BAIF Development Research Foundation
Promoting tree-based farming (WADI) for sustainable livelihoods is one of the ways through which BAIF enhances livelihoods and works towards its vision of building a self-reliant rural society. Creating opportunities to gain self-employment for rural families is what BAIF does. It provides sustainable livelihoods through the promotion of livestock, natural resource management and agriculture-horticulture income generating activities. With a wide-spanning reach across 16 states in India, BAIF has established itself as a pioneer in rural development and reaches around 4 million families in 70,000 villages. In the Sandbox, BAIF's work is focused on promoting tree-based farming systems in order to ensure food security and self-employment.
DRF acts as a catalyst of change that fosters, develops and promotes initiatives at individual, group and organization levels to achieve sustainable development. Driven by the belief that equity in education, agriculture and livelihoods helps in building an inclusive society, DRF strives to create quality opportunities in these three areas, with particular focus on economically disadvantaged youth.
Janakalyan contributes towards water conservation by constructing water tank structures and building farm ponds, enabling farmers to cultivate all their land holdings. Providing opportunities for social and economic development in the areas of education, health, skills acquisition, and civil and legal rights awareness amongst vulnerable groups is what Janakalyan does. It promotes sustainable solutions that empower communities to solve their own problems. In the Sandbox, Janakalyan created water-harvesting structures use to store excess water during the rainy season that farmers could later use for irrigation during peak farming seasons.
Jaylaxmi Agro tech
Jayalaxmi Agro Tech is an agriculture mobile technology solution provider. The core focus is to bring Mobility, Analytics and Cloud (MAC) together into the hands of farmers. They have developed several crops specific mobile applications for agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry in English and regional languages. The mobile Applications are built to deliver information while breaking literacy barrier.
Manuvikasa rejuvenates natural springs and creates farm ponds to contribute towards water conservation efforts. Incorporating people's participation in all of its development activities, Manuvikasa addresses issues in the areas of education, women's empowerment, health, environment and employment. It leverages indigenous knowledge and local expertise in planning, implementing and monitoring programs. In the Sandbox, Manuvikasa's work was focused on creating water tank structures to enhance access to water.
Sankalpa Rural Development Society
SRDS focuses its work on water conservation through bore-well recharge and rainwater harvesting projects. Using rainwater harvesting techniques and green building technologies, SRDS implements rainwater harvesting projects to make water accessible to all. With a positive and results-oriented attitude, the organization works actively to achieve its goal of eliminating water scarcity in Karnataka by 2020. So far, it has successfully recharged 102 borewells in two districts, implemented 55 urban rainwater-harvesting structures and 4 systems in industries, all within the Sandbox area. It has also installed 12 rainwater-harvesting structures in educational institutions so far and continues to expand its work.
Sahaja Samrudha's work on marketing value-added organic produce is one of the ways it contributes towards making sustainable agriculture a way of life for the farming community. The result of individual farmer efforts culminating into a powerful force, Sahaja Samrudha is a group where farmers exchange ideas, seeds and knowledge on sustainable agriculture. It promotes sustainable agriculture, conducts on-farm research, assists in the implementation of sustainable farming techniques and disseminates information on natural resource management. Sahaja Samrudha's work in the Sandbox area has focused on promoting organic farmers groups and marketing value-added organic produce. Its work gives farmers the opportunity to gain better prices for their products, eliminating middlemen.
Society for Community Participation and Empowerment (SCOPE)
SCOPE promotes integrated farming systems to promote sustainable livelihoods. Providing alternative sustainable livelihood opportunities to disadvantaged communities is what SCOPE does. With a key focus on environmentally friendly practices, SCOPE's work in the Sandbox has involved making agriculture drought-proof through integrated farming systems.
Srijan (Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action)
Making paddy cultivation profitable by promoting the System of Rice Intensification is one of the ways Srijan works towards improving livelihoods. Building community managed institutions for sustainable water resource management and livelihoods for the poor is what Srijan does. Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action implements grassroots projects, engages in capacity building, supports policy and project design, and conducts research for the advocacy of pro-poor families. In the Sandbox, Srijan has focused its work on enhancing crop productivity through the promotion of SRI (System of Rice Intensification), a proven method that increases rice yields while decreasing costs of cultivation.
Bijapur Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS)
Bharati Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS), through its various initiatives, creates a platform for people from all walks of life so that they are able to take necessary action for ensuring ecological stability, safeguarding human rights, ensuring minimum standard of living, and bringing in social justice (on account of differences based on gender, disability, social and economical marginalization and displacement). BIRDS acts as liaison organization between the government and the rural poor and to inform the rural poor about various governmental programs intended to help them. It is presently working in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala.
Magic Bus steers children towards a better life with better awareness, better life skills, and better opportunities, in the journey from childhood to livelihood. Their Activitiy Based Curriculum (ABC) is a unique model that uses games to make change. 40 sessions per year – each with a lesson, teach children about education, gender, health, and key issues affecting them. The games excel in building physical, social and personal skills.
In today’s times of severe scarcity of clean drinking water across India, Jaldoot delivers safe drinking water to customers’ doorsteps at an affordable cost, freeing up time to pursue additional income generation activities. Jaldoot uses customized technology along with the ability to filter from multiple sources without usage of chlorine. They have a strong end user distribution network with doorstep delivery, catering mainly to households at the bottom of the pyramid.
v-shesh is an impact enterprise that prepares students and job seekers for suitable opportunities. They work with students and job seekers who are either disabled, living in non-metros or from difficult socio-economic backgrounds. v-shesh runs classes and training programmes that help students and job-seekers prepare for suitable entry level jobs. It also assists employers in hiring suitable entry level talent whether disabled or others.
