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The Urban Community Development Project of the YWCA of Madras was initiated in the year 1972 to improve literacy of women residing in the urban slums. Ever since, the program has continued to expand, by carrying out various activities with the single-minded goal of empowering deprived urban communities.

UCDP’s goal is to empower urban woman: The main aim of the project is to ensure that they are provided with ample opportunities to become self-sufficient and independent which goes a long way in boosting their self-confidence and morale.

1) Tuition centers at Ashok Nagar and Pulianthope Slums: Teachers are appointed to take tuition classes in the evenings for under privileged children (aged 5-15), who attend regular school during the day. Eighty to hundred children get special attention in their studies by the dedicated teachers. This will help every child to realize their dreams through quality education.

2) Cultural and Fun Filled Activities: 2)The under privileged children get to enjoy Christmas celebrations, and summer camps organized by the YWCA of Madras. They enjoy the trips, treats and tasty bites on those fun filled days. Awareness on various issues, exposure to arts and crafts, opportunities for them to showcase, their skills is the hallmark picnics of these activities. We hope that as these children, turn into adults, they will reflect on these memories with joy and happiness.

3) Vocational Tailoring Course: A highly skilled tailoring teacher imparts the Tailoring course to the underprivileged women in a very professional and systematic manner. They learn to do cutting and stitching of innerwear, skirts, frocks, nighties, salwar-sets, blouses, etc. On successful completion of the course they are awarded a certificate for the same.

5) Spoken English: 5)Good communication skills is the need of the hour in this modern age. It is needed to gain employment or do well in competitive exams, or gain self confidence among our peers/family members, etc. Language educators are being recruited and interactive spoken English modules are being delivered. An orientation for the educators’ team is provided, so as to make the course systematic and streamlined. An in-house creation namely the Interactive & Comprehensive English Course Book was launched in the month of January 2018. The 250 page book is modelled so as to cater to any age group starting from 12 years onwards. It is a boon both for the teacher as well as the student. It is heartening to note that, The Sri Chakra Maritime College, the Sri Sankara Global Academy, Shriram Foundation and others have found lot of use for the book and are successfully implementing the course for their students.

The UCDP continues to intervene among urban under privilege children to empower them with various skills and awareness for their well- being.

Spoken Hindi courses, Hand Embroidery, Aari Embroidery, Machine Embroidery, Jewelry Making Course, Fabric Painting, etc are all in the pipeline.

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