The mission of ‘empowerment of the underprivileged youth through vocational training’ is taken up by the DB Tech Society. It is a registered society with its Head office located at New Delhi. It has offered the project through Marian Women Development Centre, Sarupathar which began in February 2014 with two domains of Weaving and Knitting and ISMO (Industrial Sewing Machine Operation). Its aim is to provide employment-linked, market-oriented training to youngsters between the age group of 18 – 35. The scheme is instrumental in providing livelihood skills to the drop-out youth and mainstreaming opportunities in the sunrise sectors of the economy. The trainees are provided with post placement support to make their future bright.
The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) centre has become one of the sought after educational centres for those young people who for one or other reason could not complete their matriculation.
The province has undertaken the Ferrando Domestic Workers’ Alliance (FDWA) activities for the formation of union structures for domestic workers. We have the activities of the project in four centres of the province, such as Tinsukia, Sarupathar, Kohima and Imphal.
There are awareness and training programs conducted in every quarter of the year in various pockets of the city. The programs touch the lives of the marginalized and downtrodden women and the less privileged children. In effect the families and society at large benefit from this. The project completed two years since its beginning.
Ferrando Niketan Loonpuria is where the FDWA office of Tinsukia city functions from; the office at Sarupathar is in the Grihini complex of St. Xavier’s Convent; in Kohima and Imphal the office functions from rented facility.
Another project initiated by the Centre for Development Initiatives is the Domestic Workers’ Forum collaborated with CDI, Guwahati. It is functioning at Golaghat district, in 10 villages and 10 schools in those villages. The title is ‘To prevent Human Trafficking and Promote Safe/Informed Migration for Domestic Workers at the Place of Origin’. This project is for combating human trafficking in the form of recruitment to domestic work in mega cities.
Ferrando Integrated Development Centre, Tengnoupal is a centre where our sisters take care of the centre with various activities which includes home-based care for the HIV/AIDS infected and affected, Networking with the Health Department of the District Hospital, Tengnoupal and with 24 Assam Rifles. At present the centre collaborates with the Archdiocese of Imphal and operates a mobile clinic and village outreach services.