Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA) was founded in 1928 by Late Shri. B.G. Kher, a freedom fighter, statesman and the first Premier of Bombay State. He was moved by the plight and miserable living conditions of the 100 odd tanner families who had settled in the marshes of Bandra (E) called Chamdewalla-ki-Wadi. While he was involved in the freedom struggle, leading two ministries in 1937 and 1946, interspersed with prison terms, his friends and associates continued to work in the area, later known as “Kherwadi”.
The Trust was registered in 1954 and the Trustees and Executive Council have continued to follow the principles of service and commitment to help the poor and underprivileged and adhere to the high principles of simplicity, integrity and commitment set by the founder.
Kherwadi Social Welfare Association started the ‘Yuva Parivartan’ (YP) Movement in 1998 under the leadership of Mr. Kishor Kher and Mrs. Mrinalini Kher to cater to the unmotivated school dropouts and make them economically independent through vocational training. The movement was formally launched in February 2003 by the then President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Yuva Parivartan is a collective effort of transformers, visionaries, corporates, and the benefactors. An NGO which was cradled in the Kherwadi region of Bandra, is now brimming with endless energy and has spread across the entire nation. In 13 years of its existence, Yuva Parivartan has shown a tremendous growth. The parent centre has now branched out to over 100 centres across 16 states of India, which includes 44 Livelihood Development Centres, more than 100 Partnership Centres and 5 jail Centres. As one of the largest NGOs of India that works for the school drop-out youth, we strongly believe that the nation’s strength and future lies in the hands of its youth. Unlike the developed countries where 90% youth opts for some or the other sort of vocational training, less than 5% get into vocational training in our country despite the fact that India is a country with the largest youth population.
From 100 students to 4,00,000 students, from 1 centre to more than 100 centres, from the tribal areas of Maharashtra to the snow-clad Kashmir, Yuva Parivartan has expanded its horizons to become a national movement.
At Yuva Parivartan, we provide:
Vocational training (70% practicals & 30% theory)
Life skills such as Decision making, Time Management, Money Management, Values & Perception, health & hygiene etc.
Enable English speaking and computer training courses
Job placements and assistance in getting self-employed.
Annually, we empower 10,000 school dropouts out of which 60% are employed and a few of them take a bigger leap of becoming an entrepreneur. We adopt a holistic approach of enhancing the less fortunate youth with vocational skills, guidance, counselling and financial assistance.
Yuva Parivartan’s flexible and innovative model has been appreciated by the Planning Commission and has proved effective in the urban, rural and tribal belts. Our model ensures that the local community needs are met and thus benefiting the youth as well as the entire community or village.
Thus, Yuva Parivartan is an inspired movement with a desire to bring about a change for the betterment of the society and the nation.
Kherwadi Social Welfare Association’s Credibility:
• Kherwadi Social Welfare Association has received an upgradation of the ISO-9001:2000 to ISO-9001:2008 for the 4th Year. It is recognised by Give India, United Way, NASSCOM Foundation and Credibility Alliance, a credit rating agency for the development sector.
• KSWA is an authorized Vocational Training Provider under the Ministry of Labour and Employment’s Modular Employability Scheme for conducting skill development trainings.
• Awarded 35AC IT exemptions by Finance Ministry, Govt. of India to collect funds for starting Vocational Training Centres. The 35 AC Certificate is given to Projects of National Importance.
• Authorised to run Maharashtra State Govt. approved Vocational Training Courses from Directorate of Vocational Education & Training. KSWA is running Computer Courses under this accreditation.
• An authorized Training Agency of Directorate of Industries, Ministry of Industries, Govt. of Maharashtra for imparting Vocational Trainings under Special Component Plan (SCP) for urban poor youth.
• An authorized Training Agency of Govt. of Maharashtra for imparting trainings on Retail Sales for Scheduled Caste Candidates.
