"We plan to champion initiatives powered by digital technologies that advance inclusion for equitable opportunities."
"We aim to leverage our expertise and collaborate with key stakeholders to create ecosystem-level solutions."
"The Foundation went all out to combat the pandemic at all centers where Cognizant operated."
"The efforts of Cognizant Foundation are needed more than ever before."
DR. NANDINI RANGASWAMY
"Technology can serve as a great equaliser when made available to underserved sections in society."
"The Board has identified “inclusion” and “tech-as-an-enabler” as key anchors for the Foundation’s programmes."
Opening Her Eyes to New Possibilities
10-year-old Rumi*, from Jahangirpuri in Delhi, is the fifth child in a family of six. Her parents always dreamt of providing a good life to their children, but the reality was that they often struggled to put enough food on the table. Disaster struck when Rumi was 2 years old – her father passed away – and the family’s only source of income became the meagre wages of her older brother who worked as a labourer.
When Rumi was around 6 months old, her mother realised that the baby had squint in her left eye. But, lack of awareness and poor economic condition meant that she was never given proper medical care. As she got older, Rumi’s squint became more pronounced and she started to face many difficulties – both in school and among her friends. These experiences ended up demoralising the young girl and she became reclusive – preferring to always stay in the house.
In October 2020, a team from Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital met her and assessed her condition. The team was in Jahangirpuri conducting door-to-door eye screening as part of the programme supported by Cognizant Foundation. She was diagnosed with squint in both eyes and in a follow-up detailed examination at the base hospital, surgery was advised. The procedure was successfully completed free of cost in December 2020.
Rumi’s smile lit up the room, when she saw her face for the first time post-surgery. Her eyes had lost their squint and had transformed to their beautiful, original selves. She has started to go out and spend time with her friends more and more. Her mother is also happy to see Rumi smile and bloom, and she is hopeful that all her daughter’s dreams will be fulfilled.
*Name changed to protect privacy.