated in the session.

 

4)      Lifeskills Session:  Life skill session on Human rights was taken by our Life skill trainer Ms. Hansaben.  A total of 24 students participated.

 

 5)      Expert lecture: An in-depth combine batch (Mason and Electrical) session on how to make water tank and water proofing was taken by Civil engineer, Mr. Hasmukhbhai was organised at Nirman’s Meghaninagar center. A total of 28 students actively participated in the session. Same session was taken by him on 29th November at Isanpur center, where 18 students participated

6)      Teachers training workshop: Under Women@Work programme, two days STEM teacher’s training were organized at Saath Head office on 18th and 19th September with an aim to enhance and build the capacity of newly joined staff so that they can easily implement new STEM project and workbook activity with the adolescent girls.

 

7)      Exposure visit to Construction site:  Under Nirman programme, exposure visit to a construction site (Ramesh Bunglow, Panchvati) was organized in Kalol. Students were exposed to various intricacies of Mason trades. Students also learned about how commercially on a large scale all the process are being implemented. 17 students participated in the visit.

 

 

8)      Area awareness programme:  Area awareness programmes were organised at Meghaninagar, Isanpur and Kalol areas. Mobilizers of the Nirman programme gave information about the skill enhancement Nirman programme and its overall benefits.

 

9)      Self defence workshop: Self defence workshop was organized by Women@Work team with an association of Suraksha Setu Society on 30th Nov’17.  The students of beauty parlour, mobile repairing and STEM were participated in this workshop whereas they learnt how to protect themself with the help of  readily available things such as Dupatta, Key, Pen, etc and with use of helpline number 181. 

 

                                                             Success Stories

 

 Name:           Krishna Patel (Name Changed)

Contact no.: 8320812724

Center:         Raipur Darwaja

DOB:            09/04/1992

Education:   10th

Batch no.:    3

 

Krishna Patel is living with her daughter, grandmother and uncle. Her mother had committed suicide when she was 2 years old and her father died in an accident after 3 years of her mother’s death. She then lived with her aunt for 15 years.  She got married in the year 2012. There, she used to live with her husband and in-laws. After 6-7 months of her married life, her family members started torturing her mentally. She started being depressed most of the time. Her husband did not let her talk to anybody, including her grandmother. But somehow she managed to stay with them till November, 2016. Then, she decided to take divorce with her husband as the situation was no more tolerable for her.

 She came to know about the Centre through pamphlets and joined the program in December 2016. In the initial days of her training, she used to sit in the corner and does not talk to anybody. Gradually, she started conversing with her faculty and later on with her batch mates. During her training, she enjoyed all the activities like client consultation, market surveys, etc.. She found pedicure and waxing, the easiest things and facial, the toughest thing to learn.

Now, Krishna is earning by opening her own parlour in her home. She earns around Rs.4000-5000/- per month. Once her daughter will be about 5 years old, she will start finding a job as a beautician and will continue her own parlour too.

Krishna Patel says, “ I had lost all my hope when I came back home. I don’t know how to thank all those people who are involved in the formulation of this Centre. I am ready to take all my responsibilities and even to face difficulties. I joined this Centre for the purpose of earning money by learning the techniques of a beautician but after 4 months, I have not only learned the course but also, I have learned to be happy and spirited.

 

 Name                   : -           Thakor Kishan Ashokbhai (Name Changed)

Address                : -           Mayur Nagar Soc.,

                                             Laxmipura Gam,

                                             Padra Road, Vadodara

Contact No.        : -           8320020368

Center Name      : -           Akshar Chowk Center

Course Name     : -           Retail Management (Skill to Succeed)

Batch no.             : -           7

Batch Duration: -              22/7/2017 to 21/10/2017

 

Kishan comes from a middle class family of 6 people (father, mother and two sisters). Both sisters are married. Kishan’s Father works as a driver and his monthly income is Rs. 3000/- where as his mother is a housewife. Due to family’s poor economic condition he could not pursue his education beyond 12th standard.

Kishan wanted to help his father in running the house so he started applying for jobs and gave interviews but was not successful as he didn’t had enough skills that can give him a good respectable job. One day on the way back from market to home, he met Sunilbhai and Ranjitkaka they gave information of Udaan and assured him of placement after the completion of training. After detail discussion with Sunilbhai and Ranjitkaka, kishan decided to visit the center. After visiting the center and interacting with the faculty he finally decided to join the course.

