Right To Sanitation discussed on DD National

CAF India CEO, Meenakshi Batra recently featured on DD National’s Swachh Bharat programme, which was aired across the country. The programme focused on discussing the condition of sanitation in the country, especially rural areas. On the show, Meenakshi shared

how CAF India’s Right To Sanitation (RTS) campaign is helping to create an enabling environment for improved sanitation infrastructure. RTS not only includes construction of toilets, but also their maintenance, in addition to providing hand-washing facilities and communication on the importance of hygiene for good health. CAF India believes that all of these factors are equally important for the success of the Swachh Bharat mission, along with a collective effort by citizens. Watch the full interview.

‘Nourishing India’ reaches Bangalore and Rajahmundry

The Bangalore and Rajahmundry chapter of Cargill India’s ‘Nourishing India’ project were launched on 3 and 5 August 2015. As a managing partner, CAF India will facilitate the project which aims to meet the nutritional requirements of underprivileged children by

providing balanced meals in schools. The ‘Nourishing India’ programme will provide midday meals to 216 students of the Government Girls High School in Rangampeta and Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh through NGO partner, Action. In Karnataka, this programme will now benefit 350 students of Lovedale Foundation Banyan Community School.

Cloud-based remote monitoring toilets to be built in Varanasi

Reckitt Benckiser in association with CAF India, SEED and Dure Technologies, recently kicked off the Swachh Varanasi project. The aim is to set up toilets with low water consumption on the ghats of the Ganges in Varanasi, conduct cloud-based remote monitoring, use on-site sanitation technology and keep track of the number of people using the facilities. In addition, special programmes

will be organised in schools and villages in a number of towns and cities (including Varanasi) to encourage cleanliness and hygiene practices .

Working together through Maadhyam

As a result of the keen interest shown by corporate employees to engage with organisations working on social causes, a volunteer programme called Maadhyam was launched this August. This initiative is meant to enable corporates to provide NGOs with their expertise on how to manage and implement projects

more effectively with a result-oriented approach and fill the skill gap. Since the inception, CAF India has assisted in organising several volunteer activities, one of them being a visit to the Aarushi Home for Girls at the Salaam Balak Trust in Gurgaon. The volunteers interacted with the project staff and the girls at the home and made recommendations for their improvement in areas of personality development, communication and academics.

How small contributions by employees helped Nitin dream again

While children usually suffer from colds, flu or stomach pains, Nitin suffered from something more serious - Thalassemia. But, thanks to regular contributions from Microsoft India employees through CAF India’s payroll giving programme – Give As You Earn, Nitin has been

receiving transfusions and medical care in a timely manner since the age of six months and is now leading a healthy life.

Read how Nitin overcame his struggle and learnt to live again


Hardeep Kushal, Manager - Finance

Hardeep has been with CAF India for more than five years and brings with him more than nine years of experience in the social development sector. He has been involved with project expenditure analysis, grant management, Foreign Contributions Regulations Act (FCRA), statuary audits, funds disbursal and taxation. In the past, he has also worked as a finance-management analyst for various organisations and conducted due diligence of NGOs.

At CAF India, Hardeep has successfully managed grants for more than 30 corporate partners and helped in disbursing funds to 150 NGOs. Some of the partners for whom he has managed grants and finance include Accenture, Microsoft India, AON, and Herbalife Family Foundation, Canon India, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Aircel.

His initiatives have developed robust financial management systems and adequate resources to manage large grants. He has conducted capacity building workshops for NGOs to share extensive knowledge on FCRA and statuary audits, project finance and accounts maintenance. Hardeep’s strength has been in the areas of robust grant management of projects and programmes, taxation, financial management, Tax deducted at Source(TDS) and Provident Fund (PF) compliance. Under his guidance, CAF India has successfully managed huge grants for both NGO and corporate partners.


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CAF India attended a regional workshop titled ‘State of Voluntary Organisations: Opportunities and Challenges’ during the month of August in Hyderabad, Guwahati and Kochi, respectively where the team conducted a session on the new CSR mandate and how to strengthen voluntary organisations through due diligence. The workshop was organised by Voluntary Action Network India (VANI).

A knowledge sharing session on Swachh Bharat (Clean India) was organised at the CAF India office. The technical session was facilitated by KC Sreenath who is a consultant from the World Bank Sanitation Program (WSP) and works with the Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Government of India.

CAF India participated in a conference held at the United Nations Development Program office on Youth for Development as part of the SBI Youth Fellowship.

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