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Asha Jyothi exists to offer a sustainable alternative to the false promises of human traffickers through good quality education and employable skill training. Started in 2007, with two girls rescued from the streets of Hyderabad, Asha Jyothi is today involved in transforming loves, through its various programs including:
The Asha Children Homes began with the goal of providing a safe space, loving care, healthy food and good quality English medium education for children at-risk. Today we have 21 homes catering to children from various difficult backgrounds including - orphans, semi orphans, children from backgrounds of commercial sex trade, children from families affected by HIV/AIDS. Each home has 10 kids who are looked after by a loving house mom and a service staff. Many of these kids have gone on to successfully graduate high school often topping classes and receiving special Prime Minister Scholarships.
Asha Tuition Centres
The Asha Tuition Centres were set up with the intention of helping children of parents who couldn’t help their kids with after school homework. Hyderabad is a city with a large migrant population – many working long hours and often illiterate. Our research indicated the kids of such parents, were often most likely to drop out of school due to the lack of after school help from parents with their studies. The Asha Tuition centres were set up to provide such kids with an alternative, encouraging them to stay in school and successfully graduate. Today Asha Jyothi runs 23 tuition centres with 25-30 kids each. Each tuition centre has a well qualified teacher who spends two hours every evening helping kids with homework and any other course related doubts and questions.
Asha Back to School Program
The Asha Back to School program was begun with the desire to tackle another huge cause of school drop outs in Hyderabad. Children are often pulled out of school when fathers die due to work-related accidents, terminal illnesses, suicides due to mounting debt and extreme poverty. The mothers left behind are often unable to earn enough to keep the kids in school, ultimately leading to school dropout. The Asha Back to School Program identifies such children and helps them pay the school fee required to keep them in school until the mother is able to support the kids herself. Often mothers of children in our Back to school program also go through our employable skill training courses and are eventually able to support their kids themselves.
Asha Employable Skill Training Centre
The Asha Employable skills training centre is one of the many projects that was begun with the goal of equipping women at-risk with skills that could lead them to employment and eventual economic self-sustenance. Over the last 12 years, women from various at-risk backgrounds including - single mothers, widows, migrant workers, women from poor low-income families, girls rescued from trafficking, girls rescued from temple prostitution, women affected by HIV/AIDS, – have undergone a wide range of skill development courses. These include courses in basic computers, desk top publishing, beautician, spoken English, tailoring and maggam work. Since 2008, close to 6200 women have gone through courses at the Asha EST with another 1200 expected to graduate courses in 2020. Our courses have also been recognized by the Government of Telangana giving our graduating students an edge when they look for jobs. Close to 89% of students going through our courses have found jobs after graduation. Our students have also performed exceedingly well at their Government exams with close to 90% of them receiving a distinction upon graduation
Asha Restoration, Transformation and Window of Hope Homes
These homes were started out of our learning that Employable skill training by itself especially in the midst of difficult and dangerous circumstance is less productive. For many years, Asha Jyothi had tried to provide employable skills to girls and women coming from backgrounds of extreme poverty, sex trafficking, HIV/AIDS and temple prostitution. While the girls were often able to pick up their new skills, they needed extra help to overcome their pasts and truly use these new skills to their full potential. The Restoration, transformation and Window of Hope homes were started with the desire to provide these women a safe place for 11 months where they would receive loving care, trained counselling and healthy food in addition to their skill training courses, thus enabling them truly escape their circumstances to be self-sufficient.
Asha Men’s employable Skill Training Centre
The Asha Men’s EST centre was set up with the intention of providing good quality skill training for school dropout boys and young men. Focused on practical training couple with actual on-job training, the boys spend upto 70% of class times working on actual projects under the supervision of their tutors. The three courses – Electrical and Electronics, Welding and plumbing have had huge success so far with a majority of the men receiving jobs immediately after graduation