TRANSFORMING A GENERATION
B.Sc Medical (Baddi University)
A unique programme designed in partnership with Baddi University for financially disadvantaged meritorious youth to excel in a competitive work environment.
During the graduate degree programme, students receive formal education at Baddi University and on-the-job training at Cipla Baddi manufacturing unit.
The first batch graduated in 2018 and has been productively employed. 2nd & 3rd batch ongoing, with equal representation of boys and girls.
Youth Being Trained
We support job-linked skill training for youth to enhance their income and build their confidence.
Vocational courses like electrical training, plumbing, industrial sewing and more in partnership with Ambuja Cement Foundation in Baddi and ITI (Indian Technical Institute) in Sikkim.
General Duty Assistants course for domain specific skills in patient care and general hospital management in partnership with TATA Strive in Mumbai.
Youth Development Modules in personality development and soft skills in partnership with TATA Strive in Indore.
Youth Skilled Through Various Courses Since 2016
AMBUJA MANOVIKAS KENDRA, ROPAR
Over the last three years, we have been supporting the Ambuja Cement Foundation run Skill Development & Rehabilitation Centre (SDRC) in Ropar, Punjab. The Centre provides vocational skills in areas such as bakery, pottery and artificial jewellery making to individuals with disabilities. We also support enrolled students with job readiness skills to build on their potential, facilitate increased employment opportunities and equip them to lead a life of dignity through financial independence.
PARTNERING WITH SETHU, GOA
In order to build an inclusive society, we have launched an initiative in Goa to skill the Mukhya Sevika and teachers of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) of Women and Child Development Department. The aim is to make them into Master Trainers who will further upskill teachers in Balwadis to address the special needs of children with disabilities.
WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS
Along with Score Foundation, we have been supporting the EyeWay helpdesk at the Victoria Memorial School for the Blind in Mumbai since 2017. The helpdesk is a one-stop resource and information repository that aims to increase access to resources, information and counselling for people with visual impairments.
Individuals Supported Since 2017
STORIES OF CHANGE
SKILLED TO LEAD HER LIFE WITH DIGNITY
When Naresh Kumari’s husband was diagnosed with a heart ailment, the burden of looking after the family of eight fell on her. At that point, she came to know about the Sewing Machine Operator course at SEDI and immediately signed up. Soon, she was able to start working at a tailoring unit and then a year later she started her own tailoring shop. Today, she is able to earn enough to support her family and pay for her husband’s medical expenses.
MAKING A DREAM COME TRUE
Paramjit Singh could not study beyond grade 12 as he had to take care of his ailing mother. During one of the SEDI mobilization campaigns, Paramjit came to know about the Electrician Trade course and got himself enrolled. He was determined to start his own business, so he opened a small electrical shop called Siani Electricals at Chokiwal. Starting with minimum services, he grew into offering DJ services, tents and catering services for various events. Today he is a successful entrepreneur who employs 20 workers.
A PATH LEADING TO THE ROAD OF SUCCESS
Seema Devi wanted to help her husband by contributing to their family income. During a village support camp organized by SEDI Seema learnt about the Beautician courses offered at SEDI and the several income-generating options available upon completion. Seema applied for the Beautician course and gained immense practical experience through it. She now runs her own beauty parlour and earns a respectable living.
A STORY OF CONFIDENCE AND CHAMPIONSHIP
Parwinder Singh lives with moderate intellectual disability. His parents were concerned about his future and enrolled him in Ambuja Manovikas Kendra, a centre for differently-abled youth. On the basis of his social skills and progress, within a year Parwinder found a job at the local Honda agency. As his confidence grew, it led Parwinder to participate in the National Championship of Snow Games held in February 2019 at Narkanda, Shimla where he won a gold medal in Snow Shoeing event. He was shortlisted for the first preparatory camp in February 2020, where the Indian team will be selected for 2021 World Winter Special Olympic Games.
STANDING UP STRONG AFTER REJECTIONS
After being rejected from multiple schools because of disability caused behavioral issues, Ramandeep was admitted in Ambuja Manovikas Kendra in 2005 at the age of 11 years. There she felt comfortable and gradually started developing interest in sports. She participated in the Punjab State Special Olympics & won three gold medals in Athletics in 2006 and was titled the ‘Best Female Athlete’. She went on to represent India in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens in 2011 where she won gold in the 4×100 relay race and a bronze in Shotput. To help Ramandeep become financially stable, she underwent a special one year training in artificial jewellery making. Punjab Government awarded Ramandeep with the State Award 2019.
DISABILITY SHOULD NOT LIMIT ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES
29-year-old, Sayaji Waghmare, with visual impairment, called the Eyeway Helpdesk for assistance regarding his UDID (Unique Disability Identity) card online application which got rejected after he made an error while submitting it. The Eyeway counselor informed him about a special camp being organized for UDID card applications and advised him to meet the officer on duty. Upon reaching the camp, Sayaji contacted the Eyeway counselor, who then spoke to the officer-in-charge and explained Sayaji’s situation. He received support at the camp and was delighted. Days later he again contacted the counselor to inform that he had received his 14-digit registration number for his UDID application and was extremely grateful.
MOVING KNOWLEDGE, NOT PEOPLE
ECHO works on a HUB-SPOKE model using an internet based technology platform.
Specialists (HUB) share knowledge with community of professionals (SPOKE) who further cascade it to practitioners.
Scaling specialized health training with technology
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) amplifies best practice care. Specialized medical knowledge can now be shared with health practitioners across the world so underserved people can get the care they need.
We are supporting ECHO training sessions in therapies as diverse and wide ranging as:
- Pediatric Rheumatology
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Respiratory Care with a focus on COPD
- Palliative Care
Professionals Trained Through 85+ Sessions
We believe that training healthcare professionals in specialised lines of care is a scalable and sustainable way to create positive health outcomes.
Since 2017, we have been supporting training sessions and web-based update sessions using WHO curriculum on diagnosis and management of viral Hepatitis.
Together with Institute of Liver & Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi we are building capacity of primary care physicians and paramedical professionals for the management of viral hepatitis in selected high-prevalence geographies.
We believe that this partnership plays a vital role in disseminating critical information and knowledge on Hepatitis, its prevention and treatment. Our collaboration is a pioneering and innovative step to train doctors, paramedics and nurses across multiple medical institutes through a specially curated training model. This model is simple and replicable not only by government institutions but by various public institutions and NGOs as well.
Doctors And Paramedics Trained
Together with our NGO partners, we are continuing to skill individuals from remote communities through virtual sessions, online classes and audio / video conferencing.
Youth who have previously gained specialized skills through our skilling initiatives are finding themselves better placed to face the pandemic and remain financially independent to support their families.
My son is intellectually disabled and has learnt to make decorative items and Rakhis at the Skill Development and Rehabilitation Centre. Despite the lockdown, even this year the Centre’s team helped us procure raw materials from which my son and I made Rakhis and sold to our neighbours. We kept all Covid protocols in mind the whole time.
Confronting Covid With Confidence
In 2018, Shirin trained at the Cipla Foundation supported Centre to become a Sewing Machine Operator. With her skills by her side, she was able to deliver a corporate order of 6000 masks in the lockdown. Since then, she has been receiving regular orders and has become financially capable to take care for her family.