This program aims to create long term financial sustainability among cancer impacted families by creating alternate earning opportunities. Often treatment of cancer results in loss of earnings of impacted families. The problem is aggravated when the patient or caregiver is the bread earner other members of family lack the required qualification/ skills/ experience to be bread earner.
According to research, 90% of cancer patients lose their job/ livelihood as a direct result of being diagnosed with cancer, and even after the recovery, the chances of rehabilitation at work is very low. This not only leaves the patient hopeless and vulnerable, but also puts the lives of their family members in jeopardy if he/she was the sole bread earner of the family.
An average cost of treatment of cancer in India comes to 5 lakh rupees. Studies have shown that if an average Indian family spends more than 1 lakh rupees on healthcare in a year’s, 90% of the Indians would fall below the poverty line. Because of the lack of free healthcare and insurance available to the general public, and most importantly to people in lower middle class and middle class, most of the cancer patients and their families usually have to use all of their savings and sometimes even sell their assets in order to cover the cost of treatment. Keeping this scenario in mind, it becomes extremely important for them to earn their living back after the treatment. But most often than not, it is not possible, leaving them helpless for a living.
This is where our project “Survive” pitches in. Here we identify a member of such family who can be trained on a skill, provide him/her “FREE” training and help him/ her to be a bread earner. Cost of such training is sponsored by Win Over Cancer.
In its pilot phase, the program has met success with 37 beneficiaries in a span of just six months.
During the last one year, we have taken the following steps to expand the outreach:
- We have come up with a mobile application by the name of “Survive – an initiative of Win Over Cancer”. Key highlights of the app are as below:
a. The android based app can be downloaded from the link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=woc.ngo or by scanning the below QR code:
b. The application is in six languages and lists centers of leading skill training providers like NSDC and Tally Education, which have been linked via APIs.
c. The app has dynamic filters to help candidate search centers by Pin Code, City, District, State or service provider.
d. Candidate can directly call the center from the app and also apply for scholarship.
e. The app also links the candidate to our job portal, only of its kind in Asia for cancer survivors.
f. We are in the process of developing a donor’s dashboard which will help donor’s track the beneficiary’s progress.
2. Employment opportunities: We are approaching mass employers like trade and industrial associations, persuading them to hire candidates trained under the program.
In the coming years we are looking forward to connect and rehabilitate cancer survivors al and their families all over India to the working work wherein they can live their life with dignity and security.