Built on “Rebalance” philosophy, the HCL Foundation will partner with communities, and touch two million lives. While the focus is on holistic community development in rural India, the Foundation will also equip semi-urban youths with a range of skills that make them employable and entrepreneurial. In rural areas, in addition to holistic development, the focus will be on community mobilization for creating self-governed councils thereby transferring accountability for nurturing the programs initiated.
The two-fold approach of Samuday
HCL Foundation adopts a two-pronged integrated approach which focuses on all-round development of communities:
URBAN SLUM DEVELOPMENT:
Over the last three years, the HCL Foundation has been investing resources to understand the issues of urban slums and to prioritize the social issues for action. Urban slums in India have the largest number of migrant population, and therefore, the social issues are also diverse and dynamic in nature. The Foundation’s programs are largely targeted at achieving inclusive development of urban slums in India through strengthening education, skills training, livelihoods and women empowerment. We partner with central and state governments, slum communities, NGOs and allied partners, to achieve this. During FY15, we deepened our efforts to involve local stakeholders such as community leaders, existing NGOs and Government authorities and prioritized the social indicators. The Foundation believes that raising the aspirations of those living in urban slums and providing them the means to achieve dignified lives can alone bridge the divide and assist the Government in creating smart cities.
On the rural development front, the HCL Foundation spent FY15 in evaluating the demography and social issues in the 100+ villages of Uttar Pradesh, where we plan to invest and enable the local communities in FY16. We have also identified partners and governmental agencies that can support us in this journey. The objective of the rural development program is to play a catalytic role in the development of villages in India by addressing five broad areas in the selected villages – Education, Employability, Healthcare, Infrastructure and Water. The Foundation’s efforts are targeted towards achieving holistic community development, including the economic and social development of rural areas across the five broad areas, and build model villages in partnership with central and state governments, village communities, NGOs, knowledge institutions and allied partners.
HCL Foundation has evolved a six-pillar program structure to achieve its community development goals which are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. The corporate-level structured volunteering program called 'Power of One' ensures active and regular participation by HCL employees in most of these projects which are both humanitarian and developmental in nature. Our core focus areas for development are: