SHIKHAR: ORGANISATION FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT (SOSD)
was initiated on 13th November 2001.SOSD is a voluntary organization run by a group of professionals, with the objective of providing experiential learning and vocational training programs to empower and develop weaker section of the society, particularly women and children, which results in greater independence leading to more effective, fulfilling lives.
"To help the deprived sections develop and realize their capacities and potential with sensitivity to their dignity, self-dependence and cultural values, in order to lead more satisfying and enriching lives”.
Aims and Objectives of the SOSD:
Program facilitated by SOSD:
- To empower the under-privileged section of the society, mainly women, by providing them education and vocational training so that they become self-dependent.
- The role of society is to inspire and motivate women to realize their human dignity and develop their own capabilities and then to provide them necessary support and help in the form of information, advise and finances.
At present the technical cooperation program focuses on:-
- Community development and Health
- Women’s education programs via condensed courses
- Vocational Training & Career Guidance
- Promote cultural and moral values
- Environment protection related program
- Adventure sports Promotional programs
- Income Generation Program
- Computer Literacy
Other than the program mentioned above Shikhar also participated in Projects, championed by the corporate social responsibility initiative of SAP Labs India, such as Project Ishita to promote computer skills of the underprivileged women and Prayag Project to promote employability.
THE ORGANISATION:THE MISSION:
Navjyoti India Foundation, an NGO founded by Dr. Kiran Bedi, has been working with under-served communities ever since its inception in 1987.
Presently, the organization works in Resettlement Colonies of the North West Part of Delhi namely Bawana and Jahangirpuri, and an urbanized rural area called Kerala and Villages in Gurgaon District, Sohna Block, Haryana.
Empower the women of India by providing them with a better future and the country with a better tomorrow.
Close to 70% of India still resides in rural and semi urban areas. It is in rural India that a vast potential of talent and untapped creative and intellectual energy lies. If this group of people is not empowered, the nation as a whole cannot flourish and develop. Since women stand at the fore front of most activities of rural lives, the most important intervention was to initiate active participation of women in the decision making policies. The rural development initiatives of Navjyoti India Foundation saw the light of the day with Women’s Panchayat at Bhondsi in 1996.
Education, Women Empowerment and Vocational Training have been the primary areas of intervention by the organization in these communities. Besides, health care, environment interventions and community participation are also run for promoting integrated community development services.
The organization has been working to improve the under-served communities by invigorating and assisting children, youth and women to become self reliant.
At present Navjyoti’s scope of work spans across 30 villages in Sohna block. Every month close to 400 women are being empowered, 100 children educated, countless families are being touched and smiles shared.
SAP Labs has been associated with Navjyoti India Foundation since 3 years and is providing financial support for education program- “school ke baad school” for the children in the villages of Haryana. SAP Labs has facilitated an encouraging environment for 150 children to learn and pursue education and other activities in order to ensure high retention and low dropout rates.
SLI has also partnered with Navjyoti by assisting in the building of a Gabion structure in Abheypur, one of the villages of Sohna Block, Gurgaon District, Haryana.
SAP Labs India's continuous support has an impact on over 3500 lives and has helped in making a difference in the lives of the beneficiaries.
The Operations team of SLI has also setup a computer lab for the kids of this NGO to enable appropriate exposure to the digital world.
THE ORGANISATION:THE WORK:
Background of Mobile Creches-Over four decades ago Mobile Creches (MC) came into being with the first crèche, at a construction site, for the children of migrant construction workers. Thus started a movement in the arena of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) and MC has been at its forefront, ever since.
Since 1969 MC has been providing health and childcare services to children at construction sites and urban slums in Delhi (NCR). MC channeled its energies into working closely with the urban slum communities in Delhi NCR, expanding its training initiatives through the entire Hindi speaking belt and partnering with big real estate developers to create crèches at their sites. Advocacy efforts for changes in policy, laws and program, have always been a distinguishing feature of MC. In the last 5 years, policy advocacy with networks at the national level has been matched by grass root mobilization at the State level, in Delhi, to bring about change in the health and developmental status of the young child.
Mobile Creches focuses on children under-6 years in both urban slums and construction sites. In a backdrop of uncertain wages, lack of family support systems for childcare and poor provisions of potable water, sanitation and health care, MC intervenes to ensure the holistic development of the young children with a special focus on children below 3 years of age.
