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Capacity Building for Better Employment

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Job training program to increase refugees' employment chances.
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Burmese refugee youth in Delhi have a difficult time gaining employment, even if they have some job skills already. Many youth depend on remittances from their families settled abroad for their survival. The CSU will organize a free three-day training program for 20 young participants who already have sufficient qualifications (some even university degrees) but lack the skills to apply at Indian companies. The training will be provided by Indian experts who will teach participants how to apply for a job and how to use English in the workplace.

The organization plans to repeat a similar training in future from other sources, based on an evaluation scheduled one week after the training.

You can help by covering some of the costs for running this job training, including venue and equipment rental, honoraria, and stationery supplies.

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Name of Organization Chin Student's Union
About the Organisation

The Chin Student’s Union was formed in 1946, by a few Chin students at Rangoon University to participate in the movement to achieve independence from the British Empire. After the student uprising in Burma of August 8, 1988, leaders were exiled to India and the organization was reformed in 1995. The organization has a president, secretary, finance manager, and treasurer, as well as an advisory board to advise on activities and provide a path for reaching the organization’s aims and objectives. The Chin Student Union’s aims and objectives include helping with the educational and social problems of Chin people; preserving and promotion Chin literature, culture, and tradition; and advocating on behalf of the people for equality and self-determination in the Union of Burma together with other ethnic organizations.

The CSU helps Burmese students and youth to get admission to Indian schools, colleges, and universities. They have organized workshops, trainings, and other activities for Burmese refugees in Delhi. They have collaborated with Tibetan Students’ and India Students’ Unions to help Burmese people access education in India. They serve Burmese refugees all over India and do networking with student groups inside as well as outside Burma.

Total Costs INR 15,000 (approx. CZK 5,700, EUR 240)
Amount for sponsorship CZK 5,500
Total Number of Shares 11
Location New Delhi
Timeframe August - September 2011
Progress Update
  • August: A meeting was held to finalize the timeline, topics, and location for the job training to be offidered in October. Tasks were divided out among CSU exective committee members including distributing invitations, arranging the speakers/trainers, renting the hall and purchasing supplies.
  • September/October: Preparations continued in the month of September, and on 8 October the training was held with 53 people attending the first day and 48 people attending thesecond day. Mr. Ravi Hemandri, legal expert on refugee affairs in the Indian constitution spoke about the right to work, while Ms. Philazah Ashangh, who runs a local NGO, taugh about personal development and encouraged refugees to try to be content in their present situation and focus on their goals while living in this country. She was followed by Dr. Achang Mungleng of the Euro Burma Office who lectured on communication and management skills, and stressed the importance of learning English to be able to seek work in India as well as how to manage one's time and finances. Mr. Peter, also from the Euro Burma Office, then gave a workshop on writing resumes. Finally, Mr. Chetan Krishna from the Indian Institute of Technology helped participants prepare for an interview.


CSU ran its Capacity Building Training for Better Employment on October 8 and 9, 2011, at the Chin Believers Church. A total of 53 people attended the first day, and 48 on the second day. The first speaker was Mr. Ravi Hemandri, a legal expert on refugee affairs and the India constitution, who covered the topic of the "Right to Work". Next, Ms. Philazah Ashangh, who runs an NGO working with drug addicts and HIV sufferers, taught about "Personality Development". She encouraged all participants, despite being refugees, to try to be content with their present situation and focus on their goals in this country to obtain a brighter future. The final session of the day was run by Dr. Achang Mungleng, co-coordinator of the Euro Burma Office, who discussed "Communication & Management Skills".

On the second day Mr. Peter, assistant coordinator from the Euro Burma Office, coached the participants on "How to Write A Resume". Then Mr. Chetan Krishna from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi discussed "How to Prepare for An Interview”, after which the participants did a practice session to try out what they had learned.

Words from the Grant Recipient

"Initially, we are looking the results and outcomes of the project. If we obtained positive response from participants which means, if they are able to get a job in Indian companies e.g. BPO, we will continue this sort of training frequently. We will try to find other source of funding so that we can continue the training with more people. Committing and investing our time and energy will help and leads betterment of a refugee’s life which is also essential for the betterment of our country. Lastly, we would like to say thanks to Burma Center Prague as well as donors for India project. We are highly appreciated for your charity works and we hope that you will cooperate with us in the future."


1. The CSU team.



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