HPPI Wins CSR Development Award
Planet Aid’s sister organization Humana People to People India (HPPI) was awarded “CSR Implementing Agency of the Year” at the third annual Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR) Summit in Mumbai.
HPPI was recognized because of its achievements with its educational outreach program "Step-up Centers" and for its rural and urban community development programs.
As HPPI's flagship education program, the Step-up Centers focus on enrolling children who have not entered school or who have dropped out. The Centers provide classes six days a week to students ages 6-14. The classes offer marginalized youth a chance to “catch up” and, with the support of the centers, enroll in government schooling at the appropriate age and grade level.
The Step-up Centres do not only address educational needs but the holistic development of a child. This helps them gain sufficient traction and independence to merge with the formal government education system.
The staff at Step-Up Centers work to make the program a success for children by not only offering quality lessons on a flexible schedule, but by also raising awareness and mobilizing parents, local school teachers, and educational authorities to work together for children. The staff also organize events in the children’s communities, such as village development meetings and health check-up camps.
The development of the Step-up Center program started in 2012, and currently 167 Step–up Centers reach out to 4437 children across the states of Delhi and Haryana.
HPPI’s community development programs focus on both rural and urban populations. In rural areas, the projects address the problem of food security, while promoting sustainable farm-based livelihoods. In urban areas the projects focus on the challenge of fighting poverty among migrants. Urban settlements across India attract large number of migrants in search of better livelihood options. The living conditions in urban slums are of very poor quality, with overcrowding, a lack of access to toilets, and unhygienic living conditions that contribute to the spread of disease.
HPPI has developed an innovative and effective strategy for holistic community development in slum clusters. This strategy adopts a life-cycle approach to community’s development problems, taking into account aspects such as education, health, sanitation, and livelihoods that are crucial to break the vicious cycle of poverty. Currently, HPPI is implementing five urban community development programs, reaching 172,278 people from some of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities in India.See All Blog Posts