Mahindra’s Spark the Rise Round 2 winners announced: sms4blood, ERC-eye care center [and more]

Mahindra’s Spark the Rise challenge has announced 8 winners of round two and here are some of the interesting projects:

sms4blood-Connecting Blood Donors & Seekers by sms

sms4blood is a mobile sms based application for Blood seekers & Blood Donors, Application was developed in keeping view of common man knowledge and easy way to access the mobile sms to find blood donor and Blood Seeker, No Internet connection is required. Services will be available for all indian mobile operators users.[more]

Setting up a craft ashram:
Hastashilpi Gurukul will be a learning and production centre locally to secure livelihood for women & youth in Belda,in Narayangarh Block, West Bengal.[more]

Computer Training for the differently-abled youth

Snehadeep runs a Free Residential Computer training centre to enable to be independent.It trains 30 students each year facilitating them to learn basic knowledge in Ms office, internet and independent scanning of their study materials.[more]

ERC-eye care center

ERC provides affordable eye care with our Rs.50 consultation,Optical retail starting at Rs.99 and proposed catarct surgery starting at Rs.3500.

In the hub & spoke model,district HQ will have a HUB-an eye center with surgical facilities.Each hub will be connected to 4-5 spoke/satellite centers provoiding basic eye care in the adjoining rural areas.The satellite centers will be run by optometrists with ophthalmologists supporting them. [more]

Mentoring destitute girls and urban poor youth

Mentor Together works with 2 kinds of youth in the age group of 14-21 years. The first is girls living in Government or NGO-run Homes and Shelters. They are deemed to be in severe need of care and protection. They are generally orphans, destitute, abused or neglected, from single parent families or below poverty line families.

These girls have lost ties with normal community networks and generally have low self-esteem and low belief in their abilities. They are especially at-risk of early marriage and/or unemployment after 18. The mentor comes in to help them plan for their life, build their identity and emotional resiliency. The second group is youth from low-income families that earn between Rs.4000-Rs.12000 per month. The families of these youth do not have the social or cultural capital to help these youth access the information, skills and opportunities they need to build their careers.

– For more details of the 8 winners, hop here. The voting is now open for Round 3 (more details here).

Disclosure: Mahindra Rise is a sponsor of NBW’s Entrepreneurship channel.