Project #6199

Bringing livelihood to 1200 poor rural youth

by Society for Poor People Development (SPPD)

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.  

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.” 

Campus Interview
Campus Interview

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. 

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. 

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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Organization Information

Society for Poor People Development (SPPD)

Location: Musiri, Tamil Nadu - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
joseph Raju
Musiri, Tamil Nadu India
$20,846 raised of $32,000 goal
265 donations
$11,154 to go
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