Life Skills Projects

Life skills Training Program for disadvantaged young people has the aim of helping every young Indian to be employable, have self worth and lead a dignified and productive life.

Total number of beneficiaries (Girls & Boys) Budget (Rs.) Supported By
342 76,92,385 The Hope Foundation Blue Dart
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The Life Skills Unit aims to provide vocational training to young individuals from our Protection Homes and nearby slums. The main beneficiaries of these opportunities are adolescent girls and young women apart from the children we work with. This is so because women face discrimination across Kolkata and are often dependent on their male counterparts for income generation. The center provides a fine opportunity to girls who are mostly drop outs with either Food service or Tailoring training using the Life skills infrastructure. This helps them with getting a job, earning money and allows them to live a life of dignity.

The Life Skills Training Institute delivers high-quality training to individuals that are unable to avail such services elsewhere due to the educational pre-requisites set by the Government of India. Professionally designed courses, which are tailored to suit the capabilities of the trainees, including technical skills and one-to-one intensive learning, helps them in learning a marketable skill. This is complemented with a course certificate upon completion and a job placement, demonstrating how the institute operates as a stepping stone for trainees to wider work environments.

Food and Beverage Unit and Kitchen Skills Course

The training involves discussion of ingredients and preparation of each item on the menu. Compulsory spoken English classes are conducted to help the trainees communicate better with customers. Most of the trainees are school drop-outs and do not have proper education. Therefore spoken English sessions help them to gain self-confidence. A volunteer teacher is dedicated to teaching the restaurant trainees English.

After learning and completing the course they are well acquainted with the importance of personal hygiene as well as in food preparation.

Hope Café (Food, beverage, culinary skills training unit)

The training involves discussion of ingredients and preparation of each item on the menu. Compulsory spoken English classes are conducted to help the trainees communicate better with customers. Most of the trainees are school drop-outs and do not have proper education. Therefore spoken English sessions help them to gain self-confidence. A volunteer teacher is dedicated to teaching the restaurant trainees English.

After learning and completing the course they are well acquainted with the importance of personal hygiene as well as in food preparation.

Number of Beneficiaries :

  • 4 Kitchen Trainees
  • 4 Service Trainees

Team Strength :

  • 1 Programme Manager
  • 1 Manager Hr And Admin
  • 3 Chef
  • 1 Accountant
  • 1 Kitchen Steward
  • 3 Security
  • 3 Cleaner

Budget (Rs) :

  • 48,58,033

Supported By :

  • The Hope Foundation

 Success Stories

Ashish (name changed) was found working on the Sealdah Station platform working as a porter locally called coolie (baggage carrier) by Pilgrims of Charity. They brouGht him to the Life Skills Unit to learn Kitchen Skills. He proved to be adept in preparing vegetables for cooking as well as delivering food. At the end of his training he was placed at a prominent confectioners – Cakewali – at a monthly salary of INR 8000.

Shreya (name changed) was found on the streets in UP as a bruised child by International Justice Mission. She was brought in their Mahima Home and was sent to our Life Skills Training Institute. She successfully completed her course and was placed at Mio Amore outlet. Since then she has moved on and is in charge of a Café in one of the north east states of India.

Garment Manufacturing Course / Tailoring Unit

Taking into account the rise of specialized garment shop and boutiques in Kolkata, a need was felt for a training unit dedicated to fine tailoring. The tailoring training unit at Hope Life Skill Unit introduces learners to the functionality and operation of the tailoring machine and imparts training in designing patterns, making garments, stitching, embroidery, knitting and sewing.

The unit has a total capacity to accommodate 40 students for a year. The number is divided equally in two batches each with six months duration. A total of 241 tailoring classes were held in each of the 6 month sessions.

Number of Beneficiaries :

  • 20 Trainees

Team Strength :

  • 1 Faculty Trainer
  • 1 Lab Assistant

Budget (Rs) :

  • 10,56,380

Supported By :

  • The Hope Foundation

Production Unit

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The production unit is running with 5 members, who have completed the garment construction course. They receive orders of school uniforms, female and male casual and formal garments, etc. The unit tries to keep the parameters of quality control and timeliness. Handcrafts, bags, cards for different occasions (birthday, devotional moments, wedding etc.), saris, jewelery boxes made with papers, diaries made with hand-made paper, etc. are manufactured and sold in the local market creating income for the women enabling them to support their families.

Achievements

  • 6 networking visits with outside organizations were conducted and as a result a total of 22 trainees out of 40, for in the year 2016 have secured employment in different garment companies.
  • 15 trainees received external support to enhance their mathematical aptitude and 17 trainees successfully received training for spoken English which helped to build their self-confidence.
  • On an average 18 trainees received a monthly stipend based on their attendance to encourage them to attend classes and have a little pocket money. This can be taken as an introduction on finance management for them.

 Success Stories

Ishita (name changed) is a 32 years old woman, with two young children. Ishita studied up to Higher Secondary level in school but dropped out to look after her children as her husband worked in a local canteen. Ishita’s neighbor informed her of HOPE’s Tailoring Unit in the Life Skills Institute. She immediately applied for a trainee position as she had a great desire to learn tailoring. Ishita received excellent marks in her tailoring exams and was also a keen student in both Maths and English classes. She gained employment in Nirmal Nahata’s Boutique after diligently finishing the course. This allowed her to significantly increase her family’s income eventually. Ishita envisages putting her earning as an additional support towards her son’s education, as he is just entering formal education.

