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

Youth are unaware of the opportunities in the field of vocational skill and fail to realize that without a proper educational grade they'll be more likely to head down a path that leads to lower-paying jobs, poorer health, and the possible continuation of a cycle of poverty that creates immense challenges for their families and communities.

The passport to success is vocational skill and technical training expertise. Vocational training programs in rural areas appear most successful in terms of enhancing employability and contributing to the human development.

SPPD has helped poor and less educated youth to become skilled in the field of hospitality, of which 92% of this number are placed in a job with a decent livelihood. A highly effective means of motivating young students into the field of skill development is offering free meals, travelling allowance and the required educational materials. This has resulted in the following changes.

Increase in enrolment from 14% students in the year 2012-13 to 85% in 2016-17 in the field of skill training.  Free lunch for five days a week keeps the students more energetic and balances their nutritional diet. Educational material and travelling cost is kept light for the   students, which as a net result marks the attendance level on a high scale.  92% of students are successfully placed resulting in reduction of poverty, enhanced productivity and promoted environmentally sustainable development.

On-the-job trainings helps the students to gain practical knowledge and the stipend received helps the student to meet a part of his educational needs as well as financially supplement his family.

K.Ramamoorthy from a small hamlet in Musiri, Tamil Nadu – pursuing culinary skill,  has an elder brother and sister.  Father and mother has been working as daily wage construction labours.  The elder brother is employed as a police and sister is married and has moved away to her husband’s native town. 

Ramamoorthy was longing for higher education, but discontinued his schooling in 9th standard as the condition of the family was such, and was forced to take up a job as a painter for financial support of the family.  He was paid Rs.150/- per day and he will be having work for 15 days a month. Days passed by as he was in his painting job, he happened to meet one of his sister’s class mate and heard about the skill training provided for less educated and dropout students by offering free meals, travelling allowance and the required educational materials made him to think of skill training , made him to join the course. He also hoped that this will not be a burden to the family.

During his initial period of the training he had difficulties in writing and reading. With continuous training and of more practical learning he gained confidence. During the training course period he was placed in Hotel Nalla , Namakkal with stipend of Rs.4,000/- per month. Where he gained handful experience in the real industry. The stipend earned in his training period has supported his family economically. 

He appeared for his final exams in June 2016 and successfully passed out. He is now working at the same hotel handling south Indian cuisine and earning Rs.7,500/- per month.

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SPPD appreciates the continued support of our friends who donated towards this project through the GlobalGiving platform.

We continue to support poor, less educated and out of school youth who are victims of many unfortunate circumstances by offering them an opportunity in skill training in the field of hospitality to enable them become self-reliant.

100% positive results were obtained by our students who had appeared for their exams in April and June 2016. The first year students under hospitality and paramedical science are pursuing their training in their respective industries while the 2nd year catering students are back with their regular classes. Every week practical classes are offered to the hospitality students to help them gain practical knowledge in the field pursued.

The funds raised so far through the GlobalGiving platform have helped us provide students with free lunch, travelling allowance and their required educational material.

Your precious donations have helped the youth to secure the much needed Entrepreneurship skills.

With regards,

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The primary purpose of our mission is to provide poor, less educated youth the opportunity to acquire a skill and build a prospective career.

Continuing with the education is a big challenge for rural youth. Many youth fall under the unorganized sector, embedded with drawbacks like no social security, bonded labour, sexual harassment, etc.

To procure a successful career, youth need support both personally and financially. One of the best option that is available is the vocational skills training. Vocational training allows students to gain practical work skills within a short span of time as well as enhances their employability. For the quarter 155 young students were supported with nutritious lunch and travelling expenses to continue their skill programme without any difficulties.

Coming from a rural background, most of these students are deprived with a healthy nutritious meal, because they cannot afford to buy desired quality of food due to their family’s low purchasing power which adversely affects their health status. To help out these students with improving their health conditions we provide them healthy and nutritious meal during the five working days in a week.  A month’s free meals offered to these students’ measures to 440 kilos of rice 80 kilos of grocery including cereals, pulses and other items and 120 kilos of vegetables. This regular intake of food has helped them with a balance diet.

