One Day Three Awards / RISE FOR GOOD SERIES/ Vol 4, Issue 08/ July 2016
I am excited to share with you that Tech Mahindra Foundation has received three awards in one day – BT CSR Excellence Award 2016, 12th IndoAmerican Corporate Excellence Awards 2016 for Excellence in CSR and Star Awards 2016.
Truly, this recognition has everything to do with the talented, supportive, creative and intensely passionate people I have surrounded myself with over the years. The award speaks volumes about the efforts the Foundation team puts in so our programmes can have lasting impact.
As much as I appreciate this award and as grateful as I am for it, the greatest reward I’ve ever been given is the simple opportunity to help our children and young people. It’s an honour and privilege to be a catalyst in bringing out change where it matters most – our community!
Our Unsung Heroes / RISE FOR GOOD SERIES/ Vol 4, Issue 07/ June 2016
These colleagues are our volunteers who give their precious time to help others. They are passionate about the cause and they definitely make a difference.Today, we are happy to recognise our Star Volunteers – Ajay Kommagalla, Tech Lead, IES dept. Hyderabad, Mayank Dixit, Sajil Chembil and Manish Chandra from the Internal Communications BSG team Noida.
Ajay Kommagalla, the CSR SPOC for Hyderabad location council has been actively volunteering for the Foundation since 2007. He was instrumental in executing initiatives for victims of Hudhud cyclone 2014 and Chennai floods 2015. He has also carried out various drives – note book distribution drive, blanket distribution drive for people on the road side, fund raising for associate’s who are critically ill, and Blood donation drives.
I have always believed “where there is a will there is a way” and the internal communication BSG (IC BSG) Team Noida is a perfect example.
“We wanted to support the Foundation’s work but somehow our busy schedules left us with little time. But we were keen. Hence we came up with an idea of giving our creative support to the foundation and we started creating mailers and collateral’s for them,” says Mayank.
The IC BSG team has volunteered for TMF by lending their time and creativity for a cause. This has helped TMF gain more visibility among the associates and increased volunteer count.
Having said that I take pride in announcing that in ESOPS we are second in the entire Mahindra Group. A big thank you to all the unsung heroes, we recognise your passion and commitment to help others and do something worthwhile. I really appreciate the valuable time and support our volunteers give and urge them to call on their colleagues to become part of volunteer drives.
SMART Academy for Healthcare inaugurated / RISE FOR GOOD SERIES/ Vol 4, Issue 04/ May 2016
May 14 was a proud moment for everyone at Tech Mahindra as the SMART Academy for Healthcare was inaugurated in the presence of Vineet Nayyar, Vice Chairman; Loveleen Kacker, CEO, Mrs Anita Gurnani, Mrs Reva Nayyar, Manoj Chugh, Jagdish Mitra and other dignitaries.
The tall green trees and calm surroundings of the Gandhi
Ashram provided an ideal backdrop for the SMART Academy on Healthcare. A spanking new ambulance, an open gazebo classroom, a fully equipped basic laboratory and international standard classrooms with overhead projectors greeted everyone.
The Academy marks a significant milestone in the journey of our employability programme. It sets standards of skill training so as to create highly skilled Allied Health professionals. The Academy will create employment opportunities for young men and women from low-income families in hospitals and nursing centres across the country. In full capacity the Academy will train 2000 young boys and girls.
For me personally this is a proud moment and a very imp milestone because there is a huge gap between demand and supply in the field of Allied Healthcare not just in the city of Delhi but the entire country, and the Academy is a small step in the direction of meeting this demand.
I invite each and every one of you to visit the Academy at Kingsway camp, New Delhi.
Miracles do happen / RISE FOR GOOD SERIES/ Vol 4, Issue 03/ May 2016
As children we have grown up believing in miracles. But seldom do we see them happening. Here is an extraordinary story of a visually challenged boy who has broken all stereotypes and created a world of inclusion that we strongly advocate.
Hariom aged eight lives in the slums of Noida with his parents and sister who is also visually challenged. His father is a truck driver and mother stays at home to take care of children. Given their socio-economic background it was impossible for them to send Hariom to school.
“My son couldn’t see but he was very sharp. I wanted him to study, and go to school. But we didn’t have money and resources to do it,” says her mother.
In 2012 life changed for Hariom. He came to our partner Saksham where he was trained to read and write in Braille. Three years later with support from Tech Mahindra Foundation he joined Salwan Public School and since then has never looked back.
