Project #10630

Setu - Women Empowerment Program

Certification Ceremony Women Empowerment Program
Certification Ceremony Women Empowerment Program

October to December- 2016

The quarter October to December 2016 led to a new Milestone in the history of Setu and we started our journey to Transform the lives of the Specially-abled under Project “Samaan”.

The first centre to Skill Specially-abled was setup at Sadarpur Colony in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India and was formally launched on 17th November 2016. We started with 35 students who are being trained on IT skills, Tailoring and Hospitality courses.

Since the commencement of the Centre we have had to Major events in the quarter

-          First activity was celebration of disability day where we had organised drawing and colouring activity for all the students, and the

-          Second on 22nd December 2016 when we celebrated Christmas in a grand way. Volunteers from PWC took actively part in the event. Event involved wall painting and colouring activity which was jointly done by volunteers and students followed by a mime skit, cake cutting and distribution of gift by Santa.

 The Quarter also marked the Commencement of two new courses at Our Skill Centre at Nithari under Project “Saksham” in Tailoring and Basic Computer Skills, a program for Under-served women were we are giving training to women to make them self-employed and become independent in their lives. Currently we have 56 women coming in three shifts in three months course for the tailoring course and another 40 are attending the Basic IT skills course.

 Activities at the at Sadarpur Multi Skill centre continued with the launch of new batch launches in IT, Tailoring and GDA courses with 80 students undertaking training in IT, 24 in GDA and 75 students in Tailoring.

At the Skill Centres Volunteering Peaked during the Quarter

In the Basic IT course at Nithari Centre we have 97 students out of which 14 in Tally course. At the skill centers we had sessions on soft skills, interview skills, time management and career guidance wherein learning was imparted to Skill Centre Students by Volunteers from Tata Tele services, Cognizant, Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Convocations and Placement

During this quarter 40 students got placed from IT course and 10 students from GDA course were placed into Jobs in various organisations with salaries ranging from Rs 5500 to Rs 16000 a month.

 At the convocations held during the quarter Certificates were distributed to Students of Smile Step course at Nithari Centre, GDA students and Tailoring Students at Sadarpur Centre on clearing their assessment.

Xmas Celebrations for Specially-abled students
Xmas Celebrations for Specially-abled students
New Tailoring centre for Women
New Tailoring centre for Women
Guest Lecture for Students at the SWEEP Centre
Guest Lecture for Students at the SWEEP Centre
Inauguration - Skill Centre for Specially abled
Inauguration - Skill Centre for Specially abled
Guest Lecture for Skill Centre Students
Guest Lecture for Skill Centre Students

 Dear Readers!

Congratulations to all of you for your support, Setu was conferred with conferred the GuideStar India Advanced Level- Gold Certification Award under the GuideStar India Transparency Awards 2016. The award shall be presented at a special awards function to be held in Mumbai on September 27, 2016.

During this quarter festivities took over and it all started with In house Activities.

We celebrated the 70th Independence Day with the hosting of the national flag, Cultural show by the students of the school at Nithari & Skill centres at Nithari and Sadarpur and an exhibition by the school children. The function was attended by volunteers from Cognizant, some well wishers, students and staff of Setu along with the Trustees.

Students of Setu demonstrate their talent at the Annual Academic Exhibition, Many Parents were present on the occasion and very happy to see the work created by their children. The models were also applauded by all the visitors and Volunteers who graced the occasion. The cultural show was a big hit with the audience and the models at the exhibition was well appreciated by all present.

Students also celebrated Rakhi and Janamashmi at our school where students took part with full enthusiasm. A Fashion show was organised by Pre-primary students of Setu to teach us the importance of Fruits and Vegetables in our lives during the Food Week Celebration.

As in earlier quarters Inter School Activities continued and Career counselling session was organised for the students of Class 9 and 10 at Mayoor School Noida.

