Success Stories

Flashlight activity at ilead Jamnagar

Jamnagar center has organized Flashlight activity an enormous job fair in which 15 recruiters and 80 students had participated “Fair isn’t everyone getting the same thing fair is everyone getting what they need in order to be successful” Activity comes out with flying colours because job fair becomes a great tool for student’s career and build confidence among them to face real scenario.

10/ Oct/2017
Enterprise development model for iLEAD (EDMI)

Enterprise development model for iLEAD (EDMI) is an evolving process of iLEAD programme which tends to develop entrepreneurial skills among deserving enthusiastic youth, who are willing to create a difference in business world with their own interventions. Mentoring such efforts, not in terms of execution but also by creating opportunities for such young talents is the biggest one up in the process of EDMI model. Recently under golden triangle concept of Aide et Action, iLEAD tied up with Poddar Management & Technical Campus Jaipur, by actively participating in ‘Retail Expo 2017’ (organized by Poddar Institute) among various other prestigious retail brands. Products made under iCreations were displayed at this platform by iLEAD trainees & new networking was developed with many top retail players.

10/ Oct/2017
Global Skill Development Meet 2017

Dr Aishwarya Mahajan, Regional Head, Livelihood Education Aide et Action South Asia recently participated in the second Global Skill Development Meet (GSDM 2017) in Paris, France.

The workshop was organized by the Government of India as well as the global industry, the Embassy of India @ Paris, and Europe India Foundation for Excellence (EIFE) keeping in mind the current needs of the youth. Organised along with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) & GSDM with the central theme of 'Making India a Global Hub of Skilled Manpower - The Next Step'.

Dr. Mahajan, shared Aide et Action’s work in South Asia and in other countries in the world, through its Livelihood programme "Initiative for Livelihood Education and Development (iLEAD)" with many prestigious European organisations coming from various sectors including agriculture and food processing, defense and aviation, tourism and hospitality, textile and handicrafts, automotive and manufacturing, along with beauty and wellness.

iLEAD has trained more than 218000 youth across the globe with more than 75% successful placement reaching out to 40% women and 78% socioeconomically poor population.

06/ Oct/2017
iLEAD Balarampur Center

It gives us immense pleasure to announce that iLEAD has reached Balarampur block in Purulia district which is counted among the economically backward districts of West Bengal. With support from Cognizant Foundation, 150 youth have been enrolled among five different trades including Hospitality, Auto Mobile (Two wheeler Repairing), Household wiring and Electrical, Bed Side Patience Care and ITES.

Dr. Aishwarya Mahajan, Regional Head for Livelihood Education, Aide et Action – South Asia, recently visited iLEAD Balarampur, where the enthusiasm of these youth was evident as they not only presented their skills during their live practical sessions, but also expressed the need of such intervention in their community as the state has achieved significant progress in school education but skill training facilities have witnessed limited growth.

Till now iLEAD has skilled more than 1400 youth with over 75% placement in West Bengal. With the support of Cognizant Foundation the programme has reached to more than 360 youth in last one and half years and is expected to reach another 500 youth by 2019.

28/ Sep/2017
Dr.Aishwarya Mahajan Sir visit at iLEAD Bilaspur Chhattisgarh

It was a proud moment for the trainees of iLEAD Bilaspur Chhattisgarh when, Dr.Aishwarya Mahajan, Regional Head, Livelihood Education, Aide et Action – South Asia, accompanied by Mr. Ankur Mathur, Programme Manager, spent a day with them and motivated them to improve their skills. Not only this, Dr. Mahajan even conducted a session with the faculty members where he discussed about center achievements and challenges faced by the staff and also guided them to work on best practices which will help in enriching the training quality. With support TFWACARE, 125 youth are undergoing skill development training in five different trades namely: Customer Relations and Retail, Bed Side Patient Attendant, ITeS, Electrical and Automobile. In past few years iLEAD Bilaspur has trained more than 2500 youth.

27/ Sep/2017
Guest Lecture by “Jayesh Vaghla” owner of ND creation

Lecture was on competitive exam. He describes various techniques of mind power and explains various shortcuts to solve various sum problems. He also says that it is easy to grasp and remember if you know right techniques. ND creation provides facility of free education for competitive exam and also facilitated for Government exams.

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26/ Sep/2017
Exposure visit at New Image Beauty Institute

On Saturday Ilead Jalandhar Beautician trainees went for Exposure visit at New Image Beauty Institute. 20 Trainee went their and learned how to work with advanced equipment and learned advance makeup technique, Nail art ,Skin treatments & Hairstyles . Trainees also attended one day seminar at New Image Beauty Academy and they Got International Certificate.

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25/ Sep/2017
Spring of Hope

The residents of ‘Spring of Hope’ orphanage in Mawlai Shillong felt special when they were given with free hair grooming by the trainees of iLEADShillong. These 22 vibrant children (between 5-14 years of age) are super excited to know that iLEAD team has promised to provide free haircuts to them every second month from now on. The Society of Mawlai who runs this Orphanage has extended their appreciation for this kind gesture of support & love from iLEAD team of Shillong. Aide et Action's iLEAD programme in Shillong has empowered more than 1500 candidates across sectors till now. Presently iLead programme in Shillong is supported by Accenture and TataTrusts.

15/ Sep/2017
Time for Exposure visit.

Saturday (9th September) we, iLEAD Jaipur went for exposure visit with our trainees of Customer Relation & Retailing (CRR) at PROMOD, the International Fashion brand & FLYING MACHINE, The Indian international Fashion brand. Store Head of both the Fashion Retail stores welcomed us warmly. The give us a small visit of their store. They explain about Product, Brand, retail management, Billing & Bar Coding System and Retail terminology like GUEST, UPT, and ASP etc. The purpose of this exposure visit was to show a working model and provide the information of retailing.

13/ Sep/2017
Fashion Designing at ilead Udaipu

A regular activity Performed by iLEAD Udaipur Fashion Designing trainees .They were provided with some basic equipment and materials.And,they showcased their creativity with the provided material at the spot .The activity helped them to analysis their creative side.

04/ Sep/2017
Time for Exposure at Shades skin & hair care saloon

iLEAD Jaipur went for exposure visit with our current Beauty Therapy trainees at Shades skin & hair care saloon, The Well Known Saloon Brand in Rajasthan. Mr Sudhanshu, the Owner of Saloon gave us a warm welcome. Their experts gave us a big visit of their saloon. They explained about all the advance technology and equipment like High Frequency, Galvanic Ultra Sonic, Air Brush Makeup, Hair Wash, Blow Dryer and Curling Tongs. They arranged for Drinks also for the trainees. THANKS Sudhanshu Sir for such a wonderful experience.

01/ Sep/2017
Exposure at Adam & Evez Unisex Saloon

iLEAD Jaipur went for exposure visit with our Beauty Therapy trainees at Adam & Evez Unisex Saloon. Mr Yogesh ji, the Owner of Saloon was not there but his staff gave us a warm welcome. Their experts gave us a big visit of their saloon. They explained about all the advance technology like Hair cut, Blow Dryer and Curling Tongs, Facial & Skin Care and product knowledge of keratin treatment. Thank you Yogesh ji for your Support.

