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HCL Uday

HCL Foundation’s Urban CSR program “HCL Uday” works towards equitable and sustainable development of migratory and displaced population in Urban India. The programme engages with young people, women, and communities from urban slums for education, preventive health, sustainable livelihood opportunities, improved water, sanitation and hygiene.

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.

OBJECTIVES


To improve the quality of life of migratory and displaced population in urban areas through sustainable integrated community development across the themes of Education, Skills Training, preventive Health, Water and Infrastructure in partnership with central, state and local governments, communities, NGO’s, academician, and allied partners.

Currently the Urban CSR reaches out to 11 Cities in India – with the aim of expansion to more cities in India.

KEY PROJECTS


  1. MY SCHOOL: Under the ambit of Right to Education, it is one of the most unique CSR intervention that brings together HCL volunteers, teachers, students, neighbouring community and other stakeholders with a goal to achieve quality education. The objective of this partnership is to improve the learning outcomes of the students and open up avenues for extracurricular participation. This is achieved through interventions that broadly fall under the following domains - strengthening the physical infrastructure and facilities; making the classroom processes more dynamic and interactive; strengthening the leadership and management of school through capacity building initiatives and ensuring effective engagement with the community. This project uses a highly specialized baseline tool that leads to a strategic school specific development plan that guides the interventions in each school.
  2. MY WORTH PROGRAM: Confident Girls is designed to transform girls into confident and self-reliant persons who are digitally literate, well-informed on matters relevant to them, and able to make decisions about their personal and professional lives. HCL Foundation partners with experienced NGOs for this initiative and works towards gender equal communities, actively involving male participants as well.
  3. MY COMMUNITY: Integrated development of underprivileged migrant communities
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KEY PROJECTS
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KEY INITIATIVES - MY COMMUNITY


HCL GURUKUL:

Gurukuls are physical centres or outreach community education activities that create an enabling environment for mainstream education for children, youth, women and men, living in urban slums. One of the key objectives is to support the education of children who may be at risk of never attending or discontinuing schooling due to social-economic circumstances.

Run in partnership with NGOs, HCL Gurukul provides the following specialized services:

  1. Academic Coaching: Pre-/in-school coaching and bridge courses on different subjects and academic programmes are provided by teachers and coaches during the evening.
  2. Digital Literacy: More than 150 centres across the country offer courses on computer, software and Internet use.
  3. Life Skills: Trained volunteers and field teams, community mobilizers and local youth engage with the community to raise awareness on how to work with adolescence issues, relationships, nutrition and HIV/AIDS
  4. Training in Sports, Arts and Culture: Students are trained by professional coaches in cultural and fitness activities including music, arts, dance, and sports.
  5. Rehabilitation and Vigil Camps: Overnight vigil camps are held in summer to educate youth on issues of sexual abuse, drugs, smoking, gender and alcohol. A comprehensive support system is built for them to receive guidance and counselling on gender sensitization, healthy living, value systems, life skills and more.
  6. Bridge School Programme: Youth who live in slums and have dropped out of school, are enrolled in open school programmes so that they can complete education.
  7. Awareness on Child Sexual Abuse: Child rights professionals and psychologists hold interactive discussions with the help of an educational film for children on safe and unsafe contact.
  8. Digital Literacy for Women: HCL Foundation’s digital training centres train 14–45 year-old women in information technology skills. Programmes are designed to improve participants’ employability skills and ability to earn more income. The training also equips them to perform online transactions and proactively manage the education of their children.

HCL YUVAKENDRA:

HCL Foundation’s Yuvakendras in urban areas and centres are community hubs that impart short-term skill building training to youth who have not been able to complete mainstream education and are from economically challenged backgrounds.
These centres train them in core skills such as computer skills, business process outsourcing, IT skills, retail services, and customer relations. Eligible candidates are supported to secure jobs through special recruitment drives and career fairs.
These also target women from vulnerable communities and focus on their career development training, digital literacy, and essential life skills including personality development, assessing strengths and weaknesses, goal setting, effective communication and motivation.
The HCL Foundation also works to build entrepreneurial skills among women. They receive training to identify and maximize income generating opportunities, and guidance to establish self-help groups within the community.