Community Mondays: Youth Employability

For todays Daily Dose of Saath we bring to you the stories of two Umeed students. Saath’s Umeed program  provides job training and placement to youth from vulnerable families and school drop-outs across Gujarat. 

Dharmesh Dantani, 19 years old:
Dharmesh Dantani, dropped out of school in class 10. He is a resident of Meghaninagar in Ahmedabad and comes from a big family (6 members). His father, who is a salesman, was the only bread-winner and the family income of this household was Rs. 3000 per month. Dharmesh always wanted to share his fathers financial burden. He used work as a labourer but that did not fulfill the needs of the family. Dharmesh wanted to pursue higher studies in order to earn a better income. But conventional higher education were not an option for him.
When he heard about Umeed, he enquired and got himself enrolled at the nearest center. He took a course in Tally (a basic accounting system) for three months. Umeed not only helped Dharmesh garner the professional skills but also some basic life skills, which helped boost his self-confidence.

At the end of the course, he got placed at Tirth Infotech as a Data Operator for a salary of Rs. 4000 p.m. Dharmesh says, “I am very happy that I can now contribute to my family’s income. I want to continue working and am very thankful to Umeed.” Dharmesh has finally been able to support his family.

Jaydevi Jadeja, 18 years old:
For Jaydevi Jadeja studying in college after 12th grade was not an option. Coming from a weak economical background, her father owns a provision store (the only breadwinner) and their family income was Rs. 2,000 per month. Jaydevi’s father could not afford to send her to college. But Jaydevi wanted to do something purposeful with her life and sitting at home was not an option either.
One day, she learnt about Umeed through a pamphlet distributed during a road show. Jaydevi showed interest in joining a three month course and her family agreed. She chose Umeed because she felt that it gave the best skills training. Umeed did not let her down and taught her everything about bedside patient assistance. She even did two month on-job training at Smith Hospital in Meghaninagar. She admits, “my mentality about life has changed because of Umeed. I now feel more confident which proves to be one of my biggest assests.”

On successful completion of the course, Jaydevi got placed at Chaitanya Dental clinic as a Nursing Asst for a salary of Rs. 1800 p.m. Now Jaydevi can financially contribute to her family and she is very happy with this.


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