Rise for Cancer patients & survivors

Dear Friends,

Cancer is one of the deadliest disease in the world. The Tech Mahindra Foundation stands in solidarity with cancer patients and survivors by supporting projects at Karo Home in Mumbai since December 2017 and CanSupport in New Delhi since January 2018.

The Foundation has extended its support to Karo Home in Mumbai, a place that welcomes female cancer patients of ages 13 to 29 years. The home has provided free accommodation and nourishment to cancer patients undergoing treatment in Mumbai and their caregivers. A total of 55 women ( patients and their caregivers ) have been benefited by the program. We would like to share the experience of a 19-year-old survivor, Sarita Kumari – “At KARO Home, my recovery took a different route as I spent 4 months here playing games, learning yoga, celebrating festivals with co-residents and I never felt alone.”

Besides, the Foundation facilitates the implementation of Home Based Palliative care at CanSupport with the help of multidisciplinary professional teams. More than 3500 cancer patients and their caregivers in Delhi NCR have been benefited in the last two years. Rahul Sharma, whose father was suffering from oral cancer shares his feelings about CanSupport: “After running from one hospital to another, it feels good to see how selflessly and unconditionally their team works. Never did they let him give up and neither did they let us break down.”

With such endeavours, we hope to build a caring and supportive society where cancer patients and survivors can live a comfortable and dignified life. This is how we #Rise for Cancer patients & survivors.

Warm regards,
Tech Mahindra Foundation

Female cancer patients interacting over a meal at Karo Home in Mumbai

Palliative Care team from CanSupport visiting a patient at home in Delhi
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ANNIE: An innovative solution for the visually impaired students

Dear Friend,

Since 2006, Tech Mahindra Foundation has been relentlessly working with diverse groups to cater to the needs of the visually impaired students through ARISE+ and SMART+ programs as part of our disability intervention. On the occasion of International Day of Education (24 January 2020), we are delighted to share that we have taken another step to promote inclusive education and effective rehabilitation through assistive technology feeding into our larger vision of alternative thinking.

The Foundation in association with Thinkerbell Labs has installed Annie – World’s First Braille Literacy Device which has already benefited 50+ students at ARISE+ schools across three locations: Delhi, Nagpur and Chandigarh. Annie is a revolutionary solution to the traditional teaching methods of Braille and the lack of special educators. Moreover, the replication of Annie Smart Classes in inclusive schools and institutions is a futuristic approach towards enhancing employability skills which will open better employment opportunities. It is a digital device that helps the visually impaired learn to read, write, and type in Braille, on their own through interactive audio-guided content.

In 2020, we hope to expand the footprint of Annie Smart Class to all our ARISE+ projects where we are working with visually impaired to fulfill the aspirations of millions of parents who send their children with disabilities to inclusive government schools to become self-reliant.

Warm regards,
Tech Mahindra Foundation

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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

Blogs 2020
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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