Unemployment is one of the burning issue among youth. Due to lack of right skills, poor people are unable to utilize the available local resources. The poor people include the fisherfolk communities forcible migrating to different places in India and working as a daily labors, construction workers, cooks, brick workers and daily wages. The girls and women physically and sexually harassed by brick owners and contractors. They are living in slums, getting very low wages and infected by HIV/AIDS also. Based on the problems, community request letters, ABC designed a project proposal in association with community partners with the motto of “Building skill Creating Opportunities. The overall objective of the project is to enhancing the employability of 200 Nos disadvantaged and poor adolescent girls, youth and women through vocational and skill development trainings. The project directly supports to 200 Nos beneficiaries from poor background includes adolescent girls, youth and fisher women from 15 Nos coastal remote villages. The activities mainly includes Vocational and Skill trainings on Tailoring, Mobile repairing, Welding, Electrical, Driving, Fish pickles making, Fish vending and other fish value added products with the expertise support from training agencies and resource persons from xxxx. After the training, the trainees will placed in various companies, and established micro enterprise to enhance their employability as well livelihood security. In long run, the project will establish training center and Self Help Cooperative to be promoted for marketing, financial and non-financial services to the poor people. To achieve the project objectives, Executive Director and four operational team and financial Rs. xxxxxx will be required. Out of 20% budget will generated as People & Organization Contribution and remain 80% resources expecting from the funding agency (Rs. xxxxx). The xxxxx also play vital role in monitoring and evaluation of project activities. The experienced Executive Director is fully responsible for planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and timely reporting to donors of this project.
Implementing Organization Profile
ABC is a nonprofit community based organization working towards women empowerment, education and livelihood promotion. ABC aspires to improve the living conditions of the poor and marginalized by adopting strategies through community initiative, participation and sensitization. Promoted by xxxx in 2000, the organization has worked among backward communities in the interior unreached pockets of coastal Odisha, identified as one of the most under developed states in India. Women self-help groups have been taken as the base for all interventions and livelihood activities enabling them to contribute towards mainstream development process.
Project Holder Profile
BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT
Odisha occupies 4.75 percent of India’s landmass and accounts for 3.46 percent of the country’s population. The state comprises 30 districts, 58 subdivisions, 314 blocks and 51,048 administrative villages. As per 2011 census, the population of Odisha is 4,19,74,218. The overall literacy rate is 72.9 percent and the female literacy rate is 64.36 percent, which is below the national averages of 74.45 percent and 64.36 percent, respectively. With a coastline of 480 km along the Bay of Bengal, Odisha accounts for 8 percent of the coastline of India. Odisha’s coastline is shared by six coastal districts including xxxxx and the length of xxxxx coastal line is 60 kms.
The socio-economic situation:
Women play an active role in day to day survival of the coastal fishing communities but unfortunately their contribution to the fisher sector remains unnoticed. Fisher women are actively engaged in fish processing and marketing after the fish harvest. They bear the double burden of work for the market and for the house hold. The fisherwomen of xxxxx are illiterate and they do not have any other skill than selling fish. Increasing competition for scarce fish resources makes it difficult for women to procure fish. Fish vending is a difficult occupation in the absence of transport facilities, which compel women to walk 8 to 12 km a day with heavy loads of fish on their heads. Lack of alternative income generating opportunities in the coastal communities reduces the opportunity cost of labour to the point where they continue to be employed within the fishery in spite of very limited returns. Women are involved in all the shore based post harvest activities such as handling, sorting, grading, gutting, drying and marketing. More than 70% of fisherwomen in the area are engaged in fresh fish marketing.
In the proposed target area, 60% of the youth mass, women and adolescent girls migrating to xxxx, Mumbai, Chennai and Goa for alternative livelihoods. The main causes were poverty, lack of employment, food insecurity and financial problems. The migrated youth and male population are working as a daily labors, construction workers, maid servants, brick workers, electricians, welders and guards and earning very low income. The adolescent girls also working as cooks in the hostels, made servants, construction workers, small factories earning Rs. xxxx to xxxx per month, which is not sufficient to meet the family requirements in the cities. They are living in slum areas in shed houses and effected by deadly health diseases especially HIV/AIDS. Due to high migration in this operational area, xxxxx having number one position in HIV/AIDS in Odisha. While interacting with the poor women, it came to light that, few adolescent girls and women are sexually harassed by the owners at their work place and even not getting their wages also in right time. Due to lack of skills and capacity they are engaging as security guards and other non-productivity activities. The earned income also not sufficient to meet the meet the day to day expenses of the family. The children also migrating to the parents, leaving their studies and engaging in labor work to earn xx to xx from the construction work.