• An authorized Training Agency of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) under Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of Maharashtra for imparting trainings on Business Skills Development for rural poor women working in Self Help Group.
Although the in last two decades YP has been working towards the same and a few milestones by providing vocational training to on an average ten thousand youth per year. In the recent annual conference, YP has adopted a new mission for a new quantum change – “Mission2014”.
In this process Yuva Parivartan will start Residential Training Centers (RTC) for running training programs under Corporate / Govt. Sponsorships in partnership with NGO and the surplus generated through Residential Training Center will be ploughed back for training deprived youth.
Within the orbit changing initiative Yuva Parivartan is also extending its boundary from the existing regions to ten new states in the country. The States targeted for this expansion are: Maharashtra (a more intensive coverage, especially in the interior, poorer regions of the state), Karnataka, Gujarat, NCR, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, MP, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa. The planned growth will be achieved through Partnerships with NGOs / CBOS/ Community Groups / Social Entrepreneurs/other likeminded social organizations.
Yuva Parivartan has worked out a unique training model to reach the rural youth of the country. This is primarily aimed to connect the rural population in remote areas where there is no reach of government or corporate project.
So far, Yuva Parivartan has conducted hundreds of such camps in the interior Vidarbha and Marathwara region of Maharashtra and made a difference to the lives of thousands of local youth. We seek support from the leading corporate as well as apex bodies to sponsor course camps to reach rural India.
KSWA was one of the NGOs invited by Mumbai Police to help implement our Yuva Parivartan Project for their First Time Offender (FTO) Rehabilitation Project.
The eligibility for this project is a first time offender identified in the age group between 18-25 years. The offender under this is the one who has committed petty offences like theft, provoked rioting, hurt cases, and is out on bail after being booked for an offence. Such offenders need counselling & guidance so that they do not tread back to the path of crime. The police station identifies & sends such youth to our centres for Training & Counselling.
We also conduct Vocational Training Courses in 5 prisons. This is primarily done to rehabilitate prison inmates after they complete their sentence & integrate them into the mainstream society. They are taught skills to enable them to earn a livelihood & lead a productive & dignified life.
Other Activities: Guest Lectures, Hobby Classes, Individual and Group Counselling.
INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
In September 2008, we started IRDP (Integrated Rural Development Program) centre at Wada, supported by Bombay Gowrakshak Trust. The following programs are implemented under IRDP:
Improved Agricultural Practices
Water Resource Management
IRDP covers 30 villages of Wada Taluka in Thane District about 70 kms. from Mumbai, and is one of the most Backward Tribal Belts to Work in Improving Agriculture Practices in the fields of Food-grains, Horticulture, Floriculture, Animal Husbandry, Improving milk yields, healthy livestock, encourage goat, cow rearing and poultry farming and forming Self-Help Groups (SHG)
MDTE imparts structured & systematic Entrepreneurship Development Movement through Training & continuous follow-up services to budding Entrepreneurs. MDTE targets deprived communities for income generation activities which are undertaken at various levels. The major focus is on School dropouts& women from the slums to take up self-employment related activities. Government sponsored training programs & other activities are also carried out for this purpose.
MDTE works for financially deprived Society through its Sponsored activities. The poor & needy youth / women are given a chance to undergo our Professional Courses under the Sponsorships for Training Program by Govt. / Semi- Govt. Departments.
Our counselling department is committed in encouraging the students for their success and personal growth. The mission of the counselling centre is to provide help through psychological interventions & promote change in the life of every YP member so that he or she reaches optimum potential in work, health & happiness.
We offer Career / Vocational Guidance, Psychological testing and conduct programs on HIV/AIDS awareness, stress management and problem solving etc. We also conduct individual counselling sessions.[box]
Kherwadi Social Welfare Association
Parishramalaya, Teen Bungalow Road
Opp. Kherwadi Municipal School,
Mumbai – 400 051
Tel: +91 (22) 2647 4381 | 26479189 | 2647 5359
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