Our First Step towards being Change Leaders. A glimpse of what Team SOS has been doing... a glimpse of the immense pleasure the trainers get to see with the kids learning and smiling.... a feeling that makes us all proud to be a part of Team SOS, who want to make a difference in the society and make their lives worthy!!!.
Sounds of Silence is an initiative straight from the heart of a chosen few who wish to fill the lives of million hearing-impaired kids across cities, borders, nations with the beauty of expression and art of communication. Your old unused phones and our efforts will be used to understand them.
Our mission is to work for the development of the Deaf community,empowering them with the power of expression, promoting social and cultural awareness while working towards independent and barrier free communication for the Deaf.
Our vision is deafness with dignity and equality, and a society where deaf people have equal opportunities to participate in all walks of life. We can envision the future where deafness is no more a 'disability'. We see a world where they are on the same footing as the regular children.
Our values are simple. Treating others the way you wish to be treated: Respect is to honor and show consideration, this respect for each individual is what forms the foundation of SOS.
Our inspiration is our founder Mr Sumit Singh Gandhi who started this as a social internship program during his MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management in Punjab. Interacting with the people from the NGO in the daily commute vans he happened to meet another 25 year enthusiast like us, but as he was deaf and mute he could not interact. Sumit being a keen enthusiast in conversing and interacting with others came up with the idea of writing a text and showing it to him. This lead to an engrossed conversation of more than an hour which took place daily. As a pilot project they gave 10 kids from pingalwara NGO in Punjab and taught them to communicate via SMS. Today they send 100 SMS per day in fluent English. Their IQ has increased from 65 to 90.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much"Helen Keller