Urban Community Development Projects
The YWCA of Madras – Urban Community Development Project started a literacy programme for women, at its premises in 1972 and then in some of the city slums. The empowerment of women and educating children is the goal of UCDP. In November 1999 the U.C.D.P. started 10 night coaching classes for underprivileged children in the nearby slums.
In July 2000 a three months, tailoring course was started in Mylapore Church for underprivileged women. After a long process undertaken by the UCDP committee, the YWCA Community College was started on 1st August 2002 in the campus for young women.
During 2004 – 2005 a six months Bridge course was conducted for school dropouts children. After completion of the course 28 children out of 35 were placed in regular schools.
In 2006, a Tailoring and Embroidery course was started at the YWCA campus for underprivileged women by the Central Polytechnic and in 2010 along with the above courses, the UCDP started Beautician, Fashion Jewellery and Flower Making courses also. Many workshops and training programmes are arranged keeping in mind the upliftment of women from the lower income group.
The UCDP continues to intervene among women in slums to empower them with skills and awareness for their development.
A few of the ongoing activities of the project. are:
Tailoring, Cosmetology, Flower making, toy making, fashion jewellery, embroidery and spoken English classes.
Awareness programmes on organized: Gender equality, Importance of Education, Importance of dental hygiene, Anaemia among women, Breast cancer and General health & hygiene are organised for women from the nearby slums.
One hundred women who underwent skill training for self-employment were also given special training in entrepreneur skills.
Women are taught to make organic manure from dead leaves, garden waste, vegetable waste, cow dung and soil. This organic manure is used for potted plants indoors and outdoors. It has all the natural and herbal elements, which increase the soil nutrients. It also helps to retain soil moisture and improve soil structure. It is an income generation project as well as waste management project.
Ways to Volunteer?
- Tutor a small group of the 8th and 9th standard children in English, Mathematics and other subjects if possible.
- Conduct spoken English classes