Computer Training Center

The computer training unit at the Hope Life skill Unit is supported by Blue dart – the renowned courier company. The courses encourage young girls and boys in the locality, who do not have access to a computer, to learn various computer training skills to better their future prospects.

In the last year a total of 52 trainees (out of 74 enrolled) successfully completed the computer course, which included basic and advanced lessons as well as a compulsory Spoken English course. A total of 241 computer classes were conducted which included both theory and practical sessions. Networking visits are organized with various agencies and offices for the placement of the unit’s trainees.

Number of Beneficiaries :

  • 96 Trainees

Team Strength :

  • 1 Computer Teacher
  • 1 Asst Teacher
  • 1 Tally Teacher
  • 1 English Teacher

Budget (Rs) :

  • 14,00,174

Supported By :

  • Blue Dart

Achievements

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  • In the last year a total of 52 trainees (out of 74 enrolled) successfully completed the computer course, which included basic and advanced lessons as well as a compulsory English course. All the trainees received certificates after completion of their course.
  • The fact that unprivileged children have realized the importance and employability of technical education and how important basic computer skills are has been the biggest accomplishment of this project.
  • Out of the 52 trainees, 7 trainees gained successful placements and were able to improve their financial condition.
  • Ten female trainees for the session of 2015-2016 have received scholarship of Rs 75,000/- for Computer Literacy from Novotel Hotels & Resorts.

 Success Stories

Vijay

Vijay (name changed) is an 18 year old boy and is currently studying in Calcutta University. Vijay joined the unit to enhance his computer skills to supplement his academic course. He was a keen student and scored excellent marks on his final computer exam. Vijay has utilized his training at the Computer Unit well to provide training to other youths in his area.
This has enabled him to support his sister’s education. Vijay continues to study Commerce under a bachelor’s degree and is currently in his first year of the degree programme.

Rahul

Rahul, (name changed) a student of B.Com (1st year) of Calcutta University, was one of the most promising trainees of the Computer Unit (2015-16 session). He lives with his younger brother and his mother as his father had passed away when he was very young. His mother struggled a lot with her two children. Their financial condition was not stable. Facing difficulties from childhood, Vikash made up his mind to learn computers so that he can financially support his family as well as move forward towards his dream of achieving higher education. With this hope he joined the training and completed the computer course.

Women empowerment and Income generation programme

This programme strives to help women who are victims of discrimination and make underprivileged, economically weak and vulnerable women financially, socially, emotionally and legally empowered through the formation of self help groups and income generation activities.

Accordingly, apart from providing livelihood opportunities, this project seeks to encourage a steady habit of savings amongst community people and provide social safety nets in an integrated way. Along with income generation and operationalization of SHG model, skill enhancement training and capacity building approaches are important.

Number of Beneficiaries :

  • 218 Women

Team Strength :

  • 1 Program Field Officer

Budget (Rs) :

  • 3,77,798

Supported By :

  • The Hope Foundation

Achievements

  • In Ward no 85, 15 women Self help groups are present out of which 14 groups are active (134 members) and 1 group is inactive (Deepsikha Sawnirvar Dal). 165 no. of SHG meetings has been conducted in ward no 85.
  • 40 members from ward no 85 Self Help groups have taken loan in inter-loaning process of the SHG. Loan amounting Rs. 718000/- (Productive loan amounting Rs. 229000/- & non productive loan amounting Rs. 489000/-) taken by the members in Ward 85 Self Help Groups & total recovery loan amount including interest is Rs. 718835/- (Productive recovery loan amount is Rs. 223112/- & Non productive recovery loan amount is Rs. 495723/-). There total savings amounting Rs. 206250.
  • In Ward no 90, 4 women Self help groups are functioning/active and 37 members are active members out of these groups. 45 no. of SHG meetings has been conducted in ward no 90.
  • 3 members from ward no 90 Self Help groups have taken loan in inter-loaning process of the SHG. Loan amounting Rs.88000 /- (Productive loan amounting Rs. 20000/- & non productive loan amounting Rs. 68000/-) taken by the members in Ward 85 Self Help Groups and total recovery loan amount including interest is Rs. 76840/- (Productive recovery loan amount is Rs.45710/- & Non productive recovery loan amount is Rs.31110/-). There total savings amounting Rs. 30050/-.
  • In Ward no 82, 2 women Self help groups are functioning/active and 17 members are active members out of these groups. 24 no of SHG meeting has been conducted in ward 82 and total recovery loan amount including interest is Rs. 11914/-.There total savings amounting Rs.19500/-
  • In Ward no 03, 2 women Self help groups are functioning and 20 members are active members of these groups. 16 SHG meetings have been conducted in ward 03 areas.
  • 2 new self help group has been formed in this year in ward no 90.The name of the groups are Adhar Swanirvar Dal consisting 10 no of members and Annapurna Swanirvar Dal consisting 10 no of members. They have opened the account in West Bengal Cooperative Bank, Golpark branch.