Recently, he participated in Maths Olympiad and has secured 10th position in his school. It is really commendable because he competed with able students. We are with this young achiever at every step of the way.
Summer Camp / RISE FOR GOOD SERIES/ Vol 4, Issue 05/ May 2016
Sherkhan, Ballu, Bagira seems we are in the world of Jungle Book
Our volunteers in the city of Pune put their heart and soul in the three-day summer camp held for Arise students.
They took lead and through story-telling sessions created a make-believe world for lesser privileged children who probably have heard about Jungle book but never experienced it.
Volunteers put in more than 800 hours of engagement as they organised carnival games, painting sessions, dance, and drama with 150 children.
“These three days were full of fun and excitement. I thoroughly enjoyed playing sack race, tailing the cat and dart game with children; when you give back to society it’s an amazing feeling,” expressed Deepesh Sajida, a volunteer.
For me there is no greater joy than to see happy faces of children and volunteers. I sincerely hope and wish our volunteers will keep spreading happiness in lives who need it most.
Clap for Mamta / RISE FOR GOOD SERIES/ Vol 4, Issue 06/ May 2016
Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare has been launched and I cannot describe the happiness I felt when the first batch greeted me with flowers. In a batch of 24, there are as many as 16 girls and 8 boys, that is, more than 60% are girls.
As I was interacting with the group of students I noticed a frail young girl, smiling and full of energy. She has enrolled in the SMART Academy for the GDA (General Duty Assistant) course and it was her first day.
I want to share with you the story of Mamta. She lost her father, a daily sanitation worker almost a decade ago and her mother, a domestic helper faced tremendous financial hardships and has struggled to raise 6 children. Blessed with tremendous empathy Mamta decided to supplement the family income by working as domestic help in a nearby house.
Life was hard but Mamta did not give up. She continued her studies even as she worked. Today she has completed class 12 and has registered for graduation through correspondence. And that is not all….She has joined the GDA course too.
Mamta’s day starts early. She goes to work as a domestic help at six in the morning, comes to the TMF Academy at 9 and in the evening she helps her mother in housework even as she studies for her BA course.
“I am determined to have a successful career and a decent life. When I heard about the course I became hopeful and felt now I too can live a life of dignity,” she expressed giving her reasons to join the course.
Please join hands in clapping for Mamta!
Meet our visually challenged Superhero / RISE FOR GOOD SERIES/ Vol 4, Issue 02/ Apr 2016
Today, we are proud to share with you that Tech Mahindra Foundation has recently employed a 60 year old visually challenged Lady, Hiramani. She is working as a counselor in one of the Tech Mahindra SMART Centres in Mumbai.
Hiramani is doing fantastic work! In less than a year, she has trained and counseled 22 batches covering more than 100 SMART students in Mumbai.
Retirement from Government service left a huge vacuum in Hiramani’s life. She lost purpose and became depressed. She desperately wanted to go back to work but sadly nobody was willing to give her an opportunity. A chance meeting with one of our staff changed her life.
The Foundation decided to employ her as a counselor. Now, Hiramani is happy. She has found a purpose to live. “I feel privileged and proud to be part of the Tech Mahindra family. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to serve the disadvantaged,” she says with a smile.
If at any point, you feel low and are looking for inspiration, remember Hiramani.
SMART-Technical Centre inaugurated in Belur Math / RISE FOR GOOD SERIES/ Vol 4, Issue 01/ Apr 2016
There was a nip in the air; the crisp morning breeze blew across the Ganges as the Kolkata team stepped into Belur Math on Friday morning. 1st April was a milestone for the team as they completed three years of work in the City of Joy.
The serenity of the surroundings, the imposing structures of the Math, the prevailing calm and tranquility set the stage for the inauguration of newest SMART-Technical center in partnership with Ramakrishna Mission Shilpamandira, Belur Math. The program will train students in two trades, automobile mechanic and AC & refrigeration repairing.
Three years ago Tech Mahindra Foundation began its journey in Kolkata with the objective of enabling young people gain employment skills. With this objective four SMART projects, three SMART technical programs and one SMART + initiative have come up.
It has been an arduous journey. But friends, I am happy to share with you that some of our good success stories have come from Kolkata.
The challenges have only increased our grit and resilience to excel and work harder to bring a positive change in the lives of many more young people in India.
I also take this opportunity to congratulate the Kolkata and Bhubaneswar team for their extraordinary efforts and dedication. Shine on!