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Rahul* is a farmer in Gauhani village of Kachhauna Block who struggled to meet his family’s needs through farming traditional crops. He lacked knowledge about crop diversification and techniques to increase crop yields. Fortunately, Rahul came in contact with HCL’s Flagship Program Samuday where he learned about improved varieties of seeds, fertilizer application, integrated pest and integrated nutrient management, and soil health management.
The results for Rahul were nothing short of transformational. He is now earning eight times more income from the same parcel of land and his social standing has improved too. Says Rahul, “Thanks to HCL Foundation who came and changed my life. Special thanks to Mr. Amit Shukla and Mr. Sandeep Kumar, both of whom who came to my field on several occasions and supported me throughout the process.”
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In July 2016, 50 HCL employee volunteers from the HCL Peddlers Group (an employee cycling group) joined hands with HCL Foundation for a Go Green Ride in a bid to make Noida greener. Their goal was to plant trees that would help cool the area, provide habitat for wildlife, save water and mitigate soil erosion.
The group rode to Sector 93 where they planted 254 saplings. A few days later, 15 volunteers from the same team planted 108 trees in a park where local residents appreciated the effort. In fact, the community fenced the entire area in order to protect the trees and took a pledge to keep the area clean and green.
Chitra*, 13, is a student of HCL Gurukul in Kannagi Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. A Class 8 student, she is active in all the Gurukul activities and is passionate about sports. However, coming from a low-income family, Chitra found it challenging to achieve her sport goals. Fortunately, HCL Foundation supported her with professional coaching and sports kits. Most importantly, the Gurukul helped her build self-confidence.
Chitra started participating in kabaddi, football and boxing. Subsequently, she was selected for the National Boxing Unit and has travelled across India in that capacity. “I’m proud to be part of the Gurukul supported by HCL Foundation. The motivation provided with sports kits and coaching helped me achieve great things. Thanks to HCL Foundation for taking care of my travel and other expenditures. I will achieve in sports and fulfil my dream of becoming a Police Officer some day,” says Chitra.
Ashwani* lives in JJ Colony in Madanpur Khadar, a resettlement slum in Delhi. His family was pushed into poverty after his father, a security guard, fell ill and became unemployed. In search of a sustainable livelihood, Ashwani and his family migrated from Bihar to Delhi. Ashwani learned about the HCL Yuvakendra (skill development center) in his slum and enrolled in the computer hardware course in July 2015. After the course completion in December 2015, Ashwani started to work as a freelancer but the income was still not sufficient.
Through the Yuvakendra, he kept interacting with new computer hardware firms and now Ashwani is working in a computer hardware firm with a monthly salary of ₹ 7,000. His hard work and success is motivating many others in HCL Yuvakendra.
Muniamma* (aged 13) hails from a tribal community in the remote Dekanikottai Taluk in Krishnagiri District, bordering Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. With cattle grazing as the only source of income for her impoverished family, Muniamma was forced to drop out of her village school during Class 7.
When HCL Foundation started an HCL Gurukul in her village in collaboration with the Rural Development Council (RDC), new doors opened for Muniamma. An RDC staff member identified her zeal for education and helped her enroll in the Gurukul. She is now happily pursuing Class 8, a distant dream in the past.
Muniamma says, “I’m glad that HCL Foundation and RDC made it possible for me to resume my education. I will become a teacher and help others in future.”