by Carlos González Mayans, a Spanish university volunteer with UNV in Kolkata, India
It was about two months ago that I came to know about the NGO Uddami. For more than 10 years they have been providing computer education free of cost to poor youth from Kolkata.
They were teaching the use of all the main business management software, like the Microsoft Office suite. They were looking for a partnership with the private sector to give their students some kind of certification after the completion of their courses, which might help them to get jobs. Becoming a Cisco Local Academy could help, I said. read more…
I got information about Uddami from my father. Here is a place for the poor boys and girls to get a chance, where they can learn computer without investing a lot of money. Teachers are very helpful and careful. They always try to make us do better so we can make a better future. From there I can know that computers make our life interesting.
Now today I am working at Uddami Software Services but before I was a student at UCTC. But I think that without the teachers at Uddami I could not make my future. After training every student can make their future like me. Before coming here I could not find the answer to “What do I do?” or “What is my future?” But now I am satisfied about my future.
I want to say lots of things about Uddami, but I don’t have any words. Yet I am trying to tell something. Uddami has totally changed my life.
Actually I was fond of [the] computer from very small age. When I was grown up I was looking for the centre where [you] can take training. Every centre needs only the money, but Uddami is the only centre where without spending any money I have got the opportunity to take the computer training so carefully and in [a] very friendly environment.
Before taking training in Uddami, where I [went] for a job interview, everyone asked me do you have the knowledge of computer? And my answer was no. Then I got the answer from them, that sorry we could not appoint you, because you don’t have the knowledge of computer.
But here in Uddami I have got not only the computer training but also how to communicate with others and how to speak in English. Uddami has shown me the way to earn money, and taught me how to be independent. So I am really very much thankful to Uddami.