HCL Grant is the first of its kind initiative which aims to achieve sustainable development of rural communities by supporting NGOs that are doing path-breaking work towards the positive rural transformation in India. In the second year, HCL Grant invited applications in the categories of Health, Education and Environment. HCL Grant received an encouraging response from NGOs all over the country with over 3000 applications across the three categories. Following a robust and multi-level evaluation process that involved intricate screening of all applications, three best NGOs were selected by an independent jury on Feb 21, as the recipients of the HCL Grant 2017. The winning NGOs of HCL Grant 2017 across three categories are: Foundation for Ecological Security (Category: Environment); Child in Need Institute (CINI) (Category: Health) and MelJol (Category: Education). Each winning NGO receives a Grant of up to ₹5 crores.
The HCL Foundation launched its Lucknow Chapter with the School WASH initiative in one of the HCL supported schools, Arya Kanya Pathshala Inter College, with the support of its NGO partners- Ankur Yuva Chetna Shivir (AYCS) & WASH Institute (WASHi). The students in the school were given an orientation on handwashing followed by an exciting quiz and prize distribution by the HCL volunteers. The event saw many senior leaders from HCL including Ms. Srimathi Shivashankar, Joint Program Director; Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Program Director and Mr. Rishi Kumar, Global Operations Director, address young girls on the importance of hygiene and also motivate them to pursue their dreams. Over 1,000 children participated in the school Handwashing Campaign and over 80 children won prizes in the quiz on the same topic. Over 70 HCL volunteers supported the event with a promise to work with more zeal and dedication with HCL Foundation for the betterment of the society.
HCL Sports for Change
HCL Foundation launched My Scholar Project, an exclusive scholarship project to support the education of children whose parents/caregivers income levels is less than 2.4 Lacs p.a. The target beneficiaries are children from HCL Foundation Project areas, children of HCL support staff, including housekeeping, transport, security and other third-party paid staff. It is an inclusive step towards achieving a sustainable career development for students from weaker economic backgrounds. This is an annual scholarship program for both higher secondary as well as professional education. The objective is to render financial and mentorship support towards the education of the children of HCL support staff who study in Government, Government-aided or Private schools, and to encourage students who are meritorious, talented and hard-working but lack the means to study further. A total of 100 students will receive the My Scholar scholarships in the first year, thanks to all our Power of One donors. The employees’ contribution of 1 a day will now help students with limited financial access to stay back in the school and complete their education, and attain gainful employment.
In a major step in HCL’s work towards sustainable and integrated community development, HCL Foundation launched its Project "My Community" for the integrated development of marginalised and displaced underprivileged communities for holistic education, health, water, sanitation, hygiene and environment. HCL Foundation team identified three slum communities with about 1,500 households, inhabited primarily by rag pickers in September, 2016 and is already active in these communities through its partner organisation RASTA by starting bridge education centres for the illiterate and out of school children in these communities. By December 2016, the project team has set up two centres in three communities, enrolled more than 100 students and registered 45 plus children in bi weekly activities. The Convergence Meet was aimed at creating a synergy between the all implementing and technical partners involved for integrated and holistic development of the migratory and displaced communities. The Convergence Meet was attended by members of the HCL Foundation Team, Rasta, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT), WASH Institute (WASHi), Childhood Enhancement through Training and Action (CHETNA), MAMTA-Health Institute for Mother and Child (MAMtA-HIMC). Project My Community is a unique opportunity platform to bring different organisations with their individual specialities to one community for its integrated development.
HCL Foundation and Community Champions, in association with the Rural Development Council (RDC), organized a two-day special training camp for the tribal community children in Gullatti and Kodakarai villages in Hosur in Tamil Nadu on December 17th and 18th. Fifty two children participated and benefited from life skill training sessions, competitions and motivational sessions, extracurricular activities, competitions and various sporting activities.
The key objective of this annual event is to encourage children to develop sports skills, especially among the students of HCL-supported integrated community development and education initiatives namely Gurukul, My School and Yuvakendra to nurture talent through participation in multiple sports activities. In Noida, total of 550 students participated from 10 Gurukuls, My School and Yuvakendra projects in games like Cricket, Relay races, Karate, Badminton, Chess, Kabaddi and Kho Kho. They came from Madanpur Khadar, Hoshairpur, Nithari, Sector 16 Slum, Ghijore areas, where HCL Foundation has its projects under Urban Community Development Program. More than 500 students from Bangalore and 750 students from Chennai participated in games like Cricket, Relay races, Karate, Badminton, Chess, Kabaddi and Kho Kho. Through the broad platform of sports fest, hidden talents of children are nurtured and recognized which otherwise may be lost due to limited exposure due to various socio-economic challenges.
Children from various HCL Gurukuls across Chennai participated in Creating Young Kalam, an annual science exhibition, held at HCL Sholinganallur campus on November 18 and enthralled the visitors with their flair for science. This year, the event saw participation from around 350 students from more than 15 HCL Gurukuls and the affiliated schools. The children showcased their ideas and efforts in the form of experiments and exhibits ranging from science, automation, robotics, nature and many more themes. More than 7,000 employees visited the exhibition and interacted with the students.
HCL Foundation, in association with Aide et Action India, inaugurated its first Yuvakendra centre in Madurai, for providing employability trainings for dropout youths from marginalized communities living in Madurai. For the first time in the “City of Temples” Madurai, HCL Foundation has extended the service of Yuvakendra along with a recent IT park which encourages youth to get exposed to skill-based learning. To address the gap in skill-based training and employment, this Yuvakendra center has been started. The employability training is being supplemented with hands-on experience in Customer Relations & Retailing (CR&R), and ITeS. for three months. Spoken English course and lab materials are integral aspects of the training which aids in the development of communication skills in the candidates. The center was inaugurated by Mr. Subbaraman, Global Head-HCL TSS, Madurai and Ms. Sivagami, Regional Manager-Aide et Action. The total strength of students enrolled for the training is 60.