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Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with non-profit organisations whose mission is aligned with its social responsibility goals. In an endeavor to make a difference, ABF has joined hands with organisations across the length and breadth of the country for the overall upliftment of the society.

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  • ADAPT

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Able Disabled All People Together (ADAPT) - formerly The Spastics Society of India

    Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children with multiple disabilities

    Total Beneficiaries: 1,347 individuals in three years

    States: Maharashtra

    Period: Three Years

    Name: Able Disabled All People Together (ADAPT)

    Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability

    States: Maharashtra

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    ADAPT (formerly known as The Spastics Society of India) is best known for its inclusive education programme which shows that given the right opportunity, children with or without disabilities can learn together. ADAPT was formed to address the lack of services and knowledge about multiple disabilities in general and cerebral palsy in particular. ADAPT's special school known as 'National Resource Centre for Inclusive Education' was set up to provide a holistic approach to education, treatment, support and care for children with multiple disabilities. The services include assessments, infant stimulation, home support, therapy and special education.

    Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with ADAPT since 2010 to support six Inclusive Anganwadis in the slums of Dharavi, Mumbai. This caters to children between the ages of 3-6 years where they are given play school facilities along with supplementary nutrition to help them get mainstreamed faster. School teachers are trained on how to handle children with special needs and parents are counselled on sending them regularly to school. Parents / guardians are assisted in keeping handy all documents like disability certificates and ensure regular checkups of their children. Assistive appliances are also provided to needy children with disability. The project has been used as a platform by the government to absorb the best practices of this model into their ICDS run anganwadis.

    Inclusive Education Hub centres each at Dharavi and Pelhar- a rural setting have been set up as outreach centres to demonstrate the model of community resource centre and to operationalise the tenets of Right to Education by making the communities aware of the importance of education.

  • Agastya

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Agastya International Foundation

    Category: Others – Science Mobile Labs

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children studying in government schools

    Total Beneficiaries: 14,500 students

    States: Uttar Pradesh & Andhra Pradesh

    Period: 5 Years

    Name: Agastya International Foundation

    Category: Others – Science Mobile Labs

    States: Uttar Pradesh & Andhra Pradesh

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    Agastya believes in creating thinkers, sparking curiosity and nurturing creativity through hands-on science education amongst the economically disadvantaged children of rural India and teachers. Through easy access to its dynamic science education, Agastya aims to make learning fun and foster problem solving skills which can empower children to move a step ahead in life and away from poverty. Its main hub of activity is the Creativity Lab located on a 172-acre campus near Bangalore, 76 Mobile Labs spread across 10 states in India and 31 Science Centres spread across North India, A.P. and Karnataka. Agastya advisers and members include entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, philanthropists and teachers.

    Axis Bank Foundation supports Agastya's Mobile Science Labs in order to move away from the rote based learning and instill creative thinking and problem solving abilities in students. Through the MSL visits, the Agastya instructors have demonstrated scientific concepts in simple, innovative and low cost ways to students in government schools. Each MSL travels to doorstep of remote schools with 200+ hands-on science models covering a wide range of topics from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Math. As a result, children are able to relate better to concepts explained through these interactive demonstrations. Government school teachers are also trained on Agastya's methodology of hands-on science teaching. Science Fairs are conducted in schools for children studying in classes 6 to 10, teachers, parents and community members.

    Axis bank also supports the manufacturing of teaching learning materials with low-cost models which are supplied to MSLs and Science Centres.

  • EnAble India

    Organisation Details:

    Name: EnAble India

    Category: Special Education for Visually Impaired

    Target Beneficiary Group: Adults with visual impairment

    Total Beneficiaries: 587 individuals

    States: Karnataka

    Period: Aug 2007 to Oct 2016

    Name: EnAble India

    Category: Special Education for Visually Impaired

    States: Karnataka

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    People with disabilities are often socially and economically marginalised especially during employment. Society at large and institutions and organisation in both public and private sector fail to recognise or acknowledge the abilities of these people. This is compounded by the fact that most people with disability do not get the right education or skills for gainful employment.

    EnAble India's focus is to make people with multiple disabilities a part of the mainstream workforce and assist in creating a supportive environment for them to achieve their dreams and goals. They train and counsel people with disabilities on employment, pre-employment services and supplemental training and consult and partner with other institutions working for the disabled.

    Axis Bank Foundation has been partnering with EnAble India since 2006 to develop content and computer training modules for the visually impaired people. Through its Career Centric Computer Training (CCCT) programmes, training on new technologies like Dolphin and NVDA screen reader have been added. The CCCT also acts as a resource centre for similar minded CSOs for capacity building of trainers, sharing of training materials, training methodology and on-the-job training of trainers. EnAble India also provides employability training, post-employment performance enhancement training for PSUs, certificate courses for trainers to build capacity and provide consultancy services for organizations.

    A 9-months course on language and communication skills , mobility and employability training apart from need based training help those who are already employed but need to be updated on skills.

  • Godhuli

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Godhuli

    Category: Remedial Education / Non-formal Education

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children from the slum area of Meera Bagh

    Total Beneficiaries: 215 girls and boys per year

    States: Delhi

    Period: August 2007 till date

    Name: Godhuli

    Category: Remedial Education / Non-formal Education

    States: Delhi

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    Godhuli's philosophy is based on the Gandhian principles of an all-round development of a person through education. It was set up in 1994 to provide free education and welfare to the under-privileged children as envisaged in the Constitution of India.

    Axis Bank Foundation and Godhuli has been working together since 2007 to provide basic education to the poor and underprivileged children living in the slum area of Meera Bagh in West Delhi. This region comprises of people who have come from States like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Rajasthan in search of employment opportunities. Under this programme, children are given free education from KG to Class III based on the government syllabus, post which they are mainstreamed into the formal education system. Children are also provided with free uniforms, study materials and health checkups on regular basis. Extra-curricular activities and libraries help the children develop more interest in the learning process and thus keep them away from child labour.

  • Vidya and Child

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Jayaprakash Narayan Memorial Trust (Vidya and Child)

    Category: Non-Formal & Supplementary Education

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children from socio-economically marginalized sections of society

    Total Beneficiaries: 560 girls and boys per year

    States: Uttar Pradesh

    Period: October 2009 till date

    Name: Jayaprakash Narayan Memorial Trust

    Category: Non-Formal & Supplementary Education

    States: Uttar Pradesh

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    While Khoda in Noida is a slum region, Barolla and Ambedkar Vihar are considered villages by the state administration. These regions comprise primarily of migratory population who work as daily wage labourers like rickshaw pullers, gardeners, drivers, vegetable vendors and factory workers with temporary jobs. Their average monthly income ranges from INR 4,000 to 9,000. Most of these people come from socio-economically weak states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha and mostly belong to Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST). Though there are a few private and government schools, children keep dropping out of school. The Barolla area is plagued by the issue of alcoholism which in turn affects the education process of the children here.

