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#BeBoldForChange. Help Bodhitree Skills in empowering rural graduates

#EmpowerRuralGraduates #MeForYou

Lack of awareness and access to opportunity is keeping India’s rural college graduates to realize their potential.

Rural communities invest in higher education of their youth with a faith of having better lives. Yet, experience shows that improving education without awareness and access to job/career opportunities will likely have no impact.

Today, rural graduates are mostly first generation college goers who lack awareness about job opportunities, cannot access resources and do not have skills to fit into the market.

What are we doing to solve it?
At Bodhi Tree Skills, we conduct career awareness sessions/ training programs which are specifically designed to meet the needs and demands of rural college graduates.

BTS trains rural college graduates on Leadership and professional skills through activity based learning.

Our sessions include 'Knowing Yourself', 'Life Skills', 'Resume Writing', 'Interview Skills' and a final session on 'Exposure to Opportunities'. 

We endeavour to equip rural college graduates with professional skills in order to empower them to explore and choose best career option for them which could be either joining the workforce or pursuing higher education.

We envision providing rural graduates with customized information on educational and career opportunities create platforms for graduates to gain exposure and acquire professional skills and link them to jobs and higher education opportunities. 

Our aim is to make graduates aware of the opportunities, to give courage to pursue their passion, to guide them to reach their potentials and to help them to live an empowered life.

Why are we fundraising?
In addition to access, rural college graduates are also often limited by financial barriers like training cost and travel cost to urban areas to attend career counselling workshops/ sessions and non financial barriers like difficulty in understanding.

Bodhi Tree Skills wants to create a level playing field for rural college graduates by removing these barriers to compete with their urban counterparts. We need your support to conduct career awareness camps in rural colleges and villages

How would we spend the money?
We are aiming to raise a total sum of Rs.5,50,000. This sum would cover the cost of all the career awareness sessions we conduct in next one year. We plan to conduct 150 career awareness session of which 100 session in colleges and 50 sessions in rural villages, each session will have 50 graduates.

Our village program will have trainer cost, transportation cost, Venue and chair rent, Refreshments, stationery and other expenses. Our college program incurs the same expense except Venue and chair cost and refreshments

Each village session would cost us Rs.5000/- and our college sessions Rs. 3000/-

Here are few examples of amount you can donate
  • Rs.500 helps 5 students to attend awareness session in village
  • Rs. 300 helps 5 students to attend awareness session in a rural college
  • Rs.5000 helps us to conduct a career awareness session which will benefit ~ 50 students in a village
  • Rs.3000 helps us to conduct a career awareness session which will benefit ~ 50 students in a college
  
Why I am fundraising?
I grew up in a small village in Tirunelveli,  TamilNadu. Being the first generation graduate, there was no one to guide. My parents are illiterate. I was looking for people to help me.  I applied for every opportunity in the newspaper and one such opportunity took me to Delhi to do a fellowship program. Today I am a Young India Fellow and an Acumen Regional Fellow.  I want all rural college graduates to have access to similar opportunities.
There is a difference between urban and rural college graduate not in terms of intelligence but in terms of remote geography, lack of pedagogical resources, cultural abstinence and poor infrastructure.
I want to change that.
 
What would you get?
Apart from bringing smile to a rural graduate's face and becoming a participant in their journey to empowerment, you can expect some hand-written gesture of love from these students to you. And if you visit this part of the country, you can be a guest trainer for one of our training sessions. 

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15th June 2020
Dear Well wishers
As you know, through my work at Bodhi Tree Foundation, I get the opportunity to work with young girls who have immense potential but are limited by social barriers, such as those of demography, caste, class, gender and sexual orientation.

The stories my girls relate to me often remind me of the saying attributed to Seneca: ‘Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.’ Having done 100+ home visits this year and having seen firsthand where my girls live and come from and where they have been, how much struggle they would’ve faced to attend college, I feel hopeless.

At this crucial juncture that is the pandemic, my girls hate their life in the villages a little more. Colleges and free hostels in the pre-pandemic era were places for safety, survival and solace for them. Their homes, for the most part, are led by single mothers, aunts and uncles or by their grandparents. The learning situation there is not conducive.

My girls are going to need us more than before to help them navigate through the extra pressures of poverty and the pronounced impact of gender expectations. They need to negotiate harder with their families because now their education will be deprioritized. They will be convinced to drop out of college/get married early and take on additional responsibilities at home. My girls need our support because they are already dealing with tendencies of self harm and low self esteem.

