In 1994, Saath initiated its Umeed programme which aimed to create links with the job market and slum residents by teaching them life-skills, technical subjects and basic English. The programme then helps the students to gain access to sustainable sources of employment in high growth service centres.
Most jobs are at entry level in the sectors of science and technology, finance, marketing, health and home-care services, communication and hospitality services. Approximately 40% of the participants are girls and salaries range from Rs 3000 to Rs 6000.
Rajendra Joshi, Managing Trustee, Saath, has been awarded the India Social Entrepreneurs Award for 2009 . The award is given by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to social enterprises with significant impact in India. Read full story
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