Redefining disability, this organisation helps train differently abled people to find employment
Nabet is a social enterprise that loops in corporates who in turn offer industry subsequent employment to the folks falling under the differently-abled strata.
How do you define disability?
A certain lack that prevents a person from doing ‘normal’ things that every regular person can or a tag that acts as a blockade to every opportunity that comes along?
One organisation in Manesar, Gurugram, has been working towards revolutionising the employment landscape for the differently abled and, along the way, relieve them off the tag ‘disabled’.
National Association for the Blind (Employment & Training) or Nabet is a social enterprise that loops in corporates who in turn offer industry level training and subsequent employment to the folks falling under the differently abled strata.
The brainchild of two brothers, Abhishek and Arjun Mishra, who kickstarted the venture in 2011, the decision of empowering the differently abled was instilled by a personal reason.
Starting in 2009, the duo approached many local companies to get an insight of the nature of skill requirement on an industry basis.
In 2011, the pilot batch of 15 visually impaired individuals was launched in collaboration with Idea Cellular, under the Aditya Birla Group. Organisations like Mahindra Group, Vodafone and Jeevansathi have worked with them over the years.
The employment opportunities provided by Nabet includes sections like contact centre, data entry, software testing and accessibility testing.
So far, all the capital for the project, including setting up the institution-cum-training centre as well as equipment and other paraphernalia, has been self-funded by the brothers.
“Our aim is to give the differently abled a shot at working in the industry. Instead of losing out on opportunities just because society thinks they can’t be productive enough, we want them to have a life that they can live independently out of their own earnings,” says Usha Mishra, who is Nabet’s managing trustee.
From the initial team of two, today Nabet India has a workforce of 70 employees who have been actively contributing towards enabling better skill training and employment opportunities for the differently abled. “Though we had started out keeping in mind the visually impaired, today we have orthopedically challenged persons in our team who are being trained effectively,” Arjun adds.
Source: The Better India
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