For the first three months, girls are made aware of their present situation and reflect on how they can overcome it. Those who need it receive help with basic education (reading, writing and maths).
During the next six months, girls learn various life skills in a dialogical class room setting. The themes include health & hygiene information, they are taught problem solving and communication skills.
In the programme's last 3 months, girls receive vocational training in an income-generating activity of their choice (tailoring/embroidery, raising animals, raising crops, beauty school or culinary skills).
At the end of the year-long programme, Shonglap girls who are interested in starting their own businesses are given a small interest-free loan. Some become apprentices or find other means of employment.