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Help Empower Rural India
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  • Smruthi

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  • RY

    This fundraiser will benefit

    Rural Youth of Bhimavaram and Yadgir in India

    from Bengaluru, Karnataka

"Oh Heart, it is hard to survive here, be careful, be aware, this is Bombay my love." -sings Johnnie Walker in the famous Bollywood film C.I.D, capturing the true essence of cities.
 Cities have been lauded as 'Mayapuri' (Land of Dreams) since forever, but what IS the reality beneath this notion?
Youth in rural areas aspire for jobs in the cities but often miss out on the facts that the cost of living, and competition in the job market are also higher.  

We, Smruthi and Mahi, two students from Bangalore aspire to make this world a better place to live in.  We are working as volunteers for 1M1B Foundation to create careers for the rural youth, as well as to increase entrepreneurship in rural areas of Bhimavaram , Andhra Pradesh and Yadgir, Karnataka.
 We are passionate about this cause and want to extend the resources that we possess to others to create a positive impact.

 Due to the lack of required skills, and opportunities, the rural youth here end up-    
   i. Joining their family business, which is primarily agriculture-this is the main cause of disguised unemployment. A shocking assembly of statistics are-Agriculture provides employment to almost 51% of the total population. However, the sector's contribution to the country's GDP is just 12-13%[references below]
   ii. Apart from the fact that agriculture hosts disguised unemployment, as Yadgir is a drought prone area (thus making agriculture seasonal), the farmers along with their families often take a leap of faith and migrate to cities-barely making ends meet, getting unstable jobs and becoming migrant families.
   iii. Obtaining employment in urban areas far below their potential or qualifications leading to under employment.  


· Companies and firms in cities have vacancies that the rural youth themselves can fill if skilled. We did a gap analysis and aimed at bridging the rural-urban gap, thus broadening the opportunities available to them by providing them with the required soft skills training.    
We achieved this by contributing to an already established system put into place by two on-ground fellows in Yadgir.  We provided them with soft skills training- which not only honed their skills, but also made them aware of the different opportunities present in the city, matched it with their aptitudes, and gave them confidence and clarity, which paved the way for SAFE AND HEALTHY MIGRATION.
The skill development in Yadgir oversaw the training of 87 youth, and placement of  53 of them successfully in Bangalore, Mangalore, Gulbarga, Hyderabad and Yadgir itself. We are bringing 4 youths from Yadgir to Bangalore for interviews in the month of March. Also, we will consequently bring 30 youths from Bhimavaram in the next 3 months.  

· Further we are funding a rural entrepreneurship program in Bhimavaram. This entrepreneurship program, however has a twist, and is focused on helping the RURAL HIGH SCHOOL CHILDREN. This program, The Future Leaders Program, has a 45 hour curriculum which trains young minds to look at their community and solve problems with real life solutions. Projects that are creative, have made an impact in the community and has scope for expansion are going to be showcased by the young entrepreneurs in the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA
  •     Having personally been part of the same training under this program that took place in the urban city of Bangalore, we, along with ten other students, can definitely  vouch for how this curriculum, as well as the presentation in the UN, opened our eyes, broadened perspectives and developed our personalities immensely and helped us actually make a difference. This training will not only  help address the community's problems, but will activate a whole generation of confident and capable rural youth who can live completely different lives from their predecessors and break the previous cycle, truly empowering rural India.

Soft skills training in Yagdir, Karnataka-

As Gandhi rightly said, the future of India lies in its villages.  

YOUR contribution will be that small step leading towards a thousand-mile journey. 

YOU have the power to empower others. Wield it.  


5K- Will be used for stay in the city of 4 candidates from Yadgir while they are in B'lore for interview
7K- Will be used for transport from Yadgir to B'lore
2K- Will be used transport within B'lore for interviews
Approximately 4.5 lakh- Money required for one rural 9th grader to participate in the program. Want to fund a minimum of 50 students. 

1 lakh- Will be used for organizing a job fair for the few candidates in Bhimavaram who wish to secure employment in the city-      
                      *60K will be used for travel to Bengaluru for job fair                
                      *40K will be used for setting up the job fair  

This is a cause we believe in.

There are people who believe that their dreams are just dreams, nothing more.  

Belief is powerful for change..

But not enough.

YOU have the power to help bring people one step closer to their DREAMS. 

So, help us translate our IDEAS into ACTION, and DREAMS into REALITY  by contributing!


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