Bringing livelihood to 1200 poor rural youth

by Society for Poor People Development (SPPD)
Bringing livelihood to 1200 poor rural youth
Bringing livelihood to 1200 poor rural youth
Bringing livelihood to 1200 poor rural youth
Bringing livelihood to 1200 poor rural youth
Bringing livelihood to 1200 poor rural youth
Bringing livelihood to 1200 poor rural youth
Bringing livelihood to 1200 poor rural youth
Bringing livelihood to 1200 poor rural youth

Empowerment of Rural Youth

A good number of youths here have been able to get the opportunity to undergo training in high job oriented vocational skills through this project. The support they receive in the form of cost of travel from home, lunch, uniform, etc. have proved to be vital in enabling the mainly the children of forced migrant laborers with assured careers and economic empowerment.

The internship options that the youth get even during the period of their undergoing the courses itself, is a great boost for the youth. Most of the youth undergo courses in the hospitality management such as Hotel management and Catering Technology. And the internships help them meet the payment of fees for their studies through the stipends they receive during the internships apart from landing them in solid careers in the same establishments.

During this academic year, a total of 285 boys and girls benefited by the assistance extended by GlobalGiving. The youth who formed part of the project and their daily wage-earning parents were sensitized on the protection methods of safeguarding from getting infected. Similarly, the youth received online classes from the institutions they were studying during the months of March and April in order to ensure the social distancing norms.

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The major part of this year being spent in lockdown situation due to corona crisis in our working areas too like in other parts of the country. This has been badly affecting t the youngsters of poor backgrounds who form the vast majority of the population here.

SPPD has been trying its best to keep the youngsters alive to the vital importance of youth to equip themselves with required skills for their livelihood and long term career prospects.

During the last three months extensive sensitization has been carried out on the need for them to switch to Online mode of education for acquiring the skills as it has become inevitable and the only option in the given circumstances. We focused on bringing in the required attitudinal change among youngsters on this. But only30 students could be enrolled in to vocational skill training courses so far.

The absence and non affordability to own android enabled phones among the youth here has proved to be one of the major handicaps in making the youngsters to take to online mode of skill trainings. Only 30% of the target youth could be covered during the three months period and the remaining 70% are to be covered still.

And SPPD is not in a position to help the youth in this regard as already there is extreme financial crunch and the GlobalGiving assistance receivable too remain blocked for long as well.

But as part of preventing the psychological condition from going down   among the youngsters SPPD has been sending bulk messages and voice messages etc. These include on the imperative need for attitudinal change for youngsters to prepare them for alternative channel of education and skill training.

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The last three months have witnessed unprecedented events with the Covid19 pandemic crisis taking a heavy toll of the lives of people belonging to all sections here. In particular the daily wager families have been put to unimaginable misery due to the lockdown enforced as part of containment of the spread of the virus.

All the parents of the youth who form part of our rural youth skill project are daily wage earners and many of them are seasonal migrant laborers. And the COVID19 lockdown has completely shattered their livelihoods. As transmission of the viral infection is the prime most concern to prevent community spread, SPPD has been actively sensitizing the youth and through them their family members by tele –calling on the importance of prevention.

Awareness generation are done on the vital preventive aspects of physical distancing, wearing masks and hygienic practices such as frequent washing of hands with soap etc. 436 Sanitation kit were distributed to families depended on daily wages . Food kit comprising of dry rations also have been given to 484 families depended on daily wages. We had distributed the food kit sponsored by our donors. These grocery kits have helped the families of the youth to manage their daily food needs for around a month during the lockdown period.

This apart, online classes also have been conducted by the skill training institutions concerned to which the youth are attached so as to ensure the youth do not miss the theory classes during the period. SPPD takes care to equip the youth with the vocational skills by conducting the online classes with the help of Google Meet and Zoom apps.  

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Your contribution to our project through GlobalGiving has a huge impact on the educational support for the rural children of our locality at large. We see this as a new beginning and believe more progress is possible which upshots a future full of promise and hope.

For the academic year 198 youth are been enrolled to hospitality courses. The funds raised so far through the GlobalGiving platform have helped us provide students with free lunch, travelling allowance and their required educational material.

 

True story

 

Name of Student:  R. Damodharan     Age: 19 yrs  

When he was hardly two years old his father had passed away.  His relatives from his paternal side had driven away his mother and his younger sister from the house where they were staying. His mother Dhanalakshmi was left alone to take care of his baby sister and himself. His mother took it in to her strides by staying in a small rented house and managed the family with the income she could make as a tailor. Maintaining the family was very hard for his mother as the income was very minimal.

