“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone – Martina Navratilova
This aptly sums up what we wish to convey at Pankh – Wings of Destiny - an initiative by Trust for Retailers and Retail Associated of India (TRRAIN) and Youth 4 Jobs Foundation (Y4J), for People with Disability (PwD). At Pankh, we aim to train PwD and provide them employment opportunities in retail industry thereby creating sustainable livelihoods for PwD and also promote inclusive growth in retail sector.
The Setting Stone
Inspired by Meera Shenoy's work at Youth 4 Jobs Foundation, B S Nagesh, founder - TRRAIN set up Pankh, which set off to spread its wings in May 2011 with mapping of various role in retail that complimented people with a disability. Out of 110 roles identified in retail industry, 34 roles were mapped to people with locomotor and speech & hearing disabilities. Since then, 3000+ people with disabilities have been trained and employed in retail industry under this program. Currently operational in Hyderabad, Tirupati, Bangalore (with Samarthanam Trust for Disabled and Alamba Charitable Trust as supporting partners) and Mumbai, the programs run by Pankh are partnered with various regional Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). A training program with the help from the NGOs is conducted and going forward, we aim to spread our wings across the country and are open to partnering with like-minded NGOs to further strengthen our cause.
About TRRAIN & Youth 4 Jobs Foundation TRRAIN is a public charitable trust formed in 2011 by B. S. Nagesh, with the vision of Empowering People in Retail and works to achieve immediate and lasting change in the lives of retail associates in India. We are solely committed to upgrading the lives of people in retail, both at work and at home.
TRRAIN has undertaken various initiatives to enable retail associates to upgrade their skills through TRRAIN Education Program and build pride and dignity through the TRRAIN Retail Awards and Retail Employees Day. TRRAIN’s initiative on building inclusive retail work force by training and employing People with Disabilities in Retail roles has received tremendous support from the industry
Youth 4 Jobs Foundation, founded by Meera Shenoy; helps companies build an inclusive workforce. The team is pioneer in this sector with over a decade experience of working with governments, companies, and rural communities. Y4J expertise lies in working on the entire value chain of taking the youth from unemployment/underemployment to an organized sector job. This means identifying, motivating, training to demands of the market, inviting companies to recruit the youth and mentoring youth in their new work place.