At Concern India Foundation, we provide a trustworthy platform and enable companies to make informed decisions in order to fulfil their CSR mandates, thereby accomplishing specific, large-scale developmental goals that address community and stakeholders’ needs.
A company’s CSR strategy and mandates are assessed by us and we provide access to a network of programmes across the country to help corporates select the ones most suited to their needs. We offer customised solutions based on a company’s CSR policy and partner with them to ensure that a programme is seen through, start to finish.
Designing and implementation of successful CSR projects and exploring opportunities to make them scalable and sustainable are undertaken by us and executed through the implementing partners who are selected through our vigorous identification processes.
Concern India Foundation identifies and oversees implementation partners and documents programme progress for periodic review. Additionally, we monitor the execution and evaluate the outcome of the interventions conducted by these programmes.
Some of our CSR projects in association with corporates include:
A leading pharmaceutical company exacts their CSR mandate in partnership with us to provide auditory and speech therapy for children with hearing impairments. The programme they support works to habilitate these children using auditory-verbal therapy, until such a time when they are able to attend and are comfortable to settle into regular schools. Their support has also enabled several cochlear implants for children in need.
In the last year alone, early intervention audiological mappings were conducted for hundreds of children, and over a thousand were screened for hearing impairment through a Mobile Screening Programme. The screening takes place in a fully equipped, soundproof van for accurate diagnosis.
One of India’s largest reinsurance companies supported a programme that is a community based intervention providing health services to marginalised communities. It conducts its work in slum communities, providing nutritional and health support.
They have enabled a decrease in malnutrition amongst children in the area via a comprehensive nutrition project based on WHO guidelines. The programme includes assessments of nutritional status, treatment of malnutrition, de-worming, provisions of necessary vitamins and supplements, as well as information dissemination on proper dietary requirements.
The programme has resulted in a steady decrease in malnutrition levels and the complete eradication of severe malnutrition (Grade IV) cases in the area.
A leading provider of electronic design automation tools supports multiple projects across India, in partnership with Concern India Foundation.
This support includes educational and digital learning for underprivileged children as well as those with multiple disabilities. In Bangalore, they support a bridge programme for the children of migrant workers that provide them a basic education and helps integrate them into mainstream schools. They also run an after-school programme to support those who have already moved to larger schools, enabling them to cope with difficult subjects. 94% of those students have cleared their exams for this last year. The programme also runs a school to develop the employability skills of young adults, which includes a computer training room, orientation sessions on different industries, soft skills, and has plans for a science and robotics laboratory. Elsewhere, they support non-formal education for children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities. The centre employs trained educators, speech and occupational therapists, and provides transportation facilities and nutritional support to children from low income families. They are taught Braille and its applications in reading, writing, academic concepts in math, Hindi, English, and Geography.
Another programme supported by them provides opportunities for development of hearing impaired adolescents by conducting various trainings in Indian Sign Language, English communication, basic computer applications, and more. Employment opportunities are facilitated by the programme upon successful completion of the training. The corporate has also provided computers to enable courses designed specifically for the hearing impaired in Microsoft Office, numerous design softwares, networking and hardware, and web design. They have also renovated the computer lab of another educational programme, overhauling the infrastructure with new computers, better connectivity, printers, and capacity training for teachers.
One of our partners has adopted a Concern-supported Old Age home near Badarpur border of Delhi, reaching out to the abandoned elderly. The home currently works at a capacity of 150 senior citizens, provides them with residential facilities and cares for their daily requirements. Many suffer from critical ailments such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Free accommodation, clothing and medical assistance is provided. The home runs a 24-hour helpline number that can be contacted to pick up sick elderly from the streets. The corporate supports vital medical equipment and staff salaries; it also has a comprehensive in-house citizenship programme, which encourages its employees to contribute, both monetarily and by getting involved with the project.
An American chip manufacturing firm has come forward with support under their structured CSR policy, supporting digital education. Their support helps further a grassroots programme that enables an entire group of first generation learners from the ‘service providers’ segment of the society to pursue professional courses like engineering, Masters in Social work, and advanced computer courses. The programme bridges the gap between where formal schooling stops and career-building higher education begins. It helps these young adults to cross the invisible barrier to the corporate world through their professional education. The corporate also supports communication skills training for hearing impaired adolescents.
A leading Indian banking company supported a programme that reaches out to the poor and marginalised farmers and families through interventions with a community based organisation by focusing on water availability and usage. Through their support, amongst other activities, a solar powered lift irrigation and drip irrigation to manage judicious use of water in Hirwe village, Mokadda block, Palghar district, Maharashtra has been installed. It aims to create a perennial water supply resource managed by the community. Direct beneficiaries are farmers, enabling irrigation of land holding that will lead to increased agricultural productivity, promotion of livelihood activities, nutrition for children and better overall social.
One of India’s leading investment banks has collaborated with us for setting up solar panels that generate electricity for a school children with hearing impaired. Setting up of this infrastructure will benefit the school for next 20 years. The school will reduce its greenhouse gas emission and also demonstrate the use of alternate energy to their students. Setting up of this infrastructure will result in redirecting funds used for paying electricity to hiring professional staff which will enhance the quality of education these children receive.
A leading Indian pharmaceutical is supporting a project which works on Childhood Malnutrition Control and Prevention at Rafiq Nagar, Govandi which a suburb of Mumbai, India. The Rafiq Nagar locality has Mumbai’s oldest and largest waste dumping ground. One of our partners in their malnutrition prevention projects has adopted a strategy to combat malnutrition by focusing on pregnant and lactating mothers, children from 0-2 years and adolescents along with mothers as major stakeholders. It has worked successfully and brought down prevalence of malnutrition with this strategy in 4 years by reducing malnutrition from 54% to 35% with behavioural focussed model.
A leading manufacturer of electrical distribution systems for domestic, commercial and light industrial applications has joined hands with us to restore two flood affected schools in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu by renovating infrastructure and providing educational aids to ensure quality education through their support.
A Global Enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture through its India operations partnered with Concern India Foundation to address the health issue caused by heavy floods in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu, which was one of the worst affected areas on the outskirts of the city. Twenty villages in the district were identified for sanitation drives, health camps and installation of RO systems. The programme has completed 20 sanitation drives along with 20 health camps of which 10 villages were selected for the RO plants and the remaining 10 villages were sensitized towards the use of safe and clean drinking water which they are now procuring from private sources in terms of bottled water cans.
An IT and software service provider has supported a programme which trains and nurtures the underprivileged youth in sports and creates an opportunity for them to participate on a larger platform. This has resulted in 30 children being selected by the Karnataka Athletic Federation. A yearlong training is provided to each of these students. Workshops, exposure programme are also given to the trainees. Based on their development, opportunities to participate at various district and state levels will be provided.
One of the leading International marketing companies has come forward to support an initiative to progressively introduce a change in the delivery of quality of education by maximising the effect of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in order to provide a learning environment for children. Through this technology, Concern India Foundation reached out to underprivileged children who lack access to technology so as to expand their technical horizon.