Uttar Pradesh

The challenges

The community was extremely conservative and lacked awareness. They, in fact, did not even want any change in the situation – due to fear and doubts and also their laidback attitude. Men were mostly into gambling and drinking and women in the families were overburdened with work. The condition of the women was not great – they were harassed and lacked social stature. Youth in the community lacked ambition – girls were not allowed to study and work and boys, too, wandered aimlessly due to lack of guidance.

In the beginning of SEDI there were a lot of hurdles to overcome, like female candidates were not allowed to go out of their house for studies. The acceptance of SEDI was not there in the community. In the beginning of SEDI it was really hard for us to call the candidates for training.

Flagship initiative - SEDI

As time passed, the acceptance of SEDI increased in the community – primarily due to rigorous mobilisation efforts and placement of trainees in good jobs. Additionally, we placed high priority on the safety of our trainees, which gave parents faith and as a result, the number of female candidates in SEDI has increased.

We have chosen such trades which are beneficial for both males and females. like tally and nursing assistants. Currently, we have 75% female trainees and 25 % male trainees in all trades; placement ratio is 89% in nursing and 70% as tally.

Due to the quality of our education and placements, we have grabbed the opportunity to tie-up with other corporates like Tech-Mahindra Foundation, Godrej Saloni and NTPC. With the help of these corporates, we opened different centres in Ghazibad and Dadri. We have also opened satellite centres in other villages for beautician programs.