40% of the population in the Gangetic Plain and Himalaya regions of South Asia live below the poverty line. Many of these are young adults who had no opportunity to receive an education. Though semi-literate, they are capable of learning a skill which enables them to have sufficiency. Thus providing a simple skill to a young adult ends the vicious cycle of poverty which had kept his or her family enslaved to poverty and exploitation for generations.

Carpentry students show off the cabinets they built

Learning the skill of tailoring

In 2004 we established three Sewing Schools. Since that time hundreds of girls have graduated from the sewing schools. This is a dream-come-true for many who otherwise would have no skill and no way to earn an income.

Setup: $500
Operation: $200/mo.

Inaugurating a new tailoring school

Nirmala, one of our sewing teachers says, “There are several sewing centers in the city of Varanasi but it was too far for the villagers to go. Moreover they don’t have enough money to be able to travel into the city every day for the training. But I praise God that TellASIA has opened this sewing school for the village women.”

After obtaining good jobs, this group of vocational school graduates returned to our office to give back some of their earnings as a donation and statement of gratitude.

TellAsia Ministries has provided training to hundreds of young adults who have now either obtained middle-class jobs or started their own small business. These young people and their families have been rescued out of what otherwise would have been a miserable life of malnutrition and slavery.