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What do donation recipients say about BiGTech

posted  Tue, 04/10/2011 - 16:52  
Who: 
The Akshayapatra Foundation
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The Bigtech Programme have enhanced our administration and day to day basic activities and this has helped us to become more efficient, and to serve more children. In our quest to reach 5 million children by 2020, we see the role of technology and therefore, Bigtech as being very vital. We hope and pray that Bigtech continues to support us and we can together impact the future of our Indian children positively, No words to praise Bigtech’s support in this regard

Tribal Health Initiative

posted  Wed, 10/03/2010 - 13:47  

Tribal Health Initiative is a small organisation working with tribal’s in the remote forest area of Sittilingi Valley of Dharmapuri Dist in Tamil Nadu. We run a Base Hospital of 24 beds with secondary care and a Community Health program for about 10,000 tribals. Few years ago we have started programs in organic farming and craft as part of community development.

Naandi Foundation

posted  Tue, 25/05/2010 - 17:13  

Naandi Foundation faced several hurdles such as huge cost of Microsoft Software, complexity and expense in adopting Audio Conferencing Solution and collaborating with field staff. Project management of multi-site programmes was complex due to non-availability of conferencing facility & had to do redundant point to point phone calls for regular updates. 

Because Everyone Is WORTH It

Who: 
WORTH Trust
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<address style="text-align: justify"> <em><span style="font-family: Cambria, serif">We were able to educate many more children with the funds saved on the IT expenses. Not only are we enjoying a more efficient system with the help of relevant technology, we did not have to divert away a lot of funds to the IT expenses.”</span></em></address> <p style="text-align: justify" class="Default" align="center"> <span style="font-family: Cambria, serif"> </span> </p> <p style="text-align: justify" class="Default" align="center"> <span style="font-family: Cambria, serif">Myke Nunes, Deputy Manager of Marketing</span> </p>

Arjun was born partially blind. With doctors giving no hope that his eyesight would get any better, his parents were constantly worried about his education and ability to support himself. However, like many others from a low-income group, they were unable to afford treatment for their son.

India is home to 70 million persons with disabilities (PwDs). While challenges exist for all, these challenges assume more serious proportions for people from the low-income sections. Like Arjun, they are deprived of treatment and the chance to build a life of dignity for themselves.

It is this section of society that WORTH Trust aims to help. WORTH, which stands for Workshop for Rehabilitation and Training of the Handicapped, aims to create opportunities for vocational training and avenues for employment for handicapped individuals in India.

Fig 1: Production unit of WORTH Trust

A Solution with Dignity

WORTH Trust uses a two-pronged model that addresses challenges faced by PwDs at various levels. Production
units run by the trust manufacture high-quality industrial components,

affordable mobility aids, and assistive devices. These units, located across four southern cities of Katpadi, Pondicherry, Tiruchirapalli, and Chennai, employ PwDs and provide them with honourable livelihood opportunities. Not only
does WORTH work towards creating a barrier-free world for the physically
challenged, it does this work with the help of persons with disabilities,
creating a circle of empowerment.

Fig 2: A Rehabilitation Centre for Children

The surplus generated from the production units is ploughed back into the system and supports the second arm — the rehabilitation centres. Technical training centres provide free vocational training to boys and girls with orthopaedic and hearing challenges. Other programs include a school for the speech and hearing impaired and a day care centre for children with intellectual challenges.
With this unique cross-subsidy model, WORTH aims to mainstream children like Arjun by providing them with training and employment. Beginning as support for the Swedish Red Cross’ work to rehabilitate people with leprosy in 1963, WORTH has come a long way. Today it embraces the social responsibility of rehabilitating PwDs and demonstrating that every person has a useful role to play in society and the right to live a full life.

Expanding Through Technology

The road to achieving this impact was not free from obstacles. Getting enough work in the initial days was a challenge. As WORTH expanded, it encountered different trials. With a growing number of centres, managing daily processes such as accounts posed a big challenge. Each unit maintained separate physical records, which had to be manually collated. Simple tasks such as communication between centres would take up a large amount of time and bring down efficiency. The management was spending far too much time on manual processes.

