The Hans Foundation (THF), one of largest public charitable trust is committed to deliver upon the livelihood needs of the underprivileged community in the country. The Foundation has actively supported more than 350 NGO’s in 26 states and union territories in the past 10 years benefitting more than 10 million poor in the country, changing the landscape of rural India.
Today, The Hans Foundation positions as one of the grant making organisations across the regions, having allocated its funds to sectors across disability, healthcare, education, livelihoods, women empowerment and water & sanitation across India.
The Foundation has been working on education as a core thematic area. The Hans Foundation, through their partnerships with NGOs working at the community levels, have been ensuring that the children from remotest areas receive an affordable education.
Apart from supporting schools, The Hans Foundation programs are also introducing technologies and application of the broad-based strategy to address the issues of illiteracy and early dropouts in the country. The Hans Foundation along with government authorities are creating opportunities to improve the overall quality of education in the states they have signed Mou’s with.
The Hans Foundation has partnered with organizations working with educators, policymakers, parents, and communities to expand and accelerate successful programs and identify innovative solutions to unlock students’ potential.
With an attempt to bring a change, The Hans Foundation has supported schools in Tuli, Mokokchung district of Nagaland by providing them with residential facilities for children and the annual operational cost that is required. One of the major benefitted schools in the district is Rajeshwari Karuna School- The school was constructed by The Foundation and has the capacity to provide education to more than 1300 children.
The Foundation has also supported schools in Dimapur which were operating in a structure made of thatched roofs and mud floors which now has three-storey building with 24 rooms, a playground and a mid-day meal facility catering to 500 slum children of Dimapur. Additionally, THF is also working closely with CARE India, which lays emphasis on educating the Girl Child and has established non-residential centres accommodating around 350 girls.
The scope of The Hans Foundation’s NFE programs in West Bengal and Bihar is to cover the activities ranging from simple memorization to learning of complicated concepts to get them accustomed to the NCERT syllabus. NFE Programs impart formal education, including life skills, nutrition and health and family planning.
A total of 49 NFE centres were supported by the The Foundation benefitting about 3000 children. The Foundation’s interventions include outreach to Non-Formal Centres like Child in Need Institution (CINI) in West Bengal and NIRDESH in Bihar which have been providing age appropriate education and increased enrolment in schools benefitting more than 1000 girls and boys annually.
The Foundation has partnered with Magic Bus in Mumbai, an innovative approach pioneered with a program called Sports for Development, a concept which has brought about behavioural change via their Activity Based Curriculum (ABC) learning model to change attitudes and behaviour in children hailing from slums of Mumbai.
With 40 annual sessions – each with a key focus to teach children important life skills around education, gender and health, finally linking it to sustainable livelihoods. Starting with a single program in 1999, Magic Bus now reached over 380,000 children and 9,000 trained volunteer mentors across India.
The Foundation has been carrying out many such initiatives in the state of Uttarakhand. THF collaborated with local organizations with an aim to create opportunities for all aspiring and deserving students hailing from economically disadvantaged families.
Top colleges offering BE/B.Tech/MBBS courses in the state and eligible students from these institutes were selected based on annual family income and the students’ academic records. 350 students have been supported by The Hans Foundation fellowship program in Uttarakhand to fulfil their dreams of becoming doctors and engineers.
Vision Uttarakhand 2020 a significant MoU which was signed between the Government and The Hans Foundation in November 2014 to work together in the fields of Education, Safe Drinking Water, Agriculture, Health, Disability, and Energy. The Government of India & The Hans Foundation started the Mid-day Meal Scheme with an aim to increase enrolment of children in schools, retention and boost attendance while also improving nutritional levels among children.
Currently, The Foundation supports 3 sizable mid-day meal programs across the state. These programs have supplied nutritious meals to 75 schools benefitting more than 10,000 children. THF along with Akshaya Patra Foundation have set up 9 centralized kitchens in Uttarakhand to serve mi-day meals to 3,00,000 children.
Lastly, The Foundation in collaboration with HEAL, a registered charity has been ensuring an infrastructural support to the children in Andhra Pradesh and providing them with shelter, support, education and healthcare for over 1,000 children.
It has transformed the lives of millions of people in India over the past 10 years and is continuously targeting thousands of underprivileged and untouched regions of the country with each passing day. The Hans Foundation has spread its wings to its full glorious capacity, with some of the best instances of their impact having come through from unreached, inaccessible regions of Uttarakhand.