Employee Volunteering as well as the Saturday School activity is an essential element towards the students learning at Setu. It was a great learning and development day for the students at Setu thanks to our dedicated Volunteers.

Activity of the day over the various Saturdays included

  • Card Making for Junior School and A Drawing Competition for Seniors with the theme " Dreaming today for a better India tomorrow"
  • Meditation, Moral Values and Storytelling by Cdr Chopra
  • Guest Lecture on Adventure Sports by Team Octane Marketing
  • Guest Lecture and Career counselling by Volunteer from Tata Teleservices Ltd
  • Birthday Celebration with Employees of Adobe


Volunteers from Khushiyan-Connecting Helping Hands our Volunteering Support Partner celebrate Teachers day with Setu students

Suman one of our well wishers from New Zealand along with her friends gifted rations to the students at Setu, what a wonderful end to an activity based Saturday on 06/08/2016. Kresn is a New Zealand based organisation working in the social frame and now wants to work in India. Suman is one of the founders of Kresn.

As part of our special focus with volunteer engagement and inputs for our students to ensure their holistic growth, employees of Cognizant conducted remedial classes for Setu School Students.

During The quarter Health camp were organised on 3rd September a General Health Camp was organised for the residents of Nithari Village Noida at the Setu School and 231 families were covered courtesy our Partner Saket City Hospital Delhi and Voluntary Blood donation Camps were organised at various corporate.

It was quarter of learning for our teachers also and various Workshop for Teachers were held.

  • On 16th July a workshop was conducted for teachers on healthy eating habits by one of our volunteer Karan Lalawat where he shared some simple tips which will create great impact on health.
  • School teachers went thru a Disaster Management workshop was organised by local gram Pradhan for school teachers. They were given hands on training on how to manage during emergencies like earthquake, fire or any other difficult situation. All teachers who went thru the training were also cleared the Disaster management assessment and were certified.
  • Quality Education for all" a seminar on use of digital methods for teaching at schools was attended by our Educational Advisor Mrs Indira and Vice Principal Shilpy  - Great Learning for all.


The quarter also heralded success at the Skill Centers with

  • The tailoring students who completed their course under the Setu Women Empowerment and Employability Program were awarded certificates by Ravi, Trustee Setu at a ceremony held at our Sadarpur Centre.
  • Students of ICT course celebrate the completion of the batch by organising a farewell party - 62 students attend the get-to-gather with snacks and sweets mostly prepared and carried by them from home.
  • Mr. Arvind  VP Strategy and Migration Metlife GOSC handed over Certificates to 124 students who completed the IT Course. Also present on the occasion was the Metlife CSR Representative Abbas .
  • Students doing the General Duty Assistant course were handed over certificates by Richa  Director Learning & Development at MetLife GOSC, also present on the occasion was Abbas Rizvi CSR Coordinator Metlife GOSC along with the Centre In-charge Setu Sadarpur Centre Meena  and Komal GDA faculty. The session concluded with an interaction with the students and distribution of a gift item to all students.


 Bye- Till we write to you again

Assessment - General Duty Assistant Course
Assessment - General Duty Assistant Course
Convocation Ceremony for Tailoring Course Students
Convocation Ceremony for Tailoring Course Students
Certification Ceremony for Basic IT Skill Students
Certification Ceremony for Basic IT Skill Students
Orientation Visit for Smile Step courses Students
Orientation Visit for Smile Step courses Students
Voluntary Blood Donation Camp
Voluntary Blood Donation Camp

From the Setu Desk

At Setu over the last quarter we have had a lot of activities for students, teachers and our volunteers. It has been an amazing period which had a lot of participation from our volunteers as well as some of our Donor partners.

Teachers training

We had two training programmes for our school teacher in the month of April. Our sincere thanks to Ms Ritu Taneja, Editorial Consultant and trainer for conducting the programs and shared valuable student Handling tips with the teachers. The training programs are a part of a series of programs planned for the teachers.

