Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled has launched Kirana to empower people with disabilities and create job opportunities for them. Set up in association with the State-run Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Services (KBITS), the rural call centre will provide jobs to 100 disabled and rural youth in and around Bidadi.
The centre is being supported by Hewlett Packard and T.E. Connectivity, apart from the KBITS. Samarthanam has requested several mainstream corporate sector companies to outsource their work to Kirana.
Samarthanam’s first step towards empowering the disabled and creating more livelihood opportunities in the tech sector was the establishment of Shrishti BPO/ Call centre training units in Bengaluru and Hubli. This was undertaken in association with the Department of Welfare of the Disabled and Senior Citizens, Government of Karnataka and several other government bodies.
15 students of Shrishti have already been placed in different reputed companies viz. Emphasis, Andro Meda Marketing Pvt Ltd, Peoples Equity Consultant and so on out of the 21 trained.
Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, an Associate Member of the World Blind Union, Geneva has been striving since 1997 to empower the visually impaired, disabled and underprivileged people in India, working towards an inclusive society that will provide equal opportunities and a dignified life. Samarthanam offers quality education, accommodation, nutritious food, vocational training and placement based rehabilitation staying focused on advocacy, education, livelihood skills, capacity building, accessibility and a barrier free environment. Its mid-day meal scheme feeds 35000 children from 123 schools.
It has also established a cultural group Sunadha to encourage talent among the visually impaired, the disabled and the underprivileged.The orchestra troupe from Sunadha has performed all over India, UK, USA, Italy etc.
K.V. Rajanna, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities said Karnataka is the first State to hike the reservation for people with disabilities to 5 per cent.
Our benevolence needed
If the 2001 census is considered, there are around 2 crore mentally and physically challenged people in India. All they need is a little help from the more privileged people like us, to make them feel like a part of our human society.
The trust now has vacancies for tele-callers and data entry operators. People with disabilities who are graduates are invited to apply. Companies interested in outsourcing their business to Samarthanam’s Kirana may call 9449864688 or 9449864774.