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Vedanta Khushi : Vedanta's "Nand Ghar" Project Aligns With PM's Vision On Child Care


Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India and Vedanta Group have come together to construct 4000 modern Anganwadis – “ Nand Ghar” in different parts of the country. The first ‘Nand Ghar’ was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Women & Child Development, Government of India, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi on 24th June at Hasanpur village in district Sonepat, Haryana.  Anil Agarwal, Chairman of Vedanta Group was also present at the inaugural ceremony.  

Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, delighted at this unique partnership with Vedanta Group, entering into construction of 4000 “Nand Ghar” said,  “Nand Ghar” will be developed in some of the high burden districts where the Ministry is proposing to launch the ‘National Nutrition Mission’ shortly. “Mission will involve more non-government partners contributing collectively to one common objective of eliminating malnutrition” she informed.

Under the Public-Private-Partnership model, Vedanta Group and Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India will share the cost of construction of the “Nand Ghar”, which would have prefab structures with solar power. The land for the “Nand Ghar” would be provided by the Gram Panchayats and the construction will be undertaken by National Building Construction Corporation  Limited (NBCC).

Speaking on the occasion Anil Agarwal, Chairman - Vedanta Group said, “Nand Ghar” is an extension to the existing Anganwadi initiative and will be Vedanta  Group endeavour to provide a better environment to the children of India. Healthy children and empowered women will eradicate poverty and malnutrition, and make a prosperous nation. Our “Nand Ghar” project aligns with our honourable Prime Minister’s vision and commitment to provide quality education for children and skill development for women in the entire country,"

Vedanta’s “Nand Ghar“ will act as a focal area for immunisation, gender sensitisation and maternal care. It also aims to enhance the learning environment through an e-learning module and skill enhancement program for women. The “Nand Ghar” centres are proposed to be run as a shared space in which 50% of the time will be devoted to children’s education and the remaining half will support women’s skill development, Anil Agarwal added.

“This Nand Ghar model will provide targeted delivery of supplementary nutrition services along with related healthcare services for both mother and child including skill training for women,” said Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi.  She also stressed on the need of having toilets in “Nand Ghar” for women to strengthen Swachh Bharat Mission.

Emphasised on the need of first-of-its-kind Public Private Partnership, she said “ Many come to me with projects but do not turn-up, but Anil Agarwal has kept his promise”.

Vedanta Group’s  philanthropic arm Vedanta Foundation has pioneered in the areas of child care. Since 2008, Vedanta Group has been time to time adopting Anganwadis for providing supplementary nutrition, primary education and health to underprivileged children. Recently it has signed an MoU with Rajasthan Government and adopted 3050 Anganwadi Centres.  Out of these 1000 Anganwadi Centres would be converted into Model Anganwadi Centres with facilities of child friendly toilets as well.

Aligning with the objective of child care, the Vedanta Group launched its campaign “Khushi” that is disseminating message on nutrition, primary education and health to deprived children and encourages individuals to take-up direct steps.

Hindustan Zinc, Vedanta Group company in Rajasthan is running a unique project “Sakhi” to empower rural and tribal women and develop them as rural women entrepreneurs.


VEDANTA KHUSHI - VEDANTA READIES RS 400-CR FUNDING FACELIFT FOR ANGANWADIS

The Vedanta Foundation, the philanthropic arm of metal and mining major Vedanta, will revamp 4,000 anganwadi centres across India by equipping them with TVs, solar panels and toilets.
The foundation will fund the modernisation drive with over Rs 400 crore, for which it has partnered with the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD), it said in a statement.
The first model Anganwadi, Nand Ghar, was inaugurated by Union Minister for WCD Maneka Gandhi today, along with Vedanta Group Chairman Anil Agarwal, at Hasanpur village in Sonipat district of Haryana.
Inaugurating the centre, Gandhi said: "This Nand Ghar model will provide targeted delivery of supplementary nutrition services, along with related healthcare services for both mother and child, including skill training for women."
The Minister hailed Vedanta's efforts in this regard.
"The Ministry of WCD and the Vedanta Group have come together to construct 4,000 Anganwadi buildings in different parts of the country. Nand Ghar is an extension to the existing anganwadi initiative and will be Vedanta Group's endeavour to provide better environment to children of India," said Agarwal.
Vedanta's Nand Ghar project aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision and commitment to providing quality education for children and skill development for women in the entire country, he added.
The Vedanta Foundation has already collaborated with over 3,000 anganwadi centres in Rajasthan and Odisha by supplementing the services of the government and addressing the nutrition as well as the educational needs of over 1 lakh children. 