    Through non formal classes, Vidya & Child, an initiative by Jayaprakash Narayan Memorial Trust aims to provide holistic education so that these children can be mainstreamed into the society. Axis Bank Foundation supports the operation of these centres where classes are based and held on V&C's internal curriculum. Life skills training through value based stories, exposure to art forms like theatre, tabla, dances and excursions are held to instil confidence, build character and showcase their talents. Through meetings, parents are kept up to date on their wards' progress and also help them get back to the formal education system.

    The After School Support Programme helps in reinforcing the concepts learnt in school through mock tests, home visits, feedback from schools etc. Career counselling is also given to students after the 10th Std.

  • Lend a Hand India

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Lend a Hand India

    Category: Vocational Training

    Target Beneficiary Group: Secondary school students

    Total Beneficiaries: 13,990 girls and boys in five years

    States: Maharashtra

    Period: Jan 2013- Dec 2017

    Name: Lend a Hand India

    Category: Vocational Training

    States: Maharashtra

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    There is a significant disconnect between the education imparted and practical or real life skills needed, especially in rural India. The existing education system is neither participative nor encourages any comprehension abilities among its students. As a result, many of these students remain unemployed after passing out and lack the confidence to even start a small venture.

    Lend-A-Hand India (LAHI) was started in 2007 with the objective of providing job and life skill training to young boys and girls from high schools in rural parts of India by making it a part of the school curriculum. Currently working with government aided schools in remote villages in three states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa, LAHI delivers its Introduction to Basic Technology course (IBT) in over 90 schools reaching 18,000 students from 300 villages. The programme has been formally recognized by government of Maharashtra as part of the high school curriculum and has helped increase enrolment, better performance in classes and a decrease in dropout rates.

    Axis Bank Foundation is involved with Lend-A-Hand India to create and implement a curriculum as part of the existing secondary school education curriculum which will provide students with significant hands on experience and practical livelihood skills. In five years, the project expects to reach out to 13,990 young boys and girls besides 400 local micro entrepreneurs. This curriculum introduces students to theory and practice on subjects like Basic Engineering, Energy and Environment, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Home and Health and is available as a three years course for the students from 8th to 10th grade.

    The variety of skills to which students would be introduced are: carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, welding, fabrication, construction, surveying, agriculture, animal husbandry and pathology etc. This intervention will enable the students to make informed and appropriate choices about their post-high school education, encourage scientific thinking and give them an opportunity to learn skills which they are interested in.

  • MBA Foundation

    Organisation Details:

    Name: MBA Foundation

    Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability

    Target Beneficiary Group: Adults with multiple disabilities

    Total Beneficiaries: 181

    States: Maharashtra

    Period: Sep 2007 to March 2015

    Name: MBA Foundation

    Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability

    States: Maharashtra

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    MBA Foundation was formed to provide avenues for the differently abled adults to prepare them to be economically independent and get mainstreamed into active society. The four centres at Powai, Gorai, Thane and Chembur in Mumbai have day-care facilities which ensure that these adults stay active and relaxed through yoga, drawing and painting, music and dance etc. Trainings and therapies are provided to the beneficiary whenever necessary so that he can become a part of group activities like candle and paper bag making, tailoring, artificial jewelry, chocolate making, preparation of pickles and jams etc.

    Axis Bank Foundation supports MBA Foundation to continue their work in these four centres with the objective of giving vocational training to those who are 18 years and above. For children between 12 to 17 years, a pre-vocational training is given to improve eye-hand coordination, concentration, attention span and team work. The training also helps them to sit in one place and get trained in any skill once they turn adults. Simple activities like painting, pasting, music, dance, outdoors and other functional activities like shopping, banking, money handling and clock reading are also included in their training. People with free mobility and good communications skills are trained and placed in various organisations such as LIC (agents), TCS, Titan (retail sale), Satveeka Group (back office roles), Kidzee (peon) etc.

  • Mitra Jyothi

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Mitra Jyothi

    Category: Special Education for Visually Impaired

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children and adults with visual impairment

    Total Beneficiaries: 761 individuals

    States: Karnataka

    Period: Oct 2010 to Sep 2016

    Name: Mitra Jyothi

    Category:Special Education for Visually Impaired

    States: Karnataka

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    Coupled with a lack of awareness, societal discrimination and lack of access to training or technology, only a minuscule percentage of persons with disabilities have been able to receive school education. The situation gets worse with higher education and for women with visual impairment or multiple disabilities. Though new technologies such as screen readers for computers, multimedia DAISY and automated brailing process, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and text to speech engines in Indian languages are emerging and evolving, these are yet to reach the masses.

    Mitra Jyothi has been working with visually impairment and other disabilities since 1990 with the objective of bringing them into mainstream society by making them economically independent.

    The Axis Bank Foundation project was implemented with the aim of making more reading materials accessible and available in five languages namely English, Hindi Kannada, Tamil and Telagu to the visually impaired through the Talking Book Library. These accessible materials are provided to schools, colleges and universities which further helps in advocating for their inclusion. Trainers and members of other CSOs are trained on the use of new technologies such as DAISY. Mitra Jyothi also advocates with publishing houses to use Unicode format to write materials instead of doc since it is easily converted to a format readable by the visually impaired. Axis Bank Foundation also supports Mitra Jyothi in Braille Transcription, Counselling and Technology Helpdesk Unit, Daisy Reading Awareness, Mobile Blind School for visually impaired children in rural India and mainstreaming and advocating the cause of persons with disability.

  • Montfort Community Trust

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Montfort Community Trust

    Category: Primary Education

    Total Beneficiaries: 631 students

    States: Tamil Nadu

    Period: Since 2009

    Name: Montfort Community Trust

    Category: Primary Education

    States: Tamil Nadu

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    Kombuthooki, a small mountainous tribal village in the Yercaud Taluka is situated in the interior of the semi forest regions at the edge of the Shevaroys Hills, also known as the Queen of the Eastern Ghats. The cluster of 18 villages and 50 hamlets within a radius of 13kms are still cut off from mainstream society and do not have access to electricity or proper roads even today. For healthcare and education, village members have to traverse a minimum distance of six to twelve kilometres daily. Only recently, a road was laid to Maramangalam and Arangam, connecting Yercaud to these villages.

    Montfort Community Trust first came in this region in 1999 and was a witness to the abysmal situation of the living condition in these villages especially in healthcare, hygiene and education. The Community School Project was started in 2001 with the aim of providing equitable and holistic education to the children thereby giving them an opportunity to live life with dignity. A special feature of the Community School Project is its free nutritious meal served at noon and a cup of tea and snacks in the evening. Text books, note books, uniforms, canvas shoes, slippers and warm clothes are also supplied to the students free of cost. This school has now been recognized by the State government.

    Axis Bank Foundation supports the primary education in the school with the objective of educating and empowering the first generation of tribal children through academic, co-curricular activities like sports and music and healthcare services. In order to strengthen the learning process, classrooms, labs, library, staff room etc. have also been built for both teachers and students of the primary school. As a result of this intervention, many first generation students have been able to step out and get employed, alcoholism has reduced, there has been an increase in the number of girls getting educated and incidences of child marriage have gone down.