Sukhibhava is a social enterprise based in Bangalore educating urban poor women about menstrual hygiene and providing them with affordable menstrual hygiene products like sanitary pads through locally trained female micro-entrepreneurs. They have educated more than 10000 urban poor women in Bangalore slums and are rapidly expanding their reach.
The Right To Education (RTE) Act mandates formation of School Management Committees (SMC), comprising of parents and teachers to ensure accountability of Government schools. In New Delhi alone, 93% schools do not have functional SMCs. To address the challenge of dysfunctional SMCs, Saajha creates and implements methods to improve leadership standards of SMCs at Delhi government schools. They also create coalitions of SMCs for wider impact. Founded by Abhishek Choudhary and Saransh Vaswani, Saajha helps increase community commitment, teachers’ attendance and children’s learning skills.
ISARD undertakes research on agriculture and rural development including reviving the growth of old mango orchards to support farmers. Working on agriculture and rural development for poverty alleviation, ISARD organizes seminars, lectures and workshops to promote research and extension. It undertakes research on agriculture and rural development with an emphasis on problems stalling agriculture and rural development in the country. In the Sandbox, ISARD's work is focused on rejuvenating the growth of old mango orchards, grafting market oriented mango varieties that provides mango growers the opportunity to gain better prices for their products.
Bhoruka Charitable Trust
BCT works to improve the living standards of the rural poor. One of the ways it does so is by providing support services to HIV/AIDS affected youth.Dedicated to the socio-economic transformation of rural India, Bhoruka Charitable Trust (BCT) enhances accessibility and utilization of services and empowers communities through capacity building. BCT implements needs-based projects in the areas of water, education, livelihoods, education, health, and sanitation.With the support of the Deshpande Foundation, BCT Hubli runs the Inchara program which is is a foster care initiative for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Save a Mother
Save a Mother mobilizes communities through a health literacy program on pre and post natal care.Reducing maternal mortality rates amongst low-income communities is the mission of Save a Mother. Through a dynamic health literacy program, the organization trains volunteer village health activists to educate, empower, and connect pregnant women to public health systems. With a highly robust program, Save a Mother's work has led to decreased maternal mortality rates by 93% and newborn mortality rates by 66% in almost 1000 villages (representing a population of approximately 3 million). With its partnership with the Deshpande Foundation, Save a Mother expanded its operations to one of the five districts of the Sandbox.
Operation Asha works with the central idea to establish a distribution pipeline to deliver high quality products and services to the Bottom of Pyramid (BoP) market through a local low-cost model.
Operation Asha focuses on ensuring last mile delivery of the government run DOTs program for the people affected with Tuberculosis.
Jagruti's mission is to work with the poor and the excluded in their struggle to eradicate poverty and injustice. Jagruthi has led multiple initiatives to stress the need for right to health.
In partnership with Deshpande Foundation, Jagruthi has established a generic drug store and works on generating awareness on generic drugs and making affordable health care available to the people.
Sevamob is an organization committed to transforming the delivery of healthcare worldwide.
Sevamob provides primary health care services to the bottom of the pyramid through a subscription based mobile model. The field team is backed by a 24x7 call center to provide online services. In partnership with the Deshpande Foundation, Sevamob will implement the mobile health program in Dharwad district.
ARMMAN is an organization dedicated to improving the well being of pregnant mothers, newborn infants and children.
Through the partnership with Deshpande Foundation, Armman will be implementing its unique mobile based mobile service in rural India that provides culturally appropriate comprehensive information on preventive care and simple interventions to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity called “Phone Sakhi”.
Prasanna from MSW Department, Davangere University, wanted to improve his surrounding environment while simultaneously helping people in his community. There was a lake in his community that desperately needed cleaning. Prasanna approached members of the Gram Panchayath and members of his community to start working. Prasanna faced many challenges convincing people, acquiring the required equipment (such as tractors for cleaning), and managing people throughout his project. However, Prasanna's energy and perseverance made his project successful. The lake is now clean, and the soil surrounding the lake now yields better crops. Over 150 farmers benefitted from Prasanna's project.
Narendra (Govt First Grade College, Sirsi) Narendra dedicated his project to encouraging the farmers of his village to implement the vermicompost procedures on their farms. Vermicompost, which is the process of composting using various worms, helps farmers produce good crop yields. Now, after seeing the benefits of vermicompost procedures, many farmers in Narendra's village have incorporated vermicompost culture in their agricultural practices.
LEADer Sandesh Bhat (MES College of Commerce) encouraged a family in the village of Baroor to incorporate growing sweet corn and black pepper into their agriculture. By incorporating mixed crops into their farming, this family learned the importance and benefits of growing multiple crop types. This family was able to develop and sustain an additional form of income to help lessen financial burdens.This project marks Sandesh's 11th project completed with LEAD.
Vinayak Bhat Vinayak observed that his village had very good conditions for growing vegetables. To capitalize on this, Vinayak took initiative to introduce malty vegetable plants to his village. He also trained some of the village housewives on growing vegetables. Five families are now growing their own vegetables and now benefit from having an extra food source.
Agastya International Foundation (AIF)
Agastya runs the largest hands-on science program in the world, employing innovative methodologies to enable students from private and public schools to conduct science experiments. Sparking curiosity, creativity, and humanity among rural children and teachers is the Agastya Foundation's primary mission. Driven by their vision of a creative India of ‘tinkerers, solution-seekers and creators' that are ‘humane, anchored and connected', they employ unconventional methodologies in science education. Experiential programs enable students from private and public schools to conduct science experiments, making learning fun. Within the Sandbox, Agastya's new methodologies boost creativity and innovation.
