As an organisation, we have made it our mission to support young people from the most disadvantaged communities of Karnataka.
Samvada work with marginalised urban youth as well as the rural poor, along with Dalit and Adivasi youth. Gender equity and women empowerment is something we believe in and work towards in all our programmes and in the courses we run at Baduku Community College.
In the last 27 years, we have reached 1,78,350 youth through our Youth Resource Centres, of which we have had a footfall of 30,000.
Over 8700 have attended our youth sensitisation journey and over a 1000 have gone on to become youth leaders.
Currently, we have 5 Youth Resource Centres in Bangalore, Kolar, Chitradurga, Mangalore and Gulbarga. Through our Fellowship in Incubating YRCs has successfully facilitated the establishment of Signa in Tumkur and Sakhi in Hospete.
These Youth Resource Centres do more than just offer workshops and guidance. They provide a space for young people to be seen and heard, for their life experiences to be acknowledged and accepted, and for them to begin to understand themselves and what they truly want from society and life.
I don’t know what I would have done without Sakhi. I’ve never been this happy with my friends or family. I only feel comfortable here. I can make most of my decisions and that makes me happy. I’ve learned how to plan things really well.
– Kamakshi, 2017
One of the things we are most proud of at Samvada is the established of Baduku Community College, a one-of-its kind education institution dedicated to carving professions for marginalized youth from social needs.
We want to offer disadvantaged youth the opportunity to create dignified and meaningful livelihoods for themselves, and we believe that Baduku is that opportunity. With courses like Responsible Eco Tourism and Waste Management, students can gain knowledge and practice professions that have a direct impact on the unique challenges they face in their geographies.
1,032 students have graduated from Baduku in the last 12 years, and more than 70% have been placed in employment, or are pursuing higher education in the same field. Our students become journalists, counselors, and educators; a far cry from most of the occupations available to disadvantaged youth in most ‘vocational skills training programmes’.
Our impact doesn’t just lie in the numbers of students we have reached or the number of programmes we have run. The difference that we have been able to make in individual lives is what gives us hope and courage in our convictions.
Meghana Hiremat, Hospete, Student in 2015 batch of Counseling Course
I learnt a lot of things I didn’t know about through the course. It made me strong. The course didn’t just pass down information, it gave me clarity on my situation. I have the same husband and the same children after the course but the way I view my situation has changed.
Society gives us a sense through which we should view things and this course helped remove it.
I’m now the president of the rotary club, which gives me a lot of power, and I have made many changes. Usually there not more that 10-15 projects carried out. But I have already carried out 45 projects just under the Innerville banner. One of the major projects was a traffic hazard project with around 400 college students, where we rallied. We went to the commissioners office and five different colleges.
Before the course, I wouldn’t participate in decisions at home. I didn’t feel like I had the right to make decisions. But doing the course and with the help of Sakhi I have been able to involve myself more.
Padma – 2017 batch, Counseling Course:
During the course I found the space to open up and speak about what was going on inside my head. I had a lot of fun during the course and was able to relax. Once I went back home, I realised that women forget we have the power to make decisions after marriage and child birth, but it is extremely important for women to do a course like this and realise everything we have trapped inside us.
Suhel, 2017 batch
When I had just joined the wellness and justice course I was very caught up in my beliefs. I thought I should only spend time with muslims and that girls should behave in a certain way.
During the course I started mingling with other students. My Kannada has also improved and my confidence level has increased. My fear of caste and casteism went away during the course. I also feel more free talking to people about their emotions.
I gained an understanding and awareness of caste and religion issues. I began to respect women and the situations they face. When my sister told me about how she is attracted to my best friend I didn’t find anything wrong with it, she was just being honest.