  • MV Foundation

    Organisation Details:

    Name: MV Foundation

    Category: Primary Education

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children from marginalized communities

    States: Telangana State

    Period: Aug 2007 to Sep 2014

    Name: MV Foundation

    Category: Primary Education

    States: Telangana State

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    MV Foundation seeks to address the right of every child by ensuring formal school education for all. Its key objective is to help build the capacity of the communities to withdraw their children from labour / work and get them back into the formal education system. MVF believes in working with the government to strengthen its education system and implement the tenets of RTE so that every child can be ensured education till Class 8 without disruption. By building local community based institutions like the School Management Committees( SMC), Child Rights Protection Forum (CRPF) and Teachers' Forum for Child Rights (TFCR), it ensures that everybody in the village or area is aware of and working towards the protection of child rights. This strategy is now being replicated not only across the country but in Africa and Latin America as well.

    Axis Bank Foundation has been supporting the improvement of primary education in Nalgonda district in Telangana covering 226 schools across 9 Mandals. The project ensures the proper implementation of the RTE Act in the region, regular attendance by all children and strengthening of the School Management Committees (SMCs) so that it can act as an efficient monitoring body. Through extra-curricular activities like sports, drawing, elocution, essay writing, celebrating annual days etc and libraries, children are given an opportunity to express themselves better and become more confident.

    Subject Forums are held for various subjects like Maths, Science, Telegu, Physics, English and Social Science where teachers from various government schools showcase easy and innovative ways of teaching the subjects.

  • Noida Deaf Society

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Noida Deaf Society

    Category: Vocational Training and Remedial Education for the Hearing Impaired

    Target Beneficiary Group: Hearing impaired youth and children from socio-economically communities

    Total Beneficiaries: 2,250 youth under Vocational Training through a three year period and 100 children per year under Remedial Education

    States: Noida (Uttar Pradesh)

    Period: April 2009 till date

    Name: Noida Deaf Society

    Category: Vocational Training and Remedial Education for the Hearing Impaired

    States: Noida (Uttar Pradesh)

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    India lags behind when it comes to assimilating people with disabilities into mainstream society. Lack of understanding about the need of these people and lack of access to special education undermines the abilities of the differently abled thereby marginalizing them further. When it comes to the Hearing Impaired (HI), a lot of emphasis is laid on getting them to speak as it is considered a medical condition. Added to this, there are a lot of misconceptions about using sign language due to which even families are also not equipped to handle their wards' disability.

    Noida Deaf Society works with the Hearing Impaired youth from the economically weaker sections of the society to help them focus on their abilities rather than their disabilities. Since many such children lag behind in studies, NDS provides remedial education in order to strengthen their knowledge foundation and help them perform better in school. These classes as well as the primary education of children between 5 to 12 years of age are held in sign language and are taught by trained HI people.

    Vocational trainings in Indian Sign Language, English Communication skills, Desktop Publishing, MS Office, Key Boarding Skills, Graphic Design, Life Skills and Work Ethics are taught with the aim of making the HI self reliant and economically independent. NDS has tie ups with various corporate houses who employ Hearing Impaired people for their backend work such as Costa Coffee Chain, KFC, Agro Tech Foods Ltd, Dominos and Axis Bank. NDS also train and sensitise these organizations about the abilities and restrictions of working with the Hearing Impaired.

  • PPES

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Pardada-Pardadi Education Society (PPES)

    Category: Formal Education (Senior Classes)

    Target Beneficiary Group: Girls from under-privileged sections of the society

    Total Beneficiaries: 370 girls for the year 2012-13

    States: Uttar Pradesh

    Period: November 2007 till date

    Name: Pardada-Pardadi Education Society (PPES)

    Category: Formal Education (Senior Classes)

    States: Uttar Pradesh

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    Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES) started a development initiative called the Pardada Pardadi Girls Vocational School (PPGVS) with the prime objective of empowering girl children through free education and vocational training. The society is driven by gender bias which encourages violence and discrimination against women in many forms. Some of these are lack of education, early marriage, chronic undernourishment, lack of access to health care and no financial independence. PPES work in Anupsahar in Uttar Pradesh where gender bias is more acute as reflected in the large number of out of school girls in the region.

    Through PPGS, PPES provides free education, study material, meals, health checkups, bicycles for those staying far, uniforms and vocational skills training to most girls from families residing in the region. A cash based incentive not only encourages them to attend full classes, but also gives them the opportunity to save for the future. This incentive is extended to students from Class 6 (INR 10 for each day) to Class 12 (INR 20 for each day). Libraries, computer training, participation in SPIC MACAY, NCC as cadets, sports, exposure visits, exchange programmes, volunteering at the centre and English speaking classes have helped these girls to become confident and self assured individuals. Students have the choice of going in for higher studies at the centre or learning a skill which can help them join the textile industry there. All students are given placements after passing out.

    Axis Bank Foundation supports the education and learning of 370 girls at the centre and helps them become financially independent, socially empowered and responsible individuals.

  • Pratibandhi Kalyan Kendra

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Pratibandhi Kalyan Kendra

    Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children with hearing impairment

    Total Beneficiaries: 379 girls and boys

    States: West Bengal

    Period: Nov 2007 to Oct 2016

    Name: Pratibandhi Kalyan Kendra

    Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability

    States: West Bengal

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    Pratibandhi Kalyan Kendra ( PKK) started work in 1974 with a belief that a world can exist which does not discriminate people on their abilities or its lack thereof. In the process, PKK has developed a deeper understanding of the social aspects of these disabilities and worked towards creating opportunities for inclusion of children with various disabilities. Their diverse programs include Clinics, Inclusion & Guidance Centres, Special Schools, Vocational-training Units, Community Based Services and Income generating activities.

    Since 2007, Axis Bank Foundation has supported PKK's 'Center for Education, Guidance & Inclusion of Children with Deafness' project. Under this project, young children admitted in the PKK pre-school are assisted in developing natural speech and language through an early identification process in the Audiology Clinic. Children with hearing impairment are then ensured admission in mainstream schools after creating awareness in parents and these schools. PKK continues to provide ongoing audiological assessment and management, language training and speech therapy, remedial educational support and facilitate in accessing schemes under the government. Very recently ABF has supported PKK to set up an Audiological set up in PKK centre. Need based functional education is given to those children who cannot be integrated in general schools for various reasons such as late detection, lack of parental support, economic conditions etc

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    65% of PKK's students under this project belong to the economically weaker sections of the society.

  • Shishu Sarothi

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Shishu Sarothi

    Category:Special Education for people with multiple disabilities

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children and adults with multiple disabilities

    Total Beneficiaries: 262 individuals

    States: Assam

    Period: Sep 2010 to Aug 2016

    Name: Shishu Sarothi

    Category: Special Education for people with multiple disabilities

    States: Assam

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    Shishu Sarothi works with the vision to empower people with disabilities in Northeast India through education, training and rehabilitation, employment, legal awareness programmes and advocacy to secure the rights of persons with disabilities in the region.

