LIFE PROJECT CENTERS 

 INDIA 

 

 LIFE PROJECT CENTER - PAHARGANJ - DELHI  

The Life Project Center Paharganj trains Youth from slums in northern parts of Delhi. Two teams, Yummy Sweet and Yummy Salty, run Micro Economic Initiatives specializing in the production of healthy snacks. The biggest challenges for 2020 are to mobilize more Youth and to raise their profile within the communities.

CHAMAN DEEP

Computer trainer, SEB, Delhi

“I‘ve been working for SEB Group India for 6 years as Accounts & Finance Manager. My first visit to the LPC Sangam Vihar in Delhi was very memorable: I really enjoyed the renovation activities with the Youth. After that, I looked into the details of LP4Y pedagogy for youth development and I got really inspired by the project. We all know that “knowledge sharing increases our knowledge”. I joined LP4Y in July 2017 and I provide basic computer trainings (MS Office, use of Internet, job search consultancy, resume update, etc.) in Paharganj center. I believe that IT knowledge should be in every place today. I am proud to have joined as volunteer and the more time I spend with the Youth, the more I feel positive. Thus, I recommend this experience to everyone.”

 

 LIFE PROJECT CENTER - SANGAM VIHAR - DELHI  

In Sangam Vihar, a very poor area in the South, priority is given to supporting Young women. In the 2 Khazana programs, the Youth make furniture and decorative items. Their expatriate clients in Delhi are demanding, and encourage the Youth to increase their flexibility and improve the quality of their service. Graduated Youth are very involved in the Stars Club and are always ready to support those in training.

NEERAJ KUMAR

Star of Khazana 2, Delhi

“I completed my 12th grade but because of financial problems, I couldn’t go to a university. I thought I would never be able to join a company because I am handicapped. I will always remember my first day at LP4Y: I couldn’t understand anything! But day after day, I improved a lot. I am now more confident and I can handle responsibilities. Besides, I am now the President of the Stars Club in Delhi, I organize Stars dinners and lunches, give tips to other Youths about LP4Y trainings, interviews and jobs. My challenge is to make it a professional network and to improve the team spirit. With the last seminar organised in Chennai by LP4Y, I achieved one of my dreams: taking the plane. Thank you to all the coaches, you work really hard to help us to change our lives!”

 

 LIFE PROJECT CENTER - CHENNAI 

In 2019, a new Life Project Center was created at the Kannagi Nagar relocation site, home to 150,000 inhabitants. The Life Project Center includes a Little Angels Academy and a multisport field. The 2 teams of Community Champions of Change, made up of 82% Young women, are responsible for promoting sport within their community and organizing discovery sessions, weekly sports lessons and tournaments with support from professionals.

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ISWARYA MADAVAN

Autonomy Step, Community Champions of Change, Chennai

“I have two daughters of 5 and 3 years old, and a son of 18 months. One of my daughters remains at the village to go to school that is why I travel 6 hours by bus every weekend to see her. I stopped school when I was 16 to get married and before joining LP4Y 2 months ago, I was staying at home to take care of my children. My husband suggested me to join LP4Y to improve my knowledge. Every day, I wake up at 5, cook lunch for him, prepare my kids, clean my house and then I go to the center while my children go to LP4Y’s nursery. With LP4Y, I’ve used a computer for the first time in my life! I learnt how to use it, how to be professional and how to speak in front of people.”

 

 LIFE PROJECT CENTER - MUMBAI 

Since 2017, the Life Project Center in the economic and financial capital has been training 34 Youth every 9 months, mostly women, from the slum of Malwani - a northern district with a population of 500,000. In January 2019, the 2 teams launched Lifeline, a new program that identifies health professionals in the neighborhood and raises awareness of diseases related to mosquitoes, water quality and malnutrition.

