IRDRP organizes a program for 20 girls, specially made up for quarries girls. With this program, IRDRP wants to promote vocational training for quarries women, to reduce the socially exclusion and discrimination of these women, to guide them to get good jobs, career guidance and career opportunities.
The program’s cycle follows a fixe timeframe : Six months of theory at the Technical School and six months of practical experience in the hospital (8 hours/day). It’s exactly the same for the second year. IRDRP commits to find an internship for each girl.
We select these girls according to the criteria commissioned by the government. They just have passed the 10th standard. They must be aged 16 in the beginning and 18 to have jobs at the end. And we decided to select only girls who live in the quarries areas.They live with their families in the stone quarries, and they all belong to the Dalit communities. The quarry areas are located among small mountains, where the stones are blasted. The families are living in small huts with palm leaves. The environment is filled with stone dust heavy noises of the crushing machines, trucks and the blast of the grenades. It makes the people go asthmatics, have respiratory infection, lung cancer.
Because of these reasons, IRDRP wants to work with the girls of theses families. Mostly, they carry their brothers and sisters, they cook food during the morning hours because their parents are working in the quarries all day long. That’s why school dropout increases among these girls.
First experience
IRDRP already completed this program the last two years. It was certainly successful in doing so, all the students got the diploma and completed a convincing internship, they were given opportunities to put their theoretical knowledge to work with professionals who have experience. During their internship, they earned, on the average, 6000 Rs (84 euros). Their parents’ salaries are much lower.
The 20 girls are currently working in different hospitals. The hospitals directors are pleased with their work : they all are hard workers, they like their facilities and what they do in it.
After the first year (2015-2016)
We did a check-up with the girls recently. We are very satisfied with the way the project is working.
Among the nurses teachers and the doctor, they reported that students are very motivated, there isn’t discipline problems and they are highly motivated to continue their behaviour. All students fell engaged in and empowered by what they are learning. With all this new knowledge that they have about the theoretical and practical knowledge, they learned to be more confident and responsible.
The salaries of the students are already improve the family living and expand their buying power. They can feed better and we hope this extra income will enjoy improve the education of the younger brothers and sisters.
The end of the project (May 2017)
In May 2017, the girls will have to pass their exams to get their diploma. We are very confident, the remaining girls are more than motivated and all their families are very proud of their achievements so far. We hope that the end of this project will go successful for them.
After the exam, they will get a job in a hospital. Some of them have already receive job offers from their directors.