Vedanta sets up 500th Nand Ghar; Reaches out to over 17,000 children

 Proposed investment of Rs 800 crore in setting up 4,000 Nand Ghar

  • Inaugurated 500th Nand Ghar in Jaipur district

 

Vedanta Group, diversified Natural Resources Company, today announced the inauguration of the 500th Nand Ghar at Chaksu Block in Jaipur and has reached out to more than 17,000 children and 15,000 women, through this programme, aimed to lead the way for early childhood development in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.Vedanta has planned an outlay of Rs 800 crore for setting up 4,000 nand ghars across India over next few years.

In line with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, National Nutrition Mission, Swachh Bharat, Women Skill Development, Digital Literacy and Improving Maternal and Child Health, this initiative intends to create a “Model Anganwadi”, not only in terms of infrastructure or services, but also how the community interacts and engages with this critical resource on-ground.

Speaking on the occasion, Anil Agarwal, Founder and Chairman, Vedanta Group, said, “We strongly believe that a nation can only progress by investing in the future of women and children. In line with this ideology, Vedanta Group in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India is creating 4,000 Nand Ghars across 11 states, which would eventually lead to the transformation of 14 lakh Anganwadis, thus impacting 8.5 Crore children and 2 Crore women.”

He further added, “Our primary focus is to start at the grass root level with the holistic development of children and women, who form the future of our nation. The project addresses issues relating to pre-primary education, health care, nutrition for children, and economic empowerment for women in rural India”.

Paving way for a better India, the Nand Ghar program aims to further impact 4 lakh community members, every year, by making use of Nand Ghars as community resource centers. Through these 500 Nand Ghars, Vedanta is committed to ensuring a better future for children and women.

The Nand Ghars are equipped with a bright, colorful classroom, a safe playground, e-learning, provision for nutritious meals, solar panels and mobile healthcare vans to ensure welfare and progress to not just the children and women but the community too. They are also equipped with clean toilets to ensure safe sanitation and inculcation of good hygiene practices from an early age.

The core services provided at Nand Ghars are early childhood education and nutritious meals for children, skill development training for women and primary healthcare through mobile health vans for the entire community. In addition to this, nutritious meals are provided to over 11,000 children every day. Aside, over 15,000 community members are benefitted by the more than 20 health services provided through mobile health vans.

In the latter part of the day, Nand Ghar is utilized as a center of skill development for women of the community. They are trained to develop business acumen along with learning trades for income generation. More than 8,000 women have been covered through the program, leading to an average incremental income of INR 3,510 per month. They are also provided with micro credit for starting their own business.

In a short span of 2 years, the program, in line with Mr. Agarwal’s  pledge to give back 75% of his wealth to the society, has showcased its commitment towards the women and children of India by constructing 500 Nand Ghars across Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

The Nand Ghar initiative not only aims to create a demonstration of an integrated service delivery model, which addresses some of the core challenges of government’s flagship Integrated Child Development Services program (ICDS), but also tries to showcase this at a large scale and geographic diversity.

THINKING OUT OF THE BOX, LG INDIA TURNS EMPTY BOX INTO TOOLS FOR EDUCATION

LG India, known for ‘innovation for a better life’ on Global Recycling Day, March 18, 2019 introduced an Innovative Reusable Tool for Education. The idea is to enable LG buyers to support elementary education in India with the innovative LG BOXSLATE programme.

LG BOXSLATE is a unique slate made out of empty LG packaging cartons. Through this initiative, LG India is encouraging its buyers to donate the empty LG cartons after the product installation. The cartons are then collected from the customers, printed and cut into multiples slates. Recreating a simple elementary education tool. The idea came out from the observation that elementary education in many schools in rural India is still through chalks and slates. While many children still write on floors, there are those who do not even have enough sustainable tools to write. LG BOX SLATE has been designed to reduce this glaring social inequality and to enable such children with basic tools to write.

In the first phase of this initiative, LG India has tied up with SHARE, an NGO rooted and actively working in the field of education. “The children were happy and began writing immediately out of excitement and curiosity”,shared Voluntary Worker and Teacher, of  rural school in Uttar Pradesh.

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FedEx Volunteers Give Back to the Local Community with Habitat for Humanity in India

 FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, recently collaborated with Habitat for Humanity India a housing nonprofit organization, to deliver a positive change in local communities.

FedEx volunteers participated in a variety of service projects including painting of houses and a government school for the underserved communities of the country. More than 150 volunteers participated across Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Kolkata.

The activity is part of the FedEx Cares global charitable giving program, where FedEx team members from around the world volunteer their time and talents to support local communities.  FedEx is investing $200 million in more than 200 communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world.

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About FedEx Express

FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories.  FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $69 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 450,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.

About Habitat for Humanity India

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. In India since 1983, Habitat for Humanity has supported more than 2.1 million people to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit www.habitatindia.org

UC Browser – CSR initiatives in India

UC, a business within Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, with a strong presence in India for close to 8 years has been using its user influence and brand reputation in the Indian market to bridge the Digital Divide through its corporate vision.

UC has launched a series of philanthropic projects – ranging from education and child protection to women empowerment aimed at disrupting the philanthropy landscape with game changing technology and partnerships, facilitating a direct connection between donors and charities.

  • UC recently unveiled the UC Charity Channel for local charitable content. The channel aims to increase users’ awareness on social issues in India and to nurture empathy by news-feeding the philanthropic content. Partners for the UC Charity Channels including: CRY, Pratham Books, KSCF, Room to Read, Break the Silence, Snehalaya, Abha Singh, Teach for India, Nanhi Kali etc.
  • UC has also initiated an online program SheDeservesToKnow as a part of its Women’s Channel. Well-known Bollywood celebrity KanganaRanaut, Winners of UC Miss Cricket including Nishi Singh, Pari Sharma, Aishwarya Singh and other representatives of women charity organizations share knowledge that every woman should know to empower themselves
  • UC also announced a collaboration with Paytm, India’s leading e-commerce payment system and digital wallet company, to extend outreach for its philanthropic initiatives

Other CSR initiatives in India

o   Mission Million Books (MMB):  A pan-India social initiative aimed at providing underserved children and youth with access to quality educational material for their growth. The movesupports Indian government’s efforts to enable access to quality education for all. Initiated in mid-2016, the project seeks to donate 1 million books to schools and colleges in India, to help students in their journey for education. Alibaba Group, in association with Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, works with its partners to secure books through donations from across the country, subsequently providing them to unprivileged schools and colleges for free

o   UC Shiksha-Book Donation: UChas launched UC Shiksha – Book for India’s future initiative, with an aim to contribute towards the education of children by donating books to the needy children in India. In collaboration with two NGOs, the campaign has finished its first phase and donated 10 thousand books so far

o   UC Read Together: KOLs, leader of Child Rights and You (CRY), Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi and other eminent names are invited to read books for Children.  Video of their story book reading is published on UC Browser App and its social media to raise awareness about children education

o   Anti-Child Labour Campaign: June 12th marks the international Anti Child Labour Day. UC joined hands with Indian Charity group KSCF (the founder is a Nobel Prize Laureate and a creator of Anti Child Labour Day), and initiated the #SafeChildhoodSafeIndia campaign