Sorry guys, for sharing this so late.
The winter chill of December did not dampen the spirits at NDS and the last month of the year ended on a very exciting note.
More success stories were created with 9 deaf joining at different leading organizations like Taj Palace, Taj Mahal, Vivanta by Taj, Sports Station India Pvt. Ltd., Shangri La Hotel among others.
Our association with Agro Tech Foods started when three deaf started their jobs with the company in June last year. Their success opened new avenues for other deaf and soon 10 students from NDS found placements in the same organization. With their commitment and hard work, these deaf inspired the organization to provide more job opportunities. This time NDS was given a bigger responsibility- to choose candidates not only across NCR but across India. Thereafter 11 more deaf were chosen and a training session organised to train them about their job responsibilities.
A team from Agro Tech Foods accompanied by the deaf employees came to NDS.
The session was highly interactive as those already employed shared their experiences with those to be employed.
With Taj Hotels, our association is comparatively new wherein the jobs for the deaf happened in the last quarter of the year. With this successful initiative, more loops have been added and we have placed 5 more deaf at different properties of Taj like Taj Mahal and Vivanta by Taj in various profiles. The staff of the hotel was sensitised and sign language orientation was done before starting with the jobs at the hotel.
The other major highlight of the month was the commencement of the IT program of hardware and networking. The students with higher computer skills are trained in computer hardware and networking, the syllabus for which has been designed in partnership with Mphasis and NIIT Foundation. The classes are conducted by a volunteer from NIIT and interpreted by an interpreter.
Members of different sections of Lioness club were frequent visitors at NDS during the month. The members of Lioness Club (Arun Vihar) donated money for furniture with which chairs were bought for the classrooms. The members also provided financial help to buy sweaters for winter uniform for little children. It was fun time for our little children when they were taken for picnic at a park in Noida. The kids thoroughly enjoyed their day out as they played different games and won gifts. The members gifted the kids with Benetton T shirts. Time and again Lionesses have been gifting various stationery items too to NDS.
The purpose of the Lioness Club (Environment) was a bit different. They came for a session on ‘How to save environment’ to be conducted for the students at NDS. It was great learning for our students as they were taught about environment conservation.
The students sat through the session trying to extract maximum knowledge out of it.
During their visits to NDS, Lioness club members realised that a health check up camp could be organised for the deaf especially for those coming from financially weaker backgrounds. A doctor accompanied by the members paid a visit and examined the students at NDS. The students openly discussed their problems with the doctor more often complaining about functional headache and problems related to iron deficiency in the blood as the doctor diagnosed.
A research assignment was conducted by students of Pearl Academy of Fashion Designing on skill mapping of the deaf with the needs of the fashion Industry. The research output could help identify new job profiles for the deaf in this Industry.
The interest to learn sign language intensifies while working with deaf. This is a step towards forming strong bonds as communication bridges all gaps. At Lemon Tree Hotel the team came forward for an orientation in sign language. Their enthusiasm was quite obvious as the team sat through a daylong session.
The staff at NDS, busy with their professional commitment, seldom gets time to sit, relax and communicate with each other. This month before the year end, a special meeting was organised, as a team building exercise, to draw up our individual goals at work for the year 2011.
A four member team participated in UP Athletics championship for deaf held at Bareilly. All the four team members won different medals in events like 100 mts. race 200 mts. race, 100×4 mts. relay and shot put. These deaf will further participate in all India athletics championships to be held in Madurai.