The Teacher Foundation improves the quality of education by impacting pedagogy through empowering educators. Empowering educators into becoming energetic, effective, and reflective practitioners is the mission behind The Teacher Foundation. Through a range of different programs and tools that include teacher centers and forums, TTF trains teachers and provides a platform where they can share ideas and insights. TTF's work facilitates the professional and personal growth of teachers, which subsequently impacts the quality of education that students receive. In the Sandbox, The Teacher Foundation piloted a new program in 30 schools to improve the quality of education.
Friends Union of Energizing Lives (FUEL)
Many children lack clear information of education and career opportunities which prohibits them from reaching their full potential, FUEL aims to address this issue by connecting students to right education and career opportunities.
In partnership with Deshpande Foundation, FUEL is working on reaching out to more than 10,000 children and enables them to make right career choices through its low cost counseling kits.
Pratham aims to have every child in school and learning well. With a wide and rare variety of programs available, Pratham has had an impact on the way schools are run in Mysore.
Pratham works in the Sandbox to strengthen children educational skills by implementing its learning camps to better children's learning in language, mathematics and science subjects.
Tejas Foundation is a Non-profit trust set up in 2011 by a group of philanthropists and volunteers from Bangalore, India. The Trust was formally registered in march 2012. The Foundation was started with a mission of improving performance standards at schools catering to Underprivileged Children by providing access to good quality Educational content and using technology for delivery and assessment.
Not all children are endowed similarly. Learning is a complex brain process and is dependent on the latent and mature comprehension capabilities of an individual and it varies from one to another. In children, latent capabilities which are ever evolving happen so at varied pace and dimensions owing to a wide range of reasons. Such differences are quite normal but surely call for more suitable teaching approach, techniques and tools essentially to stimulate latent comprehension abilities. Chipper Sage products are all developed in consideration of this underlying cause for the difficulties children face in learning. Some children hardly study but learn. Some children study hard and learn. And, some need to study hard but lack the inclination for it. Making learning easy, interesting and enjoyable is clearly the task. Our research for evolving learning concepts is based on this insight.
Prajayatna is a development initiative working to improve quality of education in public schools. From a systems perspective, this initiative attempts to address quality in education through facilitating a capabilities based learning paradigm in Government schools with active involvement of the local communities, teachers, local elected representatives, Panchayati Raj structures and the Education Bureaucracy, ensuring both-better management of the schools and better delivery of quality education in these schools.
Janyaa was set up in 2009 and focuses on developing creative problem solving skills in rural kids in India. The name, Janyaa, which translates to “life” appropriately fits with the vision of this organization. As envisioned by founder, Venu Nadella, the kids educated from the principles of Janyaa are empowered to make progressive changes to their immediate communities and can help advance the socio-economic state of the country.
AROHANA promotes dairy business among self-help group in the village by ensuring that the business is conducted in spirit of cooperation with members helping each other out, the activities included through SHG were quality testing in the presence of the producer. Through banks credit supports to increase their productivity under the guidance of AROHANA and giving technical training about caring through veterinary department. Sharing the knowledge about the pricing and distribution and maintain the financial transaction by the producers and also provides marketing and distribution channel. The organization has succeeded by creating livelihood opportunities to many people to sustain in their business.
Grakoos has made it possible for marginalized workers to connect with the governance system and demand for their entitlements as a group. Starting with an effort to provide workers with access to livelihood, Grakoos entered the Sandbox in 2010 seeking support to set up a center where they could train and educate workers. Through its training programs, Grakoos has managed to reach and educate over 1 lakh families.
Vanasiri Rural Development Society (VRDS)
VRDS promotes income-generating activities and access to microcredit to promote its work in the areas of natural resource management, organic farming, and biodiversity. Organizing and empowering marginalized communities to access and control over resources for a sustainable and dignified existence is what VRDS ensures. Placing particular focus on women, segregated castes and tribes and other backward communities, the organization promotes income-generating activities and implements activities related to natural resource management, sanitation, organic farming, and biodiversity. VRDS partnered with the Deshpande Foundation to implement an inventive program that promotes the livelihoods of landless and marginal farmers by providing them with microcredit to purchase farm animals.
The objectives of the organization To empower socially & economically oppressed women by raising their awareness & income level. Organize and build women's collective for self-reliance fight for women rights against social evils.
Conduct non formal education for women and children, promote savings and evolve need based program on health (Reproductive health) Income generation.
MicroGraam is a peer-to-peer lending platform that empowers rural entrepreneurs with access to loans from socially minded investors. They try to develop innovative solutions to provide the lowest-costing credit to our borrowers by partnering with small, local non-profit organizations that work closely with the communities to provide micro-loans and other supportive services. By leveraging technology, Micrograam is able to keep their costs low, and pass on these savings to borrowers and social investors.
Samarthanam conducts programs that promote the employable skills development of visually challenged people. Guided by their long-term vision of shaping an inclusive society that provides opportunities without discrimination, Samarthanam implements a range of development initiatives that provide quality education, nutritious food, accommodation, vocational training, placement-based rehabilitation and opportunities that ultimately enable individuals to become independent. In the Sandbox, Samarthanam implemented the TechVision program, a 4-month training program in IT, English, communication, and personal development.
Aasadeep is a social entrepreneurial company established in December 2012 to manufacture high quality customized eco-friendly disposable consumer products and overcome employment barriers for more than eighty million differently-abled people. Aasadeep makes reasonably priced eco-friendly products using recycled paper and agricultural waste, by employing challenged people who cannot thrive anywhere else due to the severity of their disability or lack of skills/education, and help eliminate plastic and Styrofoam pollution.
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Agricultural Science Foundation (ASF)
ASF works to improve the quality of the rural and urban poor through effective utilization of natural and human resources in the farm and non-farm sectors. Building an organized and prosperous rural life through sustainable development is what ASF works on. The organization promotes the formation of self-help groups (SHGs) and implements programs that improve agricultural practices and sustainable crop production. The Deshpande Foundation's partnership with ASF had led to the support of SHG women and farmers. Impact analyses of specific SHGs showed marked increase in income up to Rs. 23,000. Improved food production and consumption, asset creation, and good health were all documented outcomes as well.
