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HCL Foundation (HCLF), established in 2011, as a not-for-profit organization, seeks to engage with various stakeholders to bring about developmental changes in a holistic manner. The Foundation was formed on the belief that every HCL employee can make a difference and is funded through employee and organizational contributions. Community-based programs and activities are planned with a keen focus on sustainability and employee engagement. Over the years, the Foundation has expanded its focus and activities and plays a significant role in realizing the overall sustainable agenda of the company. HCL Foundation has committed Rs. 1 billion towards CSR initiatives over the next five years.
Community Focus in India
HCL Foundation’s efforts are targeted towards achieving holistic community development through two flagship initiatives:
- 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”.
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.
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)
- Aarogya - Healthcare (sanitation and toilets, malnutrition eradication, women health and welfare, chronic illness, minor illness)
- Aajivika – Employability (training and skill development, job placement, small scale entrepreneur assistance)
- Vikas - Infrastructure – (solar energy, broadband connection, micro-finance)
- Amrit - Water - access to clean drinking water, rain water harvesting
- Advocacy - Water - access to clean drinking water, rain water harvesting
- HCL Grant - HCL has created the HCL Grant to support the institutionalization of the Fifth Estate (NGOs) through the creation of strong governance frameworks and management capabilities. The Grant envisions to build sustainable communities by supporting NGOs and individuals who are doing path-breaking work towards high-impact transformation in India.
About HCL Grant
There are about 3.3 million NGOs in India and several of them are doing commendable work in various areas aimed at inclusion and development. The HCL Grant has been launched to support the institutionalization of the Fifth Estate through the creation of strong governance frameworks and management capabilities.
An endeavour of HCL Foundation, the Grant envisions to build sustainable communities by supporting NGOs and individuals who are doing path-breaking work towards high impact transformation in India.
In the first year, HCL Grant has identified the best NGOs in the area of rural education. From a pool of over 400 NGOs representing each state who applied for the Grant, the top six were chosen from which one winner will be selected.
HCL Grant - Key Highlights
- Build an industry-wide recognized directory of credible NGOs doing path-breaking work in India
- Support and train NGOs in aspects of governance, financial management, impact measurement, auditing and sustainability
- Create a platform for relevant partnership opportunities between potential donors and NGOs
- Each winner of HCL Grant to receive a grant of Rs.5 crore
Rs.100 crore commitment from HCL Foundation over the next five years
HCL Grant – Categories
- Ecosystem – Covers all sustainable actions from conservation of environment to cleaner, accessible water and alternate energy
- Education – Reducing illiteracy and creating livelihoods through primary, secondary and adult education, training and skill development, job placement and entrepreneurship
- Healthcare – Improving women and child health, sanitation and hygiene issues
Community Focus in US
In the US, the HCL Foundation has partnered with NPower Technologies (NGO) to further its do-good activities. Via this association, the focus is to promote employability by working on developing skills of the youth and war veterans through trainings, internships, job placements and alike. The foundation also looks to build technological skills among individuals and use these to benefit non-profits as well as schools.
To achieve the above, HCL Foundation has developed two unique programs:
- Technology Service Corps (TSC):
Technology Service Corps (TSC) is a free, sector-based technology workforce development program that responds to the needs of the under-served, low-income, young adults and unemployed veterans.
- The Community Corps (TCC):
The Community Corps is a unique online program that provides non-profit organizations and schools access to the tech community who in turn help the former achieve their goals.
Community Focus in UK
HCL Foundation's NGO partner in the UK is The Prince's Trust. The core of the HCL Foundation community program in the UK is to provide the unemployed young people the skills and confidence they need to move forward in their lives and do the job they love.
To achieve this, volunteers in this program help support, guide and inspire the individual's journey by mentoring, tutoring, getting involved in topical discussions, taking them on education tours and positively involving parents in this process.
Currently, this initiative has enabled the training and development of 110 disadvantaged local youths and work is on to make them employable.