Best Projects 2021 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

The Enabling Project

Published on August 24, 2021 um 17:18

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Founder of The Enabling Project

Type of Enterprise

non-profit organization, informal program/project

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Explain your project in details:

We, at The Enabling Project (TEP), believe in a world where all individuals have the opportunity to succeed and the support to be empowered. To create tangible action, we at The Enabling Project have taken on three different threads of action, each targeting different areas of necessity to create a community that empowers dreamers with disabilities. One key element of empowerment is providing employment opportunities to persons with disabilities. In its most simplified manner, the process in which The Enabling Project aims to act as an intermediary body between vocational training centres and employment firms is to: Partner up with various organisations that specialise in vocational training for persons with disabilities, connect to candidates who are looking for employment, understand their dreams, aspirations and specialities, connect to employers from the firms to the organisation specialising in vocational training for them to proceed with the legal agreements for employment for the PWD candidates. Essentially, we aim to be the intermediary body that connects dreamers with their dreams. One of the most pertinent parts of empowerment in education, as all growth starts in the youth. Hence, at The Enabling Project, we have taken up various projects to help bolster the status of education available to persons with disabilities. Projects include applications to provide education, assisting schools that are under-funded with minimal resources, volunteering with students and other community workers and many more such endeavours! In terms of sensitisation, we reach out to schools to provide them with either live or pre-recorded modules of several experts trained in the field of sensitisation helping teach how to create a more sensitised and hospitable environment for their fellow PWDs. This is directed at both students and teachers.

Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

In terms of employment, over 11 candidates currently have a job as a result of TEP making a INR 19,80,0000 a year in total! We also have jobs lined up for 100 candidates post-graduation in the class of 2022. This is in partnership with the organisation Youth4Jobs. For education, our most recent project is The Enabling App partnered with Montfort Care. This application aims to provide over 1000 different resources for children with disabilities all across the country who may not have access to physical speech therapy and education. Speech therapy is pivotal for hearing-impaired children to move forth in their professional careers. This application aims to target over 10,000 children living in rural areas of India by the end of 2022. Finally, with respect to sensitisation, we have created unique learning modules and sensitisation projects for international schools across the city of Mumbai. Along with our educational sensitisation projects, we are looking to expand and delve into the professional sector with various such initiatives in action already. The Enabling Project targets UN Goals 4.3, 4.3, 4.5 and 4.A under Goal: 4, Quality Education. We seek to reduce discriminations within quality education to ensure that all individuals, even those with disabilities are able to access quality education free from prejudices that help them advance in the future and empower them. Further, under Goal: 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth, we target Goals 8.2, 8.5 and 8.6 which all seek to diversify economic productivity, promote equal pay for those with disabilities and promote diverse youth employment. All of which is targeted by the employment platform created by The Enabling Project. Overall, our project seeks to reduce inequalities as a whole towards the differently-abled and empower them to receive the same opportunities as abled-individuals.

Sustainability and future plans

We hope that in the coming five years, with the world done in our project, we will be able to uplift different person's within the differently-abled community and create tangible change for generations to come. Firstly, we plan on creating contracts with various schools around the nation, and then internationally and partnering them with placement agencies. This is sustainable as every year, with a new graduating class, at least 80% of students will seek job placements and hence, every year the placement agencies will receive an incoming batch of students to place. Furthermore, we intend on creating concrete cooperate partnerships, where firms agree to hire a certain quota of differently-abled individuals every year to ensure diversity that is sustainable. In terms of education, the application created will receive a new curriculum and syllabus every year to ensure that the education model is up to date with the current track of education and is sustainable. Furthermore, we will handle book drives and education material drives wherein individuals and schools can upcycle old education materials and we can transport and donate it to schools hosting differently-abled students. Similarly, with our sensitisation modules, these are sustainable as the information in them are not time sensitive and these can continue to be distributed. After a certain point, we hope to transition into an organisation that can guarantee loans and grants for students seeking to receive an education, or finance certain entrepreneurial ventures. In order to finance this, we plan on tying up with firms and appealing to their CSR committees and receive a certain stipend each year as we meet the criteria of CSR. Furthermore, through merchandising, fundraising, crowdfunding, taking a commission from each placement and etc. we plan on generating a steady stream of revenue to finance this loan/grant platform.

Your profile as an entrepreneur

My name is Oishani Nandi, and I am 17 years old from Mumbai, India. When I was 13 years old, one of my closest childhood friends revealed to me that she had lost her hearing in both her ears. Ever since that day I knew that I wanted to do something to make a difference. However, more investigation led me to understand that the notion of equal recognition and status of the differently-abled in Indian society was non-existent. In fact, our government has no constitutionally recognised sign language and has the bare minimum provisions and accommodations for those who are differently abled. I am determined, driven and will always try to find a solution. My life motto is "if theres a problem with no solution, make the solution. This is exactly how I accomplished the work I did with The Enabling Project. Other than being an activist, you can find me playing one of my 6 instruments: the guitar, kalimba, ukulele, violin and piano. Furthermore, I work at a start-up incubator called Lemon Idea and am inclined towards learning more about the wondrous world of how businesses and ideas can grow into initiatives that change the world. I am an active debater, from international tournaments of Public Forum debating all the way to Model United Nations. You may find me as a delegate, executive board member or a Secretariat member at MUNs in all the 15 that I have visited. I recently underwent the Young Entrepreneurship Academy and received certification for doing so. You can find me working with NGO's both local and international from India all the way to Nigeria. The Enabling Project! Is more than just my self, it is a project for the differently-abled around the world!

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October 5, 2021 15:18

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.

Your project is amazing!