Community Focus in India
HCL Foundation’s efforts are targeted towards achieving holistic community development through two flagship initiatives:
To achieve the above, HCL Foundation has developed four unique programs:
1. Project Samuday - HCLF will undertake developmental work in about 170 Gram Panchayats in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.HCLF would be working closely with the state government and key stakeholders in the communities to address issues in a sustainable manner to turn selected villages into “Model Villages”.
2. HCL Grant - HCL Grant, an annual commitment of up to INR 20 crore (~USD 3 million), is a programme aimed at championing the rise of the Fifth Estate in India - Non Government Organisations. The HCL Grant is one of the biggest CSR Grants of India, with a robust methodology backing it. Launched in 2015, with one category of Education, the HCL Grant added two more categories, Environment and Health in the year 2016-17.
3. HCL Uday - HCL is mandated by the belief of ‘giving back’ and strengthening the socio-economic ecosystem of communities it operates in. HCL is housed in large metro cities as well as upcoming Tier 2 cities, in India and across the world. These places are often faced with challenges of rapid urbanisation and inability of communities to be able to cope up. In most places there is significant population living below poverty line, in undignified conditions with negligible access to basic services such as education, health, livelihoods and overall environmental upkeep. Currently, HCL Uday is reaching out to more than 11 cities in India.
4. Power of One - Power of One is based on the belief that a contribution as small as one rupee per day can make a huge difference in people’s lives. It consists of two components – payroll giving and volunteering. The campaign has a mandate to support the local communities. It is also rolled out in U.S and U.K geographies of HCL. In India, close to 50,000 HCLites are a part of payroll giving. In 2016, HCL Foundation launched a distinct project called My Scholar supported by the funds collected from Power of 1. This project supports long terms scholarships for meritorious students who come from economically challenged backgrounds. HCLites also devoted approximately 100,000 hours this year, reaching out to 200,000 beneficiaries, exemplifying true corporate social responsibility.