Vocational Training Project -Tailoring

New Tailoring (2017) unit at ASSA now employs 50 differently abled

ASSA added another brand new Tailoring unit and inaugurated it in Feb. 2017

Thanks to another magnanimous donor from HCI, Toronto (who wants to remain anonymous) and to Mrs. Vijayalakshmi (sister of another HCI board member – Srini Srinivasan) along with donors from Hong Kong and India, Amar Seva Sangam is enjoying a significant expansion of its Vocational Training Centre. A new tailoring centre is constructed and equipped with accessible imported sewing machines. A large hosiery company has placed orders to make garments in this centre which now employs around 50 persons with disabilities who are trained by ASSA for this job. This centre also gives employment to local women from the rural villages.

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This project at Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA), is supported by Handi-Care Intl. Since 2000, HCI has been funding the higher studies / Vocational training of hundreds of youth with disabilities at ASSA. The outcome has been stellar with 90-95% success rate of employment. Among the youth who have gone thru vocational training, a majority of them – especially women have undergone training in Tailoring, Handicrafts, Toy making and Book making.

Vocational Training Centre, Tailoring Unit, Amar Seva Sangam

Background:

Amar Seva Sangam established a Tailoring and Garment Making Unit, which tailors school uniform, corporate uniforms, and garments required by other manufacturing units. This unit was inaugurated on 21st Jan, 2000. The Unit provides employment to differently abled youth and adults and rural people, enabling them to make a living and to take care of their medical expenses. The modern tailoring unit is funded by BrahMos Aero Space, and has modern machines like SUNA/Juki/Ambarla Power Sewing machines, Overlock machine, Kaja/Button machine and Cloth Cutting machine.

In 2014, a Hosiery Unit was added to do sub-contract work for manufacturers from Tiruppur, renowned as India’s textiles manufacturing centre of excellence. The Vocational Training Centre also has a Notebook Making, Diary Making and Book Binding facility, which opened in 1997. Collectively, these three initiatives employ close to 80 people, of whom 50-60 are people with disabilities and generate surplus funds to support Amar Seva Sangam.

The success of the above initiatives has demonstrated that, when managed efficiently, these units can generate surplus funds which are valuable for the rehabilitation activities at Amar Seva Sangam.

Completion of the Hosiery Unit building will result additional employment for 30 trained tailors including the disabled youth who are now completing training at ASSA’s vocational training centre, and other staff, as well as result in surplus funds to run the unit.

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