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Paes Visits Youth Vocational Skills Centre

Chennai, India

Paes© Aircel Chennai OpenLeander Paes talks to youth trainees in Guindy.

Leander Paes, a six-time Aircel Chennai Open doubles champion, visited underprivileged youth who are learning vocational skills on Tuesday as part of the VCR Aircel a+ initiative.

Paes travelled to Guindy, a neighbourhood in the south west of Chennai, to witness first-hand training, such as mobile repairing, which empowers youth to seek full-time employment.

The centre was opened in October 2013 as a result of Aircel a+ initiative and the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (VCR) and the AID India.

"It was such a moving experience interacting with the children and it emphasised the importance to give less fortunate children a better opportunity in life," Paes told ATPWorldTour.com. "I am happy and blessed to be able to give back to my community."

The vocational rehabilitation of the handicapped is a process that enables them to secure suitable employment, which they could retain after undergoing training in different vocations.

In 2011 and 2012, Aircel opened 18 centres in 14 Indian cities and trained 11,044 students as part of a programme that is working towards bridging the digital divide in India to empower underprivileged youth with computer education and vocational training.

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