Employability Programme for youth in slums

Oct 31, 2011

Success Stories

Since April 2011, 1268 have enrolled, 1030 have completed training and 855 have been placed. 

Read how the three month vocational training offered through our Youth Employability Programs have changed the lives of three youngsters- Dharmesh, Jaydevi and Jignesh. Enrolled in our centers, they got vocational training and now are placed with a salary that has improved their lifestyles and given support to their families. 


Name: Dharmesh Dantani

Age: 19

Center: Meghaninagar, Ahmedabad

Course: Tally


Class 10th Fail, Dharmesh Dantani, a resident of Ahmedabad, comes from a big family (6 members). With one bread- winner (his father), the family income of this household was Rs. 3000. Dharmesh always wanted to share the financial burden that was there on his father. He used work as a labourer but that did not fulfill the needs of the family. Dharmesh wanted to pursue to higher studies in order to earn a better income. But conventional higher studies were not an option for him. So, when he heard about Umeed, he enquired and got himself enrolled at the nearest center. He took a course in Tally (a basic accounting system) for three months. Umeed not only helped Dharmesh garner the professional skills but also some basic life skills which helped boost his confidence. At the end of the course, he got placed at Tirth Infotech as a Data Operator for a salary of Rs. 4000 p.m. Dharmesh says, “I am very happy that I can now contribute to my family’s income. I want to continue working and am very thankful to Umeed.” Dharmesh has finally been able to do something valuable for his famlily.   

Name: Jaydevi Jadeja

Age: 18

Center: Meghaninagar, Ahmedabad

Course: BedSide Patient Assistance (BSPA)


For Jaydevi Jadeja studying in college after 12th grade (HSC) was not an option. Coming from a weak economical background, her father (the only breadwinner) could not afford to send Jaydevi to college. But Jaydevi wanted to do something purposeful with her life and sitting at home was not an option either. One day, she learnt about Umeed through a pamphlet distributed during a road show. Jaydevi showed interest in joining a three month course and her family agreed. She chose Umeed because she felt that it gave the best skills training. Umeed did not let her down and taught her everything about bedside patient assistance. She even did two month on-job training at Smith Hospital in Meghaninagar. She admits, “my mentality about life has changed because of Umeed. I now feel more confident which proves to be one of my biggest assests.” On successful completion of the course, Jaydevi got placed at Chaitanya Dental clinic as a Nursing Asst for a salary of Rs. 1800 p.m. Now Jaydevi can financially contribute to her family and she is very happy with this. 

Name: Jignesh Solanki

Age: 19

Center: Meghaninagar

Course: Tally


Coming from an economically deprived background, Jignesh Solanki had to start contributing to his family’s income at an early age. A 10th Pass (SSC), getting higher level of formal education was not an option. A family of six and only one breadwinner (his father), the measly income of Rs. 2000 p.m. did not suffice the family. Jignesh learnt about Umeed through a road show and decided to join the Tally course. After the course, Jignesh has been left inspired. He says, “I want to learn more and add to my knowledge. I will pursue such courses in future as well.” After the completion of the Tally course, Umeed assisted Jignesh in getting placed and he currently works at Texol Pvt. Ltd for a salary of Rs. 4500 p.m. One of Jignesh’s biggest take away is, “How to work effectively & How to Present a work at work place because the presentation is much more important these days. I have learnt better work values as well.”   



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Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​www.saath.org
Project Leader:
Keren Nazareth
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India
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