LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND

 

Dear Friends,

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed on 3rd of December 2019 across locations with great zeal and warmth. More than 320 Tech Mahindra associates in Delhi, Calcutta and Pune enthusiastically engaged with the children with disabilities to drive positive change.

The volunteering event in Delhi was organized in association with Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust where the sporting spirit of the children and the volunteers brought them together and they participated in various races, wheelchair football and basketball. A TMF research study conducted on ‘Disability & Employment’ was also released during the event. Here is the video to get a glimpse of the event. Similar sports and cultural events were organized in Kolkata and Pune.

We take pride in discovering the ability in disability and ‘leave no one behind’ to make our world an inclusive place by encouraging all to #RiseforGood.

We are also delighted to share that the SMART Healthcare Academies have been awarded silver at the ASSOCHAM Skilling India Awards 2019 in Best Higher Vocational Institute for Skill Development category. Your support encourages us to grow and #Rise.

 

Warm regards,
Tech Mahindra Foundation

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A rendition of music and poetry at Calcutta Blind School in Kolkata

Volunteers playing Cricket with partially sighted youth in Pune.

ASSOCHAM Skilling India Summit & Awards 2019 Best Higher Vocational Institute for Skill Development
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Mobile Science Lab Inauguration

Dear Friends,

On the occasion of World Children’s Day (20th November 2019), we are delighted to share the launch of Mobile Science Lab at our In-service Teacher Training Institute (ITEI). The Mobile Science Lab will reach out to approx. 1800+ students across 17 primary schools of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation. The initiative aims at encouraging the students to inculcate an experiential learning environment and empowering educators to design creative ways to nurture the budding scientists. The bus has been developed by My Stem Lab and procured from the Mahindra Trucks and Buses Limited.

Amidst cheers from little kids of the neighbouring Primary school, the Mobile Science Lab was inaugurated by Ms. Anju Kamalkant, Mayor, Dr. Dilraj Kaur, Commissioner and Mr. Rajkumar Ballan, Education Committee Chairman of EDMC. More than 50 science teachers of Classes 3 to 5 have already been trained to conduct hundreds of carefully chosen experiments to help harness scientific knowledge and skills with hands-on activity. The Lab will facilitate environmental studies distribute STEM kits in MCD schools as it is equipped with various scientific instruments to simplify learning.

 






Join us as we work towards simplifying learning on this World Children’s Day and every day from here….

Warm Regards,
Tech Mahindra Foundation

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Taking steps towards Child Safety

 

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children.”Nelson Mandela

Dear Friends,

Hope you cherished the child in you this Children’s Day !

We started Child Safety Week across locations on 14th of November (Children’s Day) which will extend up till 20th of November 2019. Child Safety Week is an initiative in collaboration with ARPAN, an NGO based in Delhi working towards attaining freedom from Child Sexual Abuse. Sharing the Child Safety Week creative with you all.

Apart from Child Safety Week, various activities were planned across education projects and locations such as poster making competition and street plays. Besides, storytelling sessions based on Arpan’s picture storybook – My Safety Book and Arpan’s Personal Safety Education e-Learning program was facilitated with children of age group 4-7 years in ARISE schools.

 

Good Touch Bad Touch session at ARISE School, Noida

ARISE students participating in Science fair at Tech M, Bengaluru

Tech M leaders and volunteers at ARISE School , Noida

Child Safety Week signage at TMF Corporate Office, Delhi


Please join us to make this world a safer place for every child.

Warm Regards,
Tech Mahindra Foundation

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From Chennai Prison To A Secured Job

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to share that our efforts have been recognized and the Foundation has been honored at the CSR Times Award 2019 and the 8th ACEF Asian Leaders Forum and Awards. Thanks for your support in our journey to continue to #RISE.

Today, we are excited to share the story of Samson James, who was in prison and joined our Seesha SMART-T Centre in 2018. Samson not only acquired practical skills for Light Motor Vehicle driving but also earned a government-approved driving license during his imprisonment. Now, that he has been released, he walks out DIGNIFIED with a secure job as a driver.