    Axis Bank Foundation partners with Shishu Sarothi to provide avenues for cognitive, physical and socio-emotional development. The focus of the project is to help them develop self-help and functional skills through academics and extracurricular activities such as sports, arts and crafts, music and other recreational activities. Shishu Sarothi also advocates and prepares children with disability to be mainstreamed in regular schools and counsels parents / guardians and build their capacity to deal with the situation. Through the Information Communication Technology Lab (ICT Lab), Shishu Saroathi aims to make people with physical and mental disability computer literate. The training, education and the hand-on experience of the students are standardised with a curriculum that is employment oriented.

  • SUPPORT

    Organisation Details:

    Name: SUPPORT (Society Undertaking Poor Peoples Onus for Rehabilitation)

    Category: Non-Formal & Supplementary Education

    Target Beneficiary Group: Street children

    Total Beneficiaries: 109 girls and boys for the year 2014-2015

    States: Maharashtra

    Period: June 2009 to May 2015

    Name: SUPPORT

    Category: Non-Formal & Supplementary Education

    States: Maharashtra

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    SUPPORT, a Mumbai based organization, aims to prevent high risk behaviour in street children and homeless youth due to substance abuse. This is done through a process of detoxification, rehabilitation and mainstreaming. SUPPORT has developed its own methodology called "FLUTE" (Freedom, Listening, Understanding, Transformation, and Enjoyment) to help eradicate substance abuse and give the children in the age group of 6 to 18years a chance to lead a happy and productive life.

    Axis Bank Foundation has been partnering with SUPPORT since 2009 to provide education to street children between 6 to 18years of age and help them get into the formal education system. Through this programme, the children with substance abuse are first detoxified and then shifted to the residential Rehabilitation Centres. Through Non-Formal Education (NFE) classes and in-house coaching in these centres, trained teachers help them attain social skills and a learning level which is age appropriate. The children are then put into formal schools.

    In-house classes are conducted post mainstreaming to improve the learning abilities of these children and their performance levels besides helping them cope with the rigors and discipline of school education which they are not used to. Group and individual sessions are conducted to help the children deal with issues faced by them. While individual sessions target child-specific issues, group sessions cover topics like personal hygiene, cleanliness, addiction, values etc.

    Through this programme, many children have found employment and a few have been reinstated with their families as well.

  • SPJ Sadhana School

    Organisation Details:

    Name: SPJ Sadhana School

    Category: Vocational Training

    Target Beneficiary Group: Differently abled children and adults

    Total Beneficiaries: 131 students for the year 2013-14

    States: Maharashtra

    Period: May 2008 till date

    Name: SPJ Sadhana School

    Category: Vocational Training

    States: Maharashtra

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    Being mentally handicapped can lead to a lot of restriction for the individual as well as for the families who are not able to understand their needs well. SPJ Sadhana School, an ISO 9000-2008 certified organisation, believes in nurturing the special talent that each individual possess and help them to perform their tasks well. SPJ Sadhana School has been working with the mentally handicapped people for more than three decades and is now an internationally renowned resource centre for training people with special needs. Special and unorthodox techniques are developed, used and upgraded continuously to make the learning process enjoyable. They work with the aim to make these people self reliant and help them become a productive member of the society.

    Over the years, SPJ Sadhana School has developed a special five years vocational course which nurtures the unique talent of every individual. Some of the students have been placed in prestigious organisations like Taj Group of Hotels, Hotel Four Seasons, diamond sorting business, beauty salons, personal bakeries and sheltered workshops like Shraddha Charitable Trust and Om Creations.

    SPJ takes pride in training dedicated Special Teachers who teach in various classes held in the school. Axis Bank Foundation has been supporting the salaries of ten such teachers thus affecting 131 students directly. Among its many firsts, this school is the also the only school to train its teachers in both the Israeli method of “Let’s Talk Maths” as well as the Feurenstein Method of Instrumental Enrichment. It has now become known as a learning ground for newer and effective methods of teaching the mentally challenged.

  • TRDC

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Tropical Research and Development Centre (TRDC)

    Category: Supplementary Education

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children from rural areas

    Total Beneficiaries: 2,250 girls and boys per year from Haveri district

    States: Karnataka

    Period: September 2014 - September 2015

    Name: Tropical Research and Development Centre (TRDC)

    Category: Supplementary Education

    States: Karnataka

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    Due to high level of poverty and lack of livelihood opportunities, the families in Haveri district of North Karnataka continue to push their children to earn money. With 43% of population being landless agricultural labourers, incidence of child labour is very high in the district. TRDC has been working in the region with the aim to reduce child labour, ensure their basic right to education and encourage the girl children to continue their education beyond Class 7. Through their Ashakiran project, rural communities and school managements have been able to promote quality education and propagate child rights.

    Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with TRDC since 2008 to support 2,250 beneficiaries every year in 75 centres to receive remedial education leading to better academic performance. In the early stages of the programme, bridge education was provided to out-of-school children in subjects like English, Maths and Kannada for a year post which they were mainstreamed into formal schools. Post mainstreaming, the children were provided remediation to help them stay at par with the classes. Science exhibitions and fairs, exposure visits, picnics and other cultural programmes help the students to remain interested in education, display their talents and also explore the world beyond their community.

    Regular meetings with parents ensure a continued interest in the progress of their children's education and health. Girl children are encouraged and supported in their higher education through sponsorships.

  • Eklavya

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Eklavya Foundation

    Category: Supplementary Education

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children from rural and tribal regions

    Total Beneficiaries: 2,751 girls and boys in the current year (2013-14) from four blocks of Madhya Pradesh

    States: Madhya Pradesh

    Period: May 2007 to March 2014

    Name: Eklavya Foundation

    Category: Supplementary Education

    States: Madhya Pradesh

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    Eklavya Foundation started with the objective of making education creative and innovative rather than the drudgery as it is perceived. Their learning packages contain materials which are based on innovative experiments, rooted in local environment and need and are field tested. Eklavya works closely with government and non-government agencies to mainstream these learning materials into formal course curriculum.

    Besides curricular research and advocacy for curriculum change, Eklavya has started the Shiksha Protsahan Kendras (SPKs) to involve the community in the learning process of its first generation learners. Eklavya is involved in furthering the pedagogies developed, train the teachers on the new modules and build alliances with other institutions and NGOs. Axis Bank Foundation continues to support the functioning of 60 SPKs where children from marginalized communities (tribals, backward classes) attend classes to strengthen their conceptual understanding of Hindi, and Maths. Students from Classes 1 to 5 are first assessed, put in different groups based on their competencies and then hand held throughout the year.

    To integrate this method into the school systems, Anuvartankartas train the school teachers in the new ways of teaching. Exposure visits are planned for the SPK children, SPK teachers and community members to help in their involvement in the process. A small library in the SPK encourages reading habit in the students.

  • ABHA by Bandhan

    Organisation Details:

    Name: ABHA by Bandhan

    Category: Asset Based Livelihood

    Target Beneficiary Group: Women (primarily widows) who are living on charity

    Total Beneficiaries: 25,000 women in two districts in five years

    States: West Bengal

    Period:Five Years

    Name: ABHA by Bandhan

    Category: Asset Based Livelihood

    States: West Bengal

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    Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with Bandhan for its ABHA (Axis Bandhan Holistic Assistance) programme to bring economic, social and inspirational changes in the lives of extremely poor families of Murshidabad and South 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal. Murshidabad is one of the poorest districts in West Bengal while 84% of South 24 Parganas' population lives in rural areas.

