Here is a very sweet note from Vinod Prakash about us (Vinod is visually impaired, was a computer trainee at Enable India, working currently in HR dept of Aditi technologies)
I am Vinod Prakash & my friend calls me Vinu, Vini, Vinod etc. I belong to lower middle-class agriculture family, which reside in village called Tharikatte, Which comes in Bhadravathi taluk of Shivamogga district. There were no basic infrastructure facilities in my village. My father is an agriculturist-small Businessman & my mother is a housewife. I have 2 elder sisters & 1 elder brother. When I was doing my PUC, I got vision problem, which changed my course of education& life. Though I wanted to do some professional courses, lack of awareness about visual impairment, made me to change my course . I completed my M A in History & Archaeology with P G Diploma in Archaeology & museology, in which I got 1st rank. Since I was struggling a lot to read & write, I got depressed.At that time I met one guy called Mallikarjun through whom I came to know about visually challenged World & also came to know that even visually challenged people can work on a computer through which I can read & write. I thought to learn computer to fulfill my dream to become a Lecturer since I found that computer is the only means through which I can read & write. He suggested me to join Enable India & I came to
Bangalore & joined Enable India.
Joining Enable India has completely changed my way of thinking & my way of life. In Enable India, I learnt not only Computer but also the professionalism that the corporate world demand & most importantly the true humanism. I learnt Computer, which has well guided, well planned curriculum & time schedule. The instructors were awesome. There are not only brilliant teachers but also nice human beings & of course good friends.
I don’t think that Enable India needs any testimony or some words by any people to prove its achievement. It’s actions itself speaks louder than my words.What I can tell about Shanti mam?, She is just like my mom & she is my true inspiration. The training that I have got in Enable India has opened new possibilities in corporate World for me, which I had never thought. Because, it was my belief that lectureship is the only dignified job that I should opt, but, training of Enable India has made me to think about different possibilities that visually challenged people have in corporate World.
Finally at the crucial stage of placement, they put me on project, which helped me lot, where I learnt many basic things like dedication to work, time management & simple thing like, how to write status report etc. Here I came to know about Human resource profession, which I thought , a good option to choose. Hence, I did small research on H R career & got valuable guidance & suggestions from my instructors & Shanti mam, which led me to Aditi Technologies, where I am working as a H R trainee from last 1 year.
Even after the placement we are getting much needed work place solutions, whenever we need & it is most important for us to do our work efficiently & prove our ability to become successful professionals with career growth profile.
Three characters have played major role in the construction of my personal & professional life, which are unforgettable. One is my mother, who taught me about values of life. 2nd one is Rashtriya swayam sevak Sangh, which gave me social conscious, national perspective, universal human values & finally, the Enable India, which really Enabled me to discharge my all duties as a son, brother, friend & as a human. to whom I am always been grateful. What I could say other than Enable India is just GREAT. There are several organizations, which have false claims but Enable India is the only one organization, which is working for disabled without caring for fame.
Note: Vinod’s note is heartfelt, hence I have kept the last line as well. However, we all know that there are many organizations working hard for the disabled who are passionate and committed. and it would be unfair to believe we are the only ones committed to the disabled. – Shanti Raghavan, Founder and Managing Trustee, Enable India | Ashoka fellow