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Project Nanhi Kali awarded by Times of India for social impact

07 / 09 / 2015

Project Nanhi Kali wins the prestigious Times of India Social Impact Awards for 2015.

Project Nanhi Kali has been awarded The Times of India 2015 award for social impact. The Times of India received over 1,100 applications in 5 categories of Education, Health, Livelihood, Environment and Advocacy & Empowerment, which were graded by award partners Give India and Guide Star India and these were further evaluated by an eminent jury. The final shortlist of 44 featured only 14 from the corporate category, 11 from the government category and 15 from the NGO category.  The distinguished jury consisted of luminaries from the Indian Administrative Service, stalwarts from the development sector and well known personalities from the entertainment industry.

In 2005, when KCMET entered into a partnership with Naandi Foundation to jointly manage Project Nanhi Kali, 3,500 girls were being supported. Given Naandi’s experience and expertise in working in often tough terrain (tribal hamlets, urban slums and the rural hinterland) and ability to implement large scale programmes, we decided to expand reach of the Nanhi Kali promise.  Within a year, the programme’s reach went up by 300%, to over 14,000 Nanhi Kalis. Donations for Project Nanhi Kali also crossed INR 1 crore in 2006. Implementing the project at the grassroots-level created its own unique set of challenges – poor connectivity and access in remote locations such as forested Chattisgarh and tribal Andhra Pradesh were among them. The programme went onto double its outreach efforts the next year, supporting over 31,000 Nanhi Kalis by the end of 2007. By 2010, the project had reached over 54,000 Nanhi Kalis and donations had crossed over INR 10 crores.

The milestones have come in thick and fast with 2014 being an outstanding year, when we achieved the landmark figure of 100,000 Nanhi Kalis. Donations for the programme crossed a whopping INR 25 crores.  On Teacher’s Day 2014 our Nanhi Kalis sent out a heart-warming thank you message to teachers across the country through a one-minute film that was broadcast on national television immediately after the Prime Minister delivered his Teachers’ Day speech.

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