    ABHA is designed to provide extremely poor especially single women households with assets for entrepreneurial use, enterprise training and basic financial services. Other basic services like health services, consumption support and personalized support by a field agent are also provided with the aim of moving these families into a sustainable income generation platform and out of extreme poverty.

    Post identification of the beneficiaries through rigorous mapping, they are hand held and trained by Community Organisers on farming or non farming enterprises, confidence building and asset transfer. The programme aims to increase household income and daily meal intakes, get access to safe drinking water, basic medical facilities, a safe environment and also provide them with identity and job cards.

  • India

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India)

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Tribal communities

    Total Beneficiaries: 22, 000 Households in 200 villages in five years

    States: The Dangs and adjoining tribal blocks of Vansda, Chikli, Songadh and Vyara in Gujarat

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India)

    Category: Agriculture

    States: The Dangs and adjoining tribal blocks of Vansda,

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    Dang, a district in Gujarat has been declared one of the most backward regions of India. 60% of its geographical area is under forest cover and 98% of its population belong to Scheduled Tribes and PVTGs (Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups), the highest proportion of tribal population in a district in the country. Though the region gets favourable annual rainfall, the terrain being hilly, soil erosion and rainwater run-off is high. The tribal communities are largely dependent on rain fed agriculture for their sustenance. Due to small landholdings (less than two acres), lack of irrigation facilities and market linkages because of the region's remoteness, food security is very low. As a result, there is a high level of seasonal migration leading to continued indebtedness, increased pressure on women, lack of education for children and no care for the elderly who are left behind.

    Axis Bank Foundation and Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) work in the region to enhance livelihood and food security of the tribal communities through conservation of natural resources and providing them with options and techniques for increased income from agriculture. This is done through creating awareness in the communities about water and land management, formation of Self Help Groups, soil and water conservation and development through checkdams, nala plugs etc, plantation and fodder management, creating farm ponds and using lift irrigation methods to lift water to higher grounds and using gravity to distribute to farmland.

    Trainings are also given on various types of farming methods like SRI (System of Root Intensification) and organic farming, setting up vegetable and creeper gardens for landless people, promotion of fruit crops like mango, guava, papaya etc for domestic consumption and livestock rearing with linkages to cooperatives for selling of milk and milk products.

    As part of the non-farm livelihood intervention, training on making bamboo products is given to the Kotwalia tribal and other communities. These products are sold by Aga Khan's bamboo furniture and crafts unit in Netrang which now has an annual turnover of INR 10 lakhs.

  • Centre for Collective Development

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Centre for Collective Development

    Category: Cooperatives

    Target Beneficiary Group:Small and marginalized farmers

    Total Beneficiaries:21,500 farmers in two districts in five years

    States: Andhra Pradesh

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Centre for Collective Development

    Category: Cooperatives

    States: Andhra Pradesh

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    Anantapur and Adilabad districts are considered some of the most socio-economically backward regions in AP. While Adilabad has a large tribal population comprising of small and marginal farmers, Anantapur district receives very low annual rainfall and hence is prone to severe droughts. With an average land holding of two hectares and poor soil quality, income from agriculture is low leading to widespread poverty, indebtedness and distress migration. While groundnut is grown in Anantapur, cotton forms the main crop in Adilabad due to its hilly terrain and soil type. Due to strong presence of middlemen and agents, these poor farmers are further cheated of their earnings by their corrupt practices.

    Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with Centre for Collective Development (CCD) to help set up Commodity Cooperatives of groups of farmers in order to do away with the middlemen nexus and help them get better value for their products. Community members are mobilised and made to understand the benefits of having their own Cooperatives. They are then trained in quality assessment of their produce, procurement and storage, book keeping and given financial assistance to purchase seeds and fertilizers. CCD also assists them with information on market trends and rates.

    Through rain water harvesting, water conservation, integrated pest management, organic treatment of soil and seeds and crop rotation, CCD also supports and encourages sustainable agricultural practices. In the Agri input shops and nurseries set up by CCD, the farmers can buy seeds as well as nursery plants of tomatoes, chilies, brinjal, cauliflower and marigold. Various other tools of farming are also available at a rate lower than the market.

    Processing units for groundnuts will be set up in Anantapur and for cotton in Adilabad to help the products move ahead in the value chain.

  • Corbett Foundation

    Organisation Details:

    Name: The Corbett Foundation

    Category: Vocational Training

    Target Beneficiary Group: Tribal and other forest dwelling communities living in and around Corbett, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Kaziranga National Parks

    Total Beneficiaries: 3,550 individuals in five years

    States: Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Assam

    Period: 5 Years

    Name: The Corbett Foundation

    Category: Vocational Training

    States: Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Assam

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    Post forest regions being declared as National Parks, tribals and other forest dwelling communities continue to get displaced from these forests which have been their home for generations and in the process lose their main source of livelihood. This vulnerability has often led the community members to get lured into activities which are detrimental to the forests, wildlife and the communities themselves.

    The Corbett Foundation was established in 1994 with the objective of wildlife conservation through community involvement. By creating environmental awareness, developing community outreach programmes and sustainable livelihood initiatives, medical and health awareness programmes and promoting ecotourism in some of the main National Parks of India, TCF seeks to create an environment which is beneficial for both wildlife and communities living around them.

    Axis Bank Foundation works with The Corbett Foundation with the aim of creating alternate sources of livelihood and entrepreneurial opportunities for forest dependent communities in order to effectually reduce their dependence on forests. Through this programme, people are given training in various initiatives such as computer literacy, hospitality, tailoring, candle and incense-stick making, use of modern techniques of agriculture and creating products out of Bamboo and the weed Lantana. They are also supported with market and bank linkages, so that they are able to start and sustain small scale entrepreneurship.

  • DHAN Foundation

    Organisation Details:

    Name: DHAN Foundation

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Small, marginal and landless farmers

    Total Beneficiaries: 30,000 farming families in five years

    States: Drought affected districts of Tamil Nadu

    Period:Five Years

    Name: DHAN Foundation

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Drought affected districts of Tamil Nadu

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    The proposed project region in south Tamil Nadu is a part of river basins surrounded by hills which form catchment areas. This region comprises of thousands of interlinked tanks and ponds which were used in olden days for storage, irrigation and drinking. These water bodies were maintained and managed by the local village community through a 'Kudimaramth' system by contributing voluntary 'shramdan'.

    People owned and shared the benefits from these resources collectively through a community system of management. However in the last six to seven decades, the local management of these water bodies shifted from the community to the State and the community was alienated in the process. This led to a loss of maintenance, management and sustainability of these water bodies.

