Nandakumar, an employee in assembling unit of Rajamane Telectric, Bengaluru
I have a satisfying job because of them. I am a happy and confident man. Thanks to CHI-BU I am well placed in life.' says Nandakumar
Nandakumar 25 years, lives with his father, Krishnappa (50), his mother Vasanthamma (48) and his elder brother who works as an electrician. He has hearing impairment and communicates with others through sign language.
“I completed my high school from Sheila Kothavala Institute for the Deaf in Bangalore. Then I started looking for a job. But then jobs were not easy to get especially when one has a disability. I had no contacts with employers nor did I have any training. Then one of my deaf friends referred me to Cheshire Homes India, Bangalore (CHI-BU),” he reveals.
I reached out to CHI-BU. Their team helped me to analyze my skills. They counseled me. They requested me to undergo their trainings in grooming, preparing resumes, attending mock interviews – all this helped me to not only overcome my fears but present myself in the best possible way,” he adds.
“One day CHI-BU held a Special recruitment drive at their premises. I and several others attended. I was interviewed by Rajamane Telectric Pvt Ltd. I did well at the interview because I had been well prepared by CHI-BU. The company offered me a monthly salary package of Rs.7500. Their tempting offer was difficult to refuse,” says Nandakumar happily.
“The company gave me a month’s training in their electronic factory and employed me in their electronic assembling unit,” says Nandakumar bubbling with enthusiasm.
“CHI-BU trainings helped me to develop my skills and abilities. The team prepared me for employment. Also they had links with the right employers. Today I have a satisfying job because of them. I am a happy and confident man. Thanks to CHI-BU. I am well placed in life!”
Cheshire Homes, Bangalore is part of the Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) network. LCD’s ‘Access to Livelihood’ program reaches out to the people with disabilities, trains them and helps them to hone their skills and then links them with prospective employers. Life has never been so good for the disabled! LCD’s Access to Livelihood program as Livelihood Resource Centres (LRCs) is supported by Accenture Foundation.
LRCs operate in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Patna and Coimbatore, and in countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and South Africa.