i2u Social Foundation Pledges to Eradicate 12 Social Evils on Foundation Day Celebrations
News | New Delhi, Thursday , 18 August 2022
Summary: i2u Social Foundation (IndiaIsUs) celebrated its 7th Foundation Day by bringing hundreds of partner NGOs, CSR experts, donors, volunteers, and social welfare professionals from leading organizations like JSL, HCL, Corning Technologies, Birlasoft, etc. on a common platform to expedite their efforts to eradicate 12 evils prevailing in society.
New Delhi, Thursday,18 August 2022 : i2u Social Foundation (IndiaIsUs), an NGO support-eco-system assisting corporate in fulfilling their CSR initiatives, recently celebrated its 7th Foundation Day with a unique initiative to ‘Eradicate 12 Evils Prevailing in the Society’.
An extension of i2u’s #OneDayForFuture drive, which mobilizes volunteers to donate their one day’s worth of earnings or time for any of the 12 priority social causes that i2u supports, this initiative urges the civil society to draft actionable strategies and contribute in any which way possible.
The 12 social evils include environmental degradation, injustice against women, lack of hygienic drinking water and sanitation facilities, dearth of accessible health facilities and nutritious food, deteriorating heritage, inadequate skill development, lack of equal opportunities for literacy and education, the unfortunate plight of care facilities for elderly, animal abuse, the humongous population living in abject poverty, ignorance towards child welfare, and ableism.
The event saw participation of 150+ NGOs, several corporate CSR heads, donors, volunteers, and social welfare experts who shared their experiences and thoughts on addressing these 12 social evils and bring about positive changes in the society.
Guest speakers included Ms. Stuti Kacker (Advisory Board Member of i2u and Former Chairperson- National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights), Brigadier Rajiv Williams YSM (Corporate Head CSR- Jindal Stainless Limited Group), Mr. Abhishek Sharma (Senior Project Officer CSR- HCL), Mr. Jaysingh Morey (Commercial Director (Life Sciences)- Corning Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.), and Ms. Tanu K (Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resources Management professional, Birlasoft).
Speaking at the event, Ms. Stuti Kacker, Advisory Board Member of i2u and Former Chairperson of National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, appreciated the work done by i2u so far and suggested adopting a ranking system based on the standards and best practices followed by partner NGOs. Complimenting i2u on achievements, Ms. Tanu K, CSR and HR professional at Birlasoft, pointed out the importance of gender equality and education among the priority areas for social development. Brigadier Rajiv Williams, Corporate Head CSR at Jindal Stainless Limited Group, shared impact of some of the initiatives undertaken by Jindal Stainless Limited and shared his thoughts on adopting “Stop, Revive and Survive” as a policy to bring about ground-level social impact.
Highlighting the importance of making sure that all CSR efforts are rupee-measurable, Mr. Abhishek Sharma suggested a cohesive effort is the need of hour to make significant social impact. Acknowledging the work done by i2u so far, Mr. Jaysingh Morey, Commercial Director at Corning Technologies, stressed on the importance of ensuring sustainability of the impact created by each and every contribution.
The joyous occasion turned even more special as i2u bestowed six of its partner NGOs with honorary titles for their stellar work throughout the year. The winning NGOs included CEHRO India as the Most Eloquent NGO, Helping Hand Foundation as the Biggest Helping Hand, BITSAA Alumni Trust as the Most Tech Savvy, GreenYatra as the Maverick NGO, and Tapas Foundation as i2u Bestie. Straw India bagged the title of People's Choice NGO.
Concluding the event, i2u Co-founder Mr. Sudheen M remarked how i2u works hard to verify NGOs for their work and impact before onboarding and working with them. He elaborated, “It is not an easy task considering the number of NGOs who are not able to meet our criteria of selection and the mammoth number of NGOs. With a groundswell of support received, i2u has created a significant impact across the 12 priority causes. We have successfully raised donations by making fundraisers more fun and engaging with our Ride, Walk, Run campaign. We have also done a wonderful campaign that takes Sustainable Development Goals to the students in association with FairGaze, a leading school media.” Highlighting the importance of transparency and good governance, he added, “As of today, i2u ecosystem works with 150+ NGOs, 15+ CSR professionals, over 20 corporate houses and institutions and supported by hundreds of donors and volunteers. Transparency has been one of the important cornerstones for i2u and we pursue transparency in every aspect of the operations.”
Another highlight of the occasion came in the form of surprise news as i2u Social Foundation was bestowed with the Partner Award by Jal Shakti Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for the support extended for the Ganga Quiz initiative by Namami Gange and executed by TREE Craze foundation.
About India Is Us
India Is Us (i2u Social Foundation) is an NGO support ecosystem focused on assisting companies in fulfilling their CSR initiatives by working with verified NGOs. i2u works with hundreds of NGOs across India, working on twelve priority causes, including literacy and education, health and nutrition, environmental conservation, women empowerment, poverty alleviation, care for the elderly, animal welfare, skill development, inclusivity for people with disability, child welfare, WASH and heritage. i2u supports NGOs by helping them perform better through capacity building, sustainable growth, donor and volunteer mobilization.