    DHAN Foundation along with Axis Bank Foundation works in the region to rehabilitate and revive 750 water bodies, out which 625 tanks will be used for irrigation and 125 ponds will be used for drinking water. Along with the development of these water bodies, steps for increased agricultural productivity and livelihood enhancement through SRI, livestock development and introduction of inland fisheries are given priority. The complete rehabilitation with effective linkages among the tanks in the cascade will ensure assured water supply to all the tanks.

    Through People's Institutions, usage of these tank cascades will be promoted and the water bodies can be taken care of for generation. The revival of these tanks and ponds will help in irrigating 10,100 hectares of agricultural land, help mitigate flood and flood damages, recharge ground well and improve the condition of women fetching drinking water daily.

  • DILASA

    Organisation Details:

    Name: DILASA

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Small and marginal farmers mainly tribals

    Total Beneficiaries: 56, 249 households in five years

    States: Vidarbha region of Maharashtra

    Period:Five Years

    Name: DILASA

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Vidarbha region of Maharashtra

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    The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra has seen a spate of farmers' suicide in recent times. Hilly terrain, erratic rainfall, soil erosion, shift from mixed cropping to mono cropping, lack of irrigation facilities or credit linkages have led the largely small and marginal farmers into a cycle of debt or large scale migration. The adoption of BT Cotton has also led to an increase in expenditure without providing a similar increase in yield or returns.

    Dilasa works towards securing the livelihood options of these small holder farmers mainly belonging to Schedule Tribes, women and children through projects that cover watershed and irrigation development, women's empowerment, agricultural research and support networks for farmers and children.

    With Axis Bank Foundation's support, Dilasa will promote the use of the innovative phad system of irrigation for soil and water conservation and management. This method uses the topography of the land and gravity to distribute water across an area. To stabilise and improve livelihood options, Dilasa promotes the use of mixed cropping system, horticulture plantation, fodder development, animal husbandry and create provision for credit through women's Self Help Groups.

  • Don Bosco Tech Society

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Don Bosco Tech Society

    Category: Vocational Training

    Target Beneficiary Group: School drop outs and unemployed youth (men and women)

    Total Beneficiaries: 49, 875 Individuals in five years

    States: Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab and Tamil Nadu

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Don Bosco Tech Society

    Category: Vocational Training

    States: Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Chhattisgarh,

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    Despite high economic growth, there is an ever increasing gap between those who have access to opportunities and those who are getting increasingly marginalized in this market driven economy due to the lack of skills and opportunities. Don Bosco Tech Society, the Indian arm of Don Bosco attempts to bridge this gap and give the unemployed youth from the economically poor backgrounds, adequate skills to get a foothold in the job market.

    Through Axis Bank Foundation's support, vocational trainings and short duration courses are provided in Hospitality Services, Sales and Marketing, Nursing Care, Hardware and Networking, Electrical, Welding, Multi Skilled Technician, Construction etc. with the objective of providing the youth with job opportunities in the technical and service sector. The BASE Model (BOSCO Academy for Skills and Employment) is an integrated employment oriented training program which takes into account the increasing demand for skilled manpower in the manufacturing and service sector. The main objective of the programme is to provide employable skills to school dropouts, existing workers, IT graduates and underprivileged youth etc. Existing skills of the persons are tested and certified under the programme by ensuring that all courses and content has a minimum assessment and accreditation.

    DB Tech has knowledge tie ups with corporates like Godrej, DLF, Taj, Wellspun and ITC who provide content and training to trainers and enhance the course curriculum. Students are helped with placements in their choice of sectors. A toll free number is also set up to cater to grievances of the candidates post placement.

  • Earthy Goods Foundation Society

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Earthy Goods Foundation Society

    Category: Artisans and Craftsmen

    Target Beneficiary Group: Artisans and Craftsmen

    Total Beneficiaries: 60,000 artisans in five years

    States: Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and North East states

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Earthy Goods Foundation Society

    Category: Artisans and Craftsmen

    States: Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha,

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    The Crafts sector is considered the second largest employer after agriculture with an estimated 35 million artisans and craftsmen earning their livelihood through this. Most of these artisans work independently and have limited institutional support which minimizes their efficiency and production capacity. Due to lack of access to professional inputs, supply chain, operational skills and market linkages which makes this source of livelihood economically unviable, around 10% of the artisans shift to low skilled jobs every year.

    Earthy Goods Foundation Society works with micro-enterprises, non-governmental organisations and individual artisans with the aim to preserve traditional livelihoods that still support a lot of formal and informal jobs in the rural regions. They also help check migration by making crafts an economically viable enterprise and thereby restore dignity to these talented groups' work.

    With Axis Bank Foundation's support, a comprehensive crafts livelihood programme is being implemented through trainings and workshops on aggregation, product development and market linkages.

    a) Aggregation involves collating details of artisans and their products, creating informal networks or collectives in local regions which help them take large orders and consolidate sources for raw materials and local service providers.

    b) New products and signature lines are created for selected artisans after researching market needs and getting inputs from designers. Training are then held with the collective not just on creating these designs, maintaining quality, sourcing the raw materials but also on planning and pricing.

    c) 24-hours visible online platform (www.indianartisansonline.com) and directory will have all details of the artisans and their products. This will help the artisans and buyers like corporates and retailers to interact directly with each other thereby increasing transparency in market linkages and reducing dependency on middlemen.

  • Harsha Trust

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Harsha Trust

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Resource poor families

    Total Beneficiaries: 50,000 households in four districts in five years

    States: Odisha

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Harsha Trust

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Odisha

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    Harsha Trust works in the remote regions of south and south west Odisha where the government schemes and services have not reached the target population and hence they are low on all developmental indices. These areas are mostly in hilly terrain and are ecologically in the early stages of deterioration. Around 70% of them are small and marginal farmers and dependent on rain fed agriculture. Landlessness is high and cropping or agriculture is done mostly for family consumption and sustenance.

    Axis Bank Foundation supports Harsha Trust's work in Rayagada, Koraput, Kalahandi and Nabrangpur districts of south Odisha. The project focuses on promoting strong community based organizations and building the capacities of the farmer members to adopt improved farm and off-farm livelihoods such as mango and cashew cultivation, cereal and vegetable cultivation, promotion of farm forestry, promotion of commercial pulpwood plantations and commercial broiler poultry farming to attain food sufficiency.

    With an integrated agricultural intervention, income is sought to be raised through various techniques and processes such as SRI, correct usage of better seeds and fertilizers and inter cropping techniques, organic pest management and usage of correct spacing in maize, pulses and millet cultivation. Quality seeds and fertilizers are made available through Cooperatives at subsidized rates. Farmers are encouraged to grow vegetables for commercial purposes and / or have wadi model of orchards which allows them to grow fruit trees like mango and cashew in 1-2 acres of land. These plantations are then used for intercropping with vegetables and pulses which in turn increases their overall income.

    Under Agro Forestry, eucalyptus trees are planted by farmers having medium land holding. The initial investment of INR 15,000 to 20,000 increases to INR 60,000 after a gestation period of four to five years. For the landless, Harsha Trust has started the goat and poultry rearing initiatives with forward and backward linkages to hatcheries, feedmill, godown and retails.

