HCL Uday is HCL Foundation’s Urban CSR program, essentially operational in cities where HCL has a presence. HCL addresses its corporate social responsibility towards its immediate neighbourhood through this program.
Taking cognizance of the fact that migration and displacement are unstoppable phenomenon, and rate of urbanisation fast increasing, HCL Uday reaches out to areas that are often faced with challenges of urbanisation and inability of communities to be able to cope up. It works towards equitable and sustainable development of the communities living below poverty line in the Urban area.This includes children and families living on streets, working children, migrant workers and displaced people living in urban slums, people in all age groups out of care, including old people.
Aligned to HCL Foundation’s vision statement, HCL Uday also aims to create source codes for urban socio-economic development, prototypes, using step by step approach, convergence and dialogue with duty bearers such that these can be adopted and scaled up by diverse set stakeholders, including communities themselves. HCL Uday addresses vital issues prevalent in urban areas like access to quality education, universal access to health, sustainable livelihood opportunities, improved water, sanitation and hygiene, environmental conservation including enhanced green cover and solutions to city waste, through campaigns and on ground action for positive urban transformation. Child protective strategies, inclusion and gender transformative approaches remain fundamental.
HCL Uday is implemented in partnership with government, like minded NGOs, urban communities and HCL’s own Power of 1 – Community Champions in close coordination by HCL Foundation, using well committed CSR funds by HCL.
In a developing country like India, the CSR framework has to converge and collaborate with an array of social instruments. Why? The pluralistic society has diversified needs in limited resources, while these might be a Sisyphean task for one, they can be accomplished by a collective. Partnerships between NGOs and businesses, are one of the most effective ways of creating social change.
Enlisted as one of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in its “Mission 2030”, convergences and partnerships are recognized at HCL Foundation as indispensable to socio-economic growth. The knowledge, expertise and capacities of NGOs and corporations are both distinct and complementary; and HCL Foundation has created various platforms to discuss, strategize and celebrate partnerships. Project Convergence Meets, Stakeholder Meetings, MoUs with State Departments, Pan-India Symposiums on CSR and Annual NGO Partner Meets are some such forums through which HCL Foundation has successfully demonstrated the power of partnerships for creating a strong governance and accountability system.
Our programs follow an Integrated Community Development Approach (ICDA) to design inclusive and sustainable community based solutions through interventions focused on Education, Health (including WASH), Livelihood and Environment using the Life Cycle Approach to break the cycle of poverty.
This is achieved through the following projects:
My Community – urban community development project addressing issues related to health, education, livelihoods and the environment to design an integrated solution to break the vicious cycle of urban poverty.
My School - State School Quality upgradation project under the ambit of Right to Education leading to improvement in enrolment, attendance and learning outcomes of students. This is achieved through a participatory model of school development which includes building capacities of all relevant stakeholders in the school’s ecosystem.
My Scholar - sustainable career development for students from weaker economic backgrounds. Under this Programme, HCL Foundation provides long-term scholarship and mentoring support to meritorious and talented students from HCL project locations and children of HCL’s support staff. The scholarship is funded through Power of One – HCL’s payroll giving programme and driven by HCL employees who provide mentoring support to the scholars.
My Worth – the program uses a self-efficacy model to empower and enable young girls and boys towards self-reliance through a gender transformative approach.