Nand Ghar receives international Best CSR Practices Award in Singapore

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Nand Ghar is a modern Anganwadi network under ICDS and aligned with the Prime Minister’s vision of eradicating child malnutrition and providing education as well as empowering women through skill development. “Best CSR practices award” is a recognition of Nand Ghar’s mission to transform lives of 8.5 crore children and 2 crore women across 13.7 lakh Anganwadis in India

NEW DELHI: Nand Ghar, the flagship CSR project of Vedanta Limited, a globally diversified natural resources company, was awarded the Best CSR practices Award by CMO Asia, a CSR body that supports practitioners and organizations globally to build responsible and sustainable business that contributes to sustainable development of society.

Vedanta Limited, in partnership with the Government of India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development, plans to modernize around 4,000 anganwadis as Nand Ghar, which will focus on children’s health and education and skilling women. Nand Ghars are a network of Modern Anganwadis with an integrated approach to child welfare and skill development for women. Constructed using state of the art Schnell technology, the structure is fire, damp resistant, and earthquake proof. Nand Ghars are equipped with BaLA designs (Building as learning aid) and TV for delivering interactive learning for holistic development of children. Each cluster of Nand Ghars is equipped with a mobile health van to ensure primary healthcare for children, pregnant and lactating mothers.

Project Nand Ghar is committed to Prime Minister’s national vision of eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare and empowering women with skill development. Anil Agarwal, Founder and Chairman of Vedanta, says, “India’s self-sufficiency in the natural resources sector has the capacity to create millions of employment opportunities. This will help eradicate poverty and empower our communities, ensuring our economic and social development”.

A service delivery unit established under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) by the Government of India, Nand Ghar is an extension of the existing Anganwadi initiative. Vedanta has joined hands with the Government of India to transform Early Childhood Care and Education Centres, in India. Nand Ghar will use state of art construction technology and provides added benefits of round the clock electricity through Solar panels, e learning in a stimulating environment, clean drinking water through RO purifiers and primary healthcare through mobile medical units.

Nand Ghars will run as children’s education and health center in the morning and train women in entrepreneurial skills in the second half. This will be a revolutionary measure to eradicate malnutrition in children and create women entrepreneurs across India. An estimated 25 lakh community members including children will benefit through this project each year.

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