AME Foundation (AMEF)
For over 27 years, the AME Foundation (AMEF) has been improving the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers through the promotion of eco-friendly farming. With a belief in sustainable livelihoods through a systematic ecological approach, AMEF engages in capacity building, empowers farmers through Farmer's Field Schools and serves as a platform for various stakeholders to take concerted action. AMEF partnered with the Deshpande Foundation to promote SRI in the Sandbox, a new method of paddy cultivation that has increased efficiency of natural farm resources, including soil, water and biodiversity.
Center for Alternative Agricultural Media (CAAM)
CAAM trains individuals in 'rural journalism' while enabling farmers to discuss innovations and issues relevant to their field of work. Creating a communication system for farmers and by farmers through self-help journalism is the focus of CAAM's work. This organization seeks to train individuals in 'rural journalism' while enabling farmers to discuss innovations and issues relevant to their field of work in addition to bridging the communication gap between farmers and individuals outside the sector, such as scientists and government officials.
Creating and adopting methods and techniques to improve learning levels in the public education system is the main focus of Sikshana Foundation's work. Working in collaboration with state governments, Sikshana implements its replicable model that improves learning levels in the public education system in rural and semi-urban areas. It implements its five-year model which involves heavy engagement with teachers and students for the first two years, increased community participation in the third year, and gradual disengagement during the final two years. Its presence in the Sandbox translates to a more productive, aware and connected ecosystem. Today, Sikshana works across three different states and it continues to grow.
An NGO dedicated to eradicating malnutrition in India, by using Spirulina. Spirulina is a water algae grown in saline sea water and some fresh waters, naturally under sunlight. It has been consumed for centuries as a food and nutritional supplement. It's the super food of nature, with high contents of protein, iron, vitamin A, iron and vitamin B12.
Spirulina has helped several malnourished children back to good health and is currently working in the Sandbox to eradicate malnutrition in the Sandbox.
Mann Deshi Mahila Saharika Bank (Mann Deshi Bank)
Mann Deshi Bank is a regulated cooperative bank, providing women in impoverished areas with an innovative combination of financial and non-financial services. Run by and for women, Mann Deshi Bank is a regulated cooperative bank. With over 140,000 clients, it provides financial services to women in impoverished areas. Mann Deshi offers individual and group loans, savings, insurance and pension plans. The Deshpande Foundation partnered with Mann Deshi and Ashoka Innovators to create a Mobile Business School for rural women in Karnataka. It equips women with the skills and confidence to engage in markets, run productive businesses and lift their families out of poverty. Implementing diversified development activities to enhance the socio-economic development of marginalized groups and the rural poor is what BIRDS does. The organization works with selected blocks in Karnataka, where its activities range from organizing self-help groups and conserving natural resources to rejuvenating rural culture through folk arts and developing microenterprises for establishing self-sufficiency.
OUTREACH, an association of volunteers for rural development was established in 1992 in Karnataka. They work with vulnerable rural communities of degraded and drought-prone regions to enable them to organize themselves into viable institutions, while also empowering these communities to place legitimate demands on the system to address developmental needs for sustainable livelihoods. Their expertise lies in concept development & systematic
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
WCS saves wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks. WCS manages the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks and currently oversees over 300 conservation projects to train, educate, and build local capacity for conservation and management. Working with local and national governments and NGOs, WCS has helped establish over 100 wildlife parks. Supported in part by the Deshpande Foundation, WCS implemented a project aimed at building local management capacity for ground efforts in Anshi-Dandelli, one of the most important regions in the world for long-term preservation of tigers.
Family Planning Association of India (FPA India)
Family Planning Association of India (FPA India) A pioneer of the family planning movement in India, FPAI promotes reproductive and sexual health and rights for all. Promoting access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services related to family planning, safe abortions, HIV/AIDS and sexuality to poor, marginalized and vulnerable populations is what FPA India does. FPA India's first project in the Sandbox focused on training and encouraging women to be entrepreneurs in health. In the current project FPAI runs a financially sustainable model of satellite clinic through which SRH services are given along with primary health care.
Bhageerath works to ensure that safe and affordable water and sanitation are available for all, especially poor communities in rural and urban areas. Bhageerath imparts knowledge and provides training across the health, sanitation, and technology sectors. The organization's work in the Sandbox has led to healthier communities that have received training on water and sanitation, including resource development, conservation, personal hygiene, and community health.
Global Micro-Clinics Project
The Global Micro-Clinics Project establishes a model of community-owned and managed "micro-clinics" that provide access to health care in impoverished and/or war-torn contexts.
The Global Micro-Clinics Project promotes a model of community-owned and managed micro-clinics that provide access to health care in impoverished and war-torn areas. Founded by a former UC Berkeley undergraduate student, the initial implementation of the pilot project in the Sandbox was supported by the Deshpande Foundation. The project has now gone on to be a successful independent organization, Microclinic International.
Haath Mein Sehat (HMS)
HMS takes charge and empowers youth to take the health of their communities into their own hands. Haath Mein Sehat improves the health and quality of life of low-income slum communities through hygiene education and water treatment technology while forming partners between student volunteers and communities. Started by students from the University of California, Berkeley, HMS serves as the India-based organization that scales proven solutions that have been researched and developed at the UC Berkeley-based organization in a manner where each entity complements the another. With HMS expanding the scope and reach of its volunteer programs, its work in the Sandbox has been focused on providing health lessons to students in government primary schools.
