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

Dear Friends,

Thanks to so many of you who have helped us in achieving our mission - supporting poor, less educated youth with vocational skill training. The commencement of vocational skill training programmes have transformed and empowered the youth to become productive workers. 

True story

One of our students, aged 19, has become a skilled trainee out of a strong conviction to support his family. Having lost his father at the age of 14, the family had demanded his early employment as a construction labourer (part time) along with his mother who is again an unhealthy person, in a nearby village. With the few wages they earned, he had to meet out the educational needs of his siblings Dinakaran-Grade XI and Harini-Grade VII together with other family requirements.

After graduating high school, he set his mind on continuing the construction work which he assumed would just suffice his family needs. However with an unconvincing mindset he approached our Evening study center tutor seeking his advice, who on the contrary diverted his interest towards pursuing a skill, and the opportunities that are available just at his reach.

The caption, “Earn while you study” had drawn his interest and this urged him in pursuing the Hotel Management and Catering Technology (HMCT) course followed by training programmes at various hotels which earned him a decent stipend of Rs.5,500/- per month.  As for the training, he says he has been surprised by how skill training could change his entire career – from a daily wage labourer to a dignified position. “The stipend has helped me to cover a part of educational needs as well as to supplement my family needs.”  He seeks to be a good role model for friends and family and within his community. 

 “I am thankful to the people supporting this programme, and the opportunity it has given me for training. In a couple of months, I will be a certified trainee, with which I can seek my career in prestigious hotels. Wherever I am in life I will remember the education I have obtained from this training here – I will hold onto it.”

We are grateful to all our donors who have accompanied us in this journey by contributing their hard-earned money in supporting these youth to acquire skills. 

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Dear Friends,

We hope you are all doing well.

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

Students enrolled for the academic year 2015-16 in Catering is 78 and Nursing 35. Donations received were spent towards these students’ book materials, buss pass and provision of free lunch to them which will help them continue their studies without any difficulties.

Over the past three months, our youth have continued to benefit from the training programmes. This will help them gain work experience by applying methods and theories learned in classes and will be a great way for them to acquaint themselves with the skill acquired as well as the confidence that they have chosen the correct career path. English coaching class was taken up.

We are constantly grateful for the support we receive from donors and look forward to updating you about our activities.

We wish you all a happy holiday season.

Thank you again and best regards!

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Our sincere appreciation to all the donors on Global Giving for all their support in providing youth with vocational skill training.

All the Catering students who are undergoing their on-the-job training at various hotels, were set on regular visits by the Project Co-ordinator. Along with the assistance of the Hotel Managers, a counseling programme was held for the students brushing them up on the benefits of perusal of the course.

Meanwhile the Paramedical students assumed their regular courses in the morning and set themselves to the on-the-job training session in the noon hours.

For this quarter we were glad to have Mr.Conor Brown, Volunteer from Ireland to help the students with Basic English speaking and writing skills. They were made to frame small sentences correctly, practiced on pronunciation of words, and reading skills. Basic handling of computers, its operations, etc. were imparted to the students who till the completion of their schooling are not acquainted to it.  We follow a standard pattern in coaching them on its usage and operations.

All the paramedical & catering students who had appeared for their exams have passed out successfully and were awarded with their certificates. 


Thirupathi’s father Mr.Gopal is a fruits vendor while his mother Muthumani is employed as a daily wage labourer in the MGNRE scheme run by the Government. His younger sister Lakshmipriya is mentally retarded and has polio attack from her childhood. His elder brother is a farm labourer while his elder sister is settled with marriage. Though his father is running his own business, this fetched him little income. His mother has serious health problems and hence she is unable to go for work regularly. His father has visual problems due to the recent accident he had met. Hence the family is entirely dependent on their children’s income which is barely enough to meet out the entire basic amenities, medical and educational expenses. During free time, his father engages himself with daily wages under the MGNRE scheme run by the Government. In spite of their hardships, they are determined to educate their son Thirupathi.

On completing his Hr. Sec. Schooling, Thirupathi joined the Hotel Management Course in Musiri. Though he had selected it with great hesitation, during the course of time, he understood the benefits of the vocational course he had selected and later involved himself in all the classes with great enthusiasm and passion.

He is now under his training period in Bangalore drawing a stipend of Rs.5000/- which he uses towards the medical treatment of his younger sister.

 “It’s a great opportunity because it gives me the independence and helps me to stand on my own feet.  There is a lot of scope in this field, I can earn and financially support my family,” says Thirupathi.

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Your participation in our projects to provide youth with vocational skill training has shown instant results. Thank you so much for your continued support and here are the activities that have gone through the past quarter.

Paramedical and Catering students were under their training period at various hospitals and hotels, while the other off-training students were set back to the college for their regular classes.

Besides, to develop a good foundation and to improve the communication skills in both spoken and written English, we help the students with Basic English speaking and writing skills. They are made to frame small sentences correctly, pronunciation of words, and reading skills. On the other hand Computer coaching class is also given prior importance as these students have very little knowledge on the operation of a computer. They were also given special coaching for their upcoming semester exams.

99% of the paramedical & catering students had appeared for their semester exams followed by their practical exams.

Again thank you for your support and continued donations to make this project possible!

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Thank you as always your support will bring changes in the lives of poor rural youth. 

This project has provided excellent educational opportunities to the growing youth for holistic growth and development, which will put them on the path toward breaking the pervasive cycles of poverty and also have bright future in their career.

Students were put on their regular practical and theoretical classes followed by English coaching and computer classes. Pongal celebrations were held at the campus. Students from Paramedical Course were under training period placed at various hospitals while the Catering department students had taken up their on-the-job training at various hotels.

All these students have gained practical knowledge on the course pursued, opportunity to learn different culture, people, language, adaption to new environment and moreover the confidence to live independently. Surprise visits were held by their tutors to study their conduct and receive the opinion of the hotel management of students who have appeared for the training.  Positive feedbacks were received from the management with a few suggestions to be incorporated for the next batch of students.

By supporting this project you have helped us to provide a solid foundation of skill training to the poor rural youth which will result in their economic development, exposure in their related fields in years to come.


With regards,

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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
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