Talking about his experience, kishan says, “I needed a course which enhances my skills and retail management course has provided me the much needed skills and confidence. I learned basic English, lifeskills and basic computers. Guest lectures and practical activities helped me in building up my confidence level and remove my stage fear. After training they provided me placement at Bajajfinance personal loan department as a salesman. Now I earn around 10,000 and can now support my father in household expenses. I am thankful to the whole team of Saath for running such a wonderful programme for youth.

Road Show
Road Show
Self Defense Workshop
Self Defense Workshop
Financial Literacy Session
Financial Literacy Session

Attachments:
Dec 4, 2017

CFS Progress Report September - November, 2017

Children's Day Celebration
Children's Day Celebration

SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.

  • Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals. 
  • Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour informal education course with an aim to later enroll the child labourers, children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME

The main and objective of this programme is to reach the child labourers and children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self-sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.

 

Art & Craft Workshops:

  • It was Diwali time and to thank all our supporters, children from our centers decorated diyas and made greeting cards. Two day workshop was held by volunteers from Thomson Reuters.
  • A jewelry making workshop was held for two weeks, where children learnt and made jewelry. Later on we held an exhibition for the same and children sold them and bought Diwali goodies from the sale money.
  • Ahmedabad circle, group of young entrepreneurs of Ahmedabad, took 100 children from different centers for movie screening. Children loved watching the movie and enjoyed popcorn and coke.
  • Marriott Hotel, Ahmedabad took 15 children to Ahmedabad Zoo. Children had fun time there and enjoyed the lunch provided by Marriott
  • In association with approach Foundation, children experienced shopping experience. An exhibition was set up, where children were given fake money and they were asked to shop for them and their families in that budget.
  • About 50 children from three centres were taken for a film screening at Alpha One mall.
  • Two Art workshops were conducted by Sky Blue Institute, 60 children were attended the workshop. Here children learnt different colouring techniques and made beautiful greeting cards. Saath is going to use these cards as Seasons’s Greetings.
  • 35 children visited Vastrapur lake amusement park. It was organized by KPMG. Together they enjoyed rides and had snacks.

Exposure Visits:

Teacher Centric Activities:

  • Every month teachers’ monitoring meeting is organized at Saath office. This turns out to be a good learning opportunity for all the teachers. They discuss their centre specific achievements and challenges, which are resolved by sharing and brain storming.
  • A senior member of the children’s programme was invited to share her experiences at a state level RTE convention.

Health and Hygiene

  • Every quarter health check-ups are done and growth record is maintained. Their height and weight are measured and maintained on monthly basis.
  • A health check-up was conducted in October, 2017 for the children of construction workers. The malnourished children are given supplements to bring their health to normal level.
  • Hand washing is a practice that is stressed upon and followed daily. Teacher ensure that each and every child when enter the class and before eating wash his/her hands

 

 

 

Interns and Volunteers

  • We had an intern Barbara (name changed) from Canada who came to India to work with these children for one week. She taught children Alphabets in English and educate them on hygiene. She also distributed hygiene kits to the children of Rajyash center.   

 

 

Donation

  • Mr. Shashank Shah celebrated his son’s birthday at Godrej Garden City center. He donated sports kits for the children, which included cricket set, footballs, tennis set, badminton sets etc.
  • The developer of Makarba site celebrated his birthday with the children and cut the cake with them.
  • Employees of Marriott Hotel distributed lunch at CFS centers to celebrate their Associates Week.

Festival Celebration

  • Diwali festival was celebrated at all CFS centers. Volunteers from different organizations came and celebrated the festival with them. Some got sweet meats for the children and some did art-craft activities with them.
  • 14th November is celebrated as children’s day and we at Saath also had major celebration for them. Centers were decorated with balloons and special lunch was served to all the children.

 

SUCCESS STORY

                                                           Canadian enlightened in India!