01/ Sep/2017
Taking forward the cleanliness baton

Sensitizing youth & communities on various issues related to our society & nation is an integral part of learning at iLEAD. Recently a similar initiative was taken by trainees of iLEADVadodara as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission). Aide et Action’s iLEAD Vadodara center in association with Indian Railways contributed in a fortnight long ‘Swacchta Campaign’ being organized from 16th to 31st August with support from Western Railway’s Vadodara Division. The main aim of this campaign was to spread awareness amongst the people regarding the cleanliness of the railway station premises as well as maintaining the hygiene inside the trains as well. SwachhRailSwachhBharat

29/ Aug/2017
Now colors are not just for Games and Drawing.

Tipi Tipi Top
What color you want?
I want………….RED

Do you remember that game….
Now colors are not just for Games and Drawing.
It enhances our Personality and Style when we apply them on our hairs.

Then why should we stay behind.
Yesterday we arranged a guest lecture on hair coloring. Ajay Sain from “Streax Professional” gave practical demo on hair Highlighting, Global hair color and Stylish haircut to our Beauty Trainees. He explained all about hair structure and color theory to our trainees. He not only gave us the demo but also the opportunity to our trainees to do some practice along with him

24/ Aug/2017
Event theme on Indo-China peace at iLead Sundergarh

iLead programme of AideetAction is all about implementing innovations while developing skills amongst deserving youth. Recently on the occasion of InternationalYouthDay (12th Aug 17) iLead Sundergarh (Orissa) & iLead Udaipur (Rajasthan) centers with their hospitality trainees, organised a food fest with a difference. On the theme of Indo-China peace iLead Sundergarh's present hospitality trainees prepared Indian & Chinese cuisines & following the theme of youthforpeaceiLead Udiapur trainees garnished their skills & presented it to the F&B stewards & butlers from renowned hotels from their respective cities. The objective of this serving by the trainees was to make the invitees feel special while serving them with the same spirits & respect as they do it in their jobs and also to take their valuable feedback on the training quality. inclusiveness indochinapeace youthforpeace

16/ Aug/2017
Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day

Today we at iLEAD Jaipur celebrated 71 st Independence Day with our Alumni & Trainees. After flag hosting at Centre we sung patriotic songs and distributed sweets. On this occasion we promised ourselves to do something for our Society and Nation.

Vande Matram

15/ Aug/2017
15th of August is the day which our country celebrates as its Independence Day

15th of August is the day which our country celebrates as its Independence Day, counting the years of independence from the day 15th August 1947 it came out to be 70th. iLEAD Baroda has conducted a group discussion activity on Independence Day. The reason behind this activity was to aware today’s youth about why we celebrate Independence Day and what’s the truly meaning of being independence? It is because they cannot understand the significance of Independence Day because they have never known how it feels to be slave. However, they should understand that they are lucky enough to be born in a free nation. We took this opportunity to salute each and every soldier who has devoted his life in serving the nation and making sure that people can sleep without fear.

14/ Aug/2017
Celebrate National Youth Day

At iLEAD, we believe “We cannot always build the future for our youth, But we can build our youth for the future.”

Because youth is the future, he/she should be Skillful, Knowledge full, well spoken, Responsible, Healthy, Helpful, Competitive, Aggressive, Hopeful, Active, Socialized, Positive, Happy ………..

And we are helping them in building the same.

Let’s us Celebrate National Youth Day!!

12/ Aug/2017
Raksha bandhan was celebrated in iLEAD Baroda

Raksha bandhan was celebrated in iLEAD Baroda, which is The chaste bond of love between a brother and a sister is one of the deepest and noblest of human emotions. ‘Raksha Bandhan’ is a special occasion to celebrate this emotional bonding by a holy thread around the wrist. Students from all trades participated in the celebration and made colorful rakhis which got appreciation of trainers. Rakhis made by the students were displayed. It was a successful attempt to make the celebration eventful by spreading the social message.

06/ Aug/2017
Adventure Camp

It gives us immense pleasure to share the celebrations of WYSD under our theme - Magic of Skills, at our iLEAD centers which are located in Sri Lanka. iLEADVavuniya invited Mrs. T. Christina (Official of thePalmira Development Board) and Mr. S. Vinodh (Project Coordinator of FOSDO) wherein they talked about importance of youth skill development. iLEAD trainees performed few dances and sang few songs on the occasion of WYSD SkillsForAll The trainees of iLEADEheliyagoda displayed their designing skills by organizing a fashion show under the theme of “show the talents with fashions” at the Coin Academy - Eheliyagoda. The trainees walked very confidently and presented their skills in a creative manner. Lack of skills amongst the youth has lead the youth of Jaffna to indulge in bad practices like smoking and alcoholism. In this concern, iLEADJaffna invited Mr. Selvam Tharsan (Adayalam), as a guest speaker who encouraged the youth to be armed with skills and in turn stay away from the bad practices of alcohol addiction. iLEADTrincomalee facilitated a debate session on the on social media networks – its advantages, disadvantages, benefits of social media for youth and awareness on digital security. iLEADYogapuram celebrated the World Youth Skills Day with the school children of Yogapuram where children were invited to visit the centre and iLEAD trainess explained them about skill development and how the center has helped them in gaining confidence and making their future. The trainees also shared their own experiences highlighting the change that has taken place in them since they joined iLEAD. iLEADHikkaduwa organized a Youth Skill Leadership Camp at the center's premises. The trainees and faculty members were categorized into five teams. To begin with, they had to explore the challenging goals according to an area map of the iLEAD-Hikkaduwa premises. Then, the winning teams showed their skills as per the activity planned. The activity gave the chance the students to learn achieve goals in a given time under challenging circumstances The Current Batch of the iLEADBalangoda Organized “Adventure Camp” at Kaltota Samanala Ground and Leadership Development Village - Kaltota, Balangoda to experience outdoor activities over the one day camp. iLEAD Balangoda instructors with the support of Mr. A.S.Gunathilaka (Sport Science & Management ) , Ms.Randika and other Staff Members organized activities with an objective to enhance their leadership skills, time management and personality development.

27/ Jul/2017
iLead Jamnagar celebrated World Youth Skills Day

We celebrated World Youth Skills Day, and had visit in community where our students had spread their skill by providing awareness regarding healthy habits. Encouraged people to incorporate healthy habits and take various preventive measures. BSPC Student has measured Blood pressure height ,weight of various people also we gave tip for healthy life and Beauty therapy students had did mehendi, hairstyle and eyebrow. Mehendi specially to small kids of this community. We also have old umeed kids so we distributed to people who took part with us in this activity. Our students joined us to do CMD in that area.

18/ Jul/2017
Skill development to improve Youth Employment

July 15 is WorldYouthSkills day, and we Ilead Baroda conducted a special event on the theme of “Skill development to improve Youth Employment”. Understanding what works to support youth in Today’s and tomorrow’s market through training and skills development. And was the main objective of this event. We went into the community and awakened people by various activity. We are sharing some moments of it. Indeed, today's event was very memorable for all of us.

17/ Jul/2017
World Youth Skills Day,

We celebrated World Youth Skills Day,free workshop for community was organised on Fashion Designing and Basic Computer skills. We introduced Basics Computer Skill of MS office in the form of Resume Making and Editing in MS Word we also introduced fashion designing.In this we introduced Simple Gathering Frock, A-Line Frock, and Simple Suit Drafting and Designing in Suits.

It was a mesmerising experience for all of us!!

17/ Jul/2017
iLEAD Bilaspur Celebrated International Yoga Day

Yoga is not just about touching the feet or bending it down it's also about unlocking the idea about what you want from life! It helps you to understand where you can go and the way of achieving that goal!