Awards and Felicitations

In April 2016 we received the “Champion for Change Award” as “Ambassadors of National Road Safety“ form Mr. Jean Todt President - Internationale de l’ Automobile with the Joint Commissioner of Police Traffic Delhi. Setu was among the top 10 schools selected for the award.

Another felicitation came our way when we received the award for the humanitarian efforts of organising Voluntary Blood Donation Camps   from Mr Madan Chauhan, Honourable Minister UP Govt. at an event organised by Rotary in June 2016.

Health Camp and Blood donation CAMPS

At  Sadarpur center general health check up camp was organised for our students coming for skill courses. Thanks to Max Foundation for helping us. Total 75 students benefited from the camp.

At Nithari campus an eye check up camp was organised for students and community people. Around 125 people were examined in this camp.

During the Quarter at Blood Donation Camps Organised in Gurgaon, Noida and Jaipur 720 units of blood were arranged thru Voluntary Contributions across 7 organisations

Interschool visit Mayoor- Students from Mayoor School participated in various Joint workshops with the Setu School students. Science, Maths and English activity were conducted during their visits.

Thanks to employees of Mentor we are able to celebrate the birthdays of the students of our school on third Saturday of every month.

Shram Dan by School students

 Students were motivated for keeping their class rooms clean. It was a fun activity for them. They dedicatedly worked in groups cleaning, re- arranging and painting the various areas of the school. This also gives them a sense of belongingness and ownership towards their class and school.         

At our Setu School the three week Summer Camp in May 2016 was a big success, apart from Remedial classes for slow learners, Student involving them in activities like dance, theatre, art and craft, creation of artefacts for fund raising along with environment initiatives . The summer Camp culminated with Training programs for teachers.

 International Yoga Day was celebrated on 21st June 2016 at Nithari Campus. Senior students, students from GDA course, IT course and staff participated very enthusiastically.

In addition we had a lot of corporate volunteering at Setu. Employees from Cognizant helped paint and decorate the school, employees from Dell and Cognizant all conducted Guest lectures and Activities with the Skill centre and School Children.   

Important Milestones

During the quarter, Mr Jang Hwan Lee the MD OF Samsung Data launched the Class 11 at the Setu School and distributed stationery to the school children.

The HR Head of Metlife Mr Ramanan presided over the Convocation Ceremony for the Skill Courses wherein he distributed certificates to 98 students who completed the Basic IT Skills .

At another event the a team from Mentor led by Lorraine-Elvira Suares from Mentor along with her team distributed Certificates to the Skill students who completed the Sewing course.

Students who completed General Duty Assistant course were given certificates on completion of the course at Nithari.

Success stories

Seventy nine of our IT Students were placed into jobs leading to them ensuring a livelihood and also help raise the living standard of their families. They got jobs at entry level like, computer operator, tele caller, data entry operator, computer teacher etc.

Bilasi is from Bengal. She is married and stays with her husband in Nithari, Noida. She is 10th pass. She was working as maid before joining the IT course. She is hard working and has interest in learning more. Her husband who is a labourer sent Bilasi to the IT center when he learnt about the Skill course. She completed her course with full dedication.

Her personality has changed a lot. Slowly and gradually she started mingling with the group and participated in group activities. She has come up with a changed personality. She is now more confident and independent.

This is her first job after doing the course. She is happy with her job though she wants to grow higher in her life.

Mamta is working as data entry operator at OKS Health Care. She has good communication skills. She feels more confident after doing the IT course.

Mamta has done 12th from CBSE Board and now pursuing graduation. Her father is a driver. There are five members in the family. Mamta wants to support her father. When she joined the course she was very keen in getting a job.  Her confidence level has increased.  She says she has learnt computer and soft skills along with communication skills. She is very much satisfied with the course. 

This is her first job. She wants to do a lot in her life. She wants to improve her standard of living.

