They are growing from an individual run organisation to a professional organisation by hiring good staff. NDS is now doing professional fundraising and trying to scale. The passion is there with Ruma. She needs to improve her organisational skills or bring in a new CEO or COO. It will help to pay staff better and start charging the beneficiaries for the services provided. Overall NDS is a good NGO and I will recommend donating to NDS.
I met Ruma when we wanted to expand our disability programme in East Delhi and UP. The first thing that woud strike any one and so it was for me too, her energy!! Beginning really small with her 'call for action'she has expanded her organisation to reach out to the a number of deaf people whose faces shine when they 'talk' to her.
i met ruma nearly 3 years back & then one day i went ot see her training centre in noida. what amazed me was the complete silence in the training centre,but bustling with life with the hearing and speech students .the other noticeble aspect of this centre was that the space was optimally used and the students were learning computing skills and i saw the outcome of the campaign that they had developed for NIIT. ITC Welcomgroup has sourced many of her trainees and they are performing well inspite of the odds that they face , thanks to her excellant inputs. i wish noida deaf society all the best
I have personally been engaged with Noida Deaf Society for last 3 years and have seen them grow. Phenomenal growth to say the least. I started with a simple idea of how IT can help the deaf leverage their inherent skills. Since their visual sense is hightened - we introduced the graphics/desktop plublishing training. NDS is unique in the way they take care of the volunteers, ensure learning transfer to its own students. Over the last three years three batches of the DTP course have run (one year course). In the process many deaf youth have been gainfully employed, trainers have been created and most importantly engagement with corporate world has opened up a new world for the deaf. Parallely, other IT courses got formalized and strength of students grew from a mere 30 to now 300 -- fastest I have seen for an NGO that is almost being run single-handedly. Amazing part is that the existing resources are being leveraged to the maximum, technology is being used at all areas from administration to training delivery, and students are coming by word of mouth -- there is no explicit marketing done.
I am handling a team wherein I have two team members who are from the Noida Deaf Society. It has been a great experience to work with both these team members.
I have had the opportunity of visiting the NDS school and interacting with the students.What was noteworthy was that while I was there, a few students had come to be enrolled from as far away as Meerut. I was amazed to see the ready response of the staff and the eagerness of all students to show me all that they could do with computers. I could see the great joy in all the students, even though there was a space constraint;there was an eagerness to learn. NDS needs more staff and space tp realise its goals of education and recruitment to all those that come to them.
One woman with a generous heart and strong determination changed the lives of so many deaf and hard of hearing youth. Not through pity or simpathy but through empowerment and re-education. Noida Deaf Society is a place so inspiring and the a model of how to let deaf and hard of hearing people participate and contribute to Indian society by treating them equally. I wish every city in India and the world have a place like Noida Deaf Society.
In my experience of being associated with the development sector for close to 9 years now, I have come across organizations, with a heart, with a vision& teams that work hard to realize their dreams. While Noida Deaf Society has all of this, it has another unique gift, which I have hardly come across in any other organization- & that is a soul! It is gifted with a zeal, a spirit that makes it a go- getter& is blessed with a team (including the Head of the organization) that has its core values intact! A rare combination of grit& compassion& that is what Noida Deaf Society is!
I have worked with Ruma Roka for several years and have seen how her positive energy and unselfish efforts have resulted in educational and training opportunities for thousands of deaf people in Noida an Delhi neighborhoods. NDS has done more in a short time with less than most big organizations do not achieve. I hope its efforts are recognized by your organization resulting in NDS growing more and, thus, helping more deaf people. Madan Vasishta Associate Professor Gallaudet Universty Washington, DC 20002
I was fortunate enough to be involved in the great activity of enabling deaf and dump human beings to stand on their on feet and earn fame and respect as any other person does.The two members of this society were employed in my office and frankly speaking I was a bit apprehensive as to how we will co ordinate with them on daily activities and that work would suffer. But I was wrong and surprised to see that the two kids were very well trained to over come their short comings and were well groomed by the society to work efficiently like any one of us. They at times surpressed the bench marks set for any one of us and I feel delighted and congratulate the Noida Deaf Society on ensuring that all its members are well trained and groomed to be part of this world like any one of us is.