“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin
In an era where socially useful work is a prime prerogative for any organisation, it is extremely promising to find our young adults to come up with innovative ventures that go a long way in solidifying the social fabric of our society.
One such upcoming catalyst in this field of social entrepreneurship, are the students from the Enactus community in Hansraj College. These young minds have been at work 24×7 in order to establish a successful social enterprise in their hallmark venture titled Project Ahsaas.
The tirelessness of the students has culminated in the creation of a conducive learning space that has a duality in the purpose that it serves. Project Ahsaas proudly employs an exceptionally component visually impaired teacher who has received training in computers for a period of one and a half years. In addition to creating a wonderful opportunity for a talented individual, the project also benefits young children from underprivileged backgrounds that want to acquire the knowledge of operating computers. This symbiotic relationship is what is the rudimentary basis behind the makings of this endeavour.
In congruence to the purpose it serves, the origins of Project Ahsaas too, bares a twofold rationale:
The project originated from an observation into a saddening statistic that reads the employment rate of the visually impaired to be at a dismal 2 percent. The root of this problem can be attributed to the stigma attached with the employment of visually impaired personnel. Despite there existing talented individuals such as Mr Naveen, the VI trainer in Project Ahsaas, numerous corporations abstain from giving them any consideration on the sole and unjust basis of their visual impairment. Through the medium of this project, the students of Enactus Hansraj not only wish to create employment opportunities for the deserving, but also want to send out a message, “Every person is equal and is born with their own unique abilities, it is in the realisation of these abilities that the essence of Entrepreneurial Action is captured.”
The other aspect of the equation that drew the attention of the students was the dearth of digital literacy amongst the children belonging to a financially impoverished environment. In spite of there being a government ordinance wherein government schools are required to have computer labs; in most cases there exist none, and in the few where there are any, they are in too despicable a condition to learn in. To combat this, a unique curriculum has been tailor made in order to facilitate the functioning of the computer centre in Dwarka.
Project Ahsaas bridges this gap by merely bringing together two parties that need and can truly benefit from each other. Students who wish to learn computers are required to pay a meagre fee of Rs 400 which enables them to learn the trade without the hassle of paying a huge amount. The money generated through the payment of this fee is then further advanced to the trainer Mr Naveen as his salary.