To conclude considering the progress made at Setu, we would like to Thanks all our corporate partners, Donors, teachers and students for helping us create such a wonderful Organisation – Setu.

Guest Lecture for Vocational Course students
Guest Lecture for Vocational Course students
Certification Distribution for Tailoring Students
Certification Distribution for Tailoring Students
Certificatio  for Health Care Course Students
Certificatio for Health Care Course Students
Celebrating International Yoga Day
Celebrating International Yoga Day
Empowering Women Thru Tailoring Skills
Empowering Women Thru Tailoring Skills

I am Setu, I was born on 24-02-2003 and live at During my initial years I was trying to find my feet and in 2007 I started endeavouring to Enable the Growth of Children and Youth, Empowerment of Girl child / Women and Caring for Human Health. To know more what I do visit on a regular basis .

 In the year 2007, I started grooming “Out of School” children at my grooming centres across Delhi and NCR. Over 700 children we admitted into various schools in 2008 for formal education. I also decided to pick up 60 Girls for a Special Education Scholarship till they complete their school education. In 2008, I moved from Grooming into Formal education as I found this model more sustainable as it ensured continuous and quality education to Unserved Children. My school in Nithari Village Noida is now 8 Years old and I have 294 children getting educated in 2 shifts with all facilities required for good Education.

 As my wings grew I forayed into Skilling the under-served for employment. The idea I had in mind was to cater to the illiterate, Semi- literate and Literate. In 2012 my first Skill centre was launched offering Digital Learning and Tailoring Skills. As I grew older I offered skills in Digital Learning, Low End Tailoring, Hand Embroidery and High-end Tailoring on Industrial Machines across Delhi, Pondicherry, Trichy, Noida and Ghaziabad to over 2770 people including 118 with special needs. In 2015, when I was in the 9th year of my career, I set up a Multi-Skills Centre in Noida offering courses in Digital Learning, Health Care, Tailoring ,Hand Embroidery and Beauty & Wellness under the Setu Women Empowerment and Employability program. The Centres is currently catering to over 225 students per Quarter. Over the last 4 years I have successfully skilled 3709 people out of which 3097 are women and have placed 1545 of them into jobs.

 Currently I are focusing on NCR area, Empowering thru Education at my school in Nithari Village Noida and Empowering thru Skilling and Employability (Primarily the Girl Child and Women) at my Skill Centres In Noida. I also love to conduct General Health Camps, Dental Care Camps , Eye Care camps and Blood Donation Camps to help the Under-served along with Workshops on Prevention of Child Abuse and Sexual Harassment at Work Place across NCR.

 My Dream is to work with like-minded people and Corporates to fulfil their and my aspiration of Empowering the Under-served thereby leading to achievement of my Mission – “Skill and Empower the Un-served” therefore I am also ready to take up any new project offered to me.

 All this could not have happened without the support of my staff memebrs, corporate and individual volunteers who come over regularly and my Corporate partners. In case you feel you can work with me or want to join me as a volunteer write to me or call me at 9958914533 or 9810060329.

 Thanking you

Health Care Skill Lectures Class
Health Care Skill Lectures Class
Digital Learning Skills for Women
Digital Learning Skills for Women
Health Care Skilling
Health Care Skilling
Launching of the new SWEEP centre
Launching of the new SWEEP centre


Dear Reader,

This New Year started with new achievements which also brings in new challenges for us. We started a new Multi Skill centre at Sadarpur, Sector-45, Noida. The centre shall cater to Women Empowerment and offer courses which shall be available to all types of women - illiterate, semi-literate and literate. Currently courses in Basic IT Skills and Sewing Skills are being offered. This initiative is being supported by Metlife GOSC under their Saksham and the Setu Women Empowerment and Employability Program (SWEEP).

