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August 23, 2016 Neha Bilandani
Dignity Foundation, an NGO works for the cause of senior citizen in India. The NGO provides, among other services, Loneliness Mitigation Services and Ration supplies for indigent senior citizens. Dignity Helpline, Counselling, will making, alternative housing, dementia care – day care and residential – are key forms of assistance rendered. 

Loneliness Mitigation Services to Elderly: A platform for regular social interaction and support network to lonely senior citizens, encouraging them to lead an active life.  Life after retirement can be quite lonely as a person no longer has an active social circle. There is no meaningful activity that one has every morning when one wakes up and there is a sense of loss of identity. All this leads to a deep sense of loneliness and loss of self-image. Even if some people are lucky to live with their children, they realize that everyone is busy with their own lives and have no time or inclination to talk to them. This loneliness leads to depression which in turns leads to many health problems. Real Case history: Darshana Dalal became a member of one such centre, seven  years ago, after her husband’s demise. Very timid and shy, she remained a loner and inactive in the beginning. Though a great help backstage, she would be tongue-tied and trembled with fear in front of an audience. With much encouragement and coaxing, she slowly gathered courage and confidence. Soon her confidence built up and she is now a regular in the fashion shows, skits and stage shows organised in Chai Masti (another name for the Loneliness Mitigation centre) . This also helped her seek assistance from the police when a taxi driver tried to cheat her, unimaginable in her pre-Dignity days! She has won prizes in competitions at Dignity and this gives her great pride and helps her own self esteem. Darshana says: “Now I have the courage to say ‘NO’ if I don’t want to do something. The past five years have transformed me. My family feels the change. I am confident, I can lead and take responsibility, I can organise, and I feel I am living now. ‘I AM DARSHANA’, not someone’s wife, mother or daughter, taken for granted.
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August 23, 2016 Neha Bilandani
A monthly basket of basic provisions for the very poor senior citizens. Households headed by senior citizen have a poverty ratio of 20.0% as per the estimate of the Planning Commission. India has very little social security in place for senior citizens. Pension coverage is as low as 11% of the entire workforce. About 65% of the aged in India depend on others for their day-to-day maintenance.

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August 23, 2016 CSR Journal
StudyMall that will provide both academic and non-academic educational infra-structure to rural children. This will help village childern in their better education. Rural education system in India is inadequate compare to urban education, We Thinksharp Foundation team all come from rural areas and we are very much aware of this problem. There is lack of better place to sit after and during school for study, poor infrastructure in schools, Libraries are either absent or are at long distances.

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August 23, 2016 CSR Journal

New Delhi – Citizen volunteers are playing a vital role across the Asia-Pacific region in making their governments more accountable and responsive to their people, but their contribution is seriously under-valued, recently released  report from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme said.

The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2015is the first global review of the role of volunteers in improving the way citizens are governed and engaged. It draws on evidence from around the world, including case studies from the Asia-Pacific region, and specifically India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China. The report shows how volunteers are working with governments and civil society to hold those in power to account, to influence policies and laws and to represent the voices of those who are often left out of development decisions such as women, youth and marginalised groups. It calls on governments to do more to include volunteer voices in decision-making if they want to achieve more inclusive- and ultimately more effective – development. “Selfless service is the fountainhead of all moralities, all values and all virtues”, said Mr. Rajeev Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS), Government of India, at the launch of the report in New Delhi. “Volunteerism in its purest sense is selfless service – service to the community, service to the nation, and service to the world at large.” More than 1 billion people volunteer globally and many are in the forefront of efforts to improve the way they and their fellow citizens are governed and engaged. Examples from the Asia-Pacific region featured in the report include:

  • Women from villages in Uttarakhand in northern India who have become powerful voices in local decision-making by volunteering in ‘Whole Village Groups’, engaging with local authorities on a wide range of issues such as monitoring the performance of local schools or influencing how local forests and water resources are used

  • Bangladesh’s volunteer voices, which helped get more than 150 apparel corporations from 20 countries to sign an Accord requiring independent safety inspections in manufacturing facilities, following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in April 2013

  • China’s grassroots activists who monitor pollution to improve air quality reporting, encouraging the government to publish the smaller particulate measures and commit to lower pollution levels by 2016

