EdelGive's support to the Bureau is helping us break new ground in solving complex problems faced by migrants in their destinations. Moreover, EdelGive is providing us with critical funding so that we can become a more effective, coherent and skilled team. We are also excited at the prospect of tapping into Edelweiss's talent pool, which we feel will bring some specific skills to our work and services.

Rajiv Khandelwal, Director, Aajeevika Bureau
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EdelGive's approach to livelihood includes reducing economic and social vulnerability by enhancing employability, skill-building and vocational guidance to help increasing income and earning potential, increasing awareness of government entitlements through rights advocacy and focus on augmenting rural income through the use of improved and sustainable agricultural practices with a strong integration of interventions for water crisis mitigation in arid regions.

Livelihood Investees

Aajeevika Bureau

Aajeevika Bureau is a specialized public service organization working to support and provide services to migrant workers in order to bring dignity and stability in their lives.

Migration in search of livelihood is a pervasive reality in India. The bleak livelihood scenario in rain-fed, flood/drought-affected, high density or conflict ridden areas has led to the emergence of migration as a survival strategy for a large number of poor people in the country. Despite the compelling numbers that underlie this phenomenon, the policies of the Indian state have failed in providing any form of legal or social protection to this vulnerable population. In a continuous state of drift migrants are left out of the scope of state provisions at both ends the source and the destination.

With the mandate of improving livelihoods and social security for migrant workers, Aajeevika Bureau, works in a pocket of high out-migration in Rajasthan in the western part of India. The initiative includes a comprehensive set of services aimed at reducing hardships, enabling access and facilitating better returns for vulnerable migrant groups. As a response to lack of documentation and valid identity proof, the centers carry out the process of registration and issuing of Photo IDs to workers. Organizing vocational skill training and placement services is aimed at helping rural youth upgrade their skill-set and enter the labor markets with greater competitive advantage.

To address the widespread disconnect between the formal legal machinery and informal sector workers, the walk-in resource centers offer legal counseling, arbitration services and legal literacy to workers. In addition to the services mentioned above, the facilitation centers at the destination help migrants link up with health and banking services. To cut down expenses on food, community kitchens have been promoted. 96,451 registrations and photo ID for migrant workers, has imparted vocational training to 3,365 rural youth, bank linkages for 2,577 workers, 16,500 linkages to Construction Worker Welfare Board

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