United for Hope designs educational and vocational programmes to reach all members of the community. Classes take place in our community centre, which is has 24/7 electricity, a wifi connection, quality desks and teaching aids, and a computer lab.
Our after-school classes target motivated children who come from the community’s most disadvantaged families. Class topics include English, Maths, Hindi and social skills.. Classes follow modern methods and are supported by western volunteers. In addition to our after-school classes, we employ a full-time teacher in the local government school, and our western volunteers hold classes twice a week there around English and social skills.
We hold regular classes for young women with the aim of not only raising their educational and skills levels but also of increasing their confidence and helping them find their voice. Vocational training is designed to open up new income possibilities and bolster income generation in the village. Confidence training aids them in maneuvering their lives and family decisions within a highly patriarchal society.
Our programmes open up alternative income opportunities through a combination of vocational training and project implementation. The objective is to trigger behavioural change and to promote sustainable development in the local community. We offer basic employability courses like English and computer skills-building. Other trainings are chosen based upon our current and future social enterprise projects.
We conduct awareness campaigns and camps around community topics like WASH, disease awareness and prevention, and access to government programmes. These are done in our community centre but, more frequently, as door-to-door activities in order to reach those who are unable to or prevented from leaving home, especially women. Before we implement a new social enterprise, we inform the community around the new product or service to be offered and its importance to their health and wellbeing.