Projects which have a wider geographical impact, at the State/National level. These projects have a long-term impact and are supported for 3-5 years.
Holistic Development of Karahal Block
Karahal block of Sheopur district in Madhya Pradesh is one of the poorest and deprived villages in the entire country, with high incidence of malnutrition. The acute water shortage faced by the village leads to malnutrition amongst children, school drop outs due to health reasons or even migration issues. There is a dire need to empower the population especially women, get children into school, create jobs for youth and improve health and education in general. It is in this background that Johnson & Johnson Limited decided to support the Project Holistic Development of Karahal Block.
As part of the holistic development, a three-pronged approach was undertaken:
- Education and health of the girl child was undertaken through the Project Nanhi Kali, jointly managed by K.C. Mahindra Education Trust and Naandi Foundation respectively.
- Empowering the community through Water Management, irrigation and sanitation by creating rooftop rainwater harvesting structures in several parts of Karahal Block including, a school in Goverda village, with the help of Humana People to People India.
- Construction of low cost toilets was undertaken also with the help of Humana People to People India.
Johnson & Johnson’s philanthropy has always focused on making a life-changing, long-term impact on human society. One such project is the Nanhi Kali Project, which uses ‘education’ as the primary tool for empowerment, to break the ongoing cycle of ignorance, socio-economic discrimination and vulnerability of girls and women, leading to abuse and exploitation.
The Nanhi Kali project aims to empower young girls with 10 years of quality formal education, towards helping them make appropriate choices regarding their health, family, life and future. Johnson & Johnson’s funding will help educate over 1000 girl children from Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. Johnson & Johnson has also been able to raise funds for this project through sponsorships at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, as well as through the Employee Giving program.
Humana People to People India
Aarohi is a non-profit, organization promoting integrated rural development in the Central Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. Aarohi’s coverage spans 100 villages and has benefited approximately 37,000 people to date.
Issues of poverty have been addressed through activities related to forest management, health care, livelihoods, drinking water and sanitation and women’s development and education.
Johnson & Johnson has funded the improvement of infrastructure in Aarohi’s primary school, its activities in the field of health and environment education, providing cultural and sports inputs to over 1500 children from 18 neighbouring villages.
Humana People to People India
Humana People to People India promotes community development and works towards the eradication of poverty, the control of HIV/AIDS epidemic and education and health care for all. The target audience is people in 100 poor districts of Alwar District, Rajasthan.
Johnson & Johnson is currently supporting Humana’s HIV/AIDS project in Baddi, titled TCE ‘Total Control of Epidemic’. Johnson & Johnson volunteers from the Baddi Plant give lessons to the Field Officers and disseminate AIDS/HIV information in the field.
Prerana was established in 1986 to help combat Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking (CSE&T) in the red light areas in Mumbai. This not-for-profit organization is active on most anti CSE&T dimensions, including protection, prevention, vigilance, rescue, victim care services, persecution, empowerment of victims, advocacy & lobbying, policy level and administrative reforms, research, documentation, sensitization & training, networking, rehabilitation & social reintegration of victims and more. Prerana also offers children of Commercial Sex Workers growth and developmental opportunities as a matter of right – offering inputs like education, shelter, health, nutrition, recreation, vocational training, personality development, value education and counseling.
The Tulips School, run by the Saraswati Mandir Trust, is committed to integrating children with disabilities into the regular school set-up, empowering them to learn in a free and fair environment, which is least restrictive and gives every child an equal opportunity to excel. The school hopes to get all students to an appropriate level to smoothen their integration back into regular schools and to get parents and teachers as well as society, equipped for the roles and responsibilities they have to undertake in such cases.
Community Aid & Sponsorship Programme (CASP)
CASP is a national organization committed to the sustainable development of children, families and communities in backward districts, including urban slums. Currently CASP sponsors 12,208 children across India. In addition, community development programmes are undertaken relating to AIDS, sexual health, housing, adult education, family planning, a foster care scheme and more. A helping hand is also extended to families affected by natural disasters, as well as to children of people serving life imprisonment in Tihar Jail, Delhi. Johnson & Johnson sponsors 500 children in Tamhini, Maharashtra, which is under the aegis of the CASP Pune Unit.
CINIASHA is the urban unit of Child In Need Institute (CINI) and works to bring children abandoned on the streets and living in slums, as well as children of sex workers and child labourers into school. In addition, CINIASHA works towards spreading awareness of the problems and issues facing street children among the middle class urban population, and also increase awareness of violence towards girls and women, and the dangers of HIV and AIDS.
CINIASHA has established about thirty drop-in centres close to places where street children congregate and each centre caters to about 50 children. The children are encouraged to come in and feel at home, and are provided with a warm and supportive atmosphere while they make the transition into regular school goers.
After trust is established, children are given counseling and are coached to the point where they can enter schools. CINIASHA interfaces with major schools in Kolkata to sensitize them to the special needs of street children. The organization runs six coaching centres where children enrolled in school are tutored. CINIASHA also provides a placement service for these children after they graduate from school.
Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deafblind
The Helen Keller Institute, established in Mumbai in 1977, is the first organisation in India to develop education programs to aid deafblind children and young adults in developing their own special skills. The organization thereafter supports their integration into society.
The institute has a special residential school for deafblind children, with students from different parts of the country. Its transitional or pre-vocational training involves exposing the deaf/ deafblind child to a variety of experiences that stimulates work situations and determine his/ her preferences for certain skills. Johnson & Johnson India supports the Institute’s vocational and rehabilitation training unit, which aims to encourage the all-round growth and development of young adults with deafblindness and offers them training opportunities in rehabilitation and self reliance. Various skill-based training programs for the benefit of young deaf and deafblind adults are conducted at this unit to make them independent – thus validating the institute’s ultimate aim of rehabilitating deaf/ deafblind persons.
SOS Children’s Villages
The SOS Children’s Villages of India is an independent and non-governmental social organization that looks after around 6000 orphaned and abandoned children in 40 unique Children’s Villages across the country. The organization helps each child to recognize his or her abilities and ensures that each child is equipped with the education and skills needed in order to be successful, contributing members of society. SOS also works towards strengthening families, to prevent the abandonment of children and joins hands with community members to provide education and health care and response in case of emergencies.
SOS Nurses Program
Johnson & Johnson India supports SOS in conducting an Auxillary Nurse Midwife training program for girls at the SOS Nursing School in Anangpur. This program has been formulated for girls after they pass the Std X examinations. It helps the girls to stand on their on feet and also fulfills the need for nursing care in the community.