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Thank You!

September 16, 2010

You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. – Khalil Gibran

This post is dedicated to all the volunteers at Noida Deaf Society. We have a wonderful group of volunteers who have been contributing in various ways for the development of our students and the organization. They have been selflessly dedicating their time, skills and efforts and helping us in bringing about a meaningful difference in the lives of the Deaf.

All our volunteers have been a source of great support to NDS and we wish to thank each of them for being part of our journey. These volunteers are the real change makers of society and we are glad that people from all walks of life-students, homemakers, professionals are coming forth to do their bit for society.

We also have special classes for people interested in learning Indian Sign Language as knowledge of the language can enable them to directly interact with our students and engage more deeply.

If you have never volunteered, try volunteering.  Believe us, its a sure shot path to long term happiness 🙂

For people interested in volunteering, please contact us. Some of the volunteer opportunities available with our organization are as follows.

S. No. Activity Description
1. Mentoring our students Employment is our core objective at NDS. Volunteer can share about the industry needs with our students, give them inputs on professionalism, work ethics, job vs career, growth path, and soft skills required to sustain a job
2. Advanced Training In MS Office Applications The volunteer can give take sessions on advanced functions for applications such as MS Excel and Power point
3. Data Entry Volunteer can assist the team at NDS with data entry work
4. Communication Material Volunteer can help us with our communication material, e.g., brochure, newsletter, success stories, etc.
5. Job Placements Volunteer can help NDS with contacts for employment opportunities with various companies and business houses for our students
6. Fundraising Volunteers can help us with fundraising
7. Mapping Industry Needs Volunteer can look at various industries and help us map areas where the Deaf can fit in well looking at profiles where the work is of a repetitive nature and there is no customer/guest interface required

Success Story of Vikas Singh

May 14, 2010

This is the story of Vikas Singh who has been working in Nirulas, Noida for the past two years. Vikas learnt English and Keyboarding skills in NDS. Vikas is the only earning member of his family. His father is no more and his mother cannot work due to her illness. At Nirulas he makes pizzas and works eight hours a day. Extremely happy and enthusiastic about his independence and work at Nirulas he told this writer about his past six jobs.

Vikas worked in various factories earlier where the working hours were long (around 11 hours) and the pay was minimal. (Rs. 1500). He was forced to change jobs due to under payment. At Nirulas he gets Rs. 3500 per month. He is expecting a salary raise this May and is looking forward to it. NDS also supports him by giving him a scholarship of Rs.1000 due to his tough family circumstances.

Vikas plans to work for three more years in Nirulas and then wishes to find a government job which will secure his future. In his conversation Vikas comes across as a cheerful, warm and patient personality and also possesses a razor sharp memory. Conditions in the food and beverage industry are tough. Long standing hours in the heat of the kitchen and preparing good food for your customers (especially in summers) can be a daunting task. Vikas has risen above all the hard physical conditions of this industry and has also been successful in building up a good rapport with his team members. Always possessing a cheerful demeaneour Vikas comes to work everyday with the same enthusiasm and zeal as he did on his first day. He has been a role model and inspiration for the other deaf students at NDS.

Three Cheers for you, Vikas!!!

Success Story -3

May 9, 2010

Sangeeta and Dinesh could barely make two ends meet throughout the day. With both being deaf and having the responsibility of a daughter, their struggle was tough. Still with an unwavering faith and confidence in themselves, Sangeeta learnt MS Office at NDS and Dinesh worked hard learning other skills and waiting for the right opportunity.
Through our intense Life Skills program Dinesh got placed in Leela Kempinski Hotels, Gurgaon. Today they are a beaming couple, contented and confident, leading a financially secure life.

Success Story -2

May 4, 2010

SUCCESS STORY OF LOKENDER

Lokender was a low skilled student hailing from the Faridabad with low confidence and attitude problems.

After joining NDS he was trained in core life skills and other pre-employment skills for attending selection interview in Barista Coffee. He had almost no knowledge or skills in cooking before this interview.

However after he was selected for working in Barista Coffee, there has been a positive change in him. He is confident enough to prepare a variety of salads and pizzas on his own. On top of that the company is planning to send him abroad to learn further skills in cookery and catering.

