Bring livelihoods to 150,000 rural youth in India

by Anudip Foundation for Social Welfare
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Dear Friends,

Wish you all a very happy and prospering new year ahead!

It gives us immense pleasure to share these new developments of last three months; not only did Anudip expand its program operations to another state but was able to gain additional support from its corporate social responsibility (CSR) partner too.

In late 2016, Anudip received additional support towards it Specially-Abled Vocational Education (SAVE) program under Skills to Succeed global corporate citizenship initiative, which aims to equip approximately 3 million youth by 2020. This fund donation will be utilized to provide skills training and placement services to persons with physical and visual constraints.

Anudip was also able to expand its program operations to Odisha state with SAVE training center. This center has been opened keeping in mind the high number of unemployed but educated disabled people residing in Odisha. With the objective of reaching 100,000 lives by 2021, Anudip will soon expand its operations to new states such as Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana by early 2017. Unemployed poor youth will be trained in digital livelihood and placed across sectors such as IT-ITeS, Retail and Micro-finance.

Anudip has always given emphasis in placing its candidates in economy jobs and tried to provide them a sustainable livelihood. In order to meet the industry trend and placing its students in more specific sectors, Anudip will be including retail and micro-finance as its two newest training sectors. Current market trend demands more sector specific employees. By keeping this in mind, Anudip will be introducing these two sectors in early 2017.

The need for strong governance along with company expansion goes hand-in-hand. With this objective Anudip family proudly welcomes Sumantra Banerjee, formerly Managing Director of Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) to its Board. To manage Anudip’s rapid growth, Prasenjit Kundu, with more than two decades of experience in the skilling and manufacturing sector, has joined Anudip as Executive Director.

These last few months have added a new dimension to Anudip and its family. We hope to impact a large number of marginalized youth and help them lead a life with dignity.

 

Best Wishes,

Students under training
Students under training

Dear Friends,

As I sum our efforts of last three months into a report, I am very pleased to share with you our placement numbers and recognitions received during this period. 

In its endeavor to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities, Anudip has trained 10,033 and placed 7,095 students in IT/ITeS jobs in 2015-16. With two more quarters remaining, Anudip aims to train and place more students keeping in mind its target numbers and deliverables for this financial year. 

The word “job opportunity” is the very essence and backbone of a country’s financial standing. Larger the number of jobs created for the masses the better the chance for the country’s holistic development. Even though jobs might be available it is the skills sets that needs to be matched to attain the job. This is where a large number of youth from marginalized communities with poor education face hindrance.

Anudip’s business model has been developed keeping these specific problems faced by the impoverished communities and help them overcome those with the help of our programs. Anudip runs several digital livelihood programs to help students from diverse backgrounds to get intensive training in computer basics, internet, digital literacy, financial literacy, English comprehension and workplace readiness. The programs are concluded with job placement services to graduating students in IT/ITeS services across different sectors.

Rewards and Recognitions

Not only did this year start with a great expansion plan but we were also recognized for our efforts by several outfits like Indians for Collective Action (ICA), California; and Forbes India. Forbes India Magazine article acknowledges Anudip Foundation and its sister company iMerit Technology Services as one the five start-ups which solves social problems in India.

Ms. Radha and Mr. Dipak, Founders of Anudip Foundation have been honored by ICA at the India Community Center, for their outstanding contribution to improve livelihoods of underprivileged youth and women through training and upskilling in information technology and entrepreneurship. Their dedication and efforts to support hundreds of thousands of needy youth with sustainable livelihood opportunities have been recognized and acknowledged.  

Acknowledgement

As Anudip completes nine years into its program operations, we are humbled with the response and faith that has been bestowed upon us. From starting with just few hundred students we have now reached 55,000 students who have been trained in Anudip. This would not have been possible without the support and help from all our supporters, so thank you so much for believing in us and our abilities.

An Anudip student
An Anudip student

Dear well-wishers of Anudip,

We are back again! This time with a yardstick which measures success stories, fruitful expansions, exciting programs and major innovative breakthroughs to reach out to disadvantaged communities and uplift  underprivileged youth and women of India and other countries.

Anudip lights up DIYA

We all are excited at the recent launch of DIYA (Digital Inclusion of Young Aspirants, DIYA means “lamp” in Sanksrit) - our unique online skill development initiative which incubates marginalized youth and women with impactful digital-age employment skills, empowering them for scalable livelihood opportunities.

