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NGOs, let’s be smart; it’s 2015!

It was in 2010, I wrote a post on how I would like to see disability organizations and we are now in mid of 2015; but I don’t see any much change.

I got a call from a disability organization (I prefer not to mention the name) and person who called me is their employment officer; whose responsibility is to identify suitable jobs for their clients and the conversation goes as follows:

Me: Hello, this is Srini here
Caller:Am I speaking to Srinivasu
Me: Yes, you are
Caller:Hello, my name is xxxx and I have recently joined xxx organization as an employment officer
Me: Okay, how can I help you?
CallerAs I said am an an employment officer working for a disability organization, does your organization have any job openings?
Me: Well, there would be plenty of job openings but what kind of jobs are you looking for?
Caller: You know we work for people who have some sort of disability so do you have any openings that they can take up?
Me: Okay, I’m sure people with disabilities can take up wide range of jobs, so can you please tell me what skill set does your candidates have and what kind of jobs are they interested in?
CallerAny job sir
Me: (I got a bit annoyed); what do you mean by any job? there might be CEO or Chairman job would be available, do you have any candidates? You should tell me what kind of skill set your candidates have and what are their interests? I would suggest please go back and work on specifics and we can then talk…
Caller:Ok (and hangs up… doesn’t even say a thanks:-()

Ah! the person called me from very far from Hyderabad and I’m sure she would be calling several people from across the country; which means she would be investing a lot of money on phone calls that too without any preparation.

Come on guys, we are in 2015 and there are so many opportunities. Let’s the NGOs upgrade the way we work and provide quality services.

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By Srinivasu Chakravarthula

I am an enthusiast of accessibility and classical music.