- People with disabilities (with specific focus on Assistive Technologies)
- Primary education
People with disabilities (with specific focus on Assistive Technologies)
As a company at the forefront of technology innovation, MindTree appreciates the benefits that technology can deliver to people with disabilities in any form. These assistive technologies are envisioned to support differently-abled people to interact better with their environment.
The foundation aims to support the development and dissemination of assistive technologies to address the needs of people with different types of disabilities – muscular, visual, hearing, mental and learning disabilities.
The initiative was launch last year with an engagement with Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK). The foundation will also work closely with educational institutions like IITs, identify promising technologies available in their labs and help bring these technologies to the market by leveraging MindTree’s engineering capabilities and partner ecosystem.
By focusing on primary education, MindTree believes that a higher impact can be achieved in building a better foundation for future. The charter provides a formal platform to execute such an initiative. We’ve been supporting schools for their infrastructure, curriculum development, employment of additional teaching staff and training of teachers.
Mindshare is an initiative across MindTree’s global footprint. Wherever we are on the map, this initiative will help identify specific areas where MindTree Minds can contribute to the society.
Each location is anchored by a Catalyst who will identify and connect MindTree Minds to volunteer with social sector organizations. The significant aspect of this program is that this will ensure each MindTree Mind who volunteers for this program personally interacts with the beneficiary. The objective is to share time, attention, and affection with these people to make them feel special.
The mindshare program provides MindTree minds the opportunity to interact with people who are different from those with whom we normally interact in our work life, for example, differently-abled, senior citizens and destitutes, terminally ill patients, primary school children, orphaned children, prison inmates, and children living in economically weaker localities. These people face challenges of a far greater magnitude in their real life and the program helps MindTree Minds to appreciate these challenges with their personal interaction. Along with helping the beneficiary, this experience will also contribute to the personal evolution of the MindTree Mind.
MindTree has also contributed to address the impact of various calamities across the world including the Katrina, the Indonesian Tsunami, floods in Bihar, etc.
Pg 14, Annual Report
In this financial year, your Company has invested significant efforts
and funds in its aspirations to be a socially relevant organization.
Some of the highlights are:
a) Appointment of a senior industry professional as a full time CEO to run the MindTree Foundation, with specific focus on Differently Abled people and Primary Education.
b) Funding of internship and training of differently-abled people to help them integrate into a world class IT company operations. One of them is 100% visually impaired, one a wheel chair user and another a person with partial vision due to lobectomy.
c) Provision of motorized wheel chairs to employees to help them acquire much higher mobility and independence than manual wheelchairs, thereby increasing their morale.
d) Formation of MindTree Forest, a 8000 tree sapling plantation with native trees, as part of our 10th Anniversary Celebrations.
e) Funding the operating expenses of children operated for severe orthopedic deformities through the SPARSH Vachana program.
f) Donation of used computers to schools and organizations supporting the needs of underprivileged children.
g) Launch and successful implementation of the Company wide volunteering program called MindShare in multiple locations in India and abroad.
h) The MindShare program has encouraged direct involvement of Minds different beneficiaries such as destitute men and women, orphans through monthly visits and infrastructure support, schools that cater for children from socially disadvantaged background etc.
i) Our volunteers conducted a life skills program over 16 weekends in a Government school in Bangalore, wrote exams for students with visual impairment and created audio books for these students.
j) During the year we productized our first assistive technology initiative in collaboration with two Chennai based NGOs and transferred the technology to a vendor. The product was successfully launched and orders placed by an NGO directly on the vendor.
k) MindTree contributed to industry wide efforts to improve inclusion and diversity through active involvement in CM and NASSCOM initiatives dedicated to these goals.
I) Many MindTree Minds contributed a days salary towards the Flood Relief Funds during the devastating floods last year in North Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.