April 3, 2019: IIFL Finance, a non-banking finance company, along with IIFL Foundation, recently launched a new community connect program to organize initiatives with social impact and to give back to the community.

The topics were “A Healthy India”, “Educated Girl Child” and “Water Conservation” and more than 39,200 citizens across age-groups participated in the contest. It not only tested and rewarded their creativity, but also spread awareness on social causes.

Sumit Bali, CEO of IIFL Finance, said, “Through “Rangon Ka Milan”, we have contributed towards raising awareness on issues related to environment, education of girl child and good health .”
January 9, 2019: The Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, visited Primary and Upper Primary schools in village Nithora, Ghaziabad district, 35 km away from Delhi. Solberg, accompanied by Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF India Representative, congratulated the government, school authorities, and community members for making the school an inspirational model, providing quality education and facilities for handwashing, toilets and safe drinking water.

Interacting with children at the school, Solberg, said, “It is inspiring to meet the school girls and boys, teachers and parents in village Nithora. I view education as fundamental to sustainable development. Access to quality education is a universal human right and is the key to unlocking opportunities for all, so that everyone can enjoy a better life. India is making impressive strides in education, and I applaud the work that the local community and UNICEF are doing.”

She added, “We believe that the right to sanitation is an essential component of the standard of living. Sanitation and health are part of ensuring that girls are safe and they stay in school.”
June 13, 2018: A worrying trend has surfaced from the figures released by Government of India on child labour.

Karnataka, a south Indian state has witnessed a steep increase of 56 percent in working children over the last decade as the Census 2011 data suggests. More than 45% of the working children in the state are girls, and the capital city of Bangalore leads the total number of working girls in Karnataka.

The state of Karnataka has nearly half a million working children between the ages of 5-14 years which is the school-going age for elementary education. With around 29069 number of girl children, Bangalore leads the trend followed by the districts of Raichur and Bellary.

From the data available it is seen that 80% of child labor in India is concentrated in rural regions, however Karnataka has shown a growth indicating that urban centers supporting child labour to a greater extent. Representational Photo: Vineet Malik
May 22, 2018: After a successful start of the partnership in Columbia and Brazil, Urban mobility expert thyssenkrupp Elevator is partnering with SOS Children’s Villages – a nonprofit to support young people in regions with severe youth unemployment rates.

This initiative in India is part of Project Seed. Prior to India, SOS youth in Colombia and Brazil have received similar training from thyssenkrupp and its employees. With the launch of Project SEED, thyssenkrupp participates in the YouthCan! initiative, which builds on a strong alliance between non-governmental organisations, the private sector, governments and the commitment of young people eager to advance in life.

As part of Project SEED, the company aims to address skill development inadequacies and enhance employability nationwide thereby assisting the ‘Skill India Mission’.

Local thyssenkrupp employees will volunteer as trainers, mentors and role models, offering their expertise and access to their professional social networks, while the company will provide selective financial aid to entrepreneurship projects, and offer apprenticeships and career opportunities.(Text: OneWorld South Asia)
April 12, 2018: A movement called ‘Chal Rang De’, aims to transform the slums of metro cities into a colorful amalgam of local stories and talent by painting the walls of the slums in Mumbai with vibrant colors.

The movement aims to change everyone’s outlook towards the areas and also create a positive emotion among the residents. Mumbai itself houses an estimated 6.5 million people in its slums, each of whom, deserves the joy of colors and the smiles they bring with them.

This initiative that aims to change the face of the city and turn the urban slums into art canvas's painted by people who share the same vision.

More than 1000 people registered for the event and about 400 people were invited to be color more than 120 walls in a short span of 3 days. People participating in the event were provided with paints and brushes to add color.

With the adage of changing the perception that is held against the city of Mumbai, 'Chal Rang De' is an initiative of FruitBowl Digital in collaboration with Mumbai Metro One and other partners. (Text: OneWorld South Asia)
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