Three NGOs awarded Rs 5 crore grant each by a Noida foundation
The three NGOs were among 3,000 entries which stood top in the competition. The award ceremony was held on Tuesday evening at HCL Technologies Hub in Noida.noida Updated: Feb 23, 2017 11:28 IST
Three non-governmental organizations working towards environmental causes with involvement of local communities in Gujrat; extending basic education and life skills to economically weak women and children in West Bengal and providing education to foster ecological entrepreneurs in Maharashtra on Tuesday won a grant of Rs 5 crore each from HCL Foundation.
The three NGOs were among 3,000 entries which stood top in the competition. The award ceremony was held on Tuesday evening at HCL Technologies Hub in Noida.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley, the chief guest for the evening, felicitated the winners and congratulated HCL for working in areas which need support.
Jaitley complimented the jury selecting the best among host of entries who can become role model for others.
The minister also released a compendium titled ‘The Fifth Estate – NGOs transforming Rural India in Environment, Health and Education’, a compilation of research work of finalists of the second edition of HFL Grant.
Robin Abrams, chairperson of the Jury, noted HCL Grant as much more than the fund itself. He said, “From the focus on governance and sustainability, sharing of best practices and how corporates and their employees can engage with NGOs, HCL Grant delivers on strategic value for the NGOs of India and for India’s Fifth Estate.”
The winners, in Environment segment, Foundation of Ecological Security (FES) works towards conservation of nature and natural resources through collective action of local communities in Gujrat. The crux of the group lies in locating forests and other natural resources within the prevailing economic, social and ecological dynamics in rural landscapes and helping to nurture them.
In Health category, Child in Need Institute (CINI), the NGO working in West Bengal aims to enable economically disadvantaged women and children to take control of their lives and have a share in sustainable development. While their initial focus was on health and nutrition, CINI has now expanded this to also cover education and child protection.
In Education, MelJol, a non-government organization from Maharashtra was selected for its focus empowering children from varied backgrounds and their ecosystems to build a spirit of confidence and entrepreneurship. MelJol seeks to develop children’s citizenship skills by focusing on child rights and responsibilities and providing them with opportunities to contribute positively to the environment.