Voice of SAP and its 5,700+ volunteers from around the globe wish you and your loved ones a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2019! May we all be blessed with opportunities to help others.
Here is a Special Edition of VOSAP Newsletter. We had several significant events, transformation initiatives in past 2 months so lot of information that you will love to know, is included in this Special Edition. You will need more time to read this Special Edition!
Hope you will enjoy, get inspired to do what you can!
ENABLEMENT of 255 Specially Abled People
VOSAP has a huge support of NRI community who firmly believes in VOSAP strategy of Empowerment, Enablement of Specially Abled People. With donations of Los Angeles based volunteers and donors, 2 events were organized during India trip of Pranav Desai, Founder of VOSAP.
These two events of enablement held on November 19 & December 9 2018 at BPA premises were chaired as Chief Guests by the Mayor of Ahmedabad, Smt. Bijal Patel & the Chairman of Waghbakri Tea Group, Shri Piyushbhai Desai, respectively.
Dr. Bhushan Punani & the BPA team along with our highly committed, compassionate VOSAP volunteers did a splendid job of organizing these 2 events. BPA is highly respected execution partner of VOSAP in Ahmedabad, who has been serving Specially Abled People for over 4 decades now.
100 visually impaired students received smartphones, with inbuilt software. Due training on use of the software was also provided along with Jio’s SIM card.
100 sewing machines for self-employment, 53 wheelchairs (including imported customized wheelchairs) & 2 hearing aids were also distributed.
Beneficiaries were from across state of Gujarat (Vyara, Surat to Amreli, Junagadh to Patan, Mehsana, Dahod and Ahmedabad).
Series of such enablement events are planned in 2019 to enable thousands of SAP!!!
VOSAP Award Ceremony 2018
VOSAP Essay Competition found 3 winners…same age of 19 years! What a great future India has with such compassionate youth who are innovators and socially responsible!
Participants were from US, UK, Canada, Japan and India – Srinagar to Guwahati to Anjar to Bangalore to Ahmedabad with age varying from 13 to 35, background from researchers/PhD to technocrats of Silicon Valley to students in social service from Gujarat Vidyapeeth – with or without disabilities! Eminent Jury of 5 members (VOSAP appreciates their volunteer contribution despite of extremely busy schedules), rated every essay entry to arrive at top 40 contestants who further went into popularity round and volunteering work to achieve their dreams in order to be the winner!
Subjects? Fresh, futuristic on Inclusive society, Accessible city! Dreams of our youth is expressed…
This innovative, highly engaging and inspiring initiative of VOSAP was greatly appreciated by our visionary leaders, who endorsed, supported VOSAP mission and graced VOSAP Award Ceremony, delivered inspiring speeches, made key announcements and signed MoUs with VOSAP for long term transformation impact.
1. Shri O. P. Kohli ji, Governor of Gujarat
2. Dr Thaawarchaand Gehlot, Hon. Minister, Ministry of Social Just & Empowerment, Govt. of India
3. Ms Shakuntala Gamlin, Hon. Secretary, DEPwD, MSJE, Govt. of India
4. Shri Prabodh Sheth, Hon. Joint Secretary, DEPwD, MSJE, Govt. of India
5. Shri. D. N. Pandey, Hon. Commissioner of Disability, Govt. of Gujarat
6. Dr Kiritbhai Solanki ji, Hon. Member of Parliament, Loksabha (Indian Parliament)
7. Shri Ramanbhai Vora, Hon. Ex speaker of Gujarat State Assembly
8. Shri Vikrant Pandey, Hon. Collector of Ahmedabad
9. Shri Piyushbhai Desai, Chairman of Waghbakri Tea Group
10. Shri Jaimin Vasa, President of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries
VOSAP also thanks 700 invited guests who came to the event.
–> VOSAP volunteers are highly inspired with written message for this event from Hon. Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.
Inspiring speeches (VDO), encouraging written messages of the leaders who graced the occasion (souvenir booklet), vivid pictures etc. are available on www.voiceofsap.org and VOSAP mobile app.
VOSAP congratulates all winners for inspiring thousands of other youth volunteers. Per suggestion from both Hon. Minister and Hon. Governor of Gujarat, VOSAP will release a book compiled of the selected essays.
This event successfully demonstrated a functional model – representatives on the dais – NRI, Corporate leader, Elected leaders, Govt officers and youth winners who came together with deep commitment of transforming India’s disability sector, creating inclusive and accessible society of 21stcentury India.
Exemplary commitment, tremendous hard work was done for last 5 months by volunteers of Ahmedabad under guidance of Shri Rohitbhai Shah and Shri Bhushan Punani ji (BPA). Ashish Deliwala, Hardip Dave, Manisha Pathak, Amit Parikh, Rajesh Jasoria, Girish Soni, Atul Soni, Jeet, Pinkesh Shah, Ashish Madhu, Ankit Parmar, Shardaben, Zakirbhai, Jeevanbhai and many others took the ownership for the success of Essay Competition and Award Ceremony.
VOSAP shares deep feeling of gratitude to Shri Piyushbhai and Waghbakri Tea Group, our event sponsor who made this event a reality. VOSAP also thanks our 40+ sponsors and Collector office of Ahmedabad, who joined our mission and ensured its success.
Advocacy with Government Leaders