Healing Fields focuses its activities on the improvement of health care, making it affordable and accessible to all people in India. Making healthcare affordable and accessible to all people in India is what Healing Fields does. As a pioneer in healthy financing and community health education, it has created benchmarks and evaluation measures for health care services for the poor. Healing Fields partnered with the Deshpande Foundation to conduct a household survey on health needs and health financing needs in the Hubli and Dharwad area.
India Development Service (IDS)
IDS supports small grassroots development projects under various categories like income generation, education, health care, environment and disaster management across India. These projects emphasize self-reliance, accountability of project coordinators, and a strong sense of ownership for the beneficiaries. The projects IDS adopts are initiated and carried out by the community members themselves, ensuring that they are responsive to local conditions and needs. In the Sandbox, IDS's presence has enhanced employability of individuals through their support to self-help groups.
Orbis prevents and treats blindness by providing quality eye care to transform lives. Preventing and treating blindness by providing quality eye care is the focus of Orbis International's work. It provides tools, training and technology necessary for local partners to develop their own capacity to provide health services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable.
Sathi (Society for Assistance to Children in Difficult Situations)
Sathi works to create a safe, secure and nurturing environment for runaway and separated children within the child protection system. Creating a safe, secure and nurturing environment for runaway and separated children within the child protection system is what Sathi works on. It rescues and rehabilitates children through a range of programs and is best known for successfully rescuing children from the railway platform and reuniting 28,829 children with their families.
Samraksha, a grassroots organization, runs a range of interventions to stop the spread of HIV, and extend care and support to the people who are affected by it Samraksha runs a range of interventions to stop the spread of HIV, and extend care and support to the people who are affected by it. Driven by the belief that communities themselves are the best agents of change, Samraksha works and engages with people to build local capacity. Currently, it is working in 1200 villages with over 17,000 people.
Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM)
SVYM develops local, innovative and cost-effective solutions to sustain community-driven progress. SVYM develops local, innovative, and cost-effective solutions to sustain community-driven progress towards self-reliance and empowerment.It takes action from the grassroots to the policy level in the health, education, socio-economic empowerment, and TRAC (training, research, advocacy, and consultancy) sectors. With a focus on catalyzing community driven development, SVYM's project in the Sandbox focused on empowering youth as local change agents. They were trained and equipped to play lead roles in the implementation of education and sanitation initiatives.
Strengthening campaigns against toxic pollution, Toxics Link focuses its work on disseminating information and providing cleaner alternatives. It serves as a platform, which brings together groups of people concerned with and affected by toxic pollution. Its activities in the Sandbox has not only contributed to a cleaner ecosystem but has also reached out to 266 people directly and 620,000 indirectly.
Vaatsalya builds primary and secondary care hospitals in semi-urban and rural areas to make healthcare more accessible. A pioneer in the healthcare service industry, Vaatsalya addresses medical needs in semi-urban and rural India through the provision of affordable and quality hospitals. With a low-cost and highly replicable model, Vaatsalya witnessed a 500% growth in the past two years as the organization set up more residential training schools for nursing and paramedical staff. The Deshpande Foundation partnered with Vaatsalya to establish rural hospitals at affordable costs at places that do not readily have access to medical services.
Baala Balaga is a unique school that seeks to provide a homely, interesting and fear free atmosphere for children. It explores various different ways for a child to learn. Baala Balaga guides the children with the hope of them evolving into well rounded, socially responsible individual, with a passion to excel in whatever they chose to do.In collaboration with the Deshpande Foundation, Baala Balaga works to develop and implement new concepts, methodologies and games to teach mathematics in a fun and enjoyable manner.
The karadi path
Karadi Path Company is a publishing house company that creates space for Indian culture and heritage learning by providing meaningful entertainment alternatives for kids and families. A children's publishing house, Karadi Path provides meaningful entertainment alternatives for kids and families, and brings fun into the development of early learning skills. Involved in innovative pedagogy for language learning, it caters particularly to rural and underprivileged schools and recreates the joy of Indian stories. Using an innovative approach that incorporates music and storytelling, Karadi Path brings fun learning techniques to the Sandbox.
A school in a village near Sirsi was in such a poor condition that it needed to be closed down. Since the school had closed down, many of the children had started attending far away schools. Some of the children stopped attending school altogether. LEADer Arun Bhat of MES College of Commerce, Sirsi, wanted to reconstruct this school. He initially approached the school teachers, administrators, and villagers regarding the problems. He then approached the Gram Panchayath and requested their support. Arun successfully raised more than Rs. 70,000 worth of building materials from the local community and government. He worked with the community to help rebuild the school so that he could provide an adequate learning environment for the children. Because of Arun's project, 15 children are now attending this school regularly. Arun's project was showcased during Yuva Summit 2014. Shivanand's project was showcased during Yuva Summit 2014.
Asha for Education
Asha for Education provides education opportunities to underprivileged children. Educating underprivileged children to catalyze socio-economic change in India through education is the purpose behind Asha for Education. With 67 chapters worldwide, Asha has disbursed over $25 million since its inception in 2011 and galvanized over 1000 volunteers.
Bangalore Little Theatre (BLT)
BLT conducts training, workshops and performances in its commitment to the promotion of theatre and performing arts. In an effort to promote theatre and performing arts, BLT conducts training, workshops and performances. In its 50 years of existence, it has produced over 200 plays, pioneered systematic training and initiated play development as a serious pursuit, reached out to the community in a wide variety of ways, and built strong bridges with the regional language theatres.
Children's Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA)
Nurturing active citizenship amongst children to ensure a vibrant and participatory democracy is what CMCA does. Using a range of modules, the CMCA program sensitizes students across the country about civic issues and urges them to be messengers of change. CMCA sows seeds of social change and contributes to a society that is aware of local and national issues. The Deshpande Foundation supported CMCA's expansion into additional rural schools.
