Able-ling the differently abled

By Reena Pillai

The valedictory function of skill training program at Samarthanam was an extremely happy occasion as 25 differently-abled students received certificates for the successful completion of their course.  Under the 3M India support program, the students were trained in skills of their choice like beauty therapy, retail and computer training.

Students listen intently to an ongoing mentoring session

Pavan Singhal, Director- Legal and General Counsel 3M India and Srilanka told the students, “Whatever pressure you face in your work place, never compromise on your values like Honesty, Integrity, Commitment, Tolerance and Gratitude. And if you come across any situation where you face any sort of harassment, then report to the HR department.”

Mr Pavan insists that every individual must hold on to their values despite hardship they may encounter in life

On the occasion, 3M India also put together a volunteering engagement program by talking and discussing about harassment at work. Twenty-one volunteers from the 3M Legal Department performed four short skits to depict the same.

Scenes from the skits performed by 3M volunteers

Lead Volunteer Anu K was overwhelmed with the opportunity to volunteer and said, “Personally this was an exciting and one of its kind opportunity. It made me feel so blessed and also make me realize that I need to give a lot back to the society

Lead Volunteer Anu K explains that a workplace can have its share of challenges and shares practical solutions to handle the same

The event concluded with the beneficiaries viewing two inspirational video clippings of noted environmentalist  Saalumarada Thimmakka and Nobel Prize laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai.

Smita from 3M hands over a certificate to a delighted student