In this space, DIYA offers two innovative platforms to our beneficiaries – Digital Learning Centre (DLC) and Anudip Academy (Academy).

DLCs equip marginalized rural youth with an array of professional courses including basic IT skills, concept of hardware and software, financial and digital literacy, workplace readiness and English skills, as well as introduction to social media, mobile apps, data analytics and cloud computing.

Anudip Academies upskill impoverished urban graduates with world-class curriculum which includes web design, web application development, software testing and search engine optimization, network and infrastructure management, mobile app development, digital design, AutoCAD etc. The Academies also train for hardware, software and network configuration through Anudip’s resources as Microsoft IT Academy and Cisco Networking Academy.

With the inception of these two platforms customized for people in need, we hope to light a DIYA in the lives of hundreds of thousands of our beneficiaries from the socially excluded India, creating livelihood prospects through innovation and technology.

Time to sign off for now. We pledge to continue shaping the new generation of youth and bring to you more such enticing stories of success and happiness bundled in small packages!

Warm regards,
Anudip Team

Link: Anudip Film

Dear Friends,

We cannot wait to share these good news and support that has poured in the last three months. What a wonderful way to wrap up 2015 and welcome 2016!

Our efforts, hard work and presence, in Kolkata, in the field of Information Technology has not only been recognized through awards but also has been covered by one of the largest circulation newspaper – USA Today. It is no ordinary task to operate our technology-enabled programs across seven states through 150 training centers. West Bengal as one of the most poor and agriculture driven state, has a high percentage of unemployed youth. But Anudip’s, and its sister organization, iMerit’s intervention programs are not only improving socio-economic conditions of these youth but also enhancing the IT workforce in Kolkata.

 

Renewed Support

Every time our existing funders and supporters extend their funding, it fills us with an immense sense of gratitude and confidence in our program and its vision. Omidyar Network (ON), one of the largest philanthropic investment firm, and Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) has not only supported us through the years but will continue to do so for the next three years. Anudip looks forward to meeting their expectations and deliverables.

 

New State, New Partnership and another challenge

Though with every renewed contract with our old partner gives us confidence yet it is the new challenge and partnership that makes our heart racing. Hoping towards a long-term association with Citi Foundation, USA, Anudip has entered into its first phase of its technology driven program in Andhra Pradesh. This collaboration not only has given us a chance to extend our technology-enabled programs to another state but also work towards more structured program objectives. Financial literacy, economic stability, upliftment in their standard of living, gender equality and new economy skilled workforce is what Anudip team will focus on achieving through this collaboration.

 

We cannot thank enough our present and new partners for showing their support and faith in our programs and its services towards the underprivileged.

 

Gratefully,

Anudip Team

100% visually challenged Chandana at work
100% visually challenged Chandana at work

Dear friends,

Anudip had a successful 2015 that was highlighted by our:

  • expanding training capacity
  • entering service for high risk populations like persons with disabilities and political refugees
  • building an online learning system in partnership with Udemy
  • establishing a presence at the nation's capital, and
  • improving gender ratio of beneficiaries from 30% women to 40%.

We brought on board a new financial controller who has rich experience in nonprofit comliance, and a new director who is an acknowledgef leader in technology for education.

 in Early in 2016 Anudip will enter two new states, Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, in our push to ultimately cover the country. We have an ambitious technology driven plan to revamp our training model that will be implemented in phases during the year.

I would like to dwell a bit on our program for people with disabilties called SAVE - specially abled vocational education. There is absolutely no higher happiness than in seeing a bright individual, hitherto held back by a physical or visual disability, finish our training program and secure a job and a steady future, In a country which is pathetically disabled-unfriendly both in societal stigma and access to services, our rural beneficiaries are heroes at the start by securing a high school education. Their relief, and that of their parents, when they get a job offer and start work, is reward many times over for our SAVE program.

Thank you once again for your support through the years.

Happy New Year!

Dipak Basu, CEO

 

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Anudip Foundation for Social Welfare

Location: Kolkata, West Bengal - India
Website: http:/​/​www.anudip.org
Project Leader:
Dipak Basu
Kolkata, West Bengal India
$15,105 raised of $50,000 goal
 
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