You can empower youth, 18-24 years old, with disabilities to learn computer skills so they can get a job or start a business in India. This project will equip about 28 students with disabilities with computer skills each year. The education you provide will give young people with disabilities the opportunity to succeed in a career in the IT field, support their families, and create a strong sense of self-worth.
In India, 21.9 million people are affected with a disability and 74% of them are unemployed. Most have never found gainful employment, even after graduating college. Much of this is due to a stigma in India that people with a disability cannot do any work. Therefore, they rarely gain the skills needed to be productive in the workplace. Many companies, across all sectors, are looking to hire computer-qualified graduates and are willing to hire people with disabilities.
Computer training gives people with disabilities the necessary skills to apply for quality jobs in the workforce. After course completion, the students take a Government Exam and graduate with a "Certificate in Computer Application." In addition, they learn resume writing and interview skills. As a result, most of our students are placed in jobs either before or after graduating from the year-long course. Hostel facilities are also available for up to 14 students who can't commute.
More than 300 people with disabilities have been trained for an IT career to date. Presently, we have capacity to train 30 people per year. Not only are the students' lives transformed but often times they become the highest earner in their families. They are able to provide a steady income that is a tremendous help and encouragement to their families. Today, you can help Indian youth with disabilities succeed in life and change their world.
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