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Ground Zero gives Ultimate Happiness

Author: Dipti Wadhwani

“I would suggest everybody to volunteer and experience the joy of making people happy”

Before I could realise I was done with four years of my college. Travelling, partying and socialising was all I did along with my studies. I always wanted to work for a social cause but had no idea of nearby NGOs as I had recently shifted to Mumbai. I joined Tech Mahindra and in the second week itself, along with my colleagues I was taken out to do some social work. It gave me an amazing opportunity to do some actual work for a good cause, in fact I felt fortunate to volunteer for Tech Mahindra Foundation.

As part of volunteering programme, we had to visit slums and inform people about the SMART programme that provides skilling opportunities to youth enabling them enter a career of their choice.

We did some interactive fun activities like street play, taking out rallies to spread awareness about the SMART programme. We told people the benefits of joining the programme and how they can realise new heights. It gave us immense pleasure and inner peace when they showed interest.

While interacting with young boys and girls I learnt that lack of interest and support hinders their educational and vocational capacities. We pledged to help people know about the programme and told them that the Foundation offers the course FREE.

Unexpectedly, we also met a young girl who got job after completing the course from SMART. She happily came forward and shared her positive experience with the people of her community.

The interaction made us love the community and the young people even more. In a nutshell, I would like to say that Volunteering at Tech Mahindra Foundation taught us some beautiful life lessons

“To see someone smile and to know that you contribute something for that smile gives ultimate joy.”
Thank you Tech Mahindra Foundation Team and TLS Team for giving us this priceless opportunity.

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Mobile Science Lab

In an effort to promote hands on learning experience and inculcate scientific temper in children, Tech Mahindra Foundation supports Sahayata Trust an organization which reaches out to 18 government schools in Hyderabad through a Mobile Science Lab.

When we began, we came across many government school children who had to rely on a few colorful pictures and of course their imagination, to understand basic scientific phenomena such as the reflection of light or photosynthesis in plants or burning of magnesium.

Today, these students are not only able to effectively handle and use different scientific instruments but are also confident enough to demonstrate experiments to the larger world through videos. Now, these kids not only listen but also can question with full confidence.

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11th SMART Centre Inauguration

On the 7th of December Mr. Riaz Mulla, Professional Learning Head at Tech Mahindra(Technical Learning Services) & Location Council Head Mumbai, inaugurated the 11th SMART Technical Centre in Thane District at Bhandup West. The SMART Centre will provide two and three wheeler Automation Training and equip the students to be placed as Assistant Auto Technicians. The training program is four-months long, and will include Job Training.

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An Inclusive World

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Awareness drive for auto drivers

Every second day we read about Road Accidents in Delhi and the apathy of people towards accident victims. First aid, safe carriage, transportation of the victim to the nearest hospital is key for survival‎.

Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare organised an awareness drive wherein auto rickshaw drivers were educated on the basic first aid and how to carry victims to the hospital.Complimentary first aid kits were also be distributed to attendees.

The aim was to educate and train autorickshaw drivers on the basic first aid enabling them to administer first aid and carriage at the roadside.

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Blood Donation Camp

“On account of ‘Family Day’, a Blood Donation Camp was conducted in TMVC-Vizag Location in association with NTR Blood Bank on 28th September 2016. Large number of associates participated in the event . Apart from the associates, some SMART Students from IGIAT’s SMART Technical Centre & BCT’s SMART Centres also participated in the event. Altogether 77 units of Blood has been donated. All Senior Leaders of the location & all members of location councils were present in the event all through and motivated and encouraged associates to donate blood.As a token of appreciation for contributing large number of units of blood, NTR Blood Bank Authorities have presented a Memento to Shri Gowrishankar Maddala, Chairperson – Location Council – Vizag.”

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SMART Center Mumbai Inauguration

On the 18th of November 2016, Mumbai Inaugurated their  9th Center at Dharavi Mumbai with Nursing as a Trade for women in the Slums. Dharavi as a Location has been very important for us as there have been many NGO’s working but none of them have been able to set a mark in terms of Training and Placement. As per the figures, maximum number of Unemployed youth exist in what is considered to be one of the biggest slums in Asia.

Mr. Sushil Singh VP CSR Mahindra Group was our main Chief Guest for the Afternoon and he was full of words of encouragement to the women and Tech Mahindra Foundation Team. Mr. Sushil Singh wished the Team the best for all the centers and was all praise for Tech Mahindra Foundation Pan India. Nursing as a Trade with computers and English will not only help them get jobs but will also make them a better individual.

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Awareness Rally on World Deaf Day

One of our ARISE+ schools, Vikas Vidyalaya carried out an awareness rally with the children and teachers

of the school on World Deaf Day (28 th Sept). The objective of the rally was to create awareness about

people with hearing impairment and how the society can help them achieve inclusivity so that they can

lead a normal fulfilling life. The students created charts, spoke to people on the streets with the help of

their teachers and explained how they overcome challenges despite of being specially abled.

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Vizag Coastal Clean – Volunteering Event

Tech Mahindra Foundation organized a volunteering event by name ‘Vizag Coastal Clean’ in which apart from Tech Mahindra Associates, SMART Students from our SMART Centres, and NCC Students from Gayatri Vidya Parishad also participated.

Mr. Nallanayya – The Commissioner, GVMC Zone 2 and other GVMC Authorities also joined the event.  As a part of the event, around 170 bags of garbage were collected between Tenneti Park Point and Jalaripet Point and handed over to GVMC Authorities for further process.  Leaders from the local Tech Mahindra Location were present all through the event. The event created awareness among the participants on the need for protection of environment especially from plastic waste.

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