The donation from GlobalGiving really helped in spreading information about India’s program abroad. It helps in volunteers from foreign countries coming to our country and learning about the problems so as to suggest appropriate solutions for the same as well as to experience problems in the developing countries. One such story is of Barbara who left India with a heavy heart as well as with hope and positivity when she mingled with the innocent and ambitious children from the Child Friendly Spaces of Saath.  Barbara (name changed) had come to India because she wanted to experience the plight of the poor children here as well as she wanted to know how the child friendly spaces help the children in building their livelihoods and giving them hope for the future. Barabara visited a child friendly space in Ahmedabad. The picture there was very interesting. The children were sated in groups and some were tired and also sleeping. The teacher was facilitating the children to read the alphabets from the board. The children were shouting the alphabets loudly. They were very excited to learn something new and looked very passionate. When enquired about the background of these children, these children came from very margalinsed backgrounds. Their parents were either laborers or peasants and some of them also did not have both their parents. These children were therefore deprived of the basic necessities of life. Of all these children Barbara got attracted to Aartis (name changed) story. Aarti was indeed a very different girl. Aarti lives in the nearby slum areas of the child friendly spaces. She is a very bright girl and what differentiates her from the others is that she wants to do something in life and she is very focused and positive at this early age of hers. She is very passionate about attending the CFS every day and her teacher told us that she is the brightest in the class and has a very good ambition of doing something in life. What is very special about her is that even though she comes from the same socio-economic and cultural background like the other people she is very confident and positive in life. After speaking to her, Barbara was so much interested and inspired that she went to see where this girl lives. Aarti lives in a shack with her mother and several siblings. Her father is an alcoholic and seldom cares for his children. Among all the siblings, Aarti and one of her brother only are regular students to the CFS. Barabara was so excited to see these children and she also distributed some hygiene packs to the students. She was very impressed by Aartis story and said that she wants to write about her. This story itself suggests that behind all the gloomy situations in life, there is a space for hope and positivity and within this space only do people build their lives. 

Craft Activity
Craft Activity
Teachers' Training
Teachers' Training
Exposure Visit to Zoo
Exposure Visit to Zoo
Birthday Celebration
Birthday Celebration

Attachments:
Sep 25, 2017

Progress Report of YEP - July-September, 2017

Suresh - Success Story
Suresh - Success Story

Employability Programme for Youth in Slums

Unemployment is one of the major problems faced by youth in India. Saath noticed that there are many youngsters in Gujarat who have dropped out of schools to earn livelihood. But they don’t have enough skills, so to get the solution for this issue Saath started employability programs, not only in Gujarat but also in Jharkhand and Bihar. 

Objectives of the Programme:

  1. To train disadvantaged youth, aged 18-30 years, between 180 - 300 hours and ensure they are placed and try to support of them in relevant jobs with assurance of minimum wages and opportunity for career advancement
  2. To introduce minimum three innovations that would directly impact retention, skill enhancement, and program sustainability

 

Report Duration: July 2017 – September 2017

Introduction about Programs:

The sector has been divided into formal and non-formal trainings:

  1. Formal training program:
  • Udaan
  1. Informal training program:
  • Nirman
  1. Informal training program for Women:
  • Women at Work

  

Udaan:

Udaan program provides livelihood training to youth from vulnerable backgrounds and give them an equal opportunity to employability. The courses selected for the programs are also a result of market research and need assessment program from the community itself. The courses that are currently offered in this program are as follows:

  • Beauty Parlour
  • Retail Management
  • Career and Workplace Skills

The entire above mentioned program is for entry level jobs. Placement assistance is also provided to the trainees.

Nirman:

Nirman program addresses the training needs of people in the informal sector. Practical and theoretical training is provided which enhance their skills and capabilities to get better incomes. The courses that are currently offered in this program are as follows:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrician
  • Masonry
  • Welding

SAATH has collaborated with American India Foundation and Ambuja Cement Foundation as they both are well known for their qualitative and effective work. They use their expertise in providing opportunity to impart training about safety standards.

  

Women @ Work:

Saath started new skill development and enhancement program to empower young women and focus on non-traditional job options which will have an inclusion of micro-entrepreneurship, life skills and technology components to aid them in setting up their own businesses if they choose. In the case of adolescent girls below 18 years, there will be a STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) and Life-skills Module, through which they recreate interest in science stream also this programme, will help them in re-enrolling back to school.

  • Electrician
  • Mobile Repairing

Activities:

 

  • Under Women@Work programme, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities were initiated at Amit High School, Odhav. Main aim behind conducting STEM based activities is to recreate the interest of science among the girls so that they further pursue education in that particular stream. As majority of parents of these girls thinks that science stream is not for the girls and they can only take Arts or commerce stream as a career option.