With this belief, members of iLEAD Bilaspur team organized a Yoga session at their center during the early hours on InternationalYogaDay. Here are few glimpses from the session.

21/ Jun/2017
Drug addiction day organised at Aide et Action Himayat Akhnoor

Drug addiction day organised at Aide et Action Himayat Akhnoor

Dr Gafoor delivered the lecture on drug abuse among youth and educated them how they can stay away from the menace.

He cautioned them to maintain strict distance from tobacco related products as large number of youth are addicted to drugs shattering their career and social life.

He acquainted them as how the drugs are being used as warfare chemical to spoil the future of this land while attracting youth towards it.

“If there is any person influencing you to use drugs, you should immediately inform the local elders or police so that the person can be dealt under law before he spoils anybody’s life,” Dr Gafoor told trainees while quoting religious scriptures which prohibits use of tobacco and addictive medicines. Mr Naresh & madam Kuldeep also delivered lecture on smoking kills life.different trainees participated and at last prizes are distributed among trainees infront of their parents.

12/ Jun/2017
Enterprise Development Model for iLEAD (EDMI)

Twenty four year old Ibannangkiew Kharbuli can often be seen attending to clients at her small Beauty Parlour that she operates from her home in her village. “She is the first person in the family to run a business”, her mother says.

Ibannangkiew had dropped from school when she was in class X. With hopes of wanting to become a Beautician, she began looking for training institutes, however with most private institutions and parlours charging high training fees that she could not afford she started losing hope. She was referred to ILead Shillong by a friend of hers who was an iLEAD alumni. Iba came to iLEAD center to enquire about the training and after learning about the training, which was offered for free to deserving candidates, she immediately enrolled in the Beautician course.

After completing her training, she worked at couple of beauty parlours in Shillong and then opted to become a freelance beautician. When the Micro Enterprise Development Promotion in Meghalaya project began, her iLEAD trainer informed her about the financial assistance that was being provided to potential new entrepreneurs to start their business. She completed the Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) and submitted a Business Plan under the guidance of her iLEAD trainer.

Ibannangkiew is among the 50 iLEAD alumni-turned-entrepreneurs supported by the TATA-Trust funded MEPP project. She received a loan of Rs 50,000 with which she established the Parlour at her home. With a steady clientele (mostly from the village), she earns Rs 6000 per month through the parlour, which has contributed to the family income substantially where the only income earner is her father.

24/ May/2017
The international Nurse Day

The international Nurse Day celebration held in Ilead Baroda on the theme “Nurses”. Today’s chief guest was Smt . Shalini (Who was nurse from 37 yrs). Our student gave a welcome speech for the chief guest. Then Smt .Shalini Mam, gave a fabulous speech about the life of Nurse and the importance . Also the students of B.S.P.C perform a “Drama” and Dance. Actually this day is celebrated in the honor of Florence Nightingale. Florence Nightingale (the foundational philosopher of the modern nursing) was born on 12th of May in 1820. International Council of Nurses established the day in 1974 to be celebrated every year to highlight the importance of nurses’ role in providing the best health care services. She became an important figure of the nursing since Crimean War during 1850s. She, stationed at the Barrack Hospital, Scutari, reformed the health care services and nursing and opened “the Nightingale School of Nursing” at the St. Thomas Hospital, London in 1860.

15/ May/2017
Mother’s day at Jamnagar Center

We celebrate mother’s day at Jamnagar center. Students have learned handmade bangles which they will gift to their mother. Mother is a most precious gift given by the God to us with extraordinary capabilities. Mother is the most important person in everyone’s life. No one on the earth can compare the responsibilities of a mother. She has high level of energy and patience and a most busy person in the world. She is the one who always remains with us in our all good or bad times. She is a good friend, guide, supporter, teacher, and most importantly a good person which we can believe with our closed eyes.

14/ May/2017
The Ilead Baroda Team has Visited Railway Station

The Ilead Baroda Team has Visited Railway Station and setup a stall of Free Cold Water with the help of Rajasthan Brahman Samaj for everyone especially for those passengers who are travelling in General Coach. It’s indeed a great social service in 42-44 degree summer. Our team has continuously done this activity for four day. The feeling and the joy after watering was amazing.

11/ May/2017
Fashion show at Ilead Pahadganj

Ilead Pahadganj celebrated fashion show event in which students of participated enthusiastically in ramp walking. The students of fashion designing performed in their self-stitched dress. It was a mesmerising experience. Which helped students to build their confidence and gain knowledge about the dressing sense!!

10/ May/2017
Sham to Youth,"Never Succumb To Greed And Lust In Your Life"

'Alumni Meet Of Himayat Youths Held At Akhnoor '

Himayat programme organized a one day function where the Alumins were awarded with certificates of training at Akhnoor today. As many as forty pass-outs were awarded with degrees by the distinguished chief guest. The undergoing batch of trainees also performed in the event and held many cultural and social events. On the occasion, Sr Vice President J&K PCC and Former Minister Sham Lal Sharma delivered the inspirational speech to the trainees and urged them to excel in life as the world has abundant opportunities for the talented and intelligent youth. The function was organized with an aim to inspire and encourage the rural youth and lend them better exposure in life.

While addressing the Alumni,Mr Sham said that the credit of such type of schemes like Himayat Udaan Hunar se rozgar etc:goes to the then PM Dr Manmohan Singh.These schemes were included in the PM package with a view to train our youths in various fields so that they are able to earn their livelihood.

Sham advised youths to remember these three words I.e. Need,Greed and lust in your life and never succumb to greed and lust in your life. At the end of function Sh Sham Sharma distributed certificate to the youths who completed their training in the Himayat centre and also wish them success in life

Other dignitaries who were present in the function included Ex DC Mr G. A Khwaja, Sh Munish DySP,

Pushpinder Singh SHO,Naresh, Dutt,Avishek Pandotra, Madam Kuldeep Kour,Rajinder Ranjha,

Roshan Bral

05/ May/2017
Prevention is better than cure

Guest lecture by Jitendra Baudh counselor from St. Joseph health center of Navjeevan trust. On HIV/ AIDS and TB because it affect millions of people around the world.

02/ May/2017
Wall Painting at Jamnagar

Every portrait that is painted with feelings is a portrait of the artist not of the sitter. We ILEAD team with our students converting jamnagar into chitranagri. painting walls of JMC. Save our ocean Save trees Save girl chid Topics we covered. JMC commisnor also appreciated our work.

11/ Apr/2017
ILEAD AKHNOOR Today organised a massive cleanliness drive to clean the dry area of office to bus sta

The drive witnessed more than 100 trainees with the objective to spread awareness for the cause and contribute our bit in keeping our city and surroundings clean. The group will gather at Akhnoor centre ground for celebrate the spirit of volunteering by pledging for the cause and contributing their bit for the 'Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan' initiated by our government. NC Leader Dr Gafoor and civil defense head madam Kuldeep kour and SHO Akhnoor Mr Pushpinder singh supported our drive.

11/ Apr/2017
We had 20 faculties of Accenture’s present at the Vikhroli center.

Mr. Shekhar Tiwari, Ms. Shazia Qureshi & Accenture team. They had session with our ilead trainees. They had discussed soft skill, personality development & Self introduction with the students later with beauty & tailoring students they had a session of Mehendi, Housie game & singing competition. All students & Accenture team had good environment & all of them have participated equally. We ilead faculties good bye them by giving bouquet & Folders to each & every Accenture employees. We concluded the training by giving snacks to everyone. It was fruitful activity for ilead trainees.

