Uddami started in 1999 with a simple idea –
teach practical computer skills that would lead to a good job and a better life.
Sounds easy right? This is the background – despite significant economic progress, 29.8% (2010 estimate) of India’s population live below the poverty line.
Kolkata is a teeming city of over 14 million people with an infrastructure meant for 4 million. The majority struggle every day just to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads.
Economic opportunities are rare for youth and women from low-income communities in Kolkata. To have an edge in the overcrowded mainstream job market they must develop skills that set them apart because the competition has better education, more resources and unlimited connections.
If you are lucky enough to be born into an economically secure family the possibilities for success are limitless.
If not, opportunities simply do not exist.
Uddami provides free computer access and practical skill training to fill this gap.
The computer center has evolved into an inclusive place where everyone is welcome – no distinction is made based on religion, color, gender, ability or disability.
This is a place where students respect teachers not from the “guru” tradition but for their knowledge and fairness. Where both students and teachers aren’t afraid to say “I don’t know” because this is the first step to learning. Where students are encouraged to think, question and dream.
Uddami’s philosophy is that every individual deserves the chance to reach their full potential.