ChildFund India, a not-for-profit child development organization working towards empowering vulnerable communities, recently won two awards at the 6th CSR Health Impact Awards 2022 which is an Integrated Health and Wellbeing (IHW) Council initiative. ChildFund India won a gold in the ‘WASH initiative’ category and a bronze in ‘CSR COVID relief project (NGO & Trust)’ category. ChildFund India was awarded in the presence of eminent dignitaries such as Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State and Lok Sabha member, Shri. Ramdas Athawale, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment of India, Shiv Khera, Author and representatives from various corporate, PSUs, NGOs, private companies, and government departments.
Through their WASH initiative ChildFund India, in partnership with UNICEF, positively impacted over 60,000 households and over 2,50,000 people in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka by improving WASH facilities among the communities. The initiatives undertaken included promoting hand hygiene practices, conducting structured capacity building training and workshops, community led sanitation drive and introducing robust monitoring systems.
ChildFund India partnered with organisations such as Project Hope, Kimberly Clarke, Citi Foundation, State Street Foundation, Reckitt Benckiser, Technicolor, United Way Mumbai, Give India, Altry Foundation and HSBC for COVID relief projects. Through their initiatives, ChildFund India was able to reach out to over 10 million people across 15 states in India since March 2020. Some of these states include Rajasthan, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Chandrashekhar Pandey, Program Director, ChildFund India says, “India’s healthcare infrastructure came under tremendous pressure during the pandemic and the ones who were impacted the most during this were the vulnerable communities. Initially, we reached out to 1,63,000 people by helping them with hygiene kits and food. Over time, we also reached out to 3,93,000 people and helped them get their first dose of vaccine and 2.4 million people were made aware of the benefits of vaccination. This award is definitely a boost to our morale and ChildFund India will continue to support the government of India in servicing the underserved through our initiatives.”
Pratibha Pandey, Senior Health Specialist, ChildFund India, says, “Around 40 per cent of the world’s population do not have a place in their homes to wash their hands with water and soap. Hence, ChildFund India worked with 10,107 households in 302 villages in our target area to encourage appropriate handwashing behaviors. This was done by setting up handwashing stations for the communities in 13 states where we have our reach. Our initiative is an effort to bridge the gap and ensure everyone has access to water and soap to maintain hand hygiene. It is a proud moment for us to have won this award, this has definitely encouraged the entire ChildFund team to continue doing more for the communities.”
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