08/ Apr/2017
Lives Redefined : Convocation held at iLEAD Jalandhar

Celebration of achievements always gives a special feeling. The same has been witnessed by youth in a convocation ceremony organized by iLEAD programme of Aide et Action (an international organization working on the theme of education) at Jalandhar (Punjab). Supported by Market Aligned Skill Training initiative from American India Foundation since 2011 in Jalandhar, iLEAD is focusing on marginalized & school dropout youth who lack skills to acquire a job for their self-dependency. Training them in various employable courses & making them empowered is the sole objective of this program which reflected well in this convocation ceremony. Along with proud trained youth from iLEAD many distinguished guests including Mr. Jagdeep from American India Foundation, Ms Saisha Chopra from Punjab Kesari, community representatives , media fraternities & various business owners who are also employers of iLEAD trained youth were present during the ceremony.

The highlight of this ceremony was the release of a documentary produced by Aide et Action on iLEAD’s Jalandhar initiative reflecting the impact of the programme in community youth. This documentary comprises of stories of struggle & success of three young girls who faced a lot in their early teens & how iLEAD had made them independent & self-sustained. The problem of drugs & its vicious circle in Punjab & how skill training to youth can be helpful in bringing change was also highlighted in this documentary.

Along with certificate distribution to the trained youth, the present iLEAD trainees also presented their talents in a fashion show & group dance performances. Addressing the youth during the occasion Ms Saisha Chopra said that such programs are the need of Punjab today with the special focus on women. Regional Head, Livelihood education for Aide et Action International South Asia Dr.Aishwarya Mahajan on his thanks note to all the dignitaries said that iLEAD programme of Aide et Action is committed since 2005 for such youth who deserve transformed lives & already trained more than 200000 youth with this journey and this mission will continue with the support of all its stakeholders.

29/ Mar/2017
First ever Cluster Resource Center for teachers opened in Garhi.

Aide et Action and Wildlife Conservation Trust have established the first ever Cluster Resource Center, a center for excellence for professional development of government teachers in the buffer zone of Kanha Reserve forest, Madhya Pradesh. The center will be run with the support of the office of the Chief Executive Officer of Balaghat. The CRC is expected to provide technical support to teachers and enable them to provide quality of education in and around buffer zone of Kanha Tiger Reserve.

23/ Mar/2017
Exposure visit at Shiraj Exports by iLead YouthSpark

Today we went to Shiraj Exports with our Fashion Designing trainees. Mr. Sudhir kukar, the owner Shiraj Exports, welcomed us warmly. Shiraj Exports is the sole proprietorship company which is engaged in manufacturing, supplying, exporting and trading of Women's Nightdresses, Tops, Blouses and various other products for Women. They usually export in America, Europe and Germany. There our trainees got knowledge about sample room, quality testing, production, storage, cutting, fabric store, washing, stitching, pressing, finishing, garment packing and packing for online sales. Four of our trainees also got selected for interview and one of them got the job at their parent boutique GABA Garment Store at C-scheme Jaipur and rest of them on hold. This visit was not only useful for gaining knowledge but helped us in job placement.

23/ Mar/2017
Holi Celebration at iLead Jamnagar

This experience had such a big impact on us, and we wanted to share this with all of you. But we realize if it is one thing we learned today, is that the beauty of life resides in simple things. We were welcomed with a smile taking into consideration HOLI (festival of colour); we distributed food packets and bags with colours of course, a super fun fight. We threw again colours at each other. We were all super dirty, but with wide smiles on our faces. Life in the slums is not ‘sad, it is just happy life with good and bad, with beauty and ugly, with happiness and sadness (we didn’t see the sadness, but we guess it exists), with sharing. Because they know how it is not to have anything and that even then, they’ll find a way to carry on.

12/ Mar/2017
International Women’s Day

iLEAD Pratap Nagar organized a programme cum convocation ceremony on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The Guest of Honour of the programme was Ms. Kamla, Director, Vinayak Public School. The programme was also honoured by our employers; Ms. Bharti Sharma from Kamya Beauty Parlour, Ms. Ritu Meerchandani from Prachi beauty parlour and Ms. Alka Gupta. All the trainees from the current batches and also the alumni along with their family members attended the programme. The programme started with a Fashion Show. The female trainees as models walked the ramp having makeup and costumes of brides from different states of India depicting the unity in diversity of cultures. The programme continued with the welcome of the guests. All the guests shared their journey with their struggle and success which worked as a great motivation for all trainees. Keeping in view the significance of the day, iLEAD trainees raised a very crucial issue of female infanticide through a play performance. Also during the programme, the trainers of the center were also felicitated for their contribution and participation towards the success of the center programmes and activities. In between, the trainees gave different cultural dance and song performances. Towards the end, there was certificate distribution ceremony for the trainees of last batch of Beauty Therapy completed.

11/ Mar/2017
Womens Day Celebration in iLEAD, Aide et Action, South Asia









It takes effort and belief to persevere and stay dedicated to accomplish your goal. When you find yourself doubting whether the effort is worth it, visualise how you will feel and what you will have once your goal is completed and that is how I am feeling while writing this story.. Absolutely thrilled... I would like to thank all of you for the wonderful organisation of International Women day in an organised manner. I am really happy to see the efforts put in by the creative team with the wonderful Video on the evening of this day with the beautiful banner. I know it is not possible for me to follow each one of you but I keep trying to know what is happening and really happy to note that iLEAD Akhnoor in J&K was able to mobilise different influential guests who took part in women’s day celebration which was well organised on the theme of women empowerment. The events organised in Mumbai by iLEAD Malwani where they invited a lady School principal, iLEAD Vikroli who invited Women entrepreneurs and employers and iLEAD Ghatkopar who invited women community leader and women cab driver was really made me pleased. The efforts of iLEAD Shillong which they have put in to create women entrepreneurs were also made evident through this event where they made these entrepreneurs interact with iLEAD students, How to lead from the front was an example of the SBI women Branch Manager who interacted at iLEAD Trivandrum and Felicitation of women in iLEAD Sudergarh, who have made a difference in their villages and on the same lines the felicitation of such women in urban context in iLEAD Jalandhar are motivating us to put our efforts with more passion. Recognition

of Angan wadi worker at iLEAD Paharganj, celebration the day by going in the community by iLEAD Pahari in Mewat Region, Celebration the day with Women Employers at iLEAD Bilaspur in Chattisgarh, Inviting Professionals like women Doctors, Senior Govt officials including State Administrative Officers and Manager in Big Credit banks by iLEAD youthspark Jaipur, iLEAD Udaipur and iLEAD Jamnagar, I think would have helped our iLEAD youth in the centers to gain more confidence for their future. I am also happy to see the skit on female feticide in iLEAD Pratap Nagar Jaipur and the Session on Women safety by mahila suraksha helpline in iLEAD Vadodara in Gujarat and the celebration of this day in the women ward of the base hospital in Balapitaya by iLEAD Hikkadua SriLanka. While congratulating you all for this wonderful effort, I would also like to remind you that life is not just about doing everything at once, nor is it about having everything you want or desire without the effort, struggle, or failures that are encountered. Exerting all our efforts on one thing is the most important thing and that is “A World where we want to ensure dignity for every Man and Woman through Education” and our efforts towards the same goal need to be done with a belief that over a period of time, however, what may first appear to be small efforts will multiply and end up being significant on the later stage. Thanks once again for all this wonderful effort, I always say I feel myself fortunate and pound being part of this team. #ilead #aideetaction #women's day #womenempowerment

11/ Mar/2017
visit of Pinakshi Khandelwal and Ravindra from our Partners side.

