Etasha Society

Project Brief: ETASHA is a non-profit founded in 2006 with the aim to make youth from under-served communities employable and to connect them with reputable companies in the organized sector.
Project Type: Vocational Training (description)
Primary Focus: vocational training (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: San Francisco
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Namita Gujral
Project Partner(s): Meenakshi Nayar
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , E 48 Greater Kailash Enclave II,,,
Tel: +91 11 (0) 29221320 / 21 / 22
Stewarding Chapter: San Francisco
Jul 2016San FranciscoUSD 15941
Mar 2016San FranciscoUSD 15134
Feb 2015San FranciscoUSD 13990
Jul 2014San FranciscoUSD 7097
Feb 2014San FranciscoUSD 6907
Oct 2013San FranciscoUSD 1195
Jun 2013San FranciscoUSD 7373
Nov 2012San FranciscoUSD 7500
Aug 2011San FranciscoUSD 11986
Aug 2011San FranciscoUSD 1200

Total = $88323

Project Prerna

"Project Perna" is Etasha's vocational and employability skills training program serving youth from impoverished colonies in New Delhi, India. It teaches relevant employability skills and training to the youth to ultimately get them sustainable and respectable employment in the private sector. Its curriculum encompasses spoken English, computer skills, inter and intra personal skills, social confidence, world of work, and selling & customer service skills. They adopt practical, experiential, hands-on training methods in their programs such as taking students for site visits to companies, shopping malls, and restaurants, encouraging them to explore what professions they would like to pursue. In the last two weeks of the program, Etasha's placement team works closely with the students to create their resumes, prepare them for job interviews and connect them with several corporations. Etasha's useful connections with important companies greatly facilitate the ability to find the most appropriate jobs for students.

Project Shruti
(Asha-wide Quality of Education 2011 initiative)

In addition, Etasha was also chosen for Asha-wide's QED initiative in 2011 through which they will be using the funds (~$2,400) to provide digital lesson plans for Spoken English to supplement the traditional classroom lectures. This will be achieved by providing MP3 players to students containing the digital lesson plans. The purpose is two-fold - 1) to improve student engagement, 2) to boost morale and provide students with an independent outlet to study that protects that from any discouraging or critical family interference. This idea came from collaborative discussions between Asha SF, Etasha's staff and the students themselves who shared with us their problem - at their homes, they do not receive much support from their families who want to watch TV in Hindi, and also do not always encourage doing homework. Etasha came up with this solution of MP3 players so that students can be independent, and can also find the subject more interesting when listening to lessons instead of just reading from a book.
Their aim serves two purposes:
- Increase employment prospects for the disadvantaged
- Provide industry with skilled workers necessary to further economic development
Jun 2016 2016 ETASHA Project 2 - Vote Results
Mar 2016 Etasha Cycle 5 (2016)_Approval Minutes
Jan 2016 2016 ETASHA Project 2 - Proposal
Jan 2016 2016 ETASHA Project 2 - Appendix 1
Dec 2015 Etasha Cycle 5 (2016)_Proposal
Dec 2015 Etasha Cycle 4 (2015)_Progress
Dec 2015 Etasha 2015_Site Visit
Feb 2015 Etasha_Cycle 4 (2015)_Approval Minutes
Jan 2015 Etasha Cycle 4 (2015)_Proposal
Dec 2014 Etasha_Cycle 3 (2014)_ annual progress
Jun 2014 Etasha_Cycle 3 (2014)_6 mth progress
Dec 2013 Etasha_Cycle 2 (2013) Progress and Funds Utilization
Sep 2013 Etasha QED Year 2_Approval Minutes_09252013
Jul 2013 Etasha_Quality of Education_Site Visit_07052013
Jul 2013 ETASHA - QED Proposal -Year 2
Jun 2013 Etasha -WAH Project Propsal 2013_060713
Jun 2013 Etasha - Organizational Profile
Jun 2013 Etasha_WAH 2013 Proposal_061013
Jun 2013 WAH 2013 - Etasha proposal approval minutes
May 2013 Cycle2_6month-progress-report
May 2013 Cycle2_Funds Utilization Report
May 2013 Cycle 2_Round 1_Follow up questions
May 2013 Cycle 2_Round 1_Q&A on progress report
May 2013 Etasha QED Year 2_SF Approval Minutes_05192013
Apr 2013 QED Year 1 Progress Report
Nov 2012 Etasha poll results_111412_for second annual funding
Oct 2012 Second annual round_Etasha_proposal(2012-13)
Oct 2012 Second annual round_Summary of budget_2012-13.ppt
Sep 2012 Round 1_Yearly Progress Report (2011-12)
Sep 2012 Round 1_Student 1 testimonial.doc
Sep 2012 Round 1_Student 2 testimonial.doc
Sep 2012 Etasha_picture1.jpg
Sep 2012 Etasha_picture2.jpg
Sep 2012 Etasha_picture3.jpg
Sep 2012 Etasha_picture4.jpg
Sep 2012 Second annual round_Site visit report_Sep18 2012.doc
Mar 2012 Semi-Annual Progress Report
Mar 2011 QED Discussion and approval
Feb 2011 Chapter questions and responses
Feb 2011 QED proposal
Feb 2011 Site visit report
Feb 2011 Chapter minutes and approval
Jan 2011 Etasha proposal