Upon Damodharan completing his school final of 10th class, a women SHG member belonging to the village recommended him to take up the course in Hospitality. For this extremely poverty-stricken family the free lunch provided at the institute, uniform set and travel reimbursement all had proved to be God sent. During the first year of the course Damodharan got opportunity to work as intern at a star hotel at Mysore. Similarly, he worked as an intern at a reputed hotel in Kerala as well.

Thus, apart from the such above mentioned helps the stipend earned by Damodaran went a long way for the family to make up for the fees paid for the Institute.  Hence his mother along with his sister want to convey their gratitude to SPPD and GlobalGiving for this big help. His mother says proudly that while many of the school mates of her son are still either studying or jobless, but her son has had the wonderful opportunity to come up early in his life.   

Name of student: S. Manikandan   Age: 20 yrs

Manikandan belonging to the village of Thathampatti is studying 3rd year of Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality trade. Their family consisting of his parents and his younger brother are residing in a small tiled house. His father was working in a teashop in his village earning meager income. To add to their woes, his father had developed varicose veins which is an occupational hazard afflicting person having to stand for long periods of time.  His father being a worker making tea, he had to stand for long time and hence had suffered the condition. Together with this, his father’s alcoholism had led to pancreatitis. Due to these conditions he had to quit job and remain at home. Hence during the last couple of years, only Manikandan’s mother had been single handedly taking care of the family with the little income she could make by taking up the odd jobs in the village.

Under these circumstances, his mother got him enrolled to hospitality course. During the last 3 years of his course, Manikandan has had the opportunity to do internships at reputed hotels in places like Kerala, Coimbatore and Tirupur.  In this final year of his course the hotel at Tirupur, where he had been doing his internship absorbed him as a full-fledged staff member during the internship period itself by offering him salary of Rs. 8500/- per month instead of stipend. He is given the privilege of taking leave to fulfill the mandatory academic obligations to complete his Bsc. Course.

Manikandan’s brilliant performance during internship has ensured this position.  Now with the money earned by Manikandan, her mother has been able to take care of not only his course fees but other expenses of the family including his father’s medical treatment.  And hence his mother and Manikandan profusely thank GlobalGiving and SPPD for enabling their family to attain such far better financial position.

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SPPD has been involved in a number of interventions towards empowering rural children especially through education.

The SPPD takes special care on the students, who are not able to continue their studies after completing grade 10th std 12th. Such discontinuance of education is caused by poverty coupled with illiteracy and the widespread addiction to alcohol prevailing the region.

The above educational qualifications do not help the rural youth here to look for jobs other than the highly unpredictable traditional local agriculture based work. Hence SPPD strives to help those poor rural youth by with training in skill oriented works and education. The obstacles that stand in the way of their securing such vocational skill training are greatly minimized by our interventions. By offering mid day meal, bearing travel expense from their homes to the institutions, uniforms and other study materials SPPD has been able to help the rural students to get equipped in various vocational skills.

Only with the support of Global Giving SPPD could carry out the same. We thank all the individual donors on through this communication for their generous donations towards this cause.

Success story of beneficiary

Name: P.Prakash Father’s Name: Palanisamy

Mother’s Name: Maheswari Village: Paithamparai

Prakash is doing B.Sc Catering & Hotel Administration course (I year). He lives in Paithamparai, a small hamlet in Trichy district. He has one sibling. The younger sister is studying in 9th grade. His father was a daily wager had passed way due to severe alcoholism.

After his father’s demise, his mother has been supporting the family with her meager earnings   working as a working as a farm hand. As the unpredictable income from such agricultural labor is hardly Rs.200 a day. And fulfilling the various needs of the family by this is an impossible task. The family has been living in the house of Prakash’s uncle. Prakash was very average in his studies during the school days.

As he was not very bright in studies, one of his teachers advised him to take up hospitality course for a good career. He got him admitted in this academic year 2019.

This particular institution provides low fee structure courses for the benefit of poor students. Since getting admitted here he has been receiving free lunch, travelling allowances during all working days, and uniform clothes etc. The staff have been giving special attention to make him overcome his mild learning difficulties. The make him offset the same by ensuring him to focus more on practical that is central to catering courses. Now he has got internship in a renowned hotel and earns stipend during this learning period.

Through this monthly stipend he is able to meet his course fee along with helping his family. This is the gift of a lifetime for him indeed!.

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Society for Poor People Development (SPPD)

Location: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu - India
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Raju Joseph
Musiri, Tamil Nadu India
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