~ 65 specially abled people trained with a 100% success rate~

Bengaluru, February 08, 2016: As part of the Thums Up Being Human VEER campaign, 15 specially abled people (VEERs) who have realized their potential by not only graduating successfully from training program but also getting successfully placed, got the opportunity to meet Padma Shree Mr. Boniface Prabhu, national wheelchair tennis player. National partner of the VEER campaign, American India Foundation (AIF) through the implementation partner, Cheshire Homes India (CHI) ensured that 65 VEERs from bangalore have completed their training from 1st June’15 to 30th December’15. Of those who have completed their training, 55 VEERs are now employed with various companies in Bengaluru .

The graduation event is part of the series of events being hosted by Thums Up, Being Human-The Salman Khan Foundation and AIF for graduating VEERs. Since its inception,this program has trained a total of 1909 specially abled people across India out of which 1194 have been placed.

Boniface Prabhu awarded the certificates to the students of the previous batch of CHI who are now successfully working with leading corporates. These VEERS, who have excelled in their fields in spite of their disabilities, inspired the tennis player and the interaction was an emotional and enlightening experience for both, the VEERs and for Boniface Prabhu.


Speaking on the occasion, Boniface Prabhu, Chief Guest for the event said, “Despite their disabilities, the VEERS displayed a true ‘Toofani’ spirit and have done exceptionally well for themselves in their respective areas of interest. I can empathize with them as I have myself overcome physical disability to become a tennis player. This initiative is a great opportunity for people with disabilities to move forward and strive towards realizing their full potential. I am glad that there are many other VEERs like the ones I met, who have received similar training and are working hard towards success.”

Mr. Debabrata Mukherjee, Vice President, Marketing and Commercial, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia said that “Through VEER, we want to encourage all the differently abled to unleash their potential, be strong and overcome the barriers they face. We are happy with the achievements of the program in Bengaluru and are excited about the milestones being set for the second phase. We are working with some great partners like Being Human – The Salman Khan Foundation and AIF and are extremely delighted to now have such eminent partners on board. I congratulate all the VEERs who have overcome their limitation and hope they will inspire many more.”


“Campaign VEER has proved to us that the opportunity of securing roles across the economy is not just an aspiration for persons with disability, it is a reality. We at AIF remain committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India by providing equal opportunity and access to employment for persons with disabilities, based on a simple belief-it is one’s ability, not disability that defines any individual. The opportunity to meet an eminent personality, Boniface Prabhu, is a huge motivation for our VEERs”, said Nishant Pandey, Country Director, AIF.


Campaign VEER aims to address challenges such as inclusive education and employment, skill training and development, and advocating for disabled-friendly technology. With the support of AIF, the campaign is working at imparting vocational training to these individuals and ascertains their requirements so that they can be made job-ready.

About Coca-Cola and Citizenship
The Coca-Cola Company has always placed high value on good citizenship. At the heart of business is a mission statement called the Coca-Cola Promise — “The Coca-Cola Company exists to benefit and refresh everyone that it touches.” This basic proposition means that the company’s business should refresh the markets, protect, preserve and enhance the environment and strengthen the community. Coca-Cola India provides extensive support for community programs across the country, with a focus on education, health and water conservation. For further information on Company’s India operations and its products, please visit www.coca-colaindia.com


About AIF
The American India Foundation is committed to disrupting poverty and catalyzing social & economic change in India, building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development, with a particular emphasis on empowering girls and women to achieve gender equity. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001, at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a request from Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of more than 2.5million of India’s poor and aims to reach 5 million by 2018-19. Learn more at www.AIF.org


About Being Human – The Salman Khan Foundation
Being Human – The Salman Khan Foundation is a registered charitable trust set up in 2007. It works in the areas of education and healthcare for the underprivileged.