Mr. Manpreet Singh and Mr. Arvind Jena Vice President formally launched the Setu Multi Skill Centre at Sadarpur Colony Noida. Also present were Ms Richa Sethi, Ms. Rachna Singhal Ms Nidhi Varma and Mr Abbas Rizvi CSR representatives, Mr Ravi Kaul and Vidya Vishwanathan Trustees of Setu, Mrs Indira Kaul - Advisor Setu, Ms Jyotsna Srivastava - Program Director Setu along with employees of Metlife and Setu.

There were many First this Quarter namely, the first batch of Setu class 10th students appeared for their board exams held in March 2016. Also the setup of the in house kitchen facility for our students which started on 14th Jan 2016 with preparing sweet for the children. Now on a regular basis we are providing food supplement to our school students. Thanks to our Donors who want to stay anonymous and helped us in setting up the kitchen for providing materials for the meal supplement.

 At the Blood donation camps during the last quarter a total 260 units were collected from different blood donation camps. We are thankful to corporate donors for helping us by donating bloods.


School and Student Activities

 Road Safety Campaign - Our students are brand ambassadors of Road Safety campaign of PVR. In the academic session 2015-16 students had undergone many trainings and workshops on this. The motto for the year was “Alert today Alive tomorrow”, to achieve the motto they focused on use of helmet.  During the final  presentation our students addressed students of various schools in Noida thru a workshop which included skit and open ended discussion with them.

 Republic day celebration - Our STUDENTS ALONG WITH esteemed Guests, volunteers, parents and our trustees were invited participated in a small but very lively function. Enthralling show by Setu students mesmerises the audience followed by distribution of sweets and gifts arranged by employees of Birlasoft, Eros Labs, Xavient Technologies, Dell and Octane.

 Holi celebration -  School students celebrated Holi and this year the  students of the Skill center also joined the function and not only as an audience but they also participated in the event. Children performed cultural program based on Holi.   

 Health Camps – During the last three months we were able to organise a couple of Health Camps health camps with the support of Partners Max India Foundation as well as Saket City Hospital Delhi. At Sadarpur Multu Skill Center a General health camp was organised for students .

At Nithari center for the first time we organised a health camp for parents and the residents of the Village. Total 212 parents were examined and were given medicines based on Diagnosis. The Saket City Hospital, Delhi  helped us in doing the camp. They also helped in organising camp for school students.

Our Advisor Mr. Arun Aggarwal, organised an adventure camp for Class 6th and 7th students with one teacher to Gurgaon on 10th Jan 2016.  It was a full day camp where children participated in different activities. They had experienced something new which they will remember throughout their lives.

 In the month of February our students participated in inter school competition organised by Moser Baer Trust wherein our students won a lot of prizes.

During this quarter Mayoor students along with their teacher visited twice our school to share knowledge and learn together with their science and social studies subject teachers.

At our Skill Centres ,  guest lecture session were organised for IT students on presentation skills. Our volunteer Saurabh motivated students to perform well and how to improve their presentation skills.

 Some of Our IT students went for a study tour to Willmar Schwabe. They interacted with HR Head and the IT head and a had guided tour of the organisation. They got a chance to visit whole plant where they learnt about Manufacturing processes and administration.

 On 11th March 63 students were handed over certificates on successfully completing the Step course. In total 120 students completed the IT course in last financial year and 61 of them are placed into entry level jobs..

 Volunteers at School: Our volunteering activity continued during the quarter. Karan from Octane regularly interacted with our school students and Mr. Joshi and Mr. Chopra conduct moral education sessions for our middle school students on every Saturday. Another group of volunteers taught Origami to our students which was a new activity for our students.

Certification Ceremony for SWEEP students
Certification Ceremony for SWEEP students
Guest Lecture for Skill Students
Guest Lecture for Skill Students
Sweep students during orientation session
Sweep students during orientation session
Health Camp for SWEEP students
Health Camp for SWEEP students
The new Setu Women Empowerment Skill Centre
The new Setu Women Empowerment Skill Centre

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Project Leader:
Ravi Kaul
Delhi, Delhi India

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