By Chaitra Hegde - Director - Business Development and Human Resource
AMBA Peers at work !!
AMBA is an Ashoka Fellow driven Social Enterprise, a registered Trust since 2004 with 12A and 80G Tax exemptions. We are also Registered under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA – 094421635). AMBA is empanelled under the NITI AAYOG's NGO Darpan Portal (Darpan Unique ID - KA/2016/0099312).
AMBA over the years has within collaborations with Special Institutions, has set up 475 hubs for Alternate Learning leading to Employment for adults with moderate to severe intellectual disability across 25 states in India. 80% are from Rural India. 37% of our work force are now women.
Challenges with work post Global Automation is still a struggle and we invite Individuals and Private Sector Organisations from India and Overseas to come forward to help us generate more opportunities of work to match the scale of Training. In the Financial Year 2019-20, 105 ACPCs (AMBA Certified Partner Centres) are scheduled to start Live work. 83 ACPC’s from Rural India where bringing employment in general is challenging.
AMBA has leveraged Technology to enable Alternate Learning and Employment to adults with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities pan India. It took us 12 years to develop and fine tune the AMBA ‘Copyrighted’ Curriculum within 31 pilots, using Peer Driven Processes. This resulted in functional usage of the computer to outflow accurate data processing, meeting service level agreements of the client.
The cost per beneficiary is just Rs. 27,000/- all the way into work to include the laptop, training and monitoring using ICT and physically visiting and abetting progress.
Better internet connectivity to 80% of the AMBA partnerships in small towns and villages to abet productivity. Dongles are core productive than wired connectivity in most places Back end jobs from the Telecommunications, Banking, Passport, Insurance sectors to the AMBA Core Center in Bangalore to route work to the AMBA Certified Partnerships across India.
AMBA also invites similar partnerships for Funding to AMBA Core Center for the next three financial Years 2020-2023. Approximately summing up to INR 10 crores…to abet our ACPCs in scale.
Since the outbreak of COVID19 Pandemic we have overcome concerns which was our youngsters digressing back with the long period of inactivity. Since most of them don't have computers at home we have arranged for laptops to work from home and have evolved once again a non-computer process of visual matching and non-computer data entry using the newspaper as the keyboard so once this lock down is over we can immediately continue with training and take them into work. This process done five days a week will keep their minds stimulated, improve their cognitive challenges and accuracy. Data entry using the computer is looking at the reference, finding the reference on the computer and ensuring the same is accurately there on the Monitor. We have replaced the keyboard with the newspaper and the monitor is the finished product of the word pasted in the book. Our Team at AMBA is working in continuity to take this to all our partners across India.
Where there has been no setback at all, is our association with Bombay Stock Exchange. We are working with an AI company to automate the data processing to the maximum possible to reduce the load of work on our youngsters. At BSE we are working directly with the Head of the concerned department and his team with the Company Secretary personally overseeing this project. The volume of work is huge.
A residential solution in the parents’ lifetime. We really need support to enable scale in continuity, to enable a movement to ensure scale even beyond us:
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