To automate systems, a part of the funds was invested in buying computers. However, faced with high prices, the organization was not able to invest in genuine software, and low security caused their systems to crash. WORTH was desperate for a solution to this crisis.
Around this time, through a friendly IT consultant, WORTH Trust heard about NASSCOM Foundation’s software donation initiative, BigTech. WORTH Trust registered on the platform. Within a few days, WORTH was able to acquire genuine licenses for their computers and email servers. An efficient mechanism of data entry and collection was worked out, and all employees received email accounts through the organization to maintain safe and fast communication. This not only created efficient systems but also saved time that could be much better utilized.


Being a self-sustaining organization, WORTH believes in putting every penny back into the cause they support.
The software donations freed up funds that would have been used for IT expenses. These funds were used in the education and training of children, creating empowered citizens for the future. 

Success through Collaboration

NASSCOM Foundation’s BigTech donations program, run in partnership with TechSoup Global, aims to support the work of NGOs such as WORTH. Through software donations, NASSCOM aims to bring in efficiency and other benefits that technology can provide to the Indian NGO sector. WORTH Trust received donations of Windows Remote Desktop Services, Windows 8, and Windows Server Datacenter Edition and has steadily integrated technology into its work. To streamline processes further, the management is now planning to install biometric attendance systems for the staff that work at their production units.
 
To learn more about the work of WORTH Trust visit: http://www.worthtrust.org.in/

Operation ASHA

posted  Thu, 27/05/2010 - 12:25  
Products your organization received from BiGTech:
31 orders of Office Professional Plus 2007 (Includes Software Assurance)
1 order of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition 32-Bit/x64 (Includes Software Assurance)
20 orders of Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade 64-Bit (Includes Software Assurance) (English)
 
What did you find as a result of buying this product?
These products helped us in making the work more effective.

ACTION FOR AUTISM

posted  Wed, 10/03/2010 - 13:51   CASE STUDY OF ANCHAL AGARWAL

Aanchal is an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder and a student of Action for Autism.She is 24 years old. She started learning computer from Action For Autism Computer Training Centre from August 2009. Aanchal does not know about computer applications. But as she started learning computer she is showing interest MSoffice 2007. Firstly we started with MS-Word 2007 and then MS-PowerPoint 2007.

What do donation recipients say about BiGTech

posted  Tue, 04/10/2011 - 16:56  
Who: 
Hope Foundation
Quote: 
We are grateful to Bigtech for providing original Microsoft applications at a very concessional rate. Being a charity, we firmly believe that each and every donation is valuable and goes to eradicate poverty. Every rupee saved is every rupee earned for the betterment of the poor. Plus, the original applications have increased our work efficiency. As part of the Bigtech initiative, we also lend our helping hand to fight piracy.

Vidya Poshak

posted  Wed, 10/03/2010 - 13:45   Please go through the link below to know more about us.

http://www.microsoft.com/video/en/us/details/8a837f04-58d6-4ed1-950b-5e76774100b0

www.vidyaposhak.org

QuickHeal Antivirus to the rescue

posted  Tue, 26/04/2011 - 11:58  
Who: 
Institute for Integrated Rural Development (IIRD)
Quote: 
"It was a great boon for us to get the QuickHeal which is now installed in all our computers and makes our work much easier." Joy Daniel
quickheal

Thanks to BigTech, we were able to get the Quickheal antivirus in our office. Before this, we were using free antivirus software that we had downloaded. There were difficulties with updating the software and somehow viruses were still able to get through despite the Antivirus software. This resulted in lots of time and efforts being wasted due to data loss or inability to perform some critical information services - printing or sending emails for instance. As a non-profit social development organization, we could not afford the high costs of commercial Antivirus Software that has the qualities comparable with QuickHeal. Most of our resources are focused to improve the living conditions of the rural small farmers in one of the most backward regions of India - the Marathwada region. Our work encompasses care for the elderly destitute, vocational training of the unemployed youth, and promotion of organic farming. It was a great boon for us to get the QuickHeal which is now installed in all our computers and makes our work much easier. BigTech and QuickHeal has made our lives a lot easier and we now focus on what matters most for the small farmers.

- Joy Daniel, Institute for Integrated Rural Development 

POPULATION FOUNDATION OF INDIA

posted  Wed, 14/04/2010 - 11:04  
Population Foundation of India (PFI) is a voluntary organization and was established in 1970 by a dedicated group of industrialists and population activists led by Bharat Ratna, the late Mr. JRD Tata, who guided it as the founder Chairman until his death in l993. The Foundation has been at the forefront of the Non-Governmental efforts towards a rights based, Gender sensitive approach for Human development.