Skill Development Program

PATH conducts various community programmes with the women, youth and children in the slum communities of Cheeta Camp and Mankhurd. In those programs, the group suggested to initiate skill training courses for the community where they can acquire the skill and earn a livelihood for their family. In the year 1991, PATH started Skill training centre in Cheeta camp with tailoring course.

Gradually other courses were introduced and new centre in Ekta nagar was started. Presently certain courses such as Tailoring, Embrodiery, ‘Mehandi’, etc. Over thousands students are benefited from these courses in both the community.

We also referred youth to other vocational training centre conducted by ICICI, Larsen & Turbo Ltd., etc. Due to lack of funds we couldn’t continuing have curtailed these activities to a level where is manageable with participants’ contribution and local donations.

IN PIC: From the olden days of skill development center

Background of areas:

The project  area is situated in the M-East ward of Mumbai Municipal Corporation. The slum is Cheeta Camp  and its Extension where the settlement started 12 years ago and which has about 8400 families and a population of about 70000.  Another areas are Ekta nagar, Janata Nagar and Indira Nagar. This slum area comes under unrecognized slums. The area has about 2600 housesholds and about 55000 populations. The initial settlement started in this slum about 10 years ago. The third area is Maharashtra nagar which is on the sides of the Mankhurd tracks which has a population of 2000 housholds and about a population of 30000

In PIC: Mehandi training

a) Expected Outcome:

The expected outcome impact is that they play a positive role in their personal, family and community in relation to learning inputs they received. It is also hoped that their learning would be a milestone in their growth chart

b) Objectives:

  • Attainment of competence level in certain skills.
  • Enabled to enhance their income
  • Efficiency to establish self entreprise or to be employable.
  • Reduction of unemployment in the community

c) Target Areas:

  1. Cheeta camp
  2. Ekta Nagar
  3. Maharashtra Nagar

d) Existing and Upcoming Courses and number of students:

S.No. Courses Name (Current and Upcoming) No. of Students 
1. Sewing and Cutting 150
2. Embroidery 50
3. ‘Mehandi’ 50
4. Gifts and Home Décor Making 40
5. Mobile Repairing( Upcoming) 30(Exp..)
6. Computer Skills (Upcoming) 100(Exp..)
7. Television Reparing (Upcoming) 30(Exp..)
8. Air Conditioning & Fridge Repairing (Upcoming) 30(Exp..)
Total 380

For the upcoming courses we would along with technical inputs; include life skills such as communication, banking, business techniques, etc. English Speaking would be also included as per the students’ requirement.

IN PIC: products made at skill center

Team:

The Project co-ordinator is responsible for the project under the guidance of the General Secretary. The courses are conducted by technically qualified personnels.

Conclusion:

We are looking forward for continuous support from the well-wishers where we would be financially supported to continue the above stated project among the youth and women thus enhancing their employability to bringing a change in their lives and community.