Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, organized a grand convocation for the trainees from Amitha Skill Development Programme, at the Delhi centre, supported by CITI Foundation. The convocation was graced by Virendra Sehwag, cricketer along with Mahantesh GK, Founder Managing Trustee of Samarthanam, President, World Blind Cricket Limited and President, CABI. The programme was aimed at providing technical and sector based skill training to youth with disabilities and underserved backgrounds and is implemented by Samarthanam Trust.
Samarthanam Skilling centres provide industry specific market driven training in different sectors and in association with CITI Foundation, Samarthanam Delhi Centre has successfully provided training and placement to a batch of young people with cross disabilities. The completely accessible centre provides training, food and accommodation along with post placement support.
On the occasion, Mahantesh said, “I would like to express heartfelt gratitude to CITI Foundation for supporting the skill development programme. Samarthanam wishes to bring about a change in the lives of youth with disabilities and make them self-sufficient. And Amitha is a step towards achieving that. We joined hands with CITI to implement the same and I am happy to see its success today. I am greatly thankful to Virendra Sehwag for being a part of the convocation and his words of advice as it means a lot of encouragement to all of us. I wish all of them the very best.”
Debasis Ghosh, Public Affairs Officer, Citi India, said, “Project Amita was selected by Citi Foundation as one of its six partner recipients of the 2016 India Innovation Grant Program, given Samarthanam’s ability to foster an open-minded culture that practices dignity for all. Project Amita is well designed to empower youth with special needs to ensure their presence, talents and capabilities are not lost but, rather, valued in the communities we live in, particularly at this stage of India’s inclusive development. We take pride in this partnership that is focused on imparting life skills training to more than 600 individuals, and is in line with the Government’s mission to ensure that persons with special needs enjoy their rights equally with others, under the ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016’.”
Promising us his complete support Virendra Sehwag stated, “I am amazed to see the work that Samarthanam is doing to ensure that all people with disabilities become contributing members of society. When all of you become tax payers of this country, India will reach new heights'.