As the world’s governments prepare to agree the new Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations in September to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the report says there is widespread agreement that future development efforts will have to include radically different approaches in order to better engage people in their own, their communities’ and their countries’ development. While the MDGs successfully galvanised people around clearly articulated targets, they have fallen short of their ambition in some issues and in some countries because countries’ development efforts have not sufficiently reflected the needs of all citizens, the report says. Speaking at the launch of the report, UNV’s Deputy Executive Coordinator Rosemary Kalapurakal said: “The potential of volunteers to help create truly people-centred development is enormous, but, as yet, far from fully tapped.  In order to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals we need to see the participation of all sections of society. Volunteers have a critical role to play in representing the voices of those who are often excluded from development decisions, including women, youth and other groups who may be marginalised”. The Report mentions the role of 20 million volunteers in immunization against polio globally. “We are very proud that India was declared polio-free in 2014 after almost twenty years of fighting with the disease, a stupendous achievement for the country  made possible with the support of more than 2.4 million Indian volunteers,” said Mr. Louis George Arsenault UN Resident Coordinator a.i. The report finds that countries that provide a supportive “enabling environment” for volunteers tend to reap the rewards of their inclusion in decision-making.  It praises some governments such as Peru, Mozambique and Norway who have passed laws and set up frameworks to formalise the contribution of volunteers.  But it says too many other governments are failing to acknowledge – and leverage – the immense potential of volunteers to help them chart a more successful development path. It calls on all governments to “go beyond the rhetoric of participation” and take concrete steps to help the world’s volunteers actively contribute to the decisions that affect people’s lives. The aim of the 2015 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report, UNV says, is to spark a global conversation about the role of volunteers in the area of governance that is so critical to future development success.  About the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development.  UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. UNV, with Field Units in 86 countries, is represented worldwide through the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.  

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September 06, 2015 CSRJOURNAL
NEW DELHI: Samsung India Electronics has been awarded two Golden Globe Tigers Awards for its initiatives to empower disadvantaged children and youth through its CSR initiatives. The “Samsung Smart Class” initiative received the award for Excellence & Leadership in CSR under the category Support and Improving the Quality of Education, while the “Samsung Technical School” initiative was awarded for Excellence for Sustainability Leadership under the category Best Project Collaboration. The Awards were announced last week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Commenting on the Awards, Mr. Rajiv Mishra, Vice President, Samsung India Electronics said, “We are delighted to receive the Golden Globe Tigers Awards for our work to empower communities. The Awards are testimony to our focus on harnessing Samsung’s legacy of innovation to transform communities and their lives for the better while opening a new world of possibilities for them. The Smart Class and Technical School initiatives have grown from strength to strength in a short time and reach out to thousands of students; the awards encourage us to continue our work and expand their scale to reach many more students this year.” The Samsung Smart Class initiative aims at bridging the digital gap in India while improving the quality of education provided to disadvantaged children.  Smart Classes are equipped with Samsung interactive whiteboards, laptops, printers and Wi-Fi to enable students to learn in a digital, interactive environment. Over 120,000 students in 200 schools across India have benefitted through the initiative to date. Teachers who teach using Smart Classes testify to increased attention and participation from students during lessons, as well as higher familiarity among students in using laptops and printers. The Samsung Technical Schools are a response to the country’s need for skilled manpower and an opportunity to engage disadvantaged youth to contribute to the economy. Set up in collaboration with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Departments of Technical Education in states such as Delhi, Bihar, Rajasthan, Kerala and West Bengal, the Technical Schools enable youth to gain technical skills that will equip them to seek job opportunities in the consumer electronics manufacturing and service sector. As of March 2015, 18 Technical Schools are operational and over 3,000 students have enrolled in the Schools. Over 1,500 students have already graduated and many of them had job offers at the time of graduation. The Golden Globe Tigers Awards was established in 2013 and is a multifunctional, multidiscipline industry award that attracts participation from across the world.  

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September 06, 2015 CSRJOURNAL
Chennai-based TAKE Solutions has made a CSR contribution to the Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE), the Technology Business Incubator of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad for seed investment in an early stage healthcare based impact company. The joint selection committee of CIIE and TAKE solutions chose Gurgaon-based start-up Bodhi Health Education, with a mission to empower frontline health workers through quality skill training.
Commenting on the deal, Srinivasan H R, Vice-Chairman and MD, TAKE Solutions said, ‘We have undertaken this seed investment with the primary aim of helping India’s budding entrepreneurs set up innovative, disruptive and scalable ventures. As a niche technology player in the Life Sciences domain we found it apt to fund Bodhi Health Education; we will also further its growth with our unique position in the Life Sciences/Healthcare market’. Photo Courtesy: www.bodhihealthedu.org Voicing the same, J Salim Vali, Vice President (Impact Investments), CIIE said, ‘We are delighted to have closed this investment round in Bodhi with TAKE Solutions Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds, Village Capital, Beyond Capital and Mr Samir Shah (a Mumbai based Angel Investor).  This validates CIIE and Bodhi Health Education’s belief in its outstanding, highly effective Social Impact and the clearly defined entrepreneurial opportunity.’ Founded in 2013, Bodhi Health Education is Software as a Service (SaaS) company that provides quality training and education to frontline health workers. CIIE partnered with Village Capital for the Last Mile Accelerator program, 2014, in which Bodhi Health Education was a winning team. Apart from Village Capital, other investors in the round include Beyond Capital. The seed investment around closed at around Rs 75 lakh. Here, Vali further added, ‘CSR funds in seed investments have a great potential as this will encourage communication between industry and technology business incubators and can bring about many successful start-ups. Entrepreneurship will play a Key role in achieving accessibility affordability and transparency in healthcare.’ CIIE’s partnership with TAKE Solutions takes the CSR route, mandated by Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013. This will enable Bodhi leverage low cost mobile technology at health facilities to provide scalable, high quality eLearning solutions for the primary health workers. ‘We are excited with this support from TAKE Solutions given their deep expertise in the Life Sciences industry. Inputs from TAKE Solutions would be highly valuable in developing relevant training products and engaging with clients where Bodhi Health Education can maximize the impact to the communities,’ said Shrutika Girdhar, Chief Technology Officer, Bodhi Health Education. Bodhi’s seed funding round has been an instance of diverse investor cohorts converging towards promoting early-stage entrepreneurship. Apart from funding the start-up, the investors and TAKE Solutions also bring in significant strategic benefits that Bodhi can leverage in the future. These include intensive mentoring and advisory support, fund-raise support, networking and linkages, and media coverage.  

