Reaching Hard to Reach Communities
Envisioned to digitally empower underserved sections of society and initiated in 2015, the ARISE Digital Literacy Program has reached 7,000 direct beneficiaries residing in urban slums and imparted digital literacy training through eleven (11) NDLM (National Digital Literacy Mission) centres across India. These centres located in Delhi, Haryana, Noida, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai have played a key role in upskilling the disadvantaged individuals in communities that do not get access to computer centres and digital literacy. The training program has helped the beneficiaries to develop a fundamental understanding of computers, smart devices and oriented them to the world of the Internet.
Youth4Jobs became the first NDLM centre to provide digital literacy training to people with disabilities in Hyderabad. The centre provided upskilling to people with Loco-motor disabilities, Speech and Hearing Impaired and also to partially Visually Impaired (VI). Later, the National Association for the Blind in Delhi contributed to the cause by organizing skill-building sessions for around 500 Visually challenged beneficiaries.
One of the major impacts of this program has been the effective orientation of urban slum dwellers who have largely been facing digital exclusion. After the completion of NDLM training, a large number of beneficiaries were able to access various government schemes available on various sites and use it for developmental opportunities. Some of the beneficiaries who were working as customer care executives for Malls and informal sectors were promoted as cashier/executives. Many beneficiaries also secured jobs in companies as Computer Operators, Cashiers, or Data Entry operators which impacted their lives as well as their family conditions significantly. The program is closed now after three years’ rigorous intervention serving community members.