It is always a pleasure interacting with those, with the help of which, the vision of strengtheneing the youth force would have been a bit difficult to achieve. One such moment of joy was the visit of Pinakshi Khandelwal and Ravindra from our Partner's side. It was also a good experience to learn from experiences as well. Kudos to the team which made this visit a memorable experience. Well done Team Malwani Malad and Team Vikhroli Ilead.

07/ Mar/2017
Newsletter Feburary 2017

AEA SA Newsletter for the month of February 2017 with news updates from our projects in India, Nepal & Sri Lanka.

Newsletter February 2017

05/ Mar/2017
Youth Empowerment Grants Program

AEAI Sri Lanka to partner with US Embassy in Colombo (PAS-Department of State) for a project “Developing employability and entrepreneurship skills for marginalized youth of Jaffna district of Sri Lanka” under “Youth Empowerment Grants Program” which begins its implementation in Jaffna district of Sri Lanka from Jan 2017 – Dec 2017.

21/ Feb/2017
100% dalit youth admitted at iLEAD Satellite center in Nepal

The iLEAD satellite center in Pang Village Development Council (VDC) of Parbat District, Nepal has registered 100% dalit youths under house wiring trade for this batch. The satellite center was established in the village with the support of Village Development Committee and Federation of Nepal Cottage and Small Industries.

Pang VDC is home to 860 population which includes 180 dalit households. While the major source of livelihood is agriculture, there is also a huge out flow of youth to Malaysia and Middle East countries for employment purpose.

Tek Bahadur Pariyar, a VDC member says "Dalit applicants from deprived section were prioritized in the selection process as we want to upgrade and strengthen their livelihood sources and so are the project target groups". I am really thankful to the team and effort of Aide et Action, as no other organization conducted such training for youth before. Such intervention at the community level will definitely help in the community development and contribute eventually in development of nation.”

06/ Feb/2017
Celebration of One Million Smiles

This was really amazing to see Sriya Miss India finalist - Savita, Miss Rajwada - Jyoti Saini, Face of Jaipur 2016 & Jaipur Ikon 2015 - Anu Sharma and many more renowned models who were walking on the ramp in Birla Auditorium, Jaipur yesterday, but this walk was different from their other fashion shows as they shared the stage with Mona, Aparna, Dimple, Bhawna, Radhika, Pinky, Kalpana, Chetna, Reena, Meera, Nisha, Dharmishtha, Neeta and many girls who overcame from the curse of unemployment by getting themselves skill-empowered under the iLEAD.

This dream was made possible because of all the trainers of Fashion designing Pooja (iLEAD Jaipur), Rekha (Udaipur), Parita, (iLEAD baroda), Deepali, (Jamnagar), Vidhya, (Banglore) and Rapborlang and Dress Merlin (Shilong) who made the beautiful designs and also the beauty therapy trainers from Rajshree, (iLEAD Mumbai), Indira & Anita (Jaipur), Jyoti (Jalandhar), Wansukh (Shillong) and Vandana (Jamnagar), who did the make up for these models for the show.

The challenge accepted by all these given one month back executed very well. wonderful coordination Nupur Gehlot for this show. I saw how much has gone at the back stage and I know Shikha, Jinal, Reena, Abhinaya, Sainik & Sunil you all missed the show for the same.

Thanks Sumit Soni, pankaj, tarun, Ramjilal, Ramesh, Manish for taking the pain for logistics arrangements, Sudhanshu, Rishi Bhatnagar & Amit for the technical planning and Deshraj for the Venue management.

Thanks Ankur Mathur for all your hard work and wonderful presentation and to all the teams of iLead centers from different parts of the country, who not only made it possible to be there in the event but also ensured every possibility of participation in their own way. I feel myself privileged to work with all of you.

Thanks Sanjeev Kotnala sir for your support and time, Sajeev for standing with us and to all our partners, civil society, employers, ilead alumni's, friends, families and ilead trainees and their parents for being there to encourage all of us.

This was a real Celebration of One Million Smiles.

31/ Jan/2017
Microsoft visits iLEAD Youth spark in Jaipur

Lori Harnick, GM, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft Corp along with India Lead on Community Affairs Ms Manju Dhasmana visited Jaipur iLead Youthspark center for a certificate distribution programme. Here are the glimpses of her visit to office and center where iLEAD youth presented her an English Play and a Fashion show to share what they have learned in iLEAD.

Higher education minister of Rajasthan State Mr. Kalicharan Saraf also participated in the function. iLEAD has trained more than 184000 youth since its inception with a successful placement of 74%. With youthspark, iLEAD is moving from Employability to Entrepreneurship.

With Microsoft more than 72000 Youth have got basic IT training and now many are becoming entrepreneurs

12/ Dec/2014
International volunteers day

On the eve of International volunteer's day, we take this opportunity to thank our 217 dedicated volunteers all over South Asia for their continuous support and their contributions to Aide et Action International’s cause of extending support to the most marginalized communities.

05/ Dec/2014
CSR the Game Changer for Skill Development

The Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013 lists Skill Development as one of the activities that could be included under CSR. The influx of these CSR funds in Skill Development has totally changed the turf and the outlook towards Skill Development. Moreover, spending on Skill Development also makes sense for the industry as they can get the adequate skilled workforce for their own requirement; hence on Friday, 18 July 2014 A CII’s Skill and CSR conference “CSR the game changer for Skill Development” was organized at Ahmedabad and attended by various industries, government departments and NGOs.

As speaker in the technical session “Role of Stakeholders” sharing his views on Skill Development – The New Avenue for NGOs, Dr. Aishwarya Mahajan,Regional Head - Livelihood Education, AeA-SA, shared Aide et Action’s experience in Skill Development through its programme, Initiative for Livelihood Education and Development (iLEAD). iLEAD has trained a total of 1,78,843 youths since 2005 out of which 39% are Women and 75% are from Marginalized communities. Overall 75 percent of trained youth are placed with Employment with Female Placement percentage of 73%. For more information please log on to

The conference was addressed by heads of various renowned companies like Gujarat Livelihood Promotion Company Ltd., Adanai Foundation, Essar Foundation, Hitachi Hi-Rel Power Electronics Pvt Ltd., National Skill Development Corporation, KPMG and The Center for Entrepreneurship Development Government of Gujarat.

25/ Jul/2014
Language should never be a barrier in ones development

Language should never be a barrier in one's development. This thought is well practised under the language laboratories established by Aide et Action under the Mozhi project.  The laboratories help all children in the villages where majority of them speak Telugu and Kannada to use Tamil language effectively to communicate. Most importantly, the labs have been successful in promoting Inclusive Education.

This transformation process, as said by Saranya has benefited her a lot. "“Now I don’t feel difficulty in reading, writing and speaking in Tamil. Earlier I was not interested in going to school as I couldn’t understand Tamil which is the medium of learning/instruction in school. Now I really like going to the school” said a jubiliant Saranya, who belongs to non-Tamil speaking family.

21/ Jul/2014
Ilead Empowers Mother & Son

It was his mother's confidence and faith that has made Kailash  a successful entrepreneur who runs his own Battery Charging Station.He received training in electrical trade from the Patna iLEAD center and was also one of the few iLEAD alumni who went on to do Entrepreneur Development Programme jointly offered by Aide et Action's iLEAD programme and Schneider. 

