Superstar Mahesh Babu has honoured five 'Veers' for their outstanding achievements and lauded them for overcoming their shortcomings and excel in their fields.
In association with ThumsUp, American India Foundation (AIF) launched a campaign 'Being Human VEER' in which over 1000 special people with disabilities received training in the first year. Of them, 573 people have been given employment by 147 organisations, while 127 people have been employed in Hyderabad with support from implementation partner ACE Social Foundation.
Despite the obstacles they face in life, each of the 'Veers' has overcome his or her shortcomings to progress in his or her chosen field through the training.
Some of the 'Veers' recently got an opportunity to meet with Mahesh Babu, which the actor said was an 'emotional' and 'enlightening' experience for him and the 'Veers.'
"Despite their disabilities, the Veers displayed a true 'Toofani' spirit and have done exceptionally well for themselves in their respective areas of interest. This initiative undertaken by ThumsUp is a great opportunity for people with disabilities to move forward and strive towards realizing their full potential," said the Tollywood superstar.
"After having met these five Veers I am sure that there are many others like them that have received similar training and are working hard towards success. It is individuals like this that embody the famous saying 'Where there is a will, there is a way' and are an example from which all of us should learn." he added.
Mahesh Babu also praised ThumsUp for initiating such a programme.
Vishal Khetani, Zonal Vice President of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, said the philosophy of being passionate and strong drives his company. "We are happy with the achievements of the program in its first year at Hyderabad and are excited about the milestones being set for the second phase," he said.
The campaign aims to address inclusive education, employment, skill training, development for differently-abled people and advocate a disabled-friendly technology. With the support of AIF, the campaign imparts vocational training to these people and makes them job-ready.