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Chote Lal Singh: Nothing is Impossible,(Mundla, MP)

Chotelal Singh comes from village Mundla in Madhya Pradesh. For the past few years, due to erratic monsoons, the harvest of the village has not been up to expectations, forcing many farming families to migrate. Chotelal’s family is one of these families facing migration, but without any skills, even that doesn’t seem like an option. Their lives, like many other families from their village, were a never ending saga of desperation, with no end in sight.

The community mobilizers of our Silvani Training Centre understood the situation well. They also knew that the local industries were always in lookout for trained manpower, but the youth in the region are not aware of these opportunities. GIDF mobilizers organized regular field visits and awareness camps to mobilize village youth to join our vocational Training Centre at Sanchi. After sustained campaigns, around 20 students were mobilized. Chotelal Singh was one of them.

For Chotelal, it was a tough call. He knew the Training Centre was far off from his village, and his parents were in no position to support him. He also knew going off for a three months training will mean no income on his part during this period, and that’s a tough situation for his family. Somehow, he gathered courage and managed to convince his folks. After he joined the course, there was no looking back.

The Centre arranged for a hostel for these 20 students, taking care of their lodging worries. In return, the students worked hard and performed really well. After a strenuous schedule of theory and practical classes, they passed their exams. Students were given training certificates and were helped in finding suitable jobs. The project team also organized events like industry-student meet, campus placement, employment fairs and exposure visit of students to industries.

Chhotelal Singh landed a job in GE Industries, Mandideep as a trainee. His monthly income is Rs. 4400/- per month. He is confident that this is just the beginning and that, soon enough, his worries will come to an end.