The Founder and Managing Trustee of EKansh Trust was awarded the NCPEDP - LEMON TREE - HELEN KELLER AWARD on 2nd December 2015 for promoting employment for People with Disabilities.
She also received World Women Leadership Award in the Super Achiever Category at Mumbai, Taj Land's End in a glittering ceremony on 14th February, 2014. This is what she has to say,
"It was humbling and inspiring to be among women achievers from 82 countries who are working to make a difference in this world. From highly placed government officials to legal eagles to corporate honchos to social activists, the list was impressive. I thank my team, friends and family for helping me follow my path. Please join us in our journey to an inclusive and sensitive world." Anita Iyer Narayan.
She is a recipient of the Woman Achiever award from InOrbit on woman's day in 2014.
Stree Shakti aired on August 1, 2015 was about Shivani Gupta, who has risen above grave challenges in life to become a leader in the field of inclusion of PwD. She is a friend and supporter of EKansh Trust. Anita Narayan, our founder and Managing Trustee, was invited as special guest. Please watch a short segment where our work is featured.
Corporates and Individuals are trying to play by the rules, fix their tax situations and consciences through CSR [read: donations to and activities with NGOs working for the less fortunate -mostly rendered as such by general social irresponsibility], and are asking NGOs a whole lot of questions- in exchange for support - which we are usually happy to answer. We realize that not all NGOs are above board and everybody wants to be sure. But we believe that a little caution can go a long way in deciding whom to support.
NGOs also have some concerns. We do not voice them often, in the fear of losing this support. However, we find that it leads to unrealistic expectations from both sides. So here goes!!
Disclaimer: EKansh Trust is fortunate to have many supporters who trust us and understand our cause and this is not meant to offend any of our potential supporters either [God forbid!!].
Still, there are those with more attitude than empathy. So, if you see a little sarcasm in these points, it is probably a result of the frustration when many years of honest passion and hard work are reduced to faceless/nameless numbers. If you see some truth in them, do laugh out loud and let us know. We hope you will read this in the same spirit as it has been written.
And we do look forward to your support.
EKansh Trust, Pune, announces India’s first Short Story Writing competition [Marathi] for People with Visual Impairments
Most literary works available to the Visually Impaired today are those of sighted people translated into Braille or Audio versions.These stories contain many visual references. Descriptions and definitions are often based on visual inputs.
In the world of the blind, however, a beautiful flower would be one that is fragrant…a beautiful fabric, one that feels soft to the touch.
It is important that we have a literary bank of stories conceived and authored by the Visually Impaired that they can empathize with and fully enjoy.
For the sighted, this would mean an opportunity to enter and understand an entirely new realm.
•The author has to be above 18 years of age.
•The story must be in Marathi only.
•Maximum number of words is 1000 [One thousand].
•Minimum usage of Visual References [blue, dark, etc].
•The story must be original and not a copy, translation or adaptation of any other author’s work.
•The author may use an assistant to write/type the story or
record it on an audio CD. Only clearly typed/written/recorded stories will be entertained.
•Entries in Braille must be accompanied by a written/typed /audio recorded version.
•Only one story per participant.
•All entries must be accompanied by the participant’s disability certificate and the participation form.
Entries will be judged by a qualified and prominent panel of experts
•1st Prize: Rupees 10,000/-
•2nd Prize: Rupees 8000/-
•3rd Prize: Rupees 5000/-
5 consolation prizes of Rupees 2000/- each
Last date of submission of stories: Now extended to 18th August, 2012
Prizes to be announced on 25th August, 2012.
Award Ceremony on 1st September 2012
Please mail your entries to:
EKansh Trust, Pune,
C/O Bal Kalyan Sanstha,
Near Raj Bhavan, Ganeshkhind Road, Pune.
* Important: Only one story per participant will be entertained. Personal visits and inquiries will lead to disqualification
The author must send us the following information with the disability ceritificate and story.
•Age [Date of Birth]:
•Name of Story:
•Name of Assistant writer/reader:
I hereby declare that this story is my own and not a copy/adaptation/translation of any other story.
Signature / thumb print of author ………………….