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September 06, 2015 CSRJOURNAL
New Delhi – Citizen volunteers are playing a vital role across the Asia-Pacific region in making their governments more accountable and responsive to their people, but their contribution is seriously under-valued, recently released  report from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme said .
The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2015is the first global review of the role of volunteers in improving the way citizens are governed and engaged. It draws on evidence from around the world, including case studies from the Asia-Pacific region, and specifically India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China. The report shows how volunteers are working with governments and civil society to hold those in power to account, to influence policies and laws and to represent the voices of those who are often left out of development decisions such as women, youth and marginalised groups. It calls on governments to do more to include volunteer voices in decision-making if they want to achieve more inclusive- and ultimately more effective – development. “Selfless service is the fountainhead of all moralities, all values and all virtues”, said Mr. Rajeev Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS), Government of India, at the launch of the report in New Delhi. “Volunteerism in its purest sense is selfless service – service to the community, service to the nation, and service to the world at large.” More than 1 billion people volunteer globally and many are in the forefront of efforts to improve the way they and their fellow citizens are governed and engaged. Examples from the Asia-Pacific region featured in the report include:
  • Women from villages in Uttarakhand in northern India who have become powerful voices in local decision-making by volunteering in ‘Whole Village Groups’, engaging with local authorities on a wide range of issues such as monitoring the performance of local schools or influencing how local forests and water resources are used
  • Bangladesh’s volunteer voices, which helped get more than 150 apparel corporations from 20 countries to sign an Accord requiring independent safety inspections in manufacturing facilities, following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in April 2013
  • China’s grassroots activists who monitor pollution to improve air quality reporting, encouraging the government to publish the smaller particulate measures and commit to lower pollution levels by 2016
As the world’s governments prepare to agree the new Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations in September to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the report says there is widespread agreement that future development efforts will have to include radically different approaches in order to better engage people in their own, their communities’ and their countries’ development. While the MDGs successfully galvanised people around clearly articulated targets, they have fallen short of their ambition in some issues and in some countries because countries’ development efforts have not sufficiently reflected the needs of all citizens, the report says. Speaking at the launch of the report, UNV’s Deputy Executive Coordinator Rosemary Kalapurakal said: “The potential of volunteers to help create truly people-centred development is enormous, but, as yet, far from fully tapped.  In order to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals we need to see the participation of all sections of society. Volunteers have a critical role to play in representing the voices of those who are often excluded from development decisions, including women, youth and other groups who may be marginalised”. The Report mentions the role of 20 million volunteers in immunization against polio globally. “We are very proud that India was declared polio-free in 2014 after almost twenty years of fighting with the disease, a stupendous achievement for the country  made possible with the support of more than 2.4 million Indian volunteers,” said Mr. Louis George Arsenault UN Resident Coordinator a.i. The report finds that countries that provide a supportive “enabling environment” for volunteers tend to reap the rewards of their inclusion in decision-making.  It praises some governments such as Peru, Mozambique and Norway who have passed laws and set up frameworks to formalise the contribution of volunteers.  But it says too many other governments are failing to acknowledge – and leverage – the immense potential of volunteers to help them chart a more successful development path. It calls on all governments to “go beyond the rhetoric of participation” and take concrete steps to help the world’s volunteers actively contribute to the decisions that affect people’s lives. The aim of the 2015 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report, UNV says, is to spark a global conversation about the role of volunteers in the area of governance that is so critical to future development success.  About the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development.  UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. UNV, with Field Units in 86 countries, is represented worldwide through the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.  

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September 06, 2015 CSR JOURNAL
In this critical year for climate action, IKEA Group and IKEA Foundation are making bold new commitments to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and to support the communities most at risk. Announced today, the EUR 1 billion total is made up of an IKEA Group commitment of EUR 600 million for investment in renewable energy and a EUR 400 million IKEA Foundation funding commitment to support communities most impacted by climate change.

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