There are certain interventions that CSR funds cannot support due to the nature of the project, size of the intervention, etc. So, United Way Chennai identifies and supports such projects which need attention and support but don’t fall under the CSR radar. The funds raised through fundraising events are utilized for these projects.
‘Reach the Unreach’ caters for the education of 900 children. 25% of the children are HIV affected. They provide residential care for the children in a family set up until the age of 10 and the children move into girls and boys hostels at the age of 11. United Way Chennai has funded Rs. 20,00,000 for building hostel for boys affected and infected with HIV. Through this project, 70 older boys have safe residence to pursue their schooling. The hostel houses 50-55 students every year.
Vrutti is an organization that works with small time farmers by enhancing their livelihoods through marketing and other value added services. Vrutti is part of an organisation called Catalyst, who approached UWC to establish a Multigrain Processing Mill in Aruppukottai to be owned and managed by Arumpoo Farmer Producers Company Ltd. Based on our intervention, 80% of the company’s shareholder are women farmers resulting in empowerment of women and their financial stability.
Supporting palliative care services is not seen as an option because of the nature of impact. However the cause requires consistent financial support to help children affected with final stages of chronic diseases, with better living conditions and special care. So, UWC supported palliative care doctors who took care of children undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.
|No. of Outpatient Visits (Feb 1 to June 30, 2018)||:||272|
|No. of Inpatient Days (Feb 1 to June 30, 2018)||:||342|
|No. of Specialty Ward Visits (Feb 1 to June 30, 2018)||:||3809|
Through this initiative, UWC reached out to adolescent girls in schools to spread awareness on menstrual hygiene through interactive sessions. Girls were then able to openly discuss menstrual hygiene issues with the trainers. The teachers and headmistress of the schools also showed interest in encouraging them to break the taboo around the topic.
United Way Chennai identified, trained and placed physically challenged people in corporates in areas like Back office operations, BPO, Banking, Hospitality and Retail. Trainees have also been successfully placed in top corporates like Accenture, Capgemini, RBS, Barclays, SCOPE, TCS, HCL, Bank of America, etc. Training included for instance the use of sign language to train hearing impaired people, soft-skills training, on the job training with various corporates, interaction with industry experts, etc. Over 2000 people have been trained and placed in various corporates till date.
As part of this initiative, we wanted to ensure children living under the juvenile justice system complete secondary education and are equipped with employable skills. United Way Chennai worked with two government run homes for children living under the juvenile justice system to ensure they pursue their education and are provided with water and sanitation facilities.