TechCamp Mumbai: A story of hope

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TechCamps bring together technologists and CSOs in a particular country or region to brainstorm on challenges they currently face in their communities. These groups work together to develop real time solutions to address these challenges. Bureau of Obligate and Accompainer for Rural Development’s (BOARD)participation in the February 2013 Tech Camp Mumbai strengthened their ability to deliver their services to their constituents.

Uttarakhand Bio-toilet initiative

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APMT-IS adopted sanitation as one of the top causes as part of its CSR policy. In pursuance of its CSR policy, APMT-IS gave a go ahead to set-up environment friendly bio-toilets in and around its areas of operations to eliminate open defecation practice. These bio-toilets differ from the conventional toilets as all of the human waste is processed and converted into harmless water thus promoting environmental sustainability.

Illuminating lives in more ways than one

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Samhita along with a leading power manufacturing company designed a program to help the communities in Tamil Nadu with education as the key focus area. A distribution camp was organized for school students in Veernam in Tamil Nadu on February 9, 2013. Approximately 660 education kits consisting of school bags and stationery were handed out to students and teachers in Government Higher Secondary School, Vellanlankulam, Tirnulveli District.

A Rupee saved is a Rupee earned

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A rupee saved is a rupee earned. With this age-old adage in mind, an international bank initiated a series of financial literacy workshops to impart training to members of various sections of low-income communities. After successfully introducing the training module in India in 2012, the bank is now scaling up its flagship program with the help of Samhita to reach out to hundreds more in Mumbai with the help of NGOs as implementation partners on the ground.

Samhita engages thousands of students to garner support for women’s health

Samhita launched the Champions For Change campaign among college students across the country. The objective of the campaign was to spread awareness about the Support A Woman campaign and inspire the students to leverage their networks both online and offline to garner support for health camps. amhita, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, spearheads the Support A Woman program as part of the Stayfree Women For Change campaign. The campaign is an initiative by Johnson & Johnson to raise awareness about women’s health and hygiene and fight against the widespread incidence of anemia in India.

Laughing for a cause

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In late 2012, the Rotaract Club of the Caduceus partnered with Samhita Social Ventures to do raise funds for their program Vision 6×6 that addresses the cause of eye-care checkup and treatment for primary school students from low-income communities. Samhita helped raise Rs.7.5 lakhs by facilitating a stand-up comedy event that had an audience of more than 10,000 people generously donating for the cause. With the funds raised, RC Caduceus was able to reach out to 10,000 children across Mumbai and surrounding villages.

How waste disposal led to employment opportunities for the poor

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Samhita is working for Vodafone as an implementation partner to coordinate and execute Project ReSolve. ReSolve is a CSR project addressing solid waste management with three basic objectives: – Creating awareness of Recycle, Reuse & Reduce – Creating wealth from waste – Development of rag-picker community This project has been implemented in 17 cities across […]

TechCamp helps NGOs revoluntionize operations and outreach

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Nirmaan, an organization that promotes social innovations at the grassroots level, aims to create a ‘happy India’. With community, livelihood and education initiatives, the organization realizes its objective. As stated by the Director, Mr. Chandra Sekhar Putchakayala, through the TechCamp conference, Nirmaan has been able to address two technological requirements immediately. The voice mailing system […]

Support A Woman – setting the wheels of change in motion

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Menstrual health and hygiene have always been both a taboo and an object of neglect for traditional low-income Indian families. Responding to this massive challenge, Johnson & Johnson, in partnership with Samhita Social Ventures, launched the Support A Woman program through which donations are solicited and routed to conducting such health camps in low-income communities. Donations have been raised for more than 1500 women and camps have been conducted for more than 500 women. After a successful stint in Maharashtra, the program is set to start all over the country soon.