|NGOs >> Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA)|
The Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA) is a 76-year-old NGO, founded in 1928 by Late Shri. B.G. Kher, a freedom fighter, statesman and first premier of Bombay state, along with his Gandhian colleagues. KSWA had provided uninterrupted service to the slum dwellers residing between Bandra (E) and Khar (E) in Bombay, in the field of Education, Healthcare and Vocational Training, keeping a low profile true to the tradition of its founder.
As it has passed its 75th year anniversary, KSWA has broadened its horizons to be of service to a larger population covering the whole of Mumbai including her suburbs and changing focus from Welfare to Development by empowering a larger body of people, mainly school dropouts both male and female, with a vocational skill leading to employment or entrepreneurship.
One of the main activities of KSWA, the Vocational Training Program was inaugurated in August 1998 and at the end of its first year, about 135 students completed various courses and received certificates jointly awarded by KSWA and Shramik Vidyapeeth. The following years saw KSWA managing the vocational training program on its own with the number of students increasing every year to about 250-300 students passing out each year at present on courses such as: Motor Mechanic, Air conditioning and Refrigeration, Electrical Wireman, Motor Driving, Nursing, Beautician, Mehendi, Entrepreneurship and Hospitality.
By March 2004 over 2000 students had completed course of which 60 % are gainfully employed.
The students from Motor Mechanic, Air conditioning and Refrigeration and Electrical wireman courses were sent for apprenticeship / training through our Industry Partners namely Eureka Forbes, Sah & Sanghi and Blue Star Ltd. Girls from the nursing course visit hospitals and undergo training at several nursing homes.
The President of India launched KSWAs youth movement Yuva Parivartan . It seeks to bring unmotivated dropouts to the community center. The movement offers a membership to the dropouts, which entitles members to play games, sports and avail of monthly entertainment the center offers. The YP Movement was set up to motivate school dropouts from the underprivileged backgrounds to come to the center and enroll themselves in short term vocational training courses.
This program has been implemented at our Community Center since January 2003. Encouraged by its success, KSWA is expanding the program by creating more Yuva Parivartan centers, all over Mumbai City. Recently, vocational courses have started at three new outreach centers in Jogeshwari, Cheetacamp and a rural center at Khopoli.More information can be found on www.yuvaparivartan.org.