Skills on Wheels

A Lend a Hand India initiative which was recently undertaken by our team to spread the message of and demonstrate vocational skill education, for the benefit of the students and school authorities.

Facilitated Skill Education

Lend a Hand India provides skill education in over 500 schools, with the help of dedicated instructors that facilitate our teaching through a combination of theory and practicals. Through the 'Skills on Wheels' initiative, we aim to spread the message of vocational skill education by making it accessible to the interiors of India.

Community Outreach

The subjects we cover under skill education essentially are divided into four categories: Basic Engineering, Agriculture and Gardening, Home and Health Science and Energy and Environment. These areas are directly relevant to our communities and provide employment both in rural as well as urban areas.

Improving Public School Infrastructure

As knowledge partners, our team of academic experts have worked alongside government schools to solving local challenges. With a dedicated workshop space in every affiliate school, maintained by Lend a Hand India, we strive to ensure proper tools and equipments are provided for to meet the learning outcomes.

About Lend A Hand India

Lend A Hand India, a Pune based NGO working in the field of vocational education in secondary schools for last 10 years in 10 states across India in partnership with Governments of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, NCT of Delhi, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, UT Of Diu and Daman. Our goal is to promote multi skill vocational education as part of secondary school curriculum across India.

Our Founders

Sunanda (Ashoka Fellow 2011) and Raj (Chevening Gurukul Scholar 2012) are industry leaders in skill education. Before Lend A Hand India, Sunanda has held positions as State Director, Program Director, and Consultant in national and international organizations such as CARE, Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies, Management Resources Inc., UNDP, and the World Bank. Raj is a banker turned social entrepreneur. Prior to leaving corporate sector in 2011 to focus full time on Lend A Hand India, he spent ten years in New York working with Citibank and Deloitte Consulting. Raj was recently appointed by Government of India as a member of National Skill Development Agency (NSDA). He is an advisor to Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA), Government of Maharashtra and member of state level committee to effectively utilize CSR resources for education sector.
Sunanda Mane
Founder & Executive Director
Raj Gilda
Co-founder and Director

Our Team Members

The Skills on Wheels bus will be boarded by the Lend a Hand India team members, instructors and students.

Our Skills on Wheels bus visited 9 cities in 20 days to spread the message of Skill Education

Latest Travel Updates

  • Jul, 15

    Day 23: Mumbai

    July 3rd-4th, 2017 There’s nothing quite like Marine Drive at night, which, at all hours has someone or the other staring out at the skyline, walking up and down the stretch, or gathering with friends for a bit of a pause in a city that requires hard work for long hours. Our hotel that night […]

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    Jul, 15

    Days 21-22: Ahmadabad

    July 1st-2nd, 2017 We left Jaipur Saturday afternoon and were expected in Ahmadabad on Sunday night. After staying on the outskirts of Ajmer for the night, the road to Ahmedabad stretched straight for 500 kilometers. This leg of our journey was extremely long and it honestly felt like we would never reach. The highway stretched […]

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  • Jul, 15

    Days 19-20: From Manali…to Jaipur

    June 29th-30th, 2017 We rushed back down India. More like, we flew down India, and a journey that had taken two weeks from Pune to Ladakh became only a week on the way back. From Manali, we stayed in Sundarnagar for the night, and the next morning, flew past Delhi and made it halfway to […]

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    Jul, 15

    Days 16-18: The bus on the road to Manali

    June 27th-29th, 2017 After Leh, we moved onwards to Manali. This journey took two full days and a night of driving. The path is treacherous, and to cover ground, the bus had to move at night. So, after making the final repairs, we left Leh in the afternoon. Night is a lonely time to be […]

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  • Jul, 15

    Days 10-16: Leh, Ladakh!

    June 21st-27th, 2017 The purpose of the entire trip was to reach Leh, Ladakh, and when we finally did, after our drivers braved the difficult mountain roads, we felt victorious. This is where the 3 Idiots school that so perfectly represents the Lend A Hand philosophy is based. And, because Leh is not an ordinary […]

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    Jul, 13

    Days 9-10: Drass and Kargil

    June 20th-21st, 2017 On our way to Leh, we spontaneously stopped in Drass and Kargil for school visits. The road to Drass was the beginning of the many hairpin turns that we made on the trip, and the temperature dropped quickly. We stopped along the way for spicy egg curry at a restaurant in the […]

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  • Jul, 13

    Day 8: Srinagar

    June 19th, 2017 After Chandigarh, the ascent into the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir began. Our plan was to first reach Banihal and then, the next day, to go to Srinagar. At the Jammu and Kashmir border, we were held back for a few hours because the border officials considered our initiative to be commercial […]

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    Jul, 13

    Days 6-7: Chandigarh

    June 17th – 18th, 2017 It was obvious that we were on the road to Chandigarh when we noticed that there were more and more Punjabi dhabas at the side of the highway. These dhabas serve the type of food that makes your mouth water the second you hear the orders being called out by […]

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  • Jun, 16

    Days 3-5: New Delhi

    June 7th-9th, 2017 It would be an incomplete trip had we not taken the bus to the capital. The major skill development agencies are based there, and driving our conspicuous bus across the city would inevitably turn some major heads. We drove from Bhopal to Delhi straight. 19 hours. With a half hour pause in […]

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    Jun, 13

    Day 2: Indore to Bhopal

    June 13th, 2017 The road from Indore to Bhopal is barren, a plain that stretches onwards, not made for people to live but just, seemingly, for the road and for travellers. The LAHI team arrived at Indore at 6 am and set off at 8 am for Bhopal, where the Skills on Wheels bus put […]

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