In line with CISCO’s commitment to CSR, Bahrain for All, All for Bahrain (BHR4All) was invited to share their mutual commitment to inclusivity at this year’s CIPC 2019 three-day partner business was Sofitel Hotel, Zallaq. It saw the participation from some of Cisco’s most senior leaders such as: Nirav Sheth, Vice President Global Partner Organization, Sameer Garde, President for the India & SAARC theatre and B. Raghavendran, Managing Director, Partner Organization Cisco India and SAARC along with other senior executives. The conference was attended by 190+ partners from over 20 cities and 5 countries that included former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team, Sourav Ganguly. With “Leading Together” as the central theme, the conference saw Cisco India and SAARC’s leadership team, network with some of its top partners to strengthen ties of their valued partnerships and pave the way for a brighter future.

The BHR4All team proudly showcase the abilities of some some differently abled youth from Bahrain.  A poem entitled “My body is handicapped, but my soul is free” written by Mansour Mirza Mahfouz, Arabic teacher at the Saudi Bahraini Institute for the blind was recited by 13-year-old Abdul Rahman. A team of boys from the Hidd Rehabilitation Centre for Special needs performed Ardha followed by BHR4All motivational speaker Ali Mohammed Moussa who gave an inspiring speech about the differently abled community – he spoke on behalf of his friends. His words touched everyone causing the entire room to rise to its feet for a standing ovation. During the surprise event, CISCO also announced support with two customized wheelchairs and an Apple Mac Desk top computer for Ali and his friend Fadhel. BHR4All was also presented with an award of thanks by senior CISCO officials.

“We are deeply honoured to have been invited by CISCO India and offered such an influential platform to showcase the abilities of Bahrain’s differently abled youth. The surprise with wheelchairs and a computer has left us speechless. These are very much appreciated and will be life changing for Ali and Fadhel. We are deeply grateful to Sameer Garde for the generosity shown to our special community and also to B. Raghavendran SAARC who personally visited Fadhel. We owe our success to Ms. Basma Buradha from the Gulf Disability Society and Bahrain National Disabled Society has been a huge influence on our work at BHR4All. We are also grateful to Dandy from Showtech and Sandip from Kestone for making this happen. The entire event with the entire team from CISCO India has been a phenomenal experience for us all for which we are very thankful” said Ms. Nivedita Dhadphale, founder of BHR4All.

Having worked with groups with different abilities for almost two decades, Ms. Nivedita Dhadphale founded the non-profit initiative Bahrain for All, All for Bahrain (BHR4All).  It was an opportunity to mobilise social groups in Bahrain to engage with one another, to showcase culture and highlight strength of “unity in diversity” with a focus on inclusivity.

BHR4All now works with over 40 communities in Bahrain which include social groups, NGOs, special centres, societies, women’s groups and senior citizens. In 2018 BHR4All organised 30 events with the aim to raise awareness to the general public of the challenges, needs and strenghts of the differently abled community. All BHR4All activities and outreach programmes are managed by volunteers.  Once a year, all of these groups are brought together under one flag. The last event in March 2018 attracted over 50,000 people.

The confluence was spread across three days of power packed panel discussions, networking sessions, demo sessions and interesting keynotes on how Cisco and its partners can together pave the way forward towards a true Digital India.