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Learn Punjabi. Support a Cause via iPhone!

If you own an iPhone, you can now practice your Punjabi on-the-go with Ravi Foundation’s iPhone App. What’s even better, is that 100% of all proceeds from the App go towards supporting children’s education! Technology built for a cause PunjabiKosh is a mobile Punjabi-English and English-Punjabi dictionary. The authors claim that it is also the first ever Punjabi-English Dictionary for the iPhone/iPod touch platforms. The App is available for download from within the iTunes AppStore for $6.99. All proceeds from PunjabiKosh go towards supporting education for underprivileged children. While the app seems to be targeted towards an expat Punjabi population outside India and Pakistan, it looks easy enough for anyone to use on their travels through Punjab. The app can be used to translate words and phrases to English, reverse search from English to Punjabi, and (per the authors) to find out the meaning of Punjabi songs! About Ravi Foundation Launched in April 2010, the Ravi foundation is an attempt by its 3 student authors, Sahej Suri, Kulpreet Chilana, and Gurbani Suri to give back …

Mirakle Couriers : A Courier Service Run by the Deaf

Mirakle Couriers is a courier delivery company with a difference. They employ underprivileged deaf people who have almost no other means to earn a livelihood. Why start a company employing deaf people? India has one of the highest deaf populations in the world. NGO’s and charities try to help individuals marginalized by society, but they rely on gift funding, which often dries up and is not sustainable. People with disabilities are discriminated against as businesses are reluctant to employ them. The disabled are largely seen as a liability; incapable and impossible to train. The situation is worse for the deaf since businesses lack sign language skills necessary to work with them. As a result there are virtually no job opportunities for the deaf in India. How Mirakle does it: Mirakle Couriers wants to change the situation and economically empower the deaf community. At the same time, they want to provide them with better visibility in the Indian society and bring attention to their cause. Mirakle was started by Dhruv Lakra a former investment banker, who …