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Durga the fighter- fighting circumstances for a better future

20-year-old Durga sits awkwardly on a mooda. She rarely smiles; only something very amusing compels her to crack a grin. Perhaps her front teeth make her conscious. She lives with her grandmother and uncle at Old Seemapuri, while her father lives alone at Qalandar Colony. Durga grew up in Qalandar Colony but she cringes at [...] Read More
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What industry wants from young people applying for their first job?

From left to right- Mr. Kavi Jain, Mr Sandeep Bhargava & Mr Sandeep Wip In an environment that is fast changing with technology, young people, particularly those from marginalised backgrounds need to be skilled and adaptable, to be employable. It is up to trainers and instructors, to mentor and inculcate the right skills and attitude [...] Read More
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ETASHA Stories: Vinay

“I was an introvert, and I used to spend most of my time at home. After joining the course, I made friends at the center, and I found an environment where I could speak to people in English…I have worked hard on my pronunciation; ‘aalso’ (also) has become ‘aulso’, ‘vas’ (was) has become ‘wos’, and I am still working on it.”

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ETASHA Stories: Sushma

By Natalija Zdešar Sushma is a lovely young girl who recently started to build her life for real. She comes from a family of seven members in Gurgaon. Her father worked in the army and is retired now and her mother is a housewife. She has an elder brother and a sister, both are married. […]

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ETASHA Stories: Shashi

By Neha Abraham Meet Shashi, a 20-year-old ETASHA trainee from Mayur Vihar phase III, Delhi. Shashi Bala is the eldest of six siblings. Her mother works at a factory fixing zippers on bags and her father is a dhobi. Every day she leaves for her CPCTT (Certificate Program in Computer Teacher Training) classes after cooking for […]

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ETASHA Trainee Goes to Slovenia

By R. Nithya Himanshu Shukla, 20, remembers hanging out with his friend on an afternoon when he received a phone call from ETASHA Society. It had been a few months since he finished the program on Customer Service and Work Culture (CSWC) from ETASHA’s Career Development Centre in Tigri (south Delhi), so the call was […]

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 “So You’re Native Indian!”  

  “Then where are you from?” a trainee asked me. On my second day volunteering at ETASHA, I observed a class on Spoken English at the Mori Gate centre in North Delhi. Eight or nine trainees, probably about my own age – 19 – sat around the edges of the room in wicker chairs that […]

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Career Highway: Helping Students Choose Their Careers

  By Monika Lust One of the hardest choices young people need to make concerns what they want to study and what kind of a career they would like to opt for. With more and more diverse career options and professional opportunities emerging, there are unfortunately many young people who remain confused and end up […]

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Intern: English Lessons

From Wednesday, February 8, 2012: I was quite pleased with my lessons this week at Madanpur Khader. My first class at that centre was on Monday, and the students were a little shy. They also told their regular teacher, Aparna, that they had trouble understanding my accent after the lesson. However, at the end of […]

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The proposal, disposal Theorem

Not everything goes according to plan. That has been man’s biggest problem since his inception. You plan one thing and then it metamorphoses into a completely different situation. I’m starting with such an immensely deep thought to just share a few of the lighter moments of our classes These are instances from our various classes […]

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