Sounds of Silence (SOS), is a non-governmental organization (NGO), registered in 2013, working for the betterment of the hearing impaired children by providing them with a platform to interact with the outer world. SOS wants to make a difference in the lives of these special kids by providing them with mobile phones so that they can text one another.
SOS Project focuses on both interaction and enabling children with hearing disability. The basic aim being: to place the children in the same footing as children from regular homes with regards to experiences and interaction in various walks of life. Their mission is to achieve equal access for deaf people in every area of their lives. They are dedicated towards working for the development of the deaf community, enhancing their quality of life, empowering them with the power of expression, promoting social and cultural awareness while working towards independent and barrier free communication for the Deaf. They believe in the motto of, ‘deafness with dignity and equality’ and a society where deaf people have equal opportunities to participate in all walks of life. They envision the future where deafness is no more a ‘disability’ and a world where they are on the same footing as the regular children. They are currently established in New Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, and even Pakistan.
They’ve recently come up with a cause called the ‘BitGiving’ where you can donate your cell-phones and money which will further help in the education of deaf students.
SOS has received various accolades for its noble cause like; special Felicitation by the President of India for non-profit Excellence and Social Impact, World Education Summit Award for Innovation in Hearing Impaired Education, South Asia: Vodafone Mbillionth Award for Digital Empowerment, received recognition from Harvard Business School in “The 20 Years of Impact”, Social Entrepreneur Award 2015, 5th India Digital Awards for social and economic development using mobiles, TEDx speaker @IIM Calcutta inspiring young minds with innovative ideas.
SOS also has volunteer and internship programmes which involve teaching and engaging with the students or sub-set of students with the instructional hours.
For more details, please visit: http://soundsofsilence.in/index.html
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