“Tech Mahindra Foundation is the light at the end of the tunnel for me. Even getting a single meal was a challenge for my family. My life and my family totally collapsed when I was put behind bars. Tech Mahindra’s SMART-T Centre was the only training inside the prison which was efficient and practical. Life after prison is not easy as you come with a title “kaidhi” (prisoner) and nobody even considered me for any job. But Tech Mahindra and Seesha secured me a job which is a dream for people like me. Thank you for transforming my life!” says Samson James.

Thanks for now and here’s wishing that the warmth and splendor fill your life with happiness. We wish you all a bright and happy Diwali.

Warm Regards,
Tech Mahindra Foundation

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Supporting The Cause Of Widowhood In India

Dear Friends,

The loss of a spouse is beyond compare. On one side, widows are overwhelmed by the feelings of sadness and grief while on the other side there is a struggle to get a dignified living especially for the ones belonging to the vulnerable section of the society.

Today, we are humbled to share about our latest collaboration with The Loomba Foundation – a United Nations (UN) accredited global charity supporting widows and their children. The collaboration will facilitate employment-oriented skill training for widows and their children in India with focus on Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Tech Mahindra Foundation will support the training needs of the students selected by the Loomba Foundation at its state-of-the-art SMART Academies in Healthcare and Digital Media.

The initiative was announced at a lunch hosted by the British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, to mark the initiative ‘CYCLING FOR WIDOWS BY CHRIS PARSONS’ from Kanyakumari to Srinagar, 4500 Kilometres in 45 days.

Adding to our feeling CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra, said, “I am confident that this collaboration will bring joy, happiness and employment opportunities for the widows and their families” Lord Raj Loomba CBE, Philanthropist, Founder of The Loomba Foundation and a member of the House of Lords, added, “At the Loomba Foundation, it is our endeavour to empower 100,000 widows and their children over the next 5 years in India along with partners like Tech Mahindra Foundation. We laud Tech Mahindra’s earnest efforts in enhancing the employability opportunities for the widows and their children.”

Stay connected as we continue to stand beside these sisters and live by our philosophy of #RISE….

Warm Regards,
Tech Mahindra Foundation

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#SkillsChangeLives

Dear Friends

Today, on the World Youth Skills Day, we are filled with joy to share updates about our Youth-Skilling Program – #SMART.

Firstly, we are happy to share that Mr. CP Gurnani has announced a new SMART Academy for Digital Media to be set up soon in Hyderabad. We agree as he says, “In an innovation-driven world, those unable to keep pace with change would either be lost in the flux, or adapt under stress. Choice is in our hands to make India skill-full and prosperous together. Tech Mahindra Foundation’s new Digital Media Academy in Hyderabad is a continuation of our efforts to bridge the skill gap present in the industry today, and build a digital workforce for the future”.

We are equally humbled to share that over the last seven years, we’ve trained 75,000+ youth including 45,037 women and 7046 Persons with Disabilities with life-long skills expanding access to employability and promoting their economic empowerment.

As we observe this day, there is Volunteering action planned today across TechM locations in India.

Stay connected as we continue to work with passion towards the theme #SkillsChangeLives.

Warm Regards,
Tech Mahindra Foundation

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World Environment Day 2019

Dear Friends

All of us make this environment. Today is the World Environment Day. Together let’s identify ways to preserve it.

According to the World Health Organization, every year around 7 million premature deaths are attributable to air pollution—a staggering 800 people every hour or 13 every minute. This year’s United Nations theme is #BeatAirPollution.

At the Foundation, our little way to contribute in reducing the air pollution is by making conscious effort to provide lush green campus and centres to students; using bio-degradable compost pits as dumping method and planting of trees as part of our volunteering agenda.

Our ability to breathe clean air depends upon the lifestyle choices that we make. On this World Environment Day, let’s pledge to create a greener environment by making the right choices. This is how we #RiseAgainstClimateChange as we #RiseForGood!


Warm Regards,

Rakesh Soni

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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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