“There is this inherent belief that the poor are different. But we have to realize that they want what we want: to make a living and support their families”

DB Tech Society

Don Bosco Tech Society (DB Tech) was set up in 2006 with an objective to provide employment-linked and market-driven short duration vocational courses to the economically and socially marginalized youth. DB Tech attempts to bridge the widening gap between those who have access to opportunities and those who are increasingly being marginalized from the ‘new economy’ jobs. DB Tech addresses this endemic problem with a market-based approach that is to be sensitise to the socio-economic needs of marginalized youth in the 18 – 35 years’ age bracket. DB Tech is an example of synchronous social action of various stakeholders, which is aimed at mainstreaming and ensuring economic security for youth who could be victimized by poverty. To enable marginalized youth to gain a foothold in the competitive job market, DB Tech helps them acquire the required livelihood and soft skills in an environment of learning and mentoring that is responsive to the individual’s emotional and developmental needs. DB Tech through its network of 200 + training centres across India, trained 33,000 young people in financial year 2014-2015 and more than 1 Lac youth in all and has provided placement to more than 70 % of beneficiaries.

Proposal: Two Placement Linked Skill Development Training for Under Privileged Youth-Northern State (April 2016 – March 2017)
This proposal is for continuation of Vocational Training Centers in North-east Region. DB Tech after series of discussions with the THF has proposed the locations, which has greater need for such intervention in North-Eastern regions of the country. The proposed project would be implemented across 14 locations (centres) spread across 4 states namely Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. Based on the infrastructure availability in remote locations, the number of courses in which the training would be offered varies from centre to centre; the course types would be Hospitality, Retail, Security, BPO, Weaving etc. DB tech will provide placement assistance to at least 75 % trainees including the self-employed ones. A new addition from this year would be Post Placement tracking of trainees, for a period of six months.

National Foundation for India (NFI)

National Foundation for India (NFI) is a grant-making organization, set up in 1992, under the eminent leadership of Bharat Ratna Late C. Subramanian, Late Dr. Kamla Chowdhry, Mr. Ratan Tata and Dr. M. S. Swaminathan with a need to complement development action by supporting civil societies. It supports small and nascent grassroots organizations to build capacities to strengthen their program and leverage resources for lasting changes. In its 20 years of existence, NFI has nurtured more than 250 organizations and seeded programs in 16 states through its various thematic areas. The ‘Livelihoods Security’ initiative of NFI is relatively new portfolio, started in 2007-08, which aims at improving the ability of rural poor families to enhance income, by increased participation in local communities to gain access and control over natural resources.

NFI has well-established financial systems and norms to ensure effective use of funds vested with it. Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Omidyar Networks, Open Society Foundation, UN Women, UNFPA, Plan India, Water-aid, Save the Children and UNICEF have supported NFI. At present Ford Foundation and MacArthur Foundation has been supporting NFI.

Proposal: To Improve Livelihoods through smallholders, agriculture and allied intervention across 250 villages in 3 states (Oct 2015- Sept 2019)
The project aims at strengthening and scaling up livelihood of 10,000 small and marginal farmers and producers through NFI`s existing network of 8 NGOs in the project area. The initiative will be carried out in 250 villages of 18 blocks spread over of 3 states namely Assam, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Most of these blocks are geographically remote and where the government programs have poor reach to the communities.
Secondly, these areas are distinguished by its undulating terrain, degraded ecology, low human development index and mostly inhabited by BPL households and poorest communities such as Schedule Tribe, Schedule Caste and Primitive Tribe. NFI would work for the following objectives to achieve the overarching goal:

  • To improve annual income of 10,000 tribal and marginalized households by Rs.15000/- Rs.20000/- through strengthening of agriculture and allied livelihoods and ensure access to irrigation to at least 3000 households.
  • To build knowledge and skills of eight-field partner organizations to design and implement large scale market-led livelihoods and institution building program.
  • To promote and strengthen 700 Community Based Organizations (SHGs, Producer Groups) and their leadership pool to ensure access to credit, market, entitlements and enhanced ownership of community in the Program for sustainability of the actions undertaken.

As per the design, it is expected that, with capacity building of Community Based Organizations (CBOs), increase production and better management of natural resources, it would be possible to grow two to three crops a year and has potential to double the cropping intensity with enhanced use of water. It will also help households to take up allied activities like pig-rearing, poultry, goat-rearing suitable to local context.

Samarpan Foundation

Samarpan Foundation is a charitable not-for-profit entity, established in September 2006 in New Delhi. They work to provide global support and assistance of any kind where there is humanitarian, ecological, environmental and animal welfare need. The organisation has been working in the areas of Nutrition, Health, Education, Women Empowerment and Shelter Homes for abandoned children and adults. Samarpan has been working towards nutrition through its initiatives such as Samarpan Kitchens and Monthly Food Parcels. Their charity hospital in Sunderbans, West Bengal has so far catered to 1,35,000 people from Bali and surrounding islands by focusing on emergency, trauma, childbirth and neo-natal care.
The foundation also works to provide free education through schools for slum children in Delhi, Chandigarh, Bangalore and Kolkata. SF also gives sponsorship for higher studies and distributes stationary and uniforms. In the empowerment domain, Samarpan is running vocational training centres that enable adults to earn an income (managed by the Institute of Learning, Culture and Art (ILCA), an associated not-for-profit trust). Also, SF is running a program on women’s empowerment and a dairy farm (managed by Hills and Dales Foundation, an associated not-for-profit company) and imparting skill in prisons. The organisation is also running homes for orphaned, abandoned and abused children. The children come from varied backgrounds and live as a family. The home for girls has a government licence issued by the Department of Women and Child Development and has a certificate of recognition under section 37 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000.

Proposal: Livelihood Program for Women
The project will be undertaken in the Jama Mazjid area of Delhi. Majority of population in the project area is from the Muslim community. Owing to factors like the socio economic profile of the area and religious sensibilities being followed, the women have to adhere to restrictive conventions of staying indoors. Though they are eager to learn and move forward in life, they are unable to do so due to limited resources and lack of opportunities. This project aims to provide skill and vocational training, creating possibilities for them to work with dignity, furthering opportunities to earn and enabling them to be in a position to support themselves and their families. The initiative will empower the underprivileged women of this community by providing skill training in tailoring to enable them to earn an income and support themselves and their families. Initially, the women are trained in basic tailoring and embroidery techniques. The project will undertake the following activities:

  • Women will be mobilized and enrolled for training
  • Trained staff shall be hired to impart training to select women
  • Best-in class skill training on tailoring and embroidery will be given
  • Exposure trip of these women will be organised to Warehouses and other empowerment centres
  • Workshops on creativity and innovation in tailoring will also be organised
  • After the completion of the course

A total of 150 women will be trained for 6 months (in 5 batches of 30 each) and hence a total 300 women will be trained this year. The women will be given a certificate from Singer India on completion of the 6-month course. Thereafter, the women will spend a year in Samapran’s production unit called Institute of Learning, Culture and Art (ILCA). The working conditions and wages comply with the ethical and legal trade practices. After spending a year in the production unit, the program’s objective is that the women form self-help groups. They will manage all aspects of a production unit including procuring and executing orders as well as marketing and accounting under our guidance and support.

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