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IN People ON 19 Oct, 2015
Nothing can be as beneficial for a society as to have a duo of daughter and father working together for a common social cause. This is better as it brings the thinkings from two different generations collide and give birth to something pretty important for the society.
Mr.Ray Umashankar and his daughter Nita Umashankar are among one such duo. Ray, 66 is former Dean of Industry relation in Arizona University. He left his influential job as the Dean to take care of the poor children. He is trying his best to raise funds to alleviate the poverty of children of Indian sex workers. He tried to use all his contacts among the most influential Indian businessmen in Forbes' list.
They managed to receive 300,000 dollars in donation and an extra 25000 dollars from ASSET which is run by Nita. ASSET has also received Purpose Prize and a sum of 10000 dollars cash prize for its social innovation. Nita,26 graduated from UA in 2003 and has degrees in biology and entrepreneurship. She ensures that she comes back to India in every six months to help the children.
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Mr. Ray says that ASSET is focused on educating children in Information technology, Business conversation, English language command and other important skills to thrive in the corporate world.
According to UN, 20-65 million women and kids are in the force of forced labor right now. Also, if that was not enough, 1 million children are joining that force annually.
Mr. Ray says that the common job that these sex workers could have chosen was of vegetable vending, bag-making, sewing etc which are not as high paying jobs. This is the reason why they were unable to move out of that job. So, ASSET empowered the younger generation to have better-paying jobs in a competitive environment.
Mr. Ray used his experience and went on for a company-university partnership to raise funds. ASSET has also tied up with the Smile Foundation which focuses on University education. They offered ASSET with space for implementing their vision. On a positive note, ASSET placed 120 of its students into jobs with multinationals like DELL, INTEL, APTECH. Many other students will follow it this year too.