Sunday, April 23, 2017

Report in The Free Press Journal Mumbai

Today, The Free Press Journal did a story on making books accessible to all.


Esha was featured in this story :) . The story is a lovely compendium of effort
being made by individuals and organisations to make knowledge accessible to all. Do read and share.

http://www.freepressjournal.in/…/they-cant-see-but-…/1056282

Monday, April 17, 2017

The crying need for good CSR Talent

Take a look at this report:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/company/corporate-trends/companies-report-better-csr-compliance-in-fy16/articleshow/58213200.cms


Here are some key metrics for you to consider:
  1. "The number of companies spending CSR budgets exclusively through corporate foundations increased to 72 from 60 last year, reflecting an increasing trend towards companies building their own capacities for implementation. "
2. "Finding the Right Project" remained a challenge for as many as 14% of the companies.


3. Planning and Implementation was a challenge for 44% of the companies.


If there is one thing that this report is trying to say, it is that we desperately need good CSR talent to realise the dream of a progressive India through Corporate Social Responsibility.


A good CSR Program has the following structure:


The only thing that can catalyse or ruin this change - is people. People who make it possible for the 2 sectors to talk to each other successfully and productively.

There is money. There are agents of change (NGOs and government programs). There is a need for funds. Yet, 44% of the companies are not able to plan and implement effectively. 14% of them are still struggling to find the projects, and 12 companies have had to set up their own foundations to do the work.


That is the price that we are paying for not creating great CSR Talent. 8,185 crores was spent by Indian corporates on CSR last year alone. Imagine the difference that can make to a country like India.


It is time to plug that gap and to create greatness through corporate partnership in social spending.


Note: This post also appears on my Linked in profile and on the Topgain blog.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Library Updated - 6034 to 6293 audio files

Today, we made another release to the online library.


We went from 6034 files to 6293 files.


With this release, we add Assamese and Garhwali languages to the library, and we have waited a long time for this :)


Some of the content you can now enjoy in the online library is:
A. Civil Services exam preparation.
B. GATE exam preparation
C. A lot of content to learn Sanskrit
D. Over 10 new quizzes!
E. Harappan civilisation information in Gujarati
F. Prof. Mohan Singh's poetry in Punjabi
among others....




This addition to the library has content from the following Read Fest partners, in addition to the individual contributors, of course:
A. SOIL
B. Milliman
C. Moody's
D. SAP Labs


Enjoy the new additions!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Blind walk at Good Earth City Center on 8.03.17

Good Earth City Center is one of the most happening places in Gurgaon, therefore we opt to conduct one of our Blind Walk here. Also, we invited Goibibo employees who work in the close vicinity of the venue. We conducted eight round of blind walk, engaging 51 people. Before we began with our event, we just tried to enquire upon, how good is Good Earth City Center for the people who are visually unabled. Unfortunately, we could not find much infrastructure which could be friendly to these people. With an aim to let people empathize with blindness, we conducted this blind walk.
We were glad that 51 people participated and shared their experience post the event. They also realized how we commoners are ignoring this section of society who are rarely observed in public spaces. Goibibo employees were first time experiencing an event like that, they invited their friends to experience the world without eyes. An event which started with just a blind walk turned out to be a lesson for a lifetime for almost every one of them. We took the recording of the experience of the participants which is available on our Facebook page. We just need a little empathy to make this world beautiful and accessible for everyone, including the visually unable. As a moderator of the Blind Walk, we felt that, everyone who participated have almost forgotten about those who are differently abled, but when they underwent through a similar situation as blindness they are going to remember this for a long time. We thank our NGO ESHA for enabling us to conduct Blind walk at this venue.


Corporate Blind Walk

Today we went to Amtex for conducting blind walk. We met Dankush and HR Neha and they were very supportive. We were introduced to the staff of Amtex . Earlier they all were working but when they were told by Neha about the noble cause for which we were there they all came to support us in this good initiative. We first announced them the reason to conduct the blind walk as it was to sensitize the people towards the difficulty faced by the visually impaired people. We looked for a place where we could do the blind walk.We asked the employees to take initiative and two of those came forward and we instructed them the way to do blind walk and told them the stretch till where those were supposed to do the blind walk. There were a few obstacles in the stretch but everyone used their canes to overcome obstacles and we as Esha team also kept guiding them during the walk. Once the walk was done we asked them about their experiences and they all said it was really tough to walk and they could understand the difficulties the visually impaired people felt. They all thoroughly enjoyed this as well.

After that we recorded the experiences of HR Neha and Dankush as well and they said they were really happy to be part of this activity. They also assured us that their organization would definitely like to be part of the activities conducted by Esha foundation






Monday, March 13, 2017

Blind Walk and Read Fest

Last Wednesday, we did a Blind Walk at the Good Earth Mall, Gurgaon.


Next Wednesday, we have  chartered Blind Walk for Inventcare in Gurgaon


On March 16,17, Moody's is hosting a private (open to employees only) Read Fest at its premises.


Looking forward to an eventful week ahead!



Sunday, February 19, 2017

PMI North India Chapter and Rotary Club of Gurgaon

Yesterday, we spoke at the AGM of the PMI North India chapter about chapter members volunteering for Esha.




We also were a part of a Rotary Club of Gurgaon event. The club has donated 1 computer and one set of speakers to enable us to set up an audio library at a blind school.
Update on 13 march 2017: Last week, that library was set up at the Junta Blind School, Gurgaon.




Good day1

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Theater Workshop, Read Fest, Media and Braille Cards stall!

Today is a very happening day at Esha.

Today we have:
1. A theater workshop at Nagarro
2. A Read Fest at The Sri Ram School, Aravali
3. A stall at the Diversity and Inclusion dialogue at The Lemon Tree Hotels, Aerocity, Delhi.
4. We got featured in the Economic Times, Delhi edition.

:) To more such days!!!


On Feb 6th, we also got featured in the Times of India, Delhi edition. In print, it was the second page center. :)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Jugalbandi Cricket match and Blind Walk Guides

On Jan 20th, 2017, the World Cup T 20 Blind Cricket Team of India played with the senior school students of The Sri Ram School - Moulasari campus. This match was a collaboration between Esha, The Shri Ram School, and Samarthanam.


And today, at the Shri Ram School, Aravali, we conducted a Blind Walk to create guides for the Blind Walk. Faculty members and 11th grade students learnt how to guide participants in a Blind Walk. Was it fun!
The Blind Walk Guides' Workshop at The Shri Ram School

Learning to be Blind Walk guides

The student volunteers who will guide Grade 6 participants next week






The T 20 team of India enjoying the hospitality of The Shri Ram School at lunch