This year we are going to respond in three ways

To continue doing our work of instilling resilience and confidence and support them in their journey through life skills
To give monetary support for girls who are in the first and second year of college to pay college fees and exam fees and meet incremental needs
To start a 3 month program for 30 girls who are graduating this year to deepen their resolve in taking charge of their lives.
Dear Well wishers
As you know, through my work at Bodhi Tree Foundation, I get the opportunity to work with young girls who have immense potential but are limited by social barriers, such as those of demography, caste, class, gender and sexual orientation.

The stories my girls relate to me often remind me of the saying attributed to Seneca: ‘Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.’ Having done 100+ home visits this year and having seen firsthand where my girls live and come from and where they have been, how much struggle they would’ve faced to attend college, I feel hopeless.

At this crucial juncture that is the pandemic, my girls hate their life in the villages a little more. Colleges and free hostels in the pre-pandemic era were places for safety, survival and solace for them. Their homes, for the most part, are led by single mothers, aunts and uncles or by their grandparents. The learning situation there is not conducive.

My girls are going to need us more than before to help them navigate through the extra pressures of poverty and the pronounced impact of gender expectations. They need to negotiate harder with their families because now their education will be deprioritized. They will be convinced to drop out of college/get married early and take on additional responsibilities at home. My girls need our support because they are already dealing with tendencies of self harm and low self esteem.

This year we are going to respond in three ways

To continue doing our work of instilling resilience and confidence and support them in their journey through life skills
To give monetary support for girls who are in the first and second year of college to pay college fees and exam fees and meet incremental needs
To start a 3 month program for 30 girls who are graduating this year to deepen their resolve in taking charge of their lives.
4th September 2019
Dear supporters,

Thank you for being with us all along.We are delighted to share that we colloborated with Tirunelveli and Virudhunagar district administration to conduct a 3 day residential program in Adi Dravidar government run welfare hostels. The curriculum focused on life skills building, community engagement, public speaking, confidence development and career guidance.

We conducted a session in Mukkudal for 15 girls in the month of June on goal setting. We are continuing our collaboration with Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi district administration on their New Wings project focused on the children of Sanitation workers. As part of the project, we visited around 60 colonies where communities of sanitation workers live and identified 500+ youth who are in need of support.

It also gives us immense pleasure to share the milestone of starting a new Bodhi Tree Learning and Development Centre at Sivalingapuram village of Tenkasi district.

Our July Newsletter

Gratitude
Team Bodhi Tree Foundation
Dear supporters,

Thank you for being with us all along.We are delighted to share that we colloborated with Tirunelveli and Virudhunagar district administration to conduct a 3 day residential program in Adi Dravidar government run welfare hostels. The curriculum focused on life skills building, community engagement, public speaking, confidence development and career guidance.

We conducted a session in Mukkudal for 15 girls in the month of June on goal setting. We are continuing our collaboration with Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi district administration on their New Wings project focused on the children of Sanitation workers. As part of the project, we visited around 60 colonies where communities of sanitation workers live and identified 500+ youth who are in need of support.

It also gives us immense pleasure to share the milestone of starting a new Bodhi Tree Learning and Development Centre at Sivalingapuram village of Tenkasi district.

Our July Newsletter

Gratitude
Team Bodhi Tree Foundation
8th May 2016
Dear Friends and Supporters,

Today is my birthday

This is the facebook message I was tagged in the morning

On the occasion of Ashweeta's birthday a supporter of her work has offered to match every donation you make TODAY of upto Rs. 1000 to support her good work via this campaign. Let's make it a truly wonderful celebration of both her birthday and her work. Please donate and also share so others come forward to donate to support the wonderful work Bodhi Tree Skills does for training rural youth!
On behalf of Bodhi Tree Skills, thank you anonymous benefactor. May your tribe ever increase. 
Dear Friends and Supporters,

Today is my birthday

This is the facebook message I was tagged in the morning

On the occasion of Ashweeta's birthday a supporter of her work has offered to match every donation you make TODAY of upto Rs. 1000 to support her good work via this campaign. Let's make it a truly wonderful celebration of both her birthday and her work. Please donate and also share so others come forward to donate to support the wonderful work Bodhi Tree Skills does for training rural youth!
On behalf of Bodhi Tree Skills, thank you anonymous benefactor. May your tribe ever increase. 
Rs.321,367 raised

Goal: Rs.550,000

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Keep up the great work team!

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All the very best to you and your team for going the extra mile

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I was deeply moved by Ashweetha Shetty's Ted Talk. Magnificent work!

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