To boost up the students interest in continuing their studies, we motivate them with awards and certificates. Every month the BEST student who excels in areas like regular attendance, academic performance and groomer is selected.  

True story :

On completing grade XII, I employed myself in the brick kiln for daily wages, which supported my family needs. However life had completely changed when my family accepted my Evening Study Centre (ECS) tutor’s advice “It was the orientation programme, tutors motivation , support extended by providing a nutritious meal everyday and reimbursement of my travelling (from home to the community centre) helped me to continue the course without difficulties.” says Ashok.  

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Thanks to the generous people who believe our project is progressing positively and for helping out our youth in grading themselves as skilled trainees.

In April, 88 Hospitality students and 47 Paramedical Science students had appeared for their exams, results of which are much awaited in July 2016. Almost all the students who have completed their exams have been job placed at various hospitals/hotels.

The framework of our awareness programme during the past quarter targets adolescence to youths/women with the point of increasing awareness on existing vocational education which will help them improve their social status and living conditions and as well as to portray our identified strengths that is available at their reach.

The current academic year has enrolled 152 students under courses in Hospitality. Thanks to so many of you who have helped us in achieving our mission – making a significant impact on poor, less educated youth by upgrading their skills for income generation which will lead them to a better living and self esteem. The sequence of support envisaged under the programme is to support the youth with their most essential needs like, expenses pertaining to uniform, educational materials (text, note books, stationery), lunch and travelling allowance which will help them continue their studies without any difficulties.


Jeganathan’s family includes himself, his parents, and a brother Jeyaraman. His father is a building contractor while mother is a housewife. His brother, who was average in studies, undertook the bakery profession, though not professional trained, at quite an early age and now owns a bakery shop. His parents meet out the family expenses with the income they receive.

Taking his brother as a role model, Jeganathan joined the Hotel Management II year course after his schooling. As a part of their regular curriculum, he was also sent for his internship programme at Manipal County, Bangalore which had served as a learning platform to help him improve his cooking skills.

After my schooling I was totally confused as to what course I shall pursue.  I chose the Hospitality Course. My aim in life is to work on luxury cruise. Being formally trained at a Caterer I believe it will help me achieve my goal. I am thankful to all those who are supporting this programme, and the opportunity they have given me for pursuing a skill.” 

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Dear friends,

We are all very excited about the progress of the vocational skill training project and this is completely possible only through the ongoing support from you.

From the continuation of our previous report, our students have been actively participating in the training programmes scheduled to them at various hotels / hospitals. All the students have completed their training successfully and are now back to the college for their regular classes. Our students are reviewing what they have covered during the year and preparing for their fast approaching exams in April 2016.

We are also very glad to mention that our students had attended the campus interview held by Mamalla Resorts, Mahabalipuram, Chennai on 4th April 2016 at our campus. Ten students were selected of which 5 students who have completed their II year course are appointed as staff while the other 5 Ist year students are appointed as trainees in their prestigious hotel. We wish these 10 ten students all the best for their career development.

Your precious donations contributed so far have greatly helped our youth to secure the much needed entrepreneurial skills.

Once again we extend our sincere thanks to all our friends who have donated towards this project.


True story

Mekala’s father is a driver while her mother Shanthi is a housewife and an active member of the Self Help Group (SHG). She has two brothers, Vasanth who is also a driver and Nisanth pursing B.Com 2nd year.

Mekala’s mother who is a member of women SHG was informed about the vocational training courses. Through the guidance of her mother she joined the Paramedical Course.

Her regular course content covered Nursing, Anatomy & Physiology, Community Health Nursing followed by practical classes. Besides the regular classes special coaching was given on communication skills, English and Computer coaching too.

Her training programmes were at TR Hospital, Trichy. The trainings had supported her with a decent stipend, which she uses to clear a part of her educational expenses as well to financially supplement her family. 

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Society for Poor People Development (SPPD)

Location: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu - India
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Project Leader:
Raju Joseph
Musiri, Tamil Nadu India
$23,307 raised of $32,000 goal
322 donations
$8,693 to go
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