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Nalco Foundation flags off initiative to educate tribal children of Odisha

Aug 17, 2012

With the first batch of tribal children ready to leave for the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Nalco Foundation starts its programme to increase education amongst Odisha's tribal communities.

Nalco Foundation, the CSR arm of National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), has started a new initiative to sponsor quality education among the tribal children of periphery villages of Damanjodi, in the tribal-dominated Koraput district of Odisha, where company’s Mines and Refinery are located. Under this programme, the 1st batch comprising 93 tribal children have been sponsored to Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar.

Sponsored by Nalco Foundation, the continuous residential education programme, with a financial implication of Rs.70 lakh per year will help about 450 children from the remote periphery villages of Damanjodi to join the mainstream education. While majority of the students are being enrolled at KISS, Bhubaneswar, the rest students will be enrolled at Koraput Development Foundation (KDF), Jeypore, and Bikash Vidyalaya, Koraput. Beneficiary students of this project have been identified from villages of Laxmipur, Narayanpatna and Koraput blocks.

A. Chakraborty, GM (Mines), flagged off the buses carrying the children and their parents at Nalco Refinery in the presence of C.L. Patra, GM(H&A), Aswini Choudhury, COO, Nalco Foundation, other senior officers and representatives of Unions. In the second batch, as many as 210 tribal children shall be enrolled in KISS.

Considering the fact that education can be a powerful instrument for societal development and change, Nalco Foundation had earlier signed MoUs with KISS, KDF and Bikash Vidyalaya, for providing quality education to the children from the periphery villages of Damanjodi in Koraput region by sponsoring the total education expenses that includes school fee, lodging, boarding and other expenses.

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