Mumbai, September 24, 2018: Hinduja Foundation, a part of the 100-year-old Hinduja Group today received the “CSR Project of the Year 2017-18’’ award for its Sustaintable Rural Development initiative at India CSR Summit 2018.
The awards were presented by Sh. Anant Kumar Hegde, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Skill Development And Entrepreneurship, Government of lndia, Mr. Mahendra Singhi, Group CEO-Cement, Dalmia Cement Ltd, and Padma Shri Mr. Sushil Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director, Asian Hotels (West), to name a few.
The Hinduja Group philanthropy spans across five sectors with 120 initiatives touching over 6 lakh lives.
Commenting on the occasion, Ambassador Prakash Shah, Honorary President, Hinduja Foundation said, “We are extremely honored and gratified to receive this award. Hinduja Foundation’s project provides for a truly holistic all-round participatory intervention dramatically changing the lives of a community in a far-flung location is a significant achievement. This project designed by the Hinduja Foundation can serve as a unique model for sustainable development of marginalised communities across India.’’
The Hinduja Foundation’s objective is to support innovative programmes catalysing inclusive development of truly indigent communities by harnessing the power of innovation, frugal technology and strategic partnerships to make a difference in the lives of the marginalized at the outer reaches of state intervention. The Hinduja Foundation Rural Development Project in Jawhar enhances the livelihood of the project participant communities through 360˚ farm-based interventions to bring about improvement in their quality of life through income generation, and transform the villages with enhanced healthcare facilities, Livelihood interventions, water resource management, purposeful educational upliftment, empowerment of women and development of the village infrastructure.
Under the existing programme, the Foundation has adopted villages in the Jawhar district of Maharashtra for the period June 2015 – 2027. The programme undertakes sustainable initiatives like — Tree based farming programme, Agri-based programme, initiatives for promoting the use of renewable energy and solar-based water lifting project to name a few. In the FY 2017-18, the project has covered 2025 families by providing direct benefits to them through these livelihood interventions. These include many landless and women-headed families who earlier had no source of income, have started earning regular income.
The direct benefit of this project has been the drastic reduction in the number of families migrating to urban areas and turning to farming. With the project also enhancing quality educational facilities like renovated classrooms, teachers training program, E-learning and separate toilets for girls and boys, the number of children attending schools have risen.
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