Vedanta Khushi : The Little Sparrows of Vedanta “Khushi”


With 75 Vedanta Khushi child care centres across India, Vedanta’s company in Rajasthan, Hindustan Zinc and Vedanta foundation adopts 3055 Anganwadis to provide nutrition-health-education to underprivileged children

You visit any of the 75 across India spread Vedanta “Khushi” centres and you will find many stories surrounding the deprived children, who are given daily three meals, uniform, drinking water, books, utensils, toys and colourful posters to enjoy the education through play-way method.

Where Radha takes-out groundnuts from her ‘breakfast poha’, to eat it later, Billu likes playing with the ‘puppets’. Some children play with blocks and some like swings. Every morning their day starts with the prayer and follows with joyful classes. Ask them to sit for breakfast or for lunch without washing hands, and they would refuse. Hygiene has been imbedded in their course-curriculum.  

Care for the underprivileged children is very close to the heart of Anil Agarwal, Chairman of Vedanta Group. “No child in India should remain malnourished and be deprived of nutrition, health and primary education” is what he has envisaged. “Make India a child-malnourished free nation” is what he wants to see. In this process Vedanta initiated adoption of government run Anganwadis in the year 2008. The intervention was for a limited period, benefiting children in age-group of 0-6 years.

A country that has the highest number of malnourished children in the world and also accounts for largest child deaths, the private sector intervention, under public-private-partnership model, becomes significant.

Recently, Vedanta Foundation, Hindustan Zinc and Government of Rajasthan signed a 5 years MoU for the adoption of 3055 Anganwadis in Rajasthan. Rajasthan Government has a strong focus on child care and under this MoU, Vedanta Foundation and Hindustan Zinc would also develop 1000 Anganwadis into model Anganwadis. Besides regular facilities to all the 3055 Anganwadis, like books, toys, drinking water, mats, utensils, etc., the 1000 Anganwadis will see strengthening of infrastructure, child-friendly toilets, colourful walls, smokeless chulah to name a few.

200 Anganwadis will see facelift every year so as to complete the project in 5 years. The company has deputed coordinators, supervisors and senior-supervisors to ensure smooth functioning of the Vedanta “Khushi” centres and adopted Anganwadis.

As per the guidelines of World Health Organization, all the selected 3055 Anganwadis will have digital weighing scale to keep record of growth of children. Special emphasis has been given to health & hygiene and monitoring of weight of these children.

Pavan Kaushik, Head of Corporate Communication (Hindustan Zinc), said - “taking care of the underprovided children, their nutrition, health and primary education, is an agenda Company has been following for almost 7 years. We are also grateful to Government of Rajasthan for signing a MoU in this regard under the PPP Model. This joint effort is expected to benefit about 90,000 children every year. Besides providing the necessary colourful books, toys and other material in Anganwadis, our focus is also to provide requisite orientation and training to the Anganwadi workers in the adopted Anganwadis.”

On one hand when Vedanta has gone yet again for the adoption of Anganwadis, its campaign “Khushi” has been tirelessly spreading the message of child-care. The message on social media has large followers and runs a blog that has 1.5 million page views. Several debates on child-care issues have been undertaken by “Khushi” that had given some logical conclusion.  It was in a debate in Vedanta “Khushi” that had brought focus on adoption of government schools to improve infrastructure so that more and more rural children are inclined to go to school. As a result, Hindustan Zinc adopted 150 schools to improve their infrastructure and has also signed a MoU with Rajasthan Government to construct toilets in over 600 schools in Rajasthan.