Building and deploying information and communication technology, Digital Green raises the livelihoods of smallholder farmers across the developing world. It works with existing, people-based extension systems to amplify their effectiveness.The work involves community members creating videos that feature local farmers talking on different topics such as market linkages, improved production techniques, government schemes etc. Vetted by domain experts, the videos are distributed and discussed by small groups of farmers in weekly screenings that are mediated by service providers from the community.
English Helper provides innovative products that address English language learning and training needs. Providing innovative products that address English language learning and training needs is what English Helper does. Designed with an eye for effective learning, the context and pace for each student is considered to be a priority for English Helper. Its ReadtoMe™ software addresses a major issue many ESL students face: the lack of opportunities to practice speaking English. Using a multi-sensory approach, the software introduces reading with comprehension, with a standard accented synthetic voice to help with diction that enables quicker learning. It has helped nearly 10,000 learners across India and continues to help more.
Going to School
Going to School features stories on schools in India where children come together to learn lessons that are relevant to their lives. Making stories (movies, books, radio) for children from low-income groups to encourage them to use their education to transform their lives and create their own opportunities is what Going to School does. Going to School in India features stories on schools in India where children come together to learn lessons that are relevant to their lives. It has since been adapted into 10 mini books and 9 movies in regional languages.
Head Held High Foundation provides rural youth with essential skills and places them in business process outsourcing (BPO) organizations. Transforming non-educated youth from rural areas to be a local human resource pool employed by knowledge industries in villages is what Head Held High Foundation does. Through an intensive training program, Head Held High Foundation provides rural youth with essential skills and places them in business process outsourcing (BPO) organizations.
Lend-A-Hand India (LAHI)
Lend a Hand India works at the intersection of education and livelihood to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the rural youth. Making a difference in the lives of the poor through self-help is the focus of LAHI's work. Working with the local government and communities, it facilitates better access to resources while working at the intersection of education and livelihoods. LAHI's work in the Sandbox was focused on providing rural youth with educational opportunities in order to enhance their employability skills.
MelJol aims at developing responsible citizenship amongst children through Child Rights Education. Developing responsible citizenship amongst children through Child Rights Education is what MelJol does. It develops childrens' citizenship skills by making them aware of their rights and responsibilities, and providing them with opportunities to contribute positively to their environment. MelJol
Malenadu Education And Rural Development Society (MEARDS)
MEARDS strives to create a well-developed rural region that fosters a healthy environment that has all the basic necessities to enable individuals to have access to quality education and gain employment. Creating a well-developed rural region with a healthy environment where everyone can gain access to all the basic necessities is MEARDS's mission. While much of its work has been focused on education programs, MEARDS's work is guided by its goal of enhancing the overall development of the underprivileged rural population. Consequently, two of its educational programs included establishing a pre-school and primary school in a village of Karnataka. In partnership with the Deshpande Foundation, MEARDS started a Rural Science Center that provides hands-on science training to teachers and students.
Sahana Charitable Trust for the Disabled
Sahana Charitable Trust contributes towards enhancing access to education by providing Braille books and support services to visually challenged people. Empowering the visually impaired is what the Sahana Charitable Trust does. It provides opportunities to obtain quality education, skills, training and rehabilitation that will enable visually impaired individuals to gain employment. The Deshpande Foundation partnered with Sahana to provide academic books in Braille to visually impaired college students and quality training that will enable them to become independent. So far, its work has had a direct impact on 235 students.
Tropical Research and Development Center (TRDC)
TRDC fosters sustainable communities through education for children, community engagement, and natural resource conservation. Fostering sustainable communities through education for children, community engagement and natural resource conservation is the focus of TRDC's work. It builds social capital through primary school education, promotes self-help groups and engages in biodiversity conservation through organic farming programs. In the Sandbox, the Deshpande Foundation supported TRDC's project to address the issue of child labor and improve the enrolment of children in school.
Vidya Poshak provides integrated support to economically challenged students to enable them to gain an education and employment. Giving students with economic difficulties an opportunity to continue their higher education through integrated support is the focus of Vidya Poshak's work. Meritorious students who want to pursue further education past their 10th standard are supported to increase their employability skills, ultimately transforming them into contributing citizens. The Deshpande Foundation supported the development of Vidya Poshak's fundraising infrastructure for sustainable support of its programs.
AIF catalyzes economic and social change through investments in education, healthcare and employment opportunities for India's poor. Catalyzing economic and social change through investments in education, healthcare and employment opportunities for the poor is what the American India Foundation does. Its hallmark Digital Equalizer (DE) program is a computer-aided learning program that has reached 27,000 teachers and 800,000 children.
Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya
Employing the ancient disciplines of Indian classical music and modern-day academic classes, KSV is a residential school that supports students from low economic backgrounds Kalkeri provides academic and music education to children from socially and economically disadvantaged communities. With a goal of helping children from humble backgrounds realize their potential, it adopts both a traditional and modern educational approaches. Students learn through the ancient disciplines of Indian classical music while being taught English, IT and other modern-day equivalent courses. They are provided with accommodation, nutritious food, and healthcare, all free of cost. Its partnership with the Deshpande Foundation has been focused on developing and implementing a diversified fundraising strategy to successfully continue its work.
AquaSafiTM enhances access to clean water at low costs through its water systems Using a unique approach that creates employment and channels for micro-entrepreneurship, AquaSafi™ provides water systems, training and services. Once it enters an area, AquaSafi™ management meets with village leadership to understand their needs. The NGO, entrepreneur, or government finances and builds an AquaSafi™ water store, which serves as a convenient location where villagers get access to low-cost clean water. Serving as a technical partner, AquaSafi™ provides the equipment, technical support, and expertise for a monthly charge and no up-front capital costs. AquaSafi's partnership with the Deshpande Foundation began when the first seed grant to launch AquaSafi in Karnataka was given, and has since continued to be a partner.
Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI)
ARTI is a registered scientific society that develops and transfers innovative, sustainable technologies to rural people for income generation. Developing and transferring innovative technologies to rural people for generating income and improving the quality of life is what ARTI does. It undertakes research to study, develop, standardize, implement, commercialize and popularize appropriate technologies. In the Sandbox, ARTI promoted its clean biomass energy technology, addressing the energy needs of both low and middle income households.
Chinyard (Chaitanya Institute for Youth and Rural Development)
Chinyard brings about sustainable development through the empowerment of disadvantaged communities. Bringing about sustainable development through the empowerment of disadvantaged communities is what Chinyard works on. In the Sandbox, its work focused on strengthening self-help groups through entrepreneurship development training in 258 villages.
Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI)
EDI has been spearheading entrepreneurship movement throughout the nation with a belief that entrepreneurs need not necessarily be born, but can be developed through well-conceived and well-directed activities. Facilitating the development of competent first generation entrepreneurs and transitioning existing SMEs into growth-oriented enterprises is what EDI does. Using innovative techniques, EDI's faculty provides quality education and training.
Initiatives for Development Foundation (IDF)
IDF builds and promotes a self-sustaining financially-inclusive model with a social face that is commercially viable for them. Building and creating a self-sustaining financially inclusive model with a social face that is commercially viable for the poor is the focus of IDF's work. Currently operating in eight districts in Karnataka, it covers about 75,000 families. IDF partnered with the Deshpande Foundation to improve earnings of Kasturi artisans and build their capacity through skill development and upgrade.
International Development Enterprises India (IDEI)
IDEI uses a market-based approach to reduce poverty, hunger and deprivation. Making small-plot agriculture more remunerative and thereby reducing poverty, hunger and deprivation is the guiding principle of IDEI. It follows a market-based approach and identifies, develops and markets affordable solutions. Currently working in fifteen states of India, IDEI has reached out to 1.25 million small-holder farm families and has an impact of over 6 million people.
Industree Craft Foundation
Industree Craft Foundation supports rural producers and agricultural workers by promoting their entrepreneurial development. Industree is a hybrid social enterprise based in Bangalore. It supports livelihoods of rural producers and agricultural workers all over the country, producing contemporary items using raw materials and traditional craft techniques. Industree connects two ends of the spectrum: the producer and the market. These two entities—Industree Crafts Pvt Ltd with the Mother Earth brand, and Industree Crafts Foundation, help to give customers quality home goods while sustaining underprivileged workers in rural India. Industree Craft's partnership with the Deshpande Foundation has led to the establishment of artisan owned manufacturing units.
Habitat For Humanity India
Habitat For Humanity India builds and rehabilitates homes in vulnerable communities so that everyone has a decent place to live. Building or rehabilitating homes in undeserved communities so that everyone has a decent place to live is what Habitat For Humanity India does. Since its first pilot program in 1983, it has served 44,414 families across 17 states in India. The Deshpande Foundation partnered with Habitat For Humanity India to support the construction of low-cost houses for some low-income rural communities in the Sandbox area.
Hand in Hand India
Hand in Hand India works for the economic and social empowerment of women by creating enterprises and jobs. Hand in Hand India empowers women economically and socially through job creation and integrated community development. In each area, it begins with its microfinance and self-help group program after which education, health, Citizens' Center and environmental interventions are introduced based on local conditions. The Deshpande Foundation partnered with Hand in Hand India to promote its Citizen Center Enterprise, an IT kiosk equipped with computers, internet access, phone, library and IT training materials.
Mitan Handicrafts provides support services in the areas of product design, capacity building, technology and network, and steady markets to sustain the livelihoods of the rural craft groups. Building, promoting and strengthening livestock and craft economy in the semi-arid Deccan Plateau for sustainable livelihoods is what Mitan Handicrafts does. It provides support services in the areas of product design, capacity building, technology and network, and steady markets to sustain the livelihoods of the rural craft groups. Mitan partnered with the Deshpande Foundation to promote women's self-help groups in 5 villages.
Through person-to-person micro-loans, Milaap improves livelihoods by providing access to microcredit. Enabling anyone around the world to lend to India's poor, Milaap, an online platform, provides opportunities to directly and instantly make an impact. Anyone making a loan to India's working poor has a guarantee that 100% of the money will go to the end-borrower. Through its work, Milaap has empowered and enhanced the livelihoods of the working poor in the ecosystem.
Navachetana Foundation provides assistance to promote financial sustainable social enterprises. Promoting financially sustainable social enterprises that generate long-term livelihood improvements is what Navachetana Foundation does. Using an integrated approach, it provides assistance through financial services, technical guidance and marketing support to its clients. In 2012, it reached out to 143 villages and 108 SHGs. Navachetana Foundation partnered with the Deshpande Foundation to implement programs and build the reach of a sister institution that helps provide increased access to microfinance services for people within the Sandbox.
Navodaya Educational and Environment Development Service (NEEDS)
NEEDS creates awareness on social issues, promotes community participation in the management of natural resources, and strengthens self-reliance and sustainability. NEEDS creates awareness on social issues, promotes community participation in management of natural resources and strengthens self-reliance and sustainability. With a central mission in equity and social justice, it works towards rural development and environment protection, particularly concerning women, the landless and marginal farmers.
NextDrop uses cell phone communication to provide timely and reliable reports providing real-time water delivery updates to appropriate populations. With the aim of revolutionizing water systems for the millions of Indians who live with the daily stress of uncertain water supply, NextDrop uses modern technology to combat the issue. Through the use of cell phone communication, it provides timely and reliable information on locally piped water delivery. Started by a former student from the University of Berkeley, NextDrop's initial development started off at the University of Berkeley and eventually found its way to the walls of the Deshpande Foundation's incubation room. Currently, NextDrop has 3000 paying customers and it continues to expand its reach.