Apart from the above one of our students, Hemant Kumar, has been awarded the ‘Best Employee’ award by Cafe Coffee Day.

For NDS each student is a success story and we hope it continues….

Success Story -1

April 30, 2010

SUCCESS STORY OF VINOD GUPTA

Vinod Gupta, aged 23 years, is a resident of Old Delhi. Coming from an economically poor background and being the only deaf in his family, Vinod could not pursue any formal education. He did his schooling till class II. Most of the time he stayed at home, and was not allowed to communicate in sign language or interact socially with his peers.

Vinod came to NDS in February 2008. With no educational background or other skills, he joined the Keyboarding and English Literacy class. He started interacting with other deaf students, which helped him to improve his signing skills and consequently he made a lot of friends. This developed his confidence and self esteem.

At NDS he also went through a pre-employment training for personality development and how to work along with hearing counterparts in a hearing work environment.

In May 2008, Maurya Sheraton, offered a training program in “Paint on the Wall”. Vinod participated with 6 other candidates. Being the only Class II pass out, this was not revealed to the prospective employers. However, Vinod was chosen due to his strong observations, quick learning capacity, commitment and hard work. When his actual qualification was told the employers of Maurya Sheraton were very surprised and marveled at Vinod’s determination to work.

Today Vinod works in the kitchen in the F&B department at Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi. He earns a salary of Rs.5000/- per month and is able to contribute to his family’s income. He has brought much honor to his family, who is today very proud of him and no longer consider him a burden.

Some Good News – Need your help and support

April 23, 2010

Guys,

We have some good news to share..NDS has cleared the first round of Digital Media and Learning Competition. We are also proud to share with you that from India there are just 2 or 3 organizations who have made it to round 2 and we are among them :-). A brief description of the project we proposed is below.

The project we are proposing is a first time ever creation of interactive online content focusing on multi-skills development where the Deaf will learn, share and develop academically and intellectually across the country. We would be creating modules in areas such as English Communication, Mathematics and Science.

We seek your active support in making this dream come true. We request you to please look at the following link and review our project and leave your comments.

http://www.dmlcompetition.com/pligg/search.php?search=deaf

In order to clear round 2 and reach round 3, we need your active participation.

Your positive feedback will go a long way in helping us reach the next round. Hope to have your support in this mission of bringing quality education for the Deaf in the country.

You have to create a username and password to post your comments. Once your account is activated, you can go to the link and post your comments. The name of our project is ‘Learning Ecosystem for the Deaf’.

Thank you so much people for all the support!

Introduction

April 21, 2010

Talking hands, expressive gestures, and a world that has changed dreams into reality! That’s what you will find here, at Noida Deaf Society, a place bubbling with enthusiasm where actions speak louder than words in the real sense! (You have to see it to believe it!)

When Ruma Roka, founder of NDS ( Noida Deaf Society) decided to learn sign language at the age of 40, little did she know that one day she would be an idol maker for the deaf receiving an award on their behalf from the famed Bollywood Actor, Aamir Khan.

Noida Deaf Society is the story of a successful journey which had its share of initial hiccups like changing the attitude of families towards deaf and finding job opportunities for the deaf which encouraged usage of their minds too rather than just making use of their hands.The success stories and the happiness of our deaf students inspires each one of us at NDS to work harder towards our common vision which is EMPOWERMENT OF THE DEAF.

Through the use of Indian Sign Language, deaf students at NDS have been able to express themselves freely and communicate better.Their comprehension skills are good to the extent that they have been able to work independently and gain meaningful employment. Amita Kulshresta in NIIT, Rahul Thakur – Graphics Instructor in NDS, Hemant Kumar in CCD, Pawan Kumar in Tata Indicom, Lokesh Rohtagi in Leela Kempenski, are some names among several of our shining stars who had low or almost zero knowledge of computers and other soft skills which are taken for granted in the “hearing” world. These are the people who have gone ahead and bagged the “Best Employee Award” in their respective organizations.

An intensive life skills training along with basic education and vocational training customised according to each student’s capabilities and natural instincts have transformed some of our students into capable role models for the deaf today.

We welcome you to this amazing world! If you feel you can help us with anything please feel free to reach out to us.

More success stories of our students coming up! Keep visiting this blog 🙂

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