Month of Service, October 2011
Spreading smiles, nurturing creativity, delivering joy to all the nooks and crannies of the society – it was all a part of a day’s work at SAP Labs India in October, which was celebrated, globally, as the Month of Service by SAP. Initiated in 2004, this year Month of Service, had SAP volunteers from over 40 countries targeting to donate 50,000 hours endeavoring to:
- Provide basic needs
- Support education
- Create economic opportunities.
Consonant with this goal, SAP Labs India, which initiated a week of service in 2006, and enhanced it to the month of service in 2010, participated in a bouquet of more than 42 charitable initiatives, across various cities including Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Pune, aimed at flattening the uneven socio-economic terrain of India. The projects, showcased on Charitra, were an eclectic mix and prospective participants had the option of being involved in the ones that interested them. Family members of the employees could also participate in the projects and did so with great enthusiasm. . The urge to serve took on gargantuan proportions and some of the projects included:
- Spending time with the underprivileged children in an orphanage
- Listening to stories at an old age home
- Packing school bags for 1000 underprivileged children
- Packing food boxes for the underprivileged children
- Constructing a playground for children of a primary school in Anekal, a village on the Banerghatta highway
- Building a road to help the villagers of Anekal
- Planting 600 trees at Kumaraswamy Layout, Bangalore
- Playing with differently abled children at the Spastic Society and Gerezim, Bangalore.
The satisfaction of being able to innovate happiness inspired the employees to donate their time to various charitable causes and, in the process, help the world run better together.
Gift an Eye
We have partnered with Rotary Club for Gift an Eye initiative through which employees can opt to donate their Birthday Gift vouchers for cataract surgeries for the needy. We believe in the adage that a stitch in time saves nine.
Braille Enabled Visiting Cards
In the western world, finding a disabled-friendly train station or a restaurant menu in Braille is not uncommon. In India, while this reality is distant, inclusive communication is probably one of the easiest steps to take towards inclusion. Employees can now make a start by brailing their visiting cards, which enables visually-impaired people to read your visiting card and make sense of it.
Braille-enabled visiting cards are standard visiting cards with the name of the employee embossed in Braille on it. The brailing is done for a rupee per card and can be done on existing cards using a Brailer, a special machine for the blind.
For this initiative, SAP Labs India has partnered with Esha- a non-profit initiative striving to help the blind in little ways that make a big difference and a team of volunteers spread across the country, who believe in equal opportunities for the blind and work towards the same.