Education  India Project #21320

Transforming Youth in India with Computer Training

by India Partners
Transforming Youth in India with Computer Training
Transforming Youth in India with Computer Training
Transforming Youth in India with Computer Training
Transforming Youth in India with Computer Training
Transforming Youth in India with Computer Training
Transforming Youth in India with Computer Training

Saravanan is the second child in his family, where his father is a daily wage carpenter and is mother is a domestic helper. Saravanan was affected by Polio in his childhood and hence uses crutches for his mobility.

With much difficulty Saravanan completed his 12th grade in school in 2015 and sought admission in the computer course in 2015. Because of his lack of motivation, poor academic achievement and bare minimum ADL(Activities of Daily Living) skills, he was not given admission. When he applied again, we saw improvement in him, he was motivated, and his ADL skills had improved to the level that he can live independently in the hostel. So, he was admitted into the hostel.

Now, over a year into the program, Saravanan is learning computer and life skills that will open up opportunities for him to support himself. These improvements wouldn't be possible without your generosity! Thank you for changing lives.

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Dear Friend,

I am so thankful for your generosity! Your gifts are making it possible for people with disabilites to succeed.

Surya is currerntly a computer student living in the hostel who has leg deformity due to Polio. He is intelligent and studies well, but he is very timid and self-conscious. He was very nervous when he first joined the computer training program and moved into the hostel.

Every month he would want to go home for the weekend and invariably he will not come back on Monday as planned. He would take a few days more leave just to stay at home with his mother, and we worried he might not come back to the program at all.

But there seems to be a slow change in him after joining the computer training program. He started responding in the theory classes.  He enthusiastically participated in sports and was overjoyed when he won. He said, “It is a great feeling to win for the first time in a sporting event, thank you for the opportunity!” His confidence level also went up. And in March when he went home for the weekend, for the first time he came back as promised on Monday morning.

You changed Surya's life and gave him confidence to be himself! There are many other students with disabilites who need the same opportunity, and I hope you'll consider continuing changing lives.

Thank you again,

John

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Aruna practicing her computer skills
Aruna practicing her computer skills

Finding a job can be challenging for anyone, but for those with disabilites in India, it can be almost impossible. Social stigmas can create obstacles for them that can result in emotional turmoil along with their physical problems.

This was the case wit Aruna. Because of a bout with polio, Aruna uses crutches and calipers. She wanted computer training to increase her chances of getting a job, but was very sad when she entered the hostel and had to leave the comfort of her own home.

However, as she began to take classes, she excelled! She was in the top of her class and received second place in a local typing competition. Along with that, she made good use of physiotherapy sessions at the hostel where her walking improved as well.

Upon graduation from the program, this is what Aruna had to say:

"This program gave me two things: a good education and confidence. Thank you for giving these to me!"

Education and care makes a huge difference in the lives of those with disabilities in India. Your gifts are providing life-changing opportunities - thank you!

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Sangeetha learning computer skills
Sangeetha learning computer skills

Dear Friend,

 

People with disabilities are often seen as cursed in India. Such was the case of Sangeetha, who contracted polio as an infant and was abandoned by her family. She finds it hard to trust people after being shunned by her family members and left in an orphanage.

She attended school and started trying to become independent. She went from hostel to hostel and job to job, but had bad experiences with both. She decided only a government job would give her the job security she needs, and the computer training program offers just the certification course she needs! 

Now Sangeetha lives in the hostel and is pursuing her government certification. This would not be possible without your support! Loving community and solid education are setting Sangeetha and others like her up for success.

Thanks again for your support!

Sincerely,

John Sparks

President, India Partners

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Thank you for helping Aswin!
Thank you for helping Aswin!

Ashwin is both Autistic and has ADHD syndrome, leaving him with limited social skills and short attention span. An already fidgety and hyperactive young man, Aswin's behavior was even more impacted when his father passed away. His mother had heard of our computer training center and came asking if there is something we can do. With her need to go to work in order to support the family, she was finding it difficult to manage him at home. Your gift has enabled us to keep Aswin occupied with various activities for about 3 hours a day, providing huge relief to his mother.

More than computer skills, Aswin has been able to learn social skills in his interactions with the other youth in the center. The first few months were a challenge with his tantrums and refusal to go along with the class. But slowly he learned his limits and started concentrating on his computer typing.

Because of the time you have provided Aswin with at the training center, his mother reports that his behavior has improved tremendously. She also feels Aswin has become more independent and has learned to greet and accept people.

Thank you for providing opportunities for life-changing training at our computer center!

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