Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Times of India: story on braille many cards

We were v excited about braille menu cards n packaging once upon a time.  While accessible elevators have become a reality,  braille menus n packaging haven't seen the success they deserved. 
Esha was quoted in this story on braille menus , published in the times of india,  all metros, on Sunday- Apr 26th.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Blind school visits

Recently there was invention made by the two students. The idea of a low-cost Braille printer by two friends, Santokh Singh and Khushwant Rai of 12th standard, is a unique one and it got a wide range of appreciation from the NIF judging panel. It is a kind of dotmatrix printer modified at a low cost to work as a Braille printer. They both are from jalandhar.

I am Alisha volunteer of Esha. I visited four blind schools this week to check the demand of the low cost braille printer;

Firstly I visited institution for the blind near amar colony, lajpat nagar. I got the chance to talk to principal and I told told him about this printer he really wanted to buy this printer and he also ask me to make the invoice for this braille printer.

Secondly I visited janta adrash andh vidyalaya near sidq nagar, where our beneficiary Raju koli study, here also was able to talk to the the principal.they can buy one and see how it works and will buy more of the printer as they need more printers for the students.

Thirdly I visited the blind relief association, Delhi. Here I was able to talk to concern person named C. P Mohan. He said its very economical getting the braille printer for such a low cost . as now a days the braille printer cost near 2 lac. And they will very interested in buying if gets a demo of the printer.

Lastly visited Andh Maha vidyalaya, near RK ashram marg, there I met the principal and I told about the new invention she was really surprised to knew that at such a low cost but she said in market lot of fake product are coming so its not easy to believe  every product. She was convinced to buy the printer before they wanted to have a demo . if they like they will buy more than one.

It was really wonderful experience reaching out to people and sharing about such a wonderful invention.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Videos of the experience of the SOIL team of 2015 as volunteers of Esha

On the last day of SIP, we requested the team to share their experience of being Esha Volunteers - on camera. Since I wanted it to be real, we gave them about 15 minutes to prepare what they are going to say. No rehearsals, no script - just speak from the heart.

Last night, we uploaded those videos to the Youtube channel of Esha. We encourage you to see these videos to know what it is like to volunteer for Esha.

Vrishin Bhamri:

Amit Dhalwale :

Pooja Singh:

And the winner of the award for HR Leadership Program, and one of our star volunteers: Karen D Souza:

Do see all of Esha's videos here:

The SIP Team of SOIL 2014-15

Last year, the SIP presentation at SOIL was scheduled for 10th June. That was the day my kid sister was getting married. Rajesh Dhuddu, a friend of Esha who is also on our Advisory Panel, very graciously agreed to take the presentation. And we had 4 students who chose us - Karen, Pooja, Vrishin and Amit.

The year started with them looking for an office for Esha. The next activity that they trained for was taking the students of TSRS to the blind school visit. They also were sent to the Karol Bagh blind school to meet Nirdosh, and see the people they were going to work for in the year ahead.

After that, the planning for the cycling event started. From October to Feb, the team worked on the cycling trip, meeting every week for project updates, getting encouragement, support, admonishment, and general push to keep going. They were ably mentored by Rajesh Dhuddu , and on the 8th of Feb, 2015, we had our first TourdeVision, all thanks to the SOIL students, Alisha, and all of the Friends of Esha.

But that was not a place to rest on our laurels. Very soon, the team was working on updating all the communication content of Esha. And on the last SIP day - March 18th, I took the day off to treat them to a very special experience. The day started early - very early. After all, we had to travel from Gurgaon to Greater Noida. The team witnessed the 9Tanki workshop conducted by Raju Koli, and the impact it has on the school students.
After that, we went to the India Habitat Center. To do our first "Blind Walk" . Tour De Vision had tried to raise awareness abt the fact that there simply aren't enough disabled people out in public spaces. The Blind Walk tried to understand why that is - by closing our eyes and trying to access public spaces. This event was covered by the Times of India and brought much public awareness about the issue.

To thank them for their participation, we got momentoes made for the team. And the best news came 2 days ago - Esha was adjudged the best NGO, that provides students with the best learning opportunity! Today, Rajesh and I attended the convocation to receive the award.. and what a day!!

Do see a photo journey of the year here:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Added 64 Audio Files

We have added 36 motivational audio files which includes:

11 audio files that tell us about how to increase our confidence

24 audio files which tell us about Become an Outstanding Manager


other 28 files are  sandman's Goodnight stories are:
-little never upset
-the peacock butterflies
-when jack frost was young
-what the flowers told Martha

and 26 more stories for kids!!