Occupational Knowledge International (OK International)
OK International is dedicated to improving public health through innovative strategies to reduce exposures to industrial pollutants. Improving public health in order to reduce exposure to industrial pollutants is what OK International does. Working in partnership with industries, governments and NGOs, OK International implements innovative strategies, raises awareness and brings technical resources to protect public health. It is pioneering a new approach to improve the performance of the lead battery industry in response to the global lead poisoning epidemic.
POWER (People's Organization for Wasteland and Environment Regeneration)
POWER undertakes participatory watershed management, tank development and sustainable agriculture programs. A resource organization that has been selected as a lead NGO for implementation of organic agriculture programs, POWER addresses the needs of communities living in drought-prone areas. POWER's partnership with the Deshpande Foundation is focused on creating and addressing a niche market for millet-based processed food with the intention of reviving millet production in the area.
Prerana enhances livelihoods by promoting the formation of women's self-help groups. Helping individuals lift themselves out of poverty through a diverse range of programs catered to the most marginalized members of society is the focus of Prerana's work. Its programs range from sustainable agriculture to merit-based student support. In the Sandbox, its project focused on connecting disadvantaged women through the formation of self-help groups, enabling them to solve their problems collectively while providing the necessary resources.
RAPID (Rehabilitative Assistance for People in Distress)
RAPID is a registered non-governmental organization that rehabilitates widowed, divorced, deserted and disabled women in the Dharwad District of Karnataka, India. RAPID's mission is to create economic, social and cultural opportunities for women in distress through skill development, employment and counseling. With a holistic approach of social and cultural wellbeing, along with economic empowerment, RAPID has successfully reached 900 local women thus far.
Samaj Parivartana Samudya
SPS intervenes in schools to improve environmental awareness among children and engages the community to make it more aware on issues related to community control and management of natural resources. Community education and advocacy on environmental and human rights issues is what Samaj Parivartana Samudaya (SPS) works on. Using unique approaches, SPS fosters rural livelihood development and the protection of natural resources. It intervenes in schools to promote environmental awareness amongst children through practical activities such as tree planting and seed dribbling. SPS also conducts capacity building programs for different sections of the population, focusing on protecting the rights of tribal and rural people
Spoorthy leads marginalized communities to become areas where individuals are happy, self-reliant and live sustainably. Transforming marginalized communities into empowered areas is the focus of Spoorthy's work. Its programs range from livelihoods projects, such as self-help group formation, to organic farming, health activities and informal schooling. In partnership with the Deshpande Foundation, Spoorthy worked in 9 villages in the Sandbox to implement organic farming and marketing programs.
Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP)
SKDRDP provides relevant solutions through micro-credit to enhance the livelihoods of women and their families. Empowering rural women by promoting self-help groups (SHGs) is what SKDRDP does. It focuses on providing relevant solutions through micro-credit to enhance the livelihoods of women and their families. Recognized for its low operational costs, efficient administration, rapid scaling up and service through micro-credit, SKDRDP has received many accolades including the Microfinance India Award 2010 by the HSBC Bank. Currently, it is working in 16 districts in Karnataka with a reach of 20,000 villages, translating to 1,992,000 families. SKDRDP's partnership with the Deshpande Foundation led to the creation of self-employment opportunities for many.
S3IDF (Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund)
S3IDF's mission is to reduce poverty and empower undeserved populations by applying and disseminating its paradigm-shifting Social Merchant Bank ApproachSM. Applying and disseminating its paradigm-shifting Social Merchant Bank ApproachSM (SMBA), S3IDF reduces poverty and improves livelihoods around the world. The SMBA bundles business development support, technological know-how, and co-financing to create small-scale pro-poor and pro-environment enterprises. With a highly innovative approach, S3IDF's reach is expanding fast; in India alone, it has impacted 100,000 individuals so far and received the World Clean Energy Award in 2007.
TechnoServe India's programs focus on developing entrepreneurs, building businesses and industries, and improving the business environment. Working with enterprising people in the developing world, TechnoServe India builds competitive farms, businesses and industries. Its programs are focused on developing entrepreneurs, building businesses and industries, and improving the business environment. In 2011, TechnoServe India had an impact on the lives of 2.5 million people across the world.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) promotes concepts and practices for improving industrial energy efficiency through a concerted program of research, consultancy, training, and information dissemination. Promoting concepts and practices to enhance industrial energy efficiency is what The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) does. Its thrust areas include energy efficiency, environmental studies, and rural and renewable energy. It conducts research, provides training, disseminates information and provides consulting services. Thus far, it has successfully completed 650 energy efficiency projects.
TIDE (Technology Informatics Design Endeavor)
TIDE is an organization devoted to promoting sustainable development through technological interventions. Connecting research from various institutions to the needs of local communities is what TIDE does. It identifies suitable technological interventions, makes improvements for field deployment and takes measures to promote the spread of these technologies. TIDE has successfully delivered over 170 projects so far. In the Sandbox, it implemented a project to introduce improved jaggery making stoves and build the capacity of entrepreneurs in the delivery of such fuel-efficient stoves.
I Create, Inc
I Create, Inc. is dedicated to providing entrepreneurship training to disadvantaged members of society, focusing on youth and underprivileged women in India. I Create, Inc. provides entrepreneurship training to disadvantaged members of the population through programs ranging from providing basic understanding of entrepreneurship to learning how to start successful businesses. It has trained over 1,000 Master Trainers, graduated 30,000 through their entrepreneurship awareness program and trained 6500 people to become entrepreneurs.