WHAT WE DO

Since 2005 Uddami has been in the process of creating an organization where nonprofit and for-profit intertwine in mutually beneficial ways. There is a word for this – Uddami is a hybrid organization. We combine a nonprofit free computer school with a for-profit business, Uran Software. The goal is to be as self-sustainable as possible.

In 2015 Uran supported 51% of the running costs of Uddami.

This idea of a hybrid doesn’t fit neatly into the prevailing mindset about nonprofits – we are not fully nonprofit and not fully for-profit either.

We know that this is part of what makes Uddami unique.

Uddami - Punam Karna teaching

Uddami Computer Training Center (UCTC)

Our computer center provides free practical computer training.

The aim of Uddami is to teach skills that will empower the potential of youth and women from low-income communities in urban Kolkata so they can develop sustainable livelihoods.

We believe strongly in peer education - all staff are women who have graduated from Uddami and come from the same background as our students.

Uran Software

Uran Software is our for-profit business created in 2006 to support Uddami Computer Training Center financially and to give our graduates a place to practice their skills. We hire only our own graduates and currently have twelve full-time staff.

Uddami Projects & Programs

Uddami teachers

Uddami Teacher Training Course

This course provides teacher training to Uddami graduates who wish to teach. Trainees are taught by current Uddami teachers and practice teaching in our center.
Uddami deaf teacher teaching deaf students

Computer Training for the Deaf

From the beginning we have offered free vocational computer training for deaf or hard of hearing students. We have even had deaf teachers, taught by our volunteer from Spain, Carlos Mayans. This photo is a deaf teacher teaching deaf students.
Uddami Skype virtual volunteer teaches English

Uddami Spoken English Program

Entirely staffed by volunteer teachers our spoken English program includes both on-site teachers as well as virtual teachers over Skype.

To learn more about Uddami please take a look at these links:

Uddami Facebook page

Uddami India Foundation website and blog, maintained by the teachers and students of Uddami

Uddami Computer Center, Kolkata, India video produced by Alexia Pritchard 2010

Samasource in India video interview with Samsoni Sarkar, Uddami graduate 2010

Infochange News & Features, article on Uddami: Computer skills empower Kolkata's youth written by Manjira Majumdar (click here for PDF) 2010

Samasource in Action! Uddami Profile video interview with co-founder Bryan Forst 2009

"Their disability disappears…" by Carlos Mayans, U.N. volunteer who worked with deaf students at Uddami. 2009

GRO Initiative India Deaf Communication Camp - Global Reach Out in partnership with Uddami and shuktara, 2009

Uddami Video, video interview with co-founder Alison Saracena, produced by Alexia Pritchard 2007

Mujeres Que Cambian El Mundo - Capítulo 2, video interview with co-founder Alison Saracena & Project Director Rabia Khatoon, produced by Hernán Zin (in English with Spanish subtitles) 2006, posted to Vimeo in 2012

Alison Saracena: Informática Para Todos En La India from the blog of Hernán Zin (in Spanish) 2006

To learn more about Uddami please take a look at these links:

Uddami Facebook page

Uddami India Foundation website and blog, maintained by the teachers and students of Uddami

Uddami Computer Center, Kolkata, India video produced by Alexia Pritchard 2010

Samasource in India video interview with Samsoni Sarkar, Uddami graduate 2010

Infochange News & Features, article on Uddami: Computer skills helping youth reclaim their lives written by Manjira Majumdar (click here for PDF) 2010

Samasource in Action! Uddami Profile video interview with co-founder Bryan Forst 2009

"Their disability disappears…" by Carlos Mayans, U.N. volunteer who worked with deaf students at Uddami. 2009

GRO Initiative India Deaf Communication Camp - Global Reach Out in partnership with Uddami and shuktara, 2009

Uddami Video, video interview with co-founder Alison Saracena, produced by Alexia Pritchard 2007

Mujeres Que Cambian El Mundo - Capítulo 2, video interview with co-founder Alison Saracena & Project Director Rabia Khatoon, produced by Hernán Zin (in English with Spanish subtitles) 2006, posted to Vimeo in 2012

Alison Saracena: Informática Para Todos En La India from the blog of Hernán Zin (in Spanish) 2006