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A Skill Development project for 30,000 women of India.

Under Rotary India Literacy Mission's (RILM) Skill Development program, RILM aims to reach out to those widows, who have been subjected to social or economic discrimination and have been deprived from living their lives with independence and dignity, their unmarried daughters, as well as single mothers and support them by imparting effective training on mutually selected skills to increase their employability.

RIPE Mark Maloney attended an event of Rotary Club of Calcutta Mahanagar, where he launched Project Dignity along with five other projects related to literacy. Providing a glimpse about all the six projects at the event, PRID Shekhar Mehta said all the projects are valued at over Rs. 40 Crore, benefitting about 1,50,000 people.

During the launch, Maloney said- "The only place I can compare with today's event is the Atlanta Convention where outstanding amounts were pledged by nations and the Gates Foundation to fight Polio."

Project Dignity seeks to create sustainable employment opportunities for the beneficiaries to empower them to attain sustainable means of livelihood for themselves and their dependent children. To create sustainable impact and reach out to the neediest candidates, RILM has joined hands with the Loomba Foundation to impart functional literacy and skill development training to 30,000 women (widows, unmarried daughters of widows and single mothers) 1000 from each state and provide employment opportunities to them in order to ensure their socio-economic empowerment over the next 5 years. During the Kolkata event, the skill development training partners of West Bengal Emporium and Labournet came with their respective identified beneficiaries to grace the occasion.

This project will be done through 30 global grants where the Loomba Foundation had committed $ 1 million to TRF and Indian Rotary clubs would match it with another $1 million; jointly the project would contribute $ 2 million to the Foundation. The first five grants have already been approved, money for four grants had come in and application for five more global grants had been filed already.

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