He earns Rs. 20,000 a month, and attributes his success to his mother who supports him in his business. “My mother handles our battery rental system from home and I undertake the contracts. She manages the business and accounts so diligently that I hardly have to intervene. Initially I never bothered to consider her as my business ally though there was an undeniable need for me. It was she who showed up with a confidence that was so virulent that I had to give her a chance. Today I am very happy and I must admit that it was me who underestimated a woman’s belief and potential" he syas.

Kailash’s mother’s contribution to his business is certainly well noticed by his villagers. Now, the LED lights in their village are popularly known as "Lalmuniya Devi lights". The proud mother and son show the society the perfect example of empowerment.

16/ Jul/2014
innovation at ilead center

Encouraging innovation has always been the essence of iLEAD. This motive was furthered at our iLEAD center in Dharamapuram, Sri Lanka, wherein an innovative entrepreneurship model of producing and selling an herbal drink “Vallarai/Gotukola Juice” at a very low price was started. This health drink is sold in schools to students and can be described as a perfect energy drink to get away with lethargic tendencies of people.  The drink is priced at LKR10. The drink is extracted from Vallarai/Gotukola plant which is abundantly found in rural (environs) areas and is very rich in nutrients especially iron.Congrats to the iLEAD team for this innovation.

12/ Jul/2014
Launchpad to her dreams

For Robinsal, who hails from a poor family, iLEAD became a stepping stone for her job at Domino’s. Her hardwork won her the best employee of the month award many times. She even won diamond points, which means very soon she could be the Assistant Manager of the Outlet.

iLEAD is truly an institute for the socially and financially backward youth. I was able to get a job at Domino's Pizza thanks to iLEAD,” says Robinsal.

Robinsal's mother is grateful to iLEAD, she says, “I am very happy. My daughter gives her salary to me and it is a big support to our family.”

24/ Jun/2014
An Appointment with the future

Nasiya broke out of the mould that circumstances had set for her. Coming from a conservative family, her life would have been like other girls of her age if she had not pursued training from the iLEAD programme. 

Once she joined the ITeS trade, her shy personality soon underwent a transformation and she bloomed into an active participant taking part in all the class room discussions and extracurricular activities. 

She now works in a Public Relations firm and inspires many girls from her community.

22/ Jun/2014
Determined to Succeed

Kamini Kumari, 20 years, succeeded in breaking the conservative thinking of the community and stands as a rolemodel to many girls in her community which discourages them from taking up jobs. After undergoing training in iLEAD’s Bed Side Patient Assistant Course, she now works as a Lab Technician.

Aide et Action congratulates the RoleModel Kamini Kumari !!!

20/ Jun/2014

Daizee Kumari broke the stereotypes and joined Electrical trade offered in iLEAD programme. She now works as a Receptionist in an electrical workshop and earns a decent income.

She is thankful to the iLEAD initiative for showing her a way to better life.

17/ Jun/2014
Information Technology bridging the social gaps

Shama Bano, an unmarried girl in her 20’s is a resident of Begampur village in Warisnagar Block of Samastipur district and belongs to a minority community where women are restricted to go out for work. Though it was difficult to run the family with the meager income of her father who worked as a tailor, looking at her zeal and eagerness to study, he encouraged her to continue her education. After completion of her graduation, her parents were on the look-out for a suitable match.

One day, Shama’s father came to know about iLEAD through one of his friend in community. At that point, he felt that Shama should undergo the training which will help her to stand on her feet.  He then insisted her to enquire about the iLEAD training programme following which she visited iLEAD centre and enrolled herself for ITES course. Immediately after the completion of the course, she got placement with decent salary. Shama’s parents immensely feel proud of their own daughter and are thankful to iLEAD team for the support.

19/ May/2014
Mothers Day Celebration

iLEAD Bhubaneswar organized a program to shows tribute to all mothers. We celebrate this day by arrange some competition among the youths and children of the nearest slum and the iLEAD youths as well. Like: - Song, Debate, Drawing and Dance. The topic of the Debate competition was on WOMEN S SAFETY. The participants also perform dance and song on that day. At last the price was distribute by the Judges; Ms. Anamika (P.O) iLEAD AeA, Mrs. Damayanti Rout Mohanty and by Mrs. Annapurna.

11/ May/2014
An Expression of Solidarity by "Na I Ban Mer"

On the 19th of April 2014,the Executive Members of "Na I Ban Mer" iLEAD Alumni Association visited the Home of the Aged at Demthring with the objective to bring about smiles to the faces of the people who were left to live without a ray of happiness.

The Na I Ban Mer members spend their time in singing songs, shared experiences and some light moments.

Amongst the Executive Members, there were some youths who had trained in Beautician Trade in iLEAD. These members gave a makeover to the residents by giving them a haircut. The residents were overjoyed to have someone to spend their day with.

The Sister In Charge & the Residents shared their life stories & stories of some of the residents.

02/ May/2014
Visit of AEAI officials at youth spark Center, Jaipur

Ms Gunilla Bjorner, International Director General (Designate), AEAI and Ms Claire Calosci - International Director General, AEAI along with Mr Ravi Pratap Singh, Regional Director- South Asia and few officials from Aide et Action International Ms Helene and Ms Odile visited iLEAD Youth Spark center on  6th April 2014.

25/ Apr/2014
iLEAD Shillong Certificate Distribution Ceremony

The Certificate Distribution Ceremony for the youths of Batch VII & VIII and Batch I of Micro-soft youth Spark (MSYS) was organized on 11th April. It was decided to organize the convocation ceremonies amongst the community in the feeder localities from now on. This time it was organized in Mawlai area of Shillong and the Local Area Council provided us with the Mawlai-Mawdatbaki Indoor Stadium.Director Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), representatives from Bharatiya Mahila Bank, Local Area Council Members of Mawlai, Alumni and present batch youth were the participants along with community members from Mawdatbaki area of Mawlai.The three hours program had blend of inspirational words from the invited guests and a sharing of experiences by the youths of iLEAD Shillong.

25/ Apr/2014
Spreading love by Sharing Work

Our Guwahati Regional Office observed Valentine’s Day this February 14, with a theme -‘Spreading love by Sharing Work’.We celebrated the day with Atma Nirbhar – Ek Challenge, an NGO working on livelihood for Persons with Disabilities (PWD).

At Atma Nirbhar, people are given an opportunity to gain sustainable livelihood through various works such as packaging of tea, spices, and also through renting flower tubs for meetings, marriage parties etc; these duties are undertaken by these PWDs engaged at ATMA NIRBHAR. Our iLEAD youth supported the Atma Nirbhar team in packaging, loading & unloading of goods, cleaning the campus, etc. The iLEAD youth from the present batch, alumni and our program officer from Guwahati were part of the team from AEA. Beyond sharing work, the day was celebrated with some recreational activities followed by a fellowship meal and cake cutting.

iLEAD Shillong also had a philanthropic Valentine’s day at ‘Mercy Home’ which is home for the aged. The inmates shared their heart rendering stories with the iLEAD team. Though it was an emotional gathering, the mood was lightened with a game “Gift your friend a rose”. The inmates were asked to give a rose to their friend. Some received many roses, some few and some others decided to keep it for themselves.

It was an emotional experience for the iLEAD team members but they succeeded in bringing a smile to the faces of the aged, who were really happy at our team’s visit. A Thank You song was sung by them as a sign of gratitude. The celebration ended with a promise to meet them often. The youth also made a resolution that they would be very kind towards their grandparents and any aged individual they come across in their lifetime. This event succeeded in sensitizing the youth about the importance of understanding the emotional needs of the aged.