    Harsha Trust ensures that all families have access to government schemes through relevant job cards, identity cards and Aadhar cards.

  • Healing Fields Foundation

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Healing Fields Foundation

    Category: Others

    Target Beneficiary Group: Women

    Total Beneficiaries: 3,198 Community Health Facilitators in five years

    States: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Assam

    Period:Years

    Name: Healing Fields Foundation

    Category: Others

    States: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Assam

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    With only 1% of GDP being spent on health, public healthcare system, facilities and services are abysmally low or in shambles in India. Studies have shown that 60% of deaths related to children and 51% of deaths of adults are preventable. Around1.7 million children die before they reach the age of five and the rate of malnutrition in children is twice that of Sub-Saharan Africa and five times that of China. According to the World Health Organization, 80% of India's diarrheal diseases are the result of contamination of drinking water. According to the DLHS, there is a 10.3% shortfall of doctors and 23% of shortfall of nurses in the primary health centres (PHCs) in rural India. Only 52.7% women have access to safe or institutional deliveries in India.

    Healing Fields Foundation has done pioneering work in health financing and community health education with the aim to improve access and affordability of quality healthcare in parts of rural India. This is done through Community Health Facilitators(CHFs), primarily women who are given training on various aspects of personal health as well as the health of the community at large. By involving women from the communities, it serves the dual purpose of active involvement of the community in healthcare and also provides these women with a source of livelihood.

    Axis Bank Foundation will support the trainings of these CHFs in creating awareness about healthcare and hygiene, providing linkages to government schemes, adapting various hygienic and sanitation practices like use of toilets, washing of hands, use of sanitary napkins etc. and accessing revolving loans for healthcare through group savings etc. Through the sale of sanitary napkins and other health related products, the program aims to help these women increase their earnings by more than INR 1,000/- every month.

  • Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Small and marginalized farmers

    Total Beneficiaries: 52,650 households in remote villages in five years

    States: Jharkhand

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Jharkhand

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    KGVK, the CSR arm of Usha Martin Ltd., works in the remote tribal villages of Jharkhand where developmental processes have not yet reached the communities and socio-economic conditions are low. KGVK's philosophy is that livelihood cannot be brought in from outside but has to be organically grown within the community with sustainable income generating activities. KGVK's model of Total Village Management (TVM) is based on the principle of inclusive growth consisting of Eight Pillars - Natural Resource Management, Health, Education, Livelihood, Women's Empowerment, Capacity Building, Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Development.

    Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with KGVK to promote integrated development and TVM in five districts of Jharkhand. The project will focus on three key areas:

    a) On field or farm activities through increase in high value vegetable cultivation, SRI intervention and upland cultivation of orchards, plantation etc.

    b) Off farm activities like mushroom cultivation, apiculture, maintaining and managing dairy farms, goatery, piggery, poultry and fisheries.

    c) Non-farm activities like artificial jewellery making, kantha and appliqué work.

  • KSWA

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA)

    Category: Vocational Training

    Target Beneficiary Group: Youth from socio-economically disadvantaged communities, School drop outs

    Total Beneficiaries: 72,146 youth in 32 livelihood development centres in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharastra over five years

    States: Maharashtra

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA)

    Category: Vocational Training

    States: Maharashtra

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    India is a young country with more than 50% of its population under the age of 25 years which is poised to give the country a distinct demographic advantage by 2020. However, in reality only 5% of India's labour force belonging to the age group of 20-24years has adequate skills or vocational training for skills-based jobs. In comparison, the percentage of skilled labour in other industrialized countries is 60% to 96%. High school dropout rate and lack of access to skill development have led most youth especially girls from the economically weaker sections of the society to be left behind with very few job opportunities. With an increasing demand for skills based jobs, it is very important that these unemployed youth be given required skills and training to help them move up the employment ladder.

    KSWA was set up in 1928 to help economically deprived youth who have not completed school find gainful employment through skills development. Yuva Parivartan, KSWA's flagship programme has helped provide training to about 100,000 youth in the year 2011-12.

    Axis Bank Foundation is working with Yuva Parivartan in Maharshtra's least urbanized regions – Marathwada and Vidarbha with the objective of making youth employable, contribute to the family income and make them socially responsible citizens. Axis Bank Foundation supports the establishment and running costs of more than 32 centres being set up under the Hub and Spoke model. Each centre will commence with a minimum of four courses out of 16 courses which include Computer hardware, Mobile phone repairing, Nursing assistance, Tailoring, Mehendi, AC and Refrigerator repairing, Motor mechanic, Multi-skills technician, Beautician, Fashion Designing, DTP, Tally and Retailing etc. The vocational training courses will be conducted for three to six months duration.

    Basic English, Basic Computer and Life Skills Training are enabler courses offered to each student enrolled for any course at the Centre.

  • PRADAN

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Small and marginal farmers mainly tribals

    Total Beneficiaries: 60,000 households in five years

    States: Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

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    Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are two of India's poorest states. A large proportion of its population are Scheduled Tribes who are dependent on small holder agriculture, forest produce and wage labour for income generation. The region is characterised by hilly and undulating terrain which does not support agricultural growth. Low productivity, strongly associated with rain fed single cropping is an issue that needs to be addressed for the vast majority of marginal farmers. Distress migration is high which has led to increased hardships on women especially relating to food security.

    PRADAN and Axis Bank Foundation works together to promote a comprehensive area intervention combining various approaches, appropriate technologies and livelihood prototypes. The key focus is community mobilisation and organisation around women of the villages through Self Help Groups to actualise goals. Even though women face the most marginalisation due to traditions and social inequities, they are the key factor in bringing significant changes in situation of families, local communities and social and political institutions.

    In this project, women led SHGs are formed and trained in livelihood security through natural resource management, creating and implementing comprehensive village livelihood enhancement plans, facilitate spaces for the women to be part of decision making processes and engage with local governing bodies or political institutions, access bank credit and other government schemes and deal with market linkages.

    PRADAN works to create a strong local system and able leadership through these collectives which can continue to function independently in future.

  • PREM

    Organisation Details:

    Name: People's Rural Education Movement (PREM)

    Category: Vocational Training

    Target Beneficiary Group: Socio-economically disadvantaged tribal and Dalit communities

    Total Beneficiaries: 10,025 youth and women in five districts in five years

    States: Odisha

    Period:Five Years

    Name: People's Rural Education Movement (PREM)

    Category: Vocational Training

    States: Odisha

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    Odisha remains one of the poorest states of India with a high tribal population which substantially affects its demographic and social structure. Present in remote regions and being socially and economically underprivileged, lack of livelihood options have hit the youth or current generation the most. Apart from exclusion, unemployment afflicts the youth because majority of them are not only semiliterate or undereducated but also do not possess technical/business skills for self-employment. Those who do complete higher secondary education still lack extra qualifications necessary to fulfill the market demand for skilled workers.

