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Second Year Of Saakaar Scholarship

Dear Friends

I am happy to roll out the second year of the SAAKAAR scholarship fund—an initiative to support children of the third-party staff at Tech Mahindra to continue their higher education. The first year of the scholarship set an exemplary model with over Rs 25 Lakh awarded to 87 young boys and girls. In the same spirit, let’s continue providing a dream career to the families of our third-party associates.

I would like to share the story of Simran Choudhary d/o, Gajab Singh, who works as part of the Corporate Service, NSEZ, Noida. Being the only earning member in the family it was difficult for Gajab to support his daughter’s education. SAAKAAR Scholarship brought a ray of hope for Simran to carve out an ideal career path for herself. She scored 93% in class XII and is now preparing for the Common Law Admission Test as she wants to pursue a future in the law field.

I encourage you to go through the SAAKAAR Policy Document and disseminate in your locations to recommend students who are worthy of the scholarship. Attached is also a poster that you might like to print in A-3 size and put up in our prominent office locations.


Warm Regards,

Rakesh Soni

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When Champions Perform, The World Talks!

Dear Friends

Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities to mainstream is an important agenda for us at the Foundation. I feel proud to share how Gokul Srinivas Subramanian, our ARISE+ student bagged the Gold at the Special Olympics World Games, 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

Gokul was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 5. Parents, being unable to pay the school fees shifted him to an ARISE+ school (All Round Improvement in School Education for Children with Disabilities). In order to channelize his energy and strength, they put him in swimming despite their monetary hardships. The school understood his potential and we supported him with a proper diet plan, nutrition programme and training that was needed to prepare him for the Special Olympics. Winning gold in 1500m, and the second position in 800m freestyle swimming are his phenomenal achievements for the country, school as well as for his family.

So, when Gokul didn’t have a way, he made one for himself! I am proud of Gokul and congratulate him from all my heart and such kids who with their unrelenting commitment want to move mountains. Hope this #RiseForGood story inspired you too!


Warm Regards,

Rakesh Soni

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From Pathway to Highway

Dear Friends

I believe that the philosophy of Individual Social Responsibility is fulfilled when you help the beneficiaries RISE. Today, I am sharing the story of Kajol which is motivational and tell us ‘NEVER GIVE UP, NO MATTER WHAT’.

Kajol lost her father at the age of only 6. Her family had no choice and continued with ancestral begging on the streets. In a tragic accident, when hit by a train, Kajol lost her left leg during early childhood. A social worker supported in her early education, and helped her get an artificial leg along with a girl’s hostel facility to stay. Since then, a committed Kajol made a promise to herself to move away from street begging and find a way to respectable living. The Foundation along with Baliga Trust helped her to pursue studies further and join the SMART Centre Delhi. She learnt soft skills, computer skills and developed proficiency in English to find herself a DREAM JOB!

After completing Customer Relationship Sales course from the SMART Centre, she joined ICCS Pvt Ltd. She can now bear her own expenses and is working towards changing the course of her family.

Please join us in wishing Kajol and her family the very best in all her future endeavours! Watch this space for more such inspiring #RiseForGood stories.

Warm Regards,

Rakesh Soni

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Celebrating Women Empowerment

Dear Friends

This International Women’s Day I feel proud to share that women empowerment lies at the heart of the Foundation.

On this occasion, sharing stories of two courageous women who in the face of adversities ensured their own Success!

The first story is that of Jacquiline Mary, Headmistress from a government school in Chennai. Jacquiline was instrumental in identifying an incident of two school boys being sexually abused by three local mechanics. She made sure that justice prevailed and helped the Police to arrest the culprits under the POCSO Act, 2012. The matter is now under investigation.

We need more such teachers who are brave enough to stand up on behalf of children.

The next story is that of Anisha Shinde, who chose to empower herself by joining the General Duty Assistant course in the SMART Academy for Healthcare, Mumbai. While dropping her daughter everyday to the school, she got inspired looking at young girls learning paramedical skills at the Academy. This motivated her to take up a course that could help her pursue a dignified living.

Women like Anisha tell us that age is never a bar to learn and educate oneself.

This occasion is a fitting tribute to congratulate the #heroes like them. Join me to support this year’s United Nations theme. Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.

Warm Regards,

Loveleen Kacker

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Mumbai Academy Launch

Mumbai Academy Launch

Dear Friends,

I feel elated to share that Mr Anand G Mahindra inaugurated the third SMART Academy for Healthcare in Mumbai along with our stalwarts Mr Vineet Nayyar, Ms Rajyalakshmi Rao and Mr Ulhas N. Yargop and leaders from M&M and Tech Mahindra.