15/ Apr/2014

One of the most difficult thing for an ex-inmates to get a suitable job after his/her release. For many , the stigma of a criminal record is difficult to neglect and overcome . Taking this learning’s from past and present scenario, iLEAD (Intiative for Livelihood Education and Development ) initiated a valuable program with focus on men who was imprisoned in Bolangir district jail of Orissa The skill development training program was specially designed for the inmates who wanted  to transform their life.The main objective of this program was to enable the inmates with meaningful employment opportunities and involve from the harsh experiences as inmates .

iLEAD is making an effort to provide dignified life to the excluded people in the society of which the inmate requires special care and attention. Past understanding suggests that engagement in various programmes will prepare the prisoners to compete with the society and training on vocational skills will immensly help the inmates to synchronize with the society once they are released from the jail.

The training was specially customized to train inmates in two trades viz. Electricals and Electronics which guarantees employment oppurtunity on being released. Trainers from iLEAD Bolangir made every possible effort to provide them the electrical utilities , maintenance and repair information for electrical and electronic components . Not only this but technical reports on topics such as reliability, usability, protection coordination and power demand studies . Inmates  were  happy with the kind of move taken by the organisation . The main objective behind this training programme was to work on their confidence and dignity and help  them escape from any kind of guilt, shame as well as sharpening their social skills by the time they move forward. 





18/ Mar/2014
Beauty parlor "an innovative model"

A business model has been developed in Shillong under iLEAD – the flagship program of Aide Et Action International – South Asia. Taking into consideration the market and the demand of different services, as well as considering the context of Shillong, where the individuals are very aligned towards self beautification, a beauty parlor has been set up with the name – iLEAD Beauty Parlor.

The basic conceptualization of the entrepreneurship model was through the Aide Et Action - Microsoft Youth Spark project. The beauty parlor is offering a wide range of services. Extension services like bridal make ups would also be within the service ranges of the parlor. A number of Alumni of the Beautician Trade of iLEAD, Shillong would be associated with the parlor and services would be extended to Door to Door beauty treatments of the clients. A tele-calling service would be established for easy & immediate access to the services.

Use of quality products and brands would be emphasized. Products of Matrix (Loreal) would be used in the parlor. The features of the iLEAD Beauty Parlor is as follows –

Services by experts

Rates lower than the prevalent market rate

Tele-calling services for door to door beauty treatments

Special package offers during festival seasons

The parlor is managed and operated directly by alumni of iLEAD, Shillong. An Alumnus is managing the operation and four are in parlor services. At the same time 40 other are for door to door services on profit sharing basis.

Apart from this the Parlor is also ready to provide practical training to the youths of iLEAD, Shillong during the On Job Training.

Commemorating the International Women’s Day 2014, the inauguration ceremony was held on 8th March.

The preparations

After a long discussions on the Youth Spark programme finally the date for inauguration of the parlor was fixed on the International Women’s Day.

Operations of the Beauty Parlour were discussed and finally the major services for beautification come out. Now parlor is offering a wide range of services, like

1. Hair Cutting for Ladies & Kids

2. Threading (Eyebrows, Upper Lips, & Full Face)

3. Scalp Massage

4. Manicure

5. Pedicure

6. Waxing (Under arm, Arms – Full & Half, Legs – Full & Half)

7. Facial (Herbal & Thermo)

8. Hair Spa (Hydra, Oil, & Colored Hair)

9. Permanent Straightening (both long & Short hair)

10. Perming (Both long & short hair)

11. Hair Color (both long & short hair)

12. Highlights

13. Henna (both long & short hair)

14. Bleaching

15. Hair Styling

16. Make up (Bridal & Simple)

The Agenda for the Inauguration was as follows –

As day was fixed for the Inauguration of the Parlour the responsibilities were distributed. Several meetings were also held for the Alumni Association where they discussed about the Microsoft Youth Spark Programme and Parlour Inauguration. The Association was explained about the different role and responsibility that was to be undertaken by them to execute the plan and organize the programme. Several aspects regarding the operations of the Beauty Parlour was discussed, the guest lists, timings etc.

Agenda No  Agenda  Time 
I Welcome Speech by YS Coordinator  1100 hrs 
II  Welcome son by iLEAD Youths  1110 hrs 
III  Felicitation of Chief Guest  1120 hrs 
IV  Speech by Chief Guest  1125 hrs 
Opening of Parlor – Ribbon Cutting by Chief Guest  1135 hrs 
VI  Vote of Thanks by Center Manager  1145 hrs 
VII  Refreshments   

They decided to invite Mr. L. Kharkongor, an elected representative of Nongthymmai Constituency as their Chief Guest. The Guest of Honor was Mr. Khyriem, the Headman. On finalizing the guest list, invitations was prepared and dispatched by the members of the Alumni Association. As the day came near for the programme, the team members did all the arrangements for the programme and did a follow up on the same. Pre-preparations was done a day before the Inauguration.

The Inauguration

And finally the function is on! It got inaugurated on the 8th of March, The organizers had worked hard to make the inaugural function colorful. To a large extend, they had succeeded in it.

The team started early and a final touch given to the preparation by the team. The guests were welcomed by the alumni, who ushered them to their seats. Following are the Guests who graced the occasion –


Mr. Bawan Khyriem Headman, Nongkhyriem 
Members of Youth Association  Nongthymmai Youth Association 
Mrs.D. Lyngdoh  ITI Instructor – Hair & Skin 
Ms. Marlyn  Proprietor – Marlyn’s Beauty Parlour 
Mrs. G. Kharumnuid  Owner of the rented premises 
Alumni + Students of Current batch   

The programme started at 11am with an opening speech from Mrs. Shiela Kharpomtiah, who is the Coordinator of the project. She welcomed the Headman, the employers, representatives of various organizations and the alumni to the Inauguration.

After the speech, youths of the Youth Spark batch who made the occasion more graceful by a welcome song. The Guests were felicitated by the team members with a bouquet of flower followed by a speech from him. The Headman started by speaking about Women’s Day. However he said that the people often have mistaken Feminism with Women Empowerment. He cited examples and shared his views on it. He also spoke about iLEAD and the opportunity that it is offering to the under privileged youths who are unemployed. He advised the youths present in the programme to grab such opportunities and make the most out of such opportunities. He appreciated the initiative that the Organization was taking and praised them for their work. The initiative of a Beauty Parlour was a good way of creating a platform for building opportunities for entrepreneurs. He also expressed his willingness to extend his support to the organization and added that he would help in promoting the Parlor and the programme as a whole. He once again congratulated the organization for their works and wished them luck for their newly opened Parlour.

As per the agenda, the opening of the parlor by Cutting the Ribbon was done by the Headman of Nongkhreim and he announced the Parlor formally open.

The programme ended by a Vote of Thanks by one of the Centre in Charge who expressed her gratitude on behalf of the organization to all who were present in the programme and for their time and participation.

After the Vote of Thanks, refreshment was served followed by group photo session. As an inaugural service, the Owner of the parlor premises availed threading (eyebrows). The first income of the Parlor was Rs.50/-.

And thus with a little start new bird spread their wing to touch the sky.

18/ Mar/2014
Microsoft visits iLEAD Youth spark in Jaipur

Manju Dhasmana and Shirish Raut Community Affairs /CSR officials from Microsoft India Pvt ltd. visited iLEAD Youth Spark center in Jaipur.

