All the usual activities of the training centres are suspended during containment but LP4Y has decided to continue supporting its beneficiaries and their families. The problems of lockdown are quite different in the slums, where social distancing is more difficult. LP4Y plays an intermediary role in raising awareness among people who do not have access to official information and who live in these more at-risk areas.
An emergency follow-up: the aim is to ensure that supported young adults are able to obtain basic foodstuffs, hygiene products and medicines and to disseminate safety and hygiene guidelines in the communities to which they belong. LP4Y also wants to ensure support for STARS, young people who have followed a work integration program, most of whom have lost the jobs they had just obtained.
In addition, the mobilization of local LP4Y teams ensure regular follow-up of the association's beneficiaries in order to continue to support young people at a distance. The Air Liquide Foundation finances these support measures for 135 young people and their families.
Young people in the streets in India live in very dangerous conditions. They are generally victims of violence, never had the opportunity to go to school, and survive thanks to odd jobs in the informal economy. The French association Life Project 4 Youth helps these underprivileged young adults by creating professional training centers near shantytowns. The students are trained on how to manage an income-generating activity.
Life Project 4 Youth has started creating a new "Life Project Center" in the Sangam Vihar district. Around 15 youths living in the streets will help to renovate the center and will follow an 18-month program teaching them basic English and arithmetic skills. The youths will be trained to create, develop, and manage a business that will allow them to earn a living. The training center of Sangam Vihar will focus on the acquisition of know-how in the field of woodwork; the production and sale of wooden products. Personal development workshops will also be organized in order to help the students define a career path.
Defining feature of the Life Project Center: young people create and manage their own business, which provides them with opportunities to grow as professionals
The Foundation's support will make it possible to renovate and fit out the building of the professional training center.