"It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act"
- Dalai Lama
We at Tech Mahindra Foundation are supporting projects which empower all to RISE.
The journey of ‘Empowering through Education’ began in 2007 and through our interventions, we continue ‘Giving wings to young Dreams’ across 11 cities in India. The Foundation works with the mandate that 50% of its beneficiaries are women and 10% are Persons with disabilities. Over the years, the Foundation has impacted 2,60,633 direct beneficiaries across all the programs (as on 31 March 2020). In the FY 2019-20, we impacted 38,337 direct beneficiaries through all our programs.
The actual beneficiaries of our social initiatives are from the community itself. We at the Foundation, connect with the community at different levels of program ideation, program design, execution and review with the intent of designing and implementing programs for the community at large. We have witnessed the community flourish through our various programs in employability, education, disability, and corporate volunteering and the aim for years to come is to maximise our impact by incorporating innovation and sustainability in our projects.
Youth have been Trained in SMART Centres and Academies
To boost the country’s overall economic growth, it is essential to train the youth with the requisite employability skills and prepare them to become independent. In FY 2019-20, close to 18,749 (approximately) young women and men were trained under our SMART programs to gain better employability opportunities in trades and industries and 17,941 (approximately) youth were skilled in FY 2018-19. More than 75% of the graduates are placed in jobs across multiple industries in the FY 2018-19 after completion of their training. The Foundation enables the youth to acquire employable market-oriented skills and links them to potential employers, thereby facilitating the development of self-reliant and confident individuals.
Children were supported across our education programs
As part of our teacher training program Shikshaantar
Teachers were Trained
Access to quality education is the key to the betterment of the individual and society. In FY 2019-20, our ARISE program was able to reach out to 9,817 children in government schools and 10,776 children (approximately) in FY 2018-19. Also, our Shikshaantar program trained 3,797 teachers in FY 2019-20 and 2,578 teachers (approximately) in FY 2018-19. The Foundation is committed to bringing in a systemic social change with special emphasis on school development programs and capacity building for educators. The focus remains on enabling children from the underprivileged and marginalized socio-economic strata to get quality education and optimise their full potential.
Children with Disabilities were supported with inclusive education as part of ARISE+ Program
Persons with Disabilities were benfitted with Skill Development under SMART+ Program
Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities needs to be eradicated from society by providing them with opportunities for a better future to lead a dignified life. In FY 2019-20, our ARISE+ program reached and benefitted, 2,864 (approximately) Children with Disabilities by providing chronic therapy as well as special education, to help them lead fulfilling lives. In FY 2018-19, the Foundation touched the lives of 2,486 Children with Disabilities. Similarly, our SMART+ program provided market related-entrepreneurial skills and job opportunities to 1,566 (approximately) Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in FY 2019-20 and 1,477 Persons with Disabilities in FY 2018-19. The Foundation focuses on inclusive education and skill development training for Persons with Disabilities to restore their dignity and independence.
Tech Mahindra Associates
Hours of Volunteering
Coming together for the disadvantaged communities to promote empathy and understanding of social inequalities is a solution to reduce inequalities in society. In FY 2019-20, 32,063 Tech Mahindra Associates clocked 168,176 hours of volunteering across our projects in India and around 31,830 of them clocked 164,278 hours in FY 2018-19. The Foundation encourages Tech Mahindra associates to share their time and skills in a socially constructive manner for community development. They volunteer towards our beneficiaries through programs that range from community-based such as Swachchta to learnings that are curriculum-based, such as Soft-skill trainings to SMART students. While in the process of building the community of change-makers, the most important thing that we do is to sensitize our associates to understand that all this is a ‘Way of Life’ which at Tech Mahindra we call ISR (Individual Social Responsibility).
*Cummulative figures are as on 31st March 2020