Himalayan Village Education Trust (HiVE)


Vocational Training

The Tailoring schools are opened in villages where the girls stop their studies early because the High schools are too far from their village. The curriculum created for these tailoring schools include pattern-making, cutting, sewing techniques with hand-stitching machine. The girls are taught to make about thirty different kinds of Indian garments. The teachers are salaried and have been specially trained for this course. The course is provided free of cost to the girls and are provided copies, stationary and even fabric during the apprenticeship. At the end of the course the students have to sit for an examination and the candidates who clear this exam are given a Diploma for successful completion. In all the centres the students are also given an oppurtunity to earn some money after the completion of the course by providing them orders of garments and accessories.

Tailoring School, Ghera

This centre was located first in a remote village called Baal in the beginning, but since all the girls in that area had already completed the course, we decided to shift this to another village called Satobari, which has a cluster of 10 villages around it. And now we have shifted this to an even more remote area of Kangra district where people had been asking Isabelle to open a Centre for them since last three years. Infact they were so impressed with her work that they decided not to have a goverment tailoring school opened there and waited for her to train a local teacher for the school in their village.

Tailoring centre for women, Khudgoth village in Himachal Pradesh India

Tailoring Centre, Naddi

Started in 2003, it is our biggest centre near Dharamsala. Naddi village is situated at the crossroad of valleys. Every year about 18-20 girls enroll in the course.

Tailoring Centre, Khudgoth

This tailoring school was started in 2006 near Dalhousie. The first batch of 14 students passed out in the beginning of 2008 and the second batch of 13 girls is halfway through the course. The reputation of the school is catching up and there are students walking as much as 15-16 Kilometres everyday to and fro for the training.

Tailoring Centre, Talai

This is the latest Tailoring School started in February 2009. Thirteen girls and women are learning here and there is already a long list of girls waiting for the next one.

Home-made Jam (training) Unit, Khudgoth

Hope for sustainence

The Jam making unit is located in Khudgoth a village about six kilometeres from Dalhousie where we have taken the women trainees selectively from the nearby villages. These women have been selected because they have no bread-earner in their families. The types of jams they are making are local fruit specialities like Rhododendron flowers (edible variety) jam, wild raspberries, wild blackberries, wild barberries, Apple jelly using flavoured with a local variety of tea grown in Kangra district as well as locally grown apricots, plums and citron fruit. Apart from the four women employed, the people from nearby villages also are employed in collection and cleaning up the fruits.


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