Since 2012 MERIDIAN GERMANY supports the Indian organization NASEOH, MUMBAI, INDIA (National Society For Equal Opportunities For the Handicapped, India). Established in 1968 NASEOH has been steadily working towards developing comprehensive rehabilitation opportunities for the persons with disabilities so as to facilitate integration into the mainstream of the society and to enrich the life of persons with disabilities as well as the interfacing between individuals and community.
VISION Rehabilitation of the differently abled
MISSION To enrich the lifes of differently abled persons and develop a world of equal opportunities...
To enhance the employability of the persons with disabilities, NASEOH has been running a multi-category training centre for vocational training as well as an educational system for children with disabilities since over a decade.
Currently, training is run in 12 areas with individualized, goal executed programs based on interest, ability, physical and mental capabilities. Opportunities are provided to the persons who have completed training at NASEOH, all students have secured employments with partner companies who support the organization.
Further fields of activities and facilities are health education and medical care service in connection with specialists/doctors and hospitals as well as support with therapeutical utilities such as e. g. wheel chairs, orthotic & prosthetic aids, etc.
One of NASEOH’s core activities is to provide Community Based Rehabilitation support to the rural persons with disabilities. The activities are conducted in the community involving the persons with disabilities and other stake holders in the community like family members of the disabled, training personnel, formal and informal community leaders, etc. The idea is to build capacities of the identified persons with disabilities within the community and support them for income generation activities and economic independence.
Currently NASEOH is engaged in providing this support to around 1250 persons with disabilities in the age group of 18 to 40 years in 122 villages in a remote area tehsil which is located around 350 kms away from MUMBAI CITY. As part of the program, they provide the "vending stalls (kiosks)" to the severely disabled people and support them to set up their vending business in their respective villages.
Inspired by our Indish charity-project NASEOH, we Meridian, came up with a special idea this year. We supported the Indish organization NASEOH by asking them to manufacture small hand-made pouches for us. These pouches show the peacock as the national bird of India being considered as symbol for beauty and wealth. They will be sent as a little gift together with hand painted stationary to our business partners during the Advent season. The motive of Ganesha, one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in Hinduism, adorns the letter head. In Hinduism Ganesha is known as the bearer of good luck and widely revered as
„Lord of the crowds”, „The remover of obstacles”, „The one, who gives success at work”.
It's clear that there is a connection here to direct selling.
Once a year NASEOH organizes a "job fair" which provides an opportunity for corporates intending to recruit persons with disabilities in their respective companies and on the other hand for job seeking persons with disabilities. Meridian Germany supported the organization and realization of such a “job fair” in 2013 and in 2015 with a donation.
More than 1500 persons with Locomotor disability, Speech & Hearing Impairment, Learning disability, Slow Learners and Visual Impairment attended the job fair in 2015 to seek the opportunity for employment on equal terms.
34 employers participated in the job fair representing sectors like Accounts, Finance, IT, BPO, Retail, Garment, Housekeeping, Telecom, Real Estate, Education, Banking, Insurance, etc.
Around 400 persons have been shortlisted by various companies for further screening and interviews before the final recruitment.