About Youth Spark - Youth Spark , a classic example to promote entrepreneurial skills among youth is a Microsoft supported program run by Aide-et-Action through an iLEAD - Initiative for Livelihood Education Development . Youth spark is designed to foster sustainable economic development of the youth especially amognst potential entrepreneurs, thereby building self-reliance and helping reducing poverty . The program helps boost  local economy through income-generating activities through experiential learning model labs  in the identified trades.

Not only this , youth spark will establish group enterprises for girls, persons with disabilities, persons affected through disasters and other excluded groups. Jaipur Youth spark is one of the 10  model center that showcases stage by stage practical learning in fashion designing specially through Information Technology where developing business ideas is the main and key component of the three-month training program.

Youth Spark provides a platform for trained youth with exceptional aptitude and interest to emerge as successful entrepreneurs and catalyst thus generating more employment opportunities for others . This aims to  create entry level employment opportunities for the marginalized youth by providing training through digital curriculum of Microsoft . It also enhances and provides necessary inputs for personality development, life skills and forward and backward linkages for the trained youth for sustainability of the efforts and better quality of life.

26/ Aug/2013
Ex-combatants find a new way of life through iLEAD Vavuniya

(AEAI–SL) successfully concluded the vocational training of 18 Ex-combatants at the Rehabilitation Centre, Poonthottam, Vavuniya District on 3 June 2013. This training contributes to the rehabilitation process undertaken by the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation under the Ministry of Rehabilitation & Prison Reforms, Government of Sri Lanka. The training began in the month of January 2013. Ms. Ajin Karina, the Beautician course’s Instructor of iLEAD-Vavuniya trained these 18 ex-combatant women at the centre. 

AEAI-SL also trained 150 ex-combatants on Enterprise based training which will be immensely beneficial to the trainees who intend on becoming entrepreneurs. Sixty ex-combatants, in two batches, have so far been trained in this much sought-after training course which was initiated in response to the request of the ex-combatants themselves. The rest 90 ex-combatants would receive the training in two batches no sooner than they complete their respective Technical Courses.   Apart from technical skill training such as Beautician and entrepreneurship development, iLEAD-Vavuniya’s English instructor teach English Language along with various aspects of communication to these ex-combatants at the Poonthottam Rehabilitation Centre. Entrepreneurship Development training was conducted by the Centre In Charge who is also the Computer Hardware Instructor of iLEAD-Vavuniya.



03/ Jun/2013
AEA-SA comes up with first ever child friendly housing project

Hyderabad: Every year, hundreds of families from Odisha migrate to Andhra Pradesh to work in the Brick Kilns. They live in abject poverty and lead a miserable and isolated life. Their children especially live in unsafe and unhealthy environments.  Most importantly, they are denied their right to education.

In a first of its kind initiative in India, Aide et Action partnered with Bernard Van Leer Foundation to construct model houses for the families of Brick Kiln workers from Odisha at Jinnaram, Medak District, Hyderabad. The housing project which accommodates 12 families is specially designed to be child friendly to protect the children from dust and pollutants.  The project also accommodates a learning centre where the children are given education in their mother tongue – Odia by volunteers.

The housing project and learning centre was inaugurated by Daritri Patnaik, Country Director, BvL Foundation; Mr Umi Daniel, Thematic Head - MiRC, AEA; Mr Sreedhar Mether, Regional Manager - HRO. Also, Mr Srinivas Rao, Mandal Parishad Development officer ; Prakash Rao, Mandal Education Officer; Mr Sahdev, Deputy Tahsildar and other government officials were present during the inaguration.

Very soon, Aide et Action plans to replicate this model in other brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh with the support of the Government.

01/ Apr/2013
Lovehood to Livelihood

On this Valentine’s Day, let’s love our hood & make their way to earn their livelihood .This was the spirit of Valentine’s Day celebration endorsed by iLEAD,the flagship program of Aide et Action International - South Asia. Instead of the common practice of expressing our love to our beloved partners, we introduced an innovative concept of – ‘LOVEHOOD TO LIVELIHOOD’ to change lives through love. This day of love was celebrated with those who lack love in their lives & are in need of our support to lead their lives. The modus-operandi iLEAD  followed was to identify youth from deprived & marginalized community, HIV+ve children, orphans, residents of old age homes etc. & celebrate valentine’s day with them to  ensure their self-dependency in life by training them according to their potential & interest and help them in acquiring a suitable job or even have their own enterprise.

LOVEHOOD to LIVELIHOOD was celebrated at Shree Nirmal Sansthan, a school for children with disabilities in Jaipur. The event was jointly organized by all the three iLEAD centers of Jaipur. The day began with a cake cutting ceremony followed by a musical performance by a youth band. The students had a great time and enjoyed especially when the song BUM BUM BOLE MASTI MAIN DOLE was performed from the movie – Taare Zameen Par, a film based on special children. The children joined in and shook a leg when this song was played.
The board members of Nirmal Sansthan School appreciated the efforts of iLEAD for this unique concept of Valentine’s Day celebration with their children.
The activity was covered both by electronic and print media like  Khabar Bharti, Digi News, BTV, ETV Rajasthan, Siti News, Dainik Bhaskar, Rajasthan Patrika, DNA etc.

iLEAD Chittorgarh, Bhadsoda & Mangrol teams celebrated LOVEHOOD to LIVELIHOOD at Chittorgarh with underserved & economically backward children & youth and shared cheerful moments with them which will be etched in their memories . Various cultural activities were conducted by the team on this occasion of celebrating love. The iLEAD team had distributed sewing machines, new clothes, snacks & balloons to the children & youth, all of which were sponsored for this occasion.

iLEAD Udaipur celebrated LOVEHOOD to LIVELIHOOD as an open-air party for children affected by HIV at Fatehsagar lake,Udaipur. During the celebration, participants dedicated messages & songs for the children. The iLEAD team managed to make the children smile and feel happy.

iLEAD Bandikui  celebrated LOVEHOOD to LIVELIHOOD at Swami Vivekanand Deaf and Dumb Hostel, Bandikui. The hostel management & children were deeply touched by this unique way of celebrating love.

iLEAD Bhilwara celebrated LOVEHOOD to LIVELIHOOD at ‘APNA GHAR’, an old age home. During the celebrations, all the residents of Apna Ghar shared their feelings & experiences of life. iLEAD team organized a cultural programme with them. The inmates had a great time with the iLEAD team members which was evident in their expressions. All the senior citizens blessed iLEAD team for making their valentine’s day one of the most memorable days of their life.

14/ Feb/2013
Joining hands to go beyond Archives By Month

Thank you for taking the time to understand our interventions. Our programmes cover various themes to ensure that education becomes accessible to the disadvantaged and marginalised communities. We endeavour to cover education through a holistic approach that leaves no stone unturned to eradicate illiteracy across personal, professional, social, cultural spheres of our target communities.
This year’s annual report bears testimony to the achievements across each of our themes – indeed, we have made significant progress in moving steadily towards our vision, Education for All, and what better can we term it as, than Leaps and Bounds.
However, this growth could not have been possible without the singular commitment of our staff across
all fields, and of course, the guidance and support of our governing board and supporters. We are now
motivated to take this dream even further – to reach out to more and more children.
And once again, we ask that you stand with us in solidarity to meet this goal. We ask you to pledge your support for the children. We ask that you take that one leap of faith!

01/ Jan/2013