Read how our beneficiary NGOs are using technology

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.

Because Everyone Is WORTH It

Who: 
WORTH Trust
Quote: 
<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/

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. 

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.

Read how Jagriti Sewa Sansthan is using Technology

posted  Thu, 20/05/2010 - 16:30  

Products we received from BigTech: Microsoft Office Professional 2007 

S. S. S. Educational and Charitable Trust

posted  Mon, 22/02/2010 - 16:53   I am satisfied with the software donation you will provide. Since our NGO is located in rural area of India, we are interested to provide free training on computer skills to poor students. The students, being a backbone of future society, they will use the softwares to develop our society.

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Ehsaas Foundation

posted  Fri, 28/05/2010 - 17:11  
Products your organization received from BiGTech: Quick Heal Anti Virus

What did you find as a result of buying this product? 
Excellent

What specific feature did you like most about this product? 
Easy to install and easy to use.

What would be three other benefits about this product? 

Opthalmic Mission Trust

posted  Wed, 10/03/2010 - 10:44  

We are a charitable organization working in rural tribal area since last 17 years.We are working in field of clinical services, rural eye health, awareness generation, education-medical and paramedical and Research clinical and operational.

HOPE Foundation

posted  Tue, 15/06/2010 - 16:11  
Our mission is to provide sustainable, capacity-building health and education programs, through staff and volunteers, which empower children and other vulnerable individuals. HOPE foundation was established as a charitable society in 1991. We have many partners and friends around the country, and we are operating in 13 cities in India, with over 60 programs in a variety of areas of helping the poor.

Seva Mandir

posted  Wed, 24/02/2010 - 15:16  

Seva Mandir is a voluntary organization, which has been working with rural tribal communities in 626 villages of Udaipur and Rajsamand District for more than four decades now. There are 286 full time staff and we have 6 rural workstations, one urban work station and a head quarter. We have a network of 120 computer systems in our organization.

The use of computer in our organization is listed below -

    * Maintain a database of information and analyzing the data, mapping our growth and              produce documentation.