ROHIT SALGAONKAR

Customer technical service, Roquette, Mumbai

“Roquette and LP4Y have been working together for the past few years and I am fortunate to have been involved for the past year with 2 LPCs in India (Delhi & Mumbai). I interacted with the Youths about the importance of Safety and Hygiene at the workplace. LP4Y does a commendable job for the young adults of the country. I also think it is really important that employees get involved in their company’s social activities because it is the only way we can give back to the society and make our world a better place to live in. The sheer number of young people has yet to become an asset since currently only 2.5 % of the Indian workforce has had some formal training. We need to give the best to our future generations.”

 

 LIFE PROJECT CENTER - BENGALURU 

2019 was a successful year for the Life Project Center in the predominantly Muslim slum of DJ Halli. After major renovations, the official inauguration and the creation of a new team in March 2019, the Digi’Women Micro Economic Initiative was created. The Young women give weekly computer lessons to the local community. It is a way to combat digital illiteracy, which is a major factor contributing to social and professional exclusion.

CLÉMENCE HAMERY

Coach of Digi'Women, Bengaluru

“When I arrived in Bengaluru in August 2018, my challenge was to provide them with a professional center with enough room for a second team and accommodation for the volunteers. I feel I’ve grown with the walls of the new LPC. I’ve learnt to dare, to be patient and to accept help from others. I’ve come to understand the importance of teamwork, whether with other volunteers, the community or the Youths themselves. I’m deeply convinced that all the Young women who come to the Bengaluru LPC every day have talent, and it is amazing to witness how fast their self-confidence and personality blossom, paving the way to a future they could."

 

 LIFE PROJECT CENTER - HOSSENPUR - KOLKATA 

Hossenpur, in the South-East, has become gentrified and the Youth come from far away to develop their skills within the 2 programs: Tomorrow’s Food School and RIDE (Responsible and Innovative Driving Education). It is therefore likely that the Life Project Center will be moved to Taratala in 2020. Taratala is a former industrial area with 100,000 inhabitants, more than 25% of whom are excluded Young adults living in extreme poverty.

AMIT MONDAL

Management Step, R.I.D.E, Kolkata

“I am following LP4Y training since May 2018. During Responsibility Step, my coach encouraged me to find an internship. After a successful interview, I did an internship of two weeks in the Food & Beverage Department of IBIS Hotel in Kolkata. At first, it was very difficult because I was working 10 hours a day without sitting and they gave me a lot of tasks. Then I learnt a lot of things on food service for business guests and also on hierarchy and professional discipline. I felt like I had a real job. Now I feel more confident and I have more knowledge. It will help me to apply my skills in my future job. Doing a discovery internship is very useful.”

 

 LIFE PROJECT CENTER - HOWRAH - KOLKATA 

Following a study of the impoverished neighborhoods if Kolkata, LP4Y chose to open a new Life Project Center for the excluded Youth in Howrah. In Kolkata, the authorities regularly relocate shanty towns from the city center to the outskirts.  Howrah, connected to Kolkata by a bridge, is now home to the majority of people kicked out of the city center or migrants from the surrounding countryside looking for work. The town is teeming with people and meagre opportunities for low-paying insecure jobs. In Howrah, the new Life Project Center is being renovated. 34 Youth are ready to launch 2 Micro Economic Initiatives in hospitality, events and catering with a view to energizing the NGO Howrah South Point and inspiring key figures in the city to promote Youth inclusion.

FATHER LAURENT BISSARA

General consultant, Howrah South Point, Kolkata

“We immediately recognized a complementarity with LP4Y. One of our concerns was for our Youth who leave school, without training or qualifications, and with little chance of escaping poverty: they correspond exactly to the LP4Y profile. Then, we appreciated LP4Y’s pragmatic approach to training which puts emphasis on autonomy and finding work, rather than a just gaining a qualification for the sake of it. We are also aware of a need for permanent training for our own staff, and recognized LP4Y’s experience and skill in the realm of training. We are counting on their expertise to give us support. As far as what we have to offer, we’ve been visiting impoverished families here for over 40 years, constantly listening to new needs. Poverty evolves fast in India and our understanding of the terrain will be valuable to them. I hope that HSP and LP4Y, with their respective backgrounds, will be able to enrich each others’ missions and help more Youth escape poverty.”

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