Friday, 1 August 2014
Pankh Graduation Ceremony at Vadodara
Pankh has fulfilled its promise that it made a couple of months back, when it launched its first program in the city, by not only fueling the dreams of our young friends but also guiding them to a better and brighter future.
Motivating and inspiring the 21 young trainees from the first batch of Vadodara chapter, which was initiated in partnership with Society for the Training & Vocational Rehabilitation of the Disabled (SEVATIRTH), Pankh organized a graduation ceremony where they gave away certificates to the students and encouraged them to step into the world which was awaiting them with opportunities. Speaking on the occasion, Mr BS Nagesh, founder PANKH said, "It gives me immense pride and pleasure to see how Pankh has spread its wings and has now become a catalyst in making these youth an inclusive part of society and specially retail industry. I would like to take this opportunity to salute the enthusiasm, determination and the zeal in our 'abled' friends, which only helps us fulfil our endeavor and also the various employers who have and are partnering with us to support their dreams."
While the present batch has already been placed with retailers like Cafe Coffee Day, HyperCity and Reliance, the second batch of 30 students are gearing up to start a new chapter in their life with the classes beginning from 22nd July. And this seems to be just the beginning as new retailers like Pantaloons, Reliance Fresh, More Megastore have already lined up to recruit the trainees from the next batch.
Reflecting on the success of the program, Mr Nagesh added," This year will see five more such trainings being held in partnership with SEVATIRTH which will train around 150 students and make them retail ready."
Adding to this, Purshottam Panchal, founder & Director Sevatirth said, " Along with Pankh, its our endeavor to provide dignity and respect to these people with disability by making them self sufficient and self reliant. We should not only make them feel inclusive in the society but help them lead a normal life."
Nimesh, a Deaf trainee present at the occasion shared his experience at Pankh and how it had made him more confident and groomed his personality. It was because of Pankh that he got an opportunity to work with CCD and he will now be able to fulfill his and family's dreams through this job.
Another trainee, Chetan remembered how his disability- he is orthopedically challenged- made him short tempered and irritable since he didn't know what to do with life. But now, he had a purpose and a tool to fulfill his dreams. Things have changed for him as both his family and friends respect him and he is all ready to support all of them financially with his salary.