Seeing is believing. Watch the video for glimpses from the ceremony.

I am equally excited to share that we have been conferred the following awards in the recent times:

•The Economic Times 2Good for AII Round Excellence in CSR
•Top CSR Contributing to Skill Development in the ET Now World CSR Day
•Health Skilling Brand at 5th IHW Awards 2018

All our achievements would not have been possible without your continuous support in this journey. Thank you all for being a part of this journey.

Warm Regards,

Loveleen Kacker

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#MainBhiHero

#MainBhiHero: Rise with the new heroes of our society

 

Dear Friends,

With great pride and joy, I would like to share the film on #MainBhiHero, an initiative to raise awareness about the role of Paramedics in the Healthcare sector of India. The film talks about Individual Social Responsibility (ISR), and narrates how anyone can be a hero. Take a minute to watch the #MainBhiHero film.

Every individual who understands his or her Individual Social Responsibility (ISR) is a Hero. As Mr. CP Gurnani rightly points out, “With #MainBhiHero movement, we align an individual’s economic growth with contribution to the Healthcare sector of the country. #MainBhiHero is a movement that reaches out to the diverse sections of our society and leaves no life untouched and no hero unsung. It feels great to encourage our youth to Rise for Good.”

We urge you to be a Hero and join the movement. All you need to do is simply Refer a Hero who wants to or who is a good fit to pursue a career in paramedics and earn a respectable living.

Warm Regards,
Loveleen Kacker

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Inclusive Sports Meet

A SPORTS MEET, #RiseForGood WAY

Dear Friends,

As you are aware, The Foundation mandates that 10% of all our beneficiaries are Persons with Disabilities. Moving with the mandate and the theme of the year, we supported the INCLU- SIVE SPORTS MEET. A day long event where students across with visual or speech or hearing impairment participated at par with others. The Inclusive Sports Meet included sports like Wheelchair Basket Ball, Relay Races, Needle and Thread Race, Bowling, 50 and 100 meters races, Shot Put among many oth- er. Besides the sports and games, the day was buzzing with a lot of smiles and happy faces.

I am happy to share that over 800 students from across 22 schools and 200+ Tech Mahindra Volunteers participated in the event. The Sports Meet was just a reflection of our intention to promote inclusivity as we impact lives as part of our work.

Thanks to Jagdish Mitra, Global Head of Growth, Tech Mahindra ,
for lighting the torch to kick start the sports meet.

A big kudos to all TechM Volunteers for all their zeal and com- passion. Thanks for joining us as we #RiseForGood!

Keep watching the space for more inspiring stories.

Warm Regards,
Loveleen Kacker

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Innovative learning at the SMART Healthcare Academy

Innovative learning at the SMART Healthcare Academy

Dear Friends

It gives me immense please to share the innovation and effort of our Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare, Delhi students.
Some of them have worked on ‘How to perform a CPR’. CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a lifesaving medical procedure which is
given to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

The working model has been developed by our Academy students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician course.
Take a minute to watch the video…

Warm Regards,
Loveleen Kacker

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Hope for a Better and Inclusive World

HOPE FOR A BETTER AND INCLUSIVE WORLD

Dear Friends,

I extend my warm wishes to you for a healthy and joyous New Year! This is the time of the year when all of us resolve to identify new goals.

At the Foundation, our focus area for 2019 is to create consciousness and work towards empowering Persons with Disabilities.

Let me introduce you to Firoz Malik. He is the son of a labourer who lives in East Delhi, Seelampur. Firoz was born deaf and had little access to Education. Both Firoz and his parents knew that as long as they are alive, they would take care of Firoz. Their concern was what will happen to Firoz after them. It was then that he enrolled himself in the Hospitality course from Delhi SMART+ centre.

Today, Firoz works as a Wishmaster-Delivery Executive and mimes ‘I never thought of being an employee of such a big brand like Flipkart’.

The Foundation support Persons with Disabilities through ARISE+ (our school education program) and SMART+ (our employability program). I would urge you to contact our Foundation team at your locations and volunteer for the cause or refer Persons with Disability to one of our SMART+ centres at info@techmahindrafoundation.org.

Stay connected for stories of courage, joy and hope as we walk along the coming year.

Once again, Happy New Year!

Warm Regards,
Loveleen Kacker

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