What we have done
Padmanaban (23), a Srilankan refugee had been staying at the Pazhavilai Srilankan Refugee Camp since 2007. He was unable to continue his education after 10th standard due to poverty.
More than 72,000 thousand Sri Lankan refugees live in over 120 camps in Tamil Nadu according to Human Rights Law Network 2007 report ‘Refugee populations in India’. Each adult refugee receives a small monthly stipend. Though not officially permitted to work in India, they work as unskilled labour in the informal sector to supplement their incomes as per the report.
It was around that time, that he came to know about a training program conducted by Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS)in association with Aide et Action South Asia. He got enrolled for Automobile lucky patcher for ios course and got trained for four months at the Nagercoil training center. “The course was 70% practical and 30% theory with efficient computer teaching faculty. I learnt about ITES and secured enough knowledge to compete the main stream job sector”, said Padmanaban. After the training, he was placed at an automobile workshop at Beach Road, Nagercoil and gets a salary of Rs 15000 per month.
“We are happy and very sure that he will achieve more in life due to his hardworking nature. His source of income helps us in many ways and we will utilize it wisely for future”, say parents of Padmanaban.
Impressed with Padmanabhan’s working style, his employer said, “Getting skilled people is very much essential for the company’s development and growth. Despite education, they are many who are not equipped with necessary skills whereas Padmanabanis pretty talented and confident”.