    The primary objectives of PREM's work in the region are to provide equitable education, improve healthcare and implement livelihood and good governance initiatives among these marginalized communities. Project PREMA in partnership with Axis Bank Foundation, addressed the issue of accessibility to vocational and value based training for young girls and boys. These trainings help them acquire skills necessary to seek skilled employment, set up enterprises of their own, take up leadership roles and introduce improved agricultural, horticultural, and animal husbandry practices in their communities. Some of these skill based trainings are Hotel Management, Computer Hardware and Software, Electronics Diploma, Nursing, Driving, Kewda Weaving, Advanced Agriculture and Village Leadership, Women's (married and adolescent) Livelihood and Leadership programs.

    Apart from technical skills, PREM also provide them with soft skills for character development like personality, attitude, social awareness and responsibility and self-confidence which help in reinforcing their cultural identity and pride.

  • Plan India

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Plan India

    Category: Others

    Target Beneficiary Group: Women who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation

    Total Beneficiaries: 35,000 women from 12 districts in five years

    States: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Plan India

    Category: Others

    States: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra

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    Economic and social exclusion or impoverishment has led many women to become Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (VOCSET). Stigma is intense especially for Women Affected by AIDS (WAA). As per a study by Gram Niyojan Kendra, funded by Ministry of Woman and Child Development, there are an estimated 2.12 million female sex workers in India; out of which nearly 75% are VOCSETs and nearly a third of the VOCSETs fall under the category of WAA. Many of these women who are rescued or escape from the trade cannot return to their family. These women lacking assets and a safety net, run the risk of getting pushed back to the trade.

    Plan India works to create alternate livelihood options, so that these women do not return to the sex trade. They also ensure that children of sex workers are given proper education and livelihood options so that the next generation does not opt or get forced into the trade.

    Axis Bank Foundation works with Plan India and four CSO partners in 12 districts of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where the incidence of trafficking is high either as source or destination. This project uses the group approach to help rebuild lives. VOCSETs living in the same region are organized into livelihood groups and are helped to analyze their life situation, assets, household income and current options. They are then given training on various livelihood options such as vegetable vending, tailoring, milch animals etc. and technical support to start small enterprises with credit linkages which they can start as a group or individually. They are also helped with getting identity cards, job cards and adhaar cards which can be used to avail government schemes. The project aims to increase their income by 50% by the end of first year and 100% in the second year and thereafter.

  • Samaj Pragati Sahyog

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Samaj Pragati Sahyog

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Small and marginalized farmers, Dalits, Tribals and Women

    Total Beneficiaries:47,143 households in two districts in five years

    States: Madhya Pradesh

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Samaj Pragati Sahyog

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Madhya Pradesh

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    Dewas and Khargone district in Madhya Pradesh are two of the most backward, remote, drought-prone regions of India with a high tribal population and it typifies some of the most difficult problems faced by the people in this country. Lack of water infrastructure, dependence on rain fed agriculture leading to migration and displacement due to infrastructure projects are some of the problems faced by these communities.

    SPS has been working in the region since 1990 on natural resource management, sustainable livelihoods, and women-led SHGs for micro finance to help generate higher income, check distress migration and eliminate indebtedness.

    Axis bank Foundation is working with SPS in the region to help create a crucial water infrastructure to improve the productivity of small and marginal farmers, implement a dry land agriculture package for better utilisation of the water harvested, enable better pricing of their products through crop aggregation, empower women through financial inclusion and access government schemes and entitlements to ensure Right to Food.. Their Media and Documentation team helps produce intervention specific movies for creating awareness across villages.

  • SRIJAN

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Self Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN)

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Resource poor families

    Total Beneficiaries: 46,200 households in nine districts in five years

    States:Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Self Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN)

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh

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    SRIJAN works in the tribal region of Madhya Pradesh and water deficient regions of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka with a special focus on women, Dalits and tribals who constitutes the most marginalized and disadvantaged sections of the society. These regions not only lack natural resources but also have social hierarchies which stop the poor from accessing common properties and other entitlements. SRIJAN believes in promoting self - reliance through grassroot action projects aimed at enhancing livelihood, SHG Federations, natural resource management and advocate for pro-poor policies.

    In partnership with SRIJAN, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Sir Dorabjee Tata Trust, Bunge and the Government of Rajasthan, Axis Bank Foundation aims to promote the formation of Cooperatives and SHGs, enhance food security by increasing farm productivity of staple crops, livelihood promotion through agriculture, dairy and horticulture in four districts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and one district of Chhattisgarh.

    SRIJAN works on the principle of strengthening Self Help Groups on various techniques and parameters. These SHGs are linked to banks, Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies and other financial institutions. The two key Federations formed by a cluster of SHGs are Maitree, a dairy federation and Samriddhi, a federation for the Soya programme. Communities are also made aware of various schemes under national and state government which they can access such as MGNREGA, Public Distribution System, Janani Suraksha Yojana, National Horticulture Program, National Rural Livelihood Mission etc.

    Farm ponds are built under MGNREGA and other schemes to conserve water and use it for irrigation. Training is given to farmers on organic farming and SRI method for growing paddy. Vegetable and fruit farming is encouraged to increase the income of the families. Under the Livestock Enhancement Programme, each family with two milch animals will be included and 40 new milk collection centers will be opened. Pashu Sakhis or women para-vets are trained to treat livestock.

  • MAOVIKAS KENDRA

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Lifeline Foundation

    Category: Public Health & Highway Trauma Care

    Target Beneficiary Group: Highway accident victims

    Total Beneficiaries: 19,660 victims

    States: Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan

    Period: 2006 till date

    Name: Lifeline Foundation

    Category: Public Health & Highway Trauma Care

    States: Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan

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    ABF's support to Lifeline Foundation on highway trauma and first aid emergency care was started in 2004, even before the formation of Axis Bank Foundation. This program has remained one of the key partnerships over the years spreading across the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

    Lifeline Foundation is credited with pioneering Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in many states of India by establishing pre-hospital trauma care for Road Traffic Accidents. Their services have been recognized not only in India but also adopted across the world. Today, LLF is the 3rd biggest Emergency Medical Services Provider in the country after Emergency Management & Research Institute (EMRI) and Ziqitsa Healthcare Limited (ZHL). Besides pioneering the Highway Rescue Project, Lifeline also works in the areas of medical care for marginalized (Medical Appliances Bank), medical preparedness and disaster risk reduction, policy advocacy at government level, training in Emergency Care and good governance for non-profits.

    With the Foundation's steady support, LLF will continue to ensure highway accident management and evacuation of accident victims to nearest care centres on more than 3,420kms of four-laned highways in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. This programme will continue till the time a government aided and monitored system is put in place for a centralized (state wise) mechanism to address highway accident relief. Training will continue to be given to law enforcement agencies like highway patrol and crime branch, state police officers, NHAI personnel, Village Task Force (VTF) and those who are involved in the transport and manufacturing of hazardous materials and items as they are the people who are the first point of contact in case of highway accidents.

    Responding to a long felt need to have a scientific journal addressing issues and developments related to Asian EMS, LLF has taken upon itself the onus of publishing the official Asian EMS Journal. Intended to publish original and scientifically researched articles of international standard and quality, the Journal will soon be available in print and e-version and this will also be supported by Axis Bank Foundation.