- Reached 750,000 children
- Trained 6000 childcare workers
- Runs 600 daycare centers
- Co-founded networks, led campaigns
- Activated 60 anganwadi centers
- Provides inputs to National Policy for Children; RG Crèche Scheme; X, XI FYPs; NREG Act (crèche clause)
THE ORGANISATION:Mission of ITIHAAS:
ITIHAAS (I Think I Have A Solution) is a non-profit consultation and service organization aiming to accelerate social change by providing strategic support to non-profit organizations in fundraising, program design and planning, human resource management, technology adoption and management. Initiated in 2006, ITIHAAS consists of a group of young professionals with varied backgrounds and a good understanding of the need of the citizen.
To accelerate social change by helping non-profit organizations strategize core functions and program implementation at the grass-root level and by facilitating mutually profitable relationships between social organizations through collaboration and networking.
To bring into the realm of educational structure our tangible and intangible heritage, traditions and legacies as sources of learning. To ensure that every child is transformed into an inheritor of the past and can apply collective knowledge to problems faced by society.
ITIHAAS Study Tour Program
The ITIHAAS study tours are our flagship program. ITIHAAS co-ordinates walk with over 150 school children from NCR to various places where tradition and heritage live.
ITIHAAS Student Internship Program
ITIHAAS offers an internship program to students of age 14 years and above.
ITIHAAS for children with special needs
Inclusive education has always been an area of core concern while developing ITIHAAS pedagogy. A program for children with special needs endeavors to develop heritage activities for them.
ITIHAAS Resource Centre
A specialized resource centre dealing with development and documentation of activities, rhymes and stories has been institutionalized.
Current Project - The ITIHAAS YOUNG WALKER PROGRAM - A BACKGROUND.
The ITIHAAS WALKS program began in September 2004, with 6 schools and 1200 children. The program now reaches out to 93 schools and over 15,000 children every year.
ITIHAAS's Young Walker Program was initiated in 2007, in 80 member schools, with the firm belief that it is never too early to start imbibing and absorbing the culture around us. This program is targeted at children in the age groups of 4 to 6 years and 7 to 10 years. The Young Walker program looks at making young children the repositories of oral tradition and getting them to be active participants in the process of social change with a clear perspective and understanding about their past.
The program is an on-going one and continues all year round, from April to March. During the month of June we close actual walks as this is our month for research and content development. Support in this area will ensure that we encourage more children from the primary schools to enter into the ITIHAAS fold. Reaching out to this age group is essential to sensitize them at an early age.
The Young Walker program is an out of school learning program. It takes children out, into the city to walk through areas, monuments, spaces which speak of our past. During these walks the children meet with true carriers of tradition. The program is interactive, multi-disciplinary and actively uses the tools of story- telling to restore oral tradition.
HOPE FOUNDATION- A RAY OF HAPPINESS
HOPE foundation has been working with communities in need, since 1991. It is a registered organization that works closely with individuals, corporate entities and the government. The organization focuses on education, training and health.
From early 2001, SAP Labs India has supported the work of HOPE by helping construct and run a school for children affected by the Gujarat earthquake. The English medium school in Bhuj continues to impact lives and has 350 children at present. The partnership has been extended to computer training centers in Bangalore, a post-tsunami school in Tharangambadi, an orphanage in New Delhi and a home for street children near the SLI campus, in Bangalore. HOPE encourages volunteerism and this has resulted in volunteers from SLI frequenting HOPE sites, on a regular basis.
HOPE's emphasis is on helping children complete the 10th standard, acquire a skill and then choose between college or a career (or both). Through its vocational training initiatives HOPE provides young men and women with skills that allow them to find jobs in the field of computers, in retail sector or as masons, electricians etc. HOPE also seeks to reduce maternal, neonatal child morbidity and mortality rates through the increased use of key health services and practices.
When disasters strike, HOPE is quick to provide initial relief but prefers adopting a long-term perspective that facilitates the rebuilding of communities, through the establishment of schools, vocational training centers, community halls and the launch of interest free micro-finance programs.
HOPE now seeks to strengthen (and expand) its presence in 25 towns and cities across the country providing diversified service all around for the homeless children.