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There are 36 million unemployed youth in India. Of these 24 million live in villages and substantial number move to cities in search of employment. One of the reasons for unemployment among youth is the significant disconnect between the school education and the opportunities, skills, and exposure necessary to achieve full potential and earn livelihood.

Solution:
Working at the intersection of education and livelihood, we create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the rural youth. We make the school education practical and relevant by providing job/life skills training, aptitude testing, career counseling, and bridge loan for micro-enterprises.

Working primarily in secondary schools from rural India, we have reached 12,000 students from over 100 villages in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa as of 2012. The programs have led to increase in enrollment, enhancement of academic performance, reduction in the dropout rate, and higher number of secondary school graduates opting for technical education.

Watch a short film about PLAN100 -
an initiative to equip 20,000 girls and boys from 100 secondary schools based in rual India with job and life skills. Read More >>

LAHI Co-founder Sunanda Mane nominated as "Ashoka Globalizer Fellow"
We are proud to share with you that Sunanda Mane (Ashoka Fellow 2011), co-founder and President, Lend-A-Hand India has been conferred with the reputed Ashoka Globalizer Fellowship 2012. The Ashoka Globalizer is a highly selective fellowship program which aims to broaden the scale of innovative social initiatives, which have succeeded at a local/regional level by providing financial and strategic support to take them to the global scale. Read more >>

LAHI is the first-runner up in Global Competion supported by The Rockfeller Foundation for "Innovative Secondary Education for Skills Enhancement"

This model struck the jury as particularly responsive to the real needs of the population it serves. The potential for scale-up is also significant, and it has buy-in from both local institutions and the community.
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Run for a Dream: Train for half/full marathon - Get a guaranteed entry to New York or Mumbai Marathon
Run for a Dream will help you reach your goal of running a marathon or half-marathon while supporting a great cause. This year, we are offering guaranteed entry to our city's very own and much sought after NYC and Mumbai Marathon. Sign up today and start training!


From the field : : "My teacher asked me if I knew how to do wiring of the ceiling fan. I said no to which he replied that we were going to learn that in our class..." says, Samina Tadavi, a beneficiary of NetIP-NY's grant for LAHI's Job and Life Skills Program.
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LAHI launches Permaculture Project: In collaboration with an international group of permaculture experts, LAHI is designing a training program in sustainable agriculture and sustainable community development for high school students. Read more>>

Survey of Vocational Training Alumni: A review of the current status of the graduates of Lend-A-Hand India's vocational training program, PLAN 100, shows that multi-skill practical training, combined with early mentoring, leads to economic self reliance for poor and marginalized rural youth. Read the findings and some case studies Read more>>

LAHI students playing a role in Indian General Elections
: Imagine young high school children from a remote village in India not only playing an important part in the elections held by the world’s largest democracy India but also getting paid for it and learning some valuable life lessons along the way. Read more>>

Jen Kagan visits LAHI Projects in India:
Read about Jen Kagan's experience of visiting a vocational training center in India
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