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  • The resiliency of the Youth during Ramadan in Bangladesh

    LP4Y is built on well-defined principles of non-profit, non-religious, and non-political engagement. However, some countries, such as Bangladesh, embrace religion as a shared lifestyle, having an impact on the whole ecosystem for one month during Ramadan. As in many other Muslim countries, Bangladesh adapts its working hours in the public and private sectors to match them to the needs and demands during the Holi month of Ramadan. In most places, the office time has been reduced  to 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Ramadan started on March 11th, 2024 in Bangladesh and ended on April 10th, 2024. In the Training and Development Center (TDC) of Dhaka, all the Youth were very much concerned and dedicated to do Ramadan. For Rani, Youth in the TDC, it is a way to devote themselves towards good virtues. In the TDC Dhaka we also took the decision to adapt the schedule to match with the capacity of the Youth to fully concentrate and feel that they always evolve in the best conditions to come everyday to the center to continue to get new skills. The Youth had to come from 9 am to 4 pm (instead of 8:30 am to 5:30 pm) with only 30-minute break time in the middle of the day (instead of 1 hour). Even if the working hours have been reduced, the training remains demanding. No activities had been removed from the schedule. The length of each of them was just shorter. Jannatul says that the Ramadan schedule applied in LP4Y makes it easier for her to “fully focus on her tasks to get the maximum from the training”. Aside from the training, the month of Ramadan required a lot of energy and dedication for the Youth. Indeed, they had to manage many things in their homes before and after training day. When they came back to their houses, most of them were in charge of preparing and cooking for Iftar. Their sleeping cycle was also rythmed by Sehri, the moment when they had to wake during the night to eat before the sunrise. Still, even though that month was super demanding for the Youth, the attendance in the TDC was breaking records and was better than before the beginning of Ramadan for the last two weeks (more than 80% of attendance on average compared to the 64% on average in February 2024 for example). The resiliency of the Youth in such context shows the great motivation that animates them. That adapted schedule had been built together with the Youth. Being flexible, listening and understanding the needs of the Youth was the key for them to feel comfortable, to come everyday and to keep their motivation high in any context. Ramadan represents also the opportunity to share informal moments together, Youth and Catalysts, with the celebration of Iftar time that happened on April 4th, 2024.

  • Welcome to LP4Y Training & Development Center in Chennai

    Opened in 2018, the Training & Development Center (TDC) in Chennai initially welcomed young women and men aged 17 to 24. Located at the heart of the Kannagi Nagar neighbourhood, 1 hour south of Chennai, the center is close to the community to better identify its challenges and needs. In 2020, following the COVID pandemic, the center was forced to close due to restrictions. It could only reopen in March 2022, but these 2 years allowed LP4Y and the Catalysts to assess the situation in this neighbourhood and adapt  the program to better fit the needs of the community. In April 2022, LP4Y reopened the center with a program dedicated to women only. In fact, after 4 years of activities in Kannagi Nagar, it appeared that the coeducation of men and women was a major issue within the community, especially within households (jealousy, domestic violence, sexual abuse, forced and early marriages...). By the end of 2019, only men were participating in the programs as women were no longer allowed to participate. An issue not only in terms of gender equality but also when we know that a woman invests over 80% of her salary in children's education and household functioning (compared to less than 40% for men) when she has access to employment (report "Global Employment Trends for Youth 2022" from ILO). The conclusion was clear: to have a significant impact on the Kannagi Nagar community, LP4Y would now primarily support women. Today, the center mainly welcomes young mothers averaging 28 years old, but also 20% of young women aged between 17 and 24. The Chennai center has its own Little Angel Academy, a daycare facility that accommodates the children (aged 6 months to 4 years old) of women participating in the LP4Y program. Zooming in: Kannagi Nagar, Chennai, India Kannagi Nagar carries numerous stereotypes. Largest resettlement area built in India, its population comes from various backgrounds, including fishermen who suffered displacement following the 2004 tsunami. Today, nearly 80,000 people live in this neighbourhood, where no businesses are established, suffering from multiple factors of exclusion: Geographical exclusion: Due to its proximity to the coast, Kannagi Nagar is regularly impacted by floods and cyclones. The community frequently finds itself cut off from the rest of the city with no access to main roads and businesses. Medical exclusion: There is no hospital or clinic established in this neighbourhood. It takes a minimum of 45 minutes to access medical care. Basic needs exclusion: Due to the lack of infrastructures and low water pipes, access to drinkable water is complicated and power cuts are common. Economic exclusion: Employment opportunities are mainly limited to local shops (tea and local food vendors, tailors, beauticians). To find decent jobs, one must travel at least 30 minutes (highly dependent on traffic and available means of transportation). A new Micro-Company for the Training & Development Center in Chennai In this context, LP4Y's action in Kannagi Nagar has taken on its full significance in combating the socio-professional exclusion of this community. Following the innovative pedagogy deployed in all LP4Y countries, the Youth at the Kannagi Nagar center used to manage a Micro-Company, called Move 4 Change, that offered sport activities to the Youth of the community. The outdoor area of ​​nearly 100 square meter attached to the center, well equipped by LP4Y's various partners, was particularly suitable to organize activities such as  badminton, football or yoga training, among others. By the end of 2023, the team in Chennai saw an evolution in the profile of Youths interested to join the program and the needs of the community. An intuition confirmed by a survey ran by the Youth over 200 families living near the center. The team decided to change the Micro-Company in Chennai from Move 4 Change to Care 4 Change. The focus is now on health, nutrition, and child care, as well as support for pregnant women. Well-being and sports remain part of the TDC Chennai DNA as yoga, dance and boxing sessions are still offered at the center outside of the professional training hours to members of the Kannagi Nagar community. The new Micro-Company still enables young women to develop their professional and personal skills such as accounting, partnership, communication in English, and computer skills. THE TDC CHENNAI IN A FEW NUMBERS 181 Youths impacted since the opening of the center, among which 87% are women 81% Youth integrated since opening 1,835 total people impacted on average (the integration of 1 Youth benefits 8 people from its close environment, as per the United Nations) 108 community trainings ran since 2021