 

  • A six days Training of Trainers (TOT) life-skill workshop was organised at Ghodasar center. A total of 11 faculties and centre coordinators from Women @Work, Godrej Salon-i and Udaan programme participated in the TOT. Sessions on Goal setting, SWOT analysis, Gender and safety, Women’s rights were scheduled followed by activities and discussions on the same.
  • A one day health camp was organised at Ghodasar center, free basic health checkup and medicines were provided to poor residents and students associated with Saath.  More than 100 people availed benefit from the healthcamp. Students played an important role in mobilising the local residents to the health camp.

 

  • Lifeskills sessions were carried out at vocational training centres in Ahmedabad, Nadiad and Baroda. Focus of the session was on Goal setting, micro entrepreneurship and women rights.  More than 250 trainees participated in the session. Through these sessions a level of awareness was created among the girls pertaining to their career goals and basic rights. As most of the girls comes from poor socio-economic background they are not aware of their basic rights.
  • To create awareness regarding importance of identification and legal documents such as Adhaar card, Pan card, Passport, Bank account etc sessions of Urban Resource Centre (URC) were organised at the Udaan trainings centers of Isanpur and Ghodasar center. Total 60 students from trades such as beauty parlour, retail management participated and understood the importance of identification and legal documents. They also understood how important it is to open a bank account and maintain savings. They were made aware that these documents can help them avail many other government benefits for them as well as their families.

  

Guest Lectures& Visitors at Centre

 

  • Mr. Hasmukhbhai, (Civil Engineer) took an informative session on RCC construction and types of plastering at Nirman centers of Meghaninagar and Trikampura. He also talked about the current market trends in commercial construction.
  • A lecture on skin and hair care was organised by Amway at Udaan centers of Meghaninagar, Isanpur and Ghodasar. Amway representative practically demonstrated how to take care of your skin and hair after the demonstration she did a skin and hair checkups of the students. A total of 80 students attended the session.

 

 

Celebration

  • Saath believes in participation of students at every level and boosting their confidence by celebrating various days at the center so in that context Teacher’s day was celebrated by STEM programme’s girls of Women@Work programme at Amit High school, Odhav. Adolescent girls took Mathematics and Science classes.
  •  Teacher's day was also celebrated at Aksharchowk center, Baroda.  A total of 15 students participated and gave lectures on different topics.  To encourage students it was decided to give price to the three best performing teachers. Judging was done by our previous year students. Prizes were distributed to the best of three students also consolation prices were given to remaining students who participated in the celebration.

Exposure Visits

 

  • All the batches of informal sector workers are taken to a site in Nikol area of Ahmedabad to broaden their perspective on the field of work they are in. They were explained about how concealed wiring is done at commercial construction site with the help of pipe and spring.
  • As a part of the exposure visit, 30 Retail students of Aksharchowk center, Baroda went to Bigbazar retail mall. HR person of the mall provided information to the students regarding different section, processes, product categories, rules and regulations regarding jobs and safety measures taken at the mall.

  Success Story:

 

.Suresh Thakor (name changed) is 26 and studied up to class 7. He belongs to Mokhasan village of Kalol. He stays with his parents, wife, children and a brother. Their family income is Rs. 15,000. His father used to work as a welder and that is how he came into the same field. He used to work as a helper and earned Rs. 150 per day. He would do small tasks such as joint welding and other menial tasks. He did not find any opportunity to learn other skills.

 

One day he came in contact with the mobiliser of Nirman team. Mobiliser gave him information pertaining to various courses of Nirman including welding course.

He enrolled for the training with an aim to get more knowledge, skills and work. Talking about his training experience, he says, “I used to get random work as a helper but that work was not fixed. There were days when I didn’t get any work as a helper so during those days I used to work as a Hamal (those who carry loads). I was really interested in welding and was very keen to learn the skills, but find no one who could teach me other skills in welding work. But Nirman training has provided me the opportunity through which  I learn about types of welding, calculating estimates, welding of mixed metals, gas welding. I also learnt how to make grill, staircase, windows, etc. which I did not know earlier. Apart from this, I have started saving in a bank. I usually save Rs. 200-300 per month. With all the skills, I am now able to earn Rs. 11,000 per month.”

Activities conducted in Amit School
Activities conducted in Amit School
Women at Work
Women at Work
Exposure Visit of Nirman Program
Exposure Visit of Nirman Program
Medical Camp
Medical Camp

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