HCL & Society

HCL Foundation’s efforts are targeted towards achieving holistic community development, including the economic and social development of urban slums, and to build model villages in partnership with central and state governments, village communities, NGOs, knowledge institutions and allied partners. These community development programs are implemented under the umbrella name ‘Project Samuday’.

Vision

To partner with rural India and urban slum communities to empower youth and women through education, health and creating sustainable livelihood opportunities.

Mission 2025

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. RURAL DEVELOPMENT: 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.

Focus Areas

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:

Gurukul Education - primary, secondary,
adult and civic
Aajivika Employability - training and skill
development, job placement,
small scale entrepreneur assistance
Aarogya Healthcare - sanitation and toilets,
malnutrition eradication, women health
and welfare, chronic illness, minor illness
Vikas Infrastructure - solar energy, broadband
connection, micro-finance
Amrit Water - access to clean drinking water,
rain water harvesting
Advocacy Protection of child rights, women safety
and well-being, environment