  • Tasmiya: becoming master of the data to financially support her family

    Tasmiya grew up in DJ Halli, one of the biggest slums in Bangalore. Member of a family of 3 people (grandmother, mother and brother), she has a keen interest in computers and loves learning new formulas on Excel. Tasmiya joined LP4Y 6 months ago with the hope to find a job that would help her support her family. Her long-term goal: study to become a doctor. But first, she needs to pass the NEET exam and get admission in college. In the meantime, she does not want to stay at home all day: her family has small resources and she wishes to support them financially to the best of her capacities. During her LP4Y training, she discovered Excel, a software that she enjoyed using so much that she decided to work as a Data Entry Operator for a company. In the recording, Tasmiya explains how she proceeds to look for a job. She shares her hope to find a position that would enable her to use her brand new computer skills. By the time this story was published, things changed for her. Right after recording her story, Tasmiya found a job as Data Entry Operator at The South India Waterproofing Company. Goal number one: achieved! Watch the video to learn more about Tasmiya, her ambitions and her job search.

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  • BANGLADESH | LP4Y Stories

    BANGLADESH LP4Y Stories in COUNTRY BANGLADESH ​ CONTINENT ASIA CAPITAL DHAKA ​ CURRENCY TAKA LANGUAGE BANGALI LP4Y BANGLADESH'S KEY FIGURES: ​ OPENED IN 2021 LP4Y CENTERS 1 TDC 1GV ​ More about LP4Y Bangladesh 1/9 ALL LP4Y STORIES IN BANGLADESH Overcoming job seeking difficulties Hello everyone, my name is Asfiya Ayat, I am 20 years old and I come from Kaliganj, Lalmonirhat, but now I live in Rangpur City. Like... Youth Empowerment Success Stories: Rima and Khadija's story Meet Rima and Khadija, two young women from the TDC of Dhaka in Bangladesh, whose lives have been transformed with the support of LP4Y.... Fighting for Youth Inclusion alongside the Bangladeshi NGO ZE Project TDC Dhaka organized its annual impact meeting on November 24, 2023. Around 30 partners joined, including ZE Project which gave testimony... Aparijita, she who cannot be defeated We all know the mythological story of the Phoenix bird who rises from its own ashes. Here is another Phoenix's story from the Green... Life Project Plan Presentations Have you thought of your own Life Project Plan? The Life Project Plan invites the Youth to question themselves about the goals they would... Entrepreneurs' Day Reportage In January 2023, every center of Life Project 4 Youth had celebrated Entrepreneurs Day : the final graduation of the Youth who finished... Amazing Bangladesh partnership! Leuza, Cameron Garreau from Etam and Ze Project Bangladesh: A journey through myself When I came back to France after one year and a half in Bangladesh, I heard a lot the question “how was your trip?”. As if I had just... Sharmi's Fresh Eye Report Sharmi, Community Catalyst of GV Bangladesh, shares with us her fresh eye report! 1 2 3 4


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  • MYANMAR | LP4Y Stories

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