Who we are

“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone" – Martina Navratilova

 

This reflects the true essence of Pankh – Wings of Destiny - an initiative by Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India (TRRAIN) and Youth 4 Jobs Foundation (Y4J) that was initiated to give wings to the various dreams of People with Disability (PwD). At Pankh, it’s our endeavour to empower them by giving them an avenue for self-actualization, a means of livelihood and growth. We do this by training PwD and providing them employment opportunities in retail industry thereby creating a sustainable, inclusive and growth oriented environment in the retail sector. 

 

The Stepping Stone

 

In the world of job hunting, not having an equal opportunity can put you at the back of the pack. Imagine for people with disabilities; not even having an opportunity would mean that they are not being recognized and acknowledged as worthy enough. Millions of people with disabilities face barriers in finding jobs and getting promoted.

 

1 in 7 people around the world are disabled bringing the total figure to 1 billion people, about15% of the world's population. Of this 785 million are of working age.  That’s right. There are so many people with ability that we all can factor in into our workplace. The Indian retail industry is slated to grow from its current market size of 500 billion USD to over 1.3 trillion USD by 2020. Besides being one of the country’s largest employers, which employees around 43 million people, the retail industry offers specific benefits that makes it accessible and attractive to PwD employees.

The Journey

 

At Pankh, it’s our endeavour to transform the disabilities of the people into an ability factor and create an ‘able’ society.

 

The journey of Pankh started with B S Nagesh, founder - TRRAIN setting up Pankh in May 2011 along with Ms. Meera Shenoy of Youth 4 Jobs by mapping various roles in retail that would compliment people with disability and transform their disability into ability. Out of 110 roles identified in retail industry, 34 roles were mapped to people with locomotive and speech & hearing disabilities. Since then, 6000+ people with disabilities have been trained and employed in retail industry under this program. Pankh at present runs it's centers in association with various local Non-Government Organizations (NGO). Some of the NGOs we have partnered with are Ashadeepa Angavikalara, Grameenvikas, Sri Hayagreeva, Prathibhe, Help Trust, Apang Manav Mandal, Sri Kalidas Education and Sai Swayam Society, Church of the Nazarne, Sevatirth, Youth 4 Jobs Foundation. Abhivruddhi foundation. We aim to spread our wings across the country and partner with like-minded partners, be it NGOs and retailers 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 create a 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 Ms 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


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