STORIES OF HOPE

Ratna didn't drink water all day to avoid having to go to the toilet

“We don’t have separate toilets for girls in our school. To relieve ourselves, we have to walk around and find a secluded spot. To avoid this, we don’t drink water all day,” reveals 14-year-old Ratna from inigera village of Koppal district in Karnataka. Ratna and her schoolmate, Nirmala went to school together everyday. One day Nirmala was absent and it turned out that she was ill and suffered from a kidney stone, the main cause of which usually is lack of water.

This is a story that innumerable adolescent girls in rural India and poor urban settlements can relate to. “My mother has asked me to drop out of school since the school yard is always filthy and there are no designated toilets for girls nor any clean drinking water,” says Ratna. What happened next? Was it the end of her education? Read the full story here.

RECENT ACTIVITIES & DEVELOPMENTS

Employee giving programme awarded

At the ABP News HR and Leadership Awards during the World HRD Congress in Mumbai. CAF India received an award in the Excellence in Employee Engagement category for our employee giving programme, Give As You Earn. Our CEO, Meenakshi Batra received this prestigious recognition from the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari.

28 NGOs attend programme to improve 'Skills2Succeed' project outcomes

CAF India has been running the Skills2Succeed programme with the support of Accenture India and 28 NGO partners since 2009, through which we have benefitted about 2 lakh people. To improve the outcomes of this initiative, we organised a two-day workshop that addressed wide-ranging topics including FCRA laws, innovative digital fundraising, need for effective reporting and accomplishments and challenges during the past one year.

Strengthening Gaon Mera project for greater impact

We organised a one-day workshop on project design and planning for the Gaon Mera project that focuses on WASH education, livelihood and community health and nutrition. The main objective of the workshop was to make the NGO partners develop a deeper understanding of the project’s legal compliances, reporting procedures and deliverables.

Virtual platform for managing volunteering

Dettol NDTV Banega Swachh India initiative aims to make India clean and litter free. Citizens from across the country pledged 1.16 crore volunteering hours towards the noble cause of cleaning India. To help facilitate volunteering, CAF India is setting up a platform called Give4Good to help volunteers pledge hours towards a cause dear to them. The platform allows individuals as well as corporates an easy way to manage volunteering time they have pledged.

Meenakshi Batra recognised for strong leadership

For her outstanding work in the development sector, Meenakshi Batra was recognized as arole model at the Times Ascent – Dream Companies to work for Awards. She won the Women in Leadership Award for her inspiring work across various thematic areas at the World HRD Congress in Mumbai. Such awards strengthen our commitment to social development and change.

Marching ahead in partnership with RBS

As the managing partner of RBS-supported project Disha 1, CAF India has been facilitating scholarships to 13 students since 2014. In project Disha 2, CAF India alongwith its implementing partners are providing remedial classes to underprivileged children and infrastructure support to educational institutes, to enhance learning experience for kids. In order to effectively implement both the projects, CAF India organised a meeting between all the implementing partners, RBS and its program managers to chalk out a robust strategy that would ensure quality outcomes for the projects.

CAF INDIA CONVERSATIONS

Strengthening communities through CSR: Aon India

In the latest post on our blog site, Tanuja Birla, Senior Director, Aon India, highlights how the partnership between CAF India and Aon India is empowering communities and the underprivileged through CSR initiatives. Read the latest post to find out how passionate individuals are working in their own small worlds to make a positive change in their communities. Aon India's leadership team is leaving no stones unturned to ensure a smooth rollout of the CSR initiatives and help create deeper impact.

CAMPAIGN

March2Give - Put your heart into giving for good

CAF India’s March2Give initiative provides a unique opportunity to do social good. Gift yourself the satisfaction of benefiting another life. Whatever the cause, be it sanitation, education, health, child welfare, women empowerment or environment, we help channel your contributions to the underprivileged section of society. CAF India appeals to everyone to choose a cause close to their heart and March2Give for a brighter India. Donate HERE

EVENTS & FORUMS

Attended a roundtable on Rural Sanitation: Challenges and Opportunities at the India International Centre.

Invited to the Consortium Meet Uttarakhand 2020 to discuss the 2020 vision for the state, organised by Hans Foundation.

IN THE NEWS

Making an impact through Give-As-You-Earn

India CSR: The joy of giving brought alive through employee giving programmes in India

Give back to society through March2Give campaign

Business Standard: Give back to society and save on taxes

Magalorean.com: Growing the giving culture through March2Give

Radio Talk show highlights CAF India’s role in growing the culture of giving

94.3 Radio One: CAF India’s Marketing & Communication Head Sangeeta Thakral was invited to a Talk show on a popular radio station 94.3 Radio One, in which the discussion centered around CAF India’s role in growing the culture of giving in the country and how it is helping build trust and transparency in the development sector. Listen to the interview with RJ Chris.

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