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Innovation for Social Good- Mirakle Courier: Service run by deaf people
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There is estimated to be about 8 million deaf adults in India. Of them only 67% of them find employment. When they do find employment, for most of them it is in the informal sector where they are badly paid, only seasonally hired and treated especially bad for being deaf.
Mirakle Couriers is an innovative social enterprise that employs low income deaf adults. Through its delivery business it generates employment for the deaf, resulting in their empowerment and financial independence. The deaf population in India suffer from very poor levels of education, fortunately professional delivery requires skills that are tacit and can be learnt-by doing.
Mirakle Couriers work on the premise that delivery does not require verbal communication. The entire operations are conducted in Indian Sign Language and coordination is done by sms text; both are very efficient means of communication for couriers. Everything from pick-up to delivery is carefully planned branches in sign language. Communication between the field agents, staff and clients is done via SMS text messaging. Text messaging has been a wonderful technological advancement for the deaf, allowing them the unprecedented ability to communicate over long distances.
Over the last few Mirakle Couriers has grown to operate in 2 Branches in the city, employing 70 deaf employees and delivering over 65,000 shipments per month.
Our most esteemed clients include: Aditya Birla Group, Birla Sunlife, Godrej & Boyce, Vodafone Essar, IDFC, Bain Capital, Jindal Steel.

To know more about them, visit: www.miraklecouriers.com

Picture-courtesy: www.miraklecouriers.com

Author: Digital Empowerment Foundation
Category: DEF, NEWS
Date: February 25, 2016
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Innovation for Social Good- Shout out to ‘WaterWalla’ for providing clean water in Dharavi,Mumbai
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On the west coast of the city of dreams lies one of the largest slums of Asia with a population of 12,00,000(estimated) people. Dharavi is a large illegal squatter settlement where shanties are built over water pipes and uncovered sewages. All that a slumdweller can manage is a trampoline roof over their heads. The monsoon at the slum is even worse. During that time thousands get affected by drinking arsenic-contaminated water.
To curb the problem of ‘drinking-contaminated water’ and improve the lives of people, Waterwalla has developed an innovative, innovative, low-cost water filter that mitigates arsenic and bacteria by affixing directly to handpumps, the primary source of water supply in villages. Their mission is to improve access to clean water for underserved communities worldwide through engagement, education and innovation. Waterwalla is collaborating with local entrepreneurs to introduce other affordable water purification technologies for the public.
Today, the WaterWalla team is busy working to promote its model across India, and has even expanded to Sierra Leone in West Africa. It also launched a fellowship programme to support other start-ups in clean water.

They can be reached at: www.waterwalla.org

Picture-courtesy: www.waterwalla.org/media

Author: Digital Empowerment Foundation
Category: DEF, NEWS
Date: February 25, 2016
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Saving the Lives from TB
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Mrs Narda Devi living in Bujurga, Ghazipur district was suffering from cough since last 05 years she habitually take medicine of cough by untrained Rural Health care Provider but her physical condition was not being good. Because of this weakness and sickness she was very frustrated and her livelihood was also being challenged and near to end. She has 05 dependents her husband is now feeling lonely and being harassed to make expenses for her health.

One day someone suggest her to go to DMC and check her sputum she went and she found Sputum 1+ Positive and started the II category treatment on 7.2.2011 , TB No-191by RNTCP. She take medicine daily but in mean time often, miss doses and as we saw at her Identity card on dated 2.05.2012 the RNTCP Program claim her that she is Cured. But after some time she again get affected from cough and now her life is going very difficult in mean time Safe Society trained 30 RHCP about the symptom and treatment of tuberculosis in Ghazipur district.
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Author: Vaibhav Sharma
Category: NEWS
Date: August 12, 2015
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