Today I had a nice lunch with one of my long-time friends in India, Sheetal Mehta, who heads the Nanhi Kali foundation. This is a NGO that is supported by Capgemini. Project Nanhi Kali was started back in 1996, with the aim of providing primary education to underprivileged girl children in India. According to the World Bank some of the benefits associated with girls’ education include reduction in child and maternal mortality, improvement of child nutrition and health, lower fertility rates and improvement in economic production. Moreover the benefits in the form of reduction of abuse and exploitation of females are huge.
I have been fortunate enough to be involved with Nanhi Kali in a number of projects. Quite a few times I have visited schools and homes of these children, and it is always exciting. The probably best experience I have had was when we handed out school kits to a number of children in a small village just outside Hyderabad a few years back. The whole village was there and it was just fantastic to see the reaction we got in the village! More recent I have visited schools and homes in different places in Mumbai and it has always been extremely interesting
So how can we, or rather I help to grow this even further? Well, first of all, I’m happy to write about it at this blog, and hope that most of you who reads this will support the foundation. The easiest thing that everyone can do is to support the foundation financially. If you live in India you can donate money directly at the Nanhi Kali web site If you live in the United States, you can donate through the Nanhi Kali USA foundation. And if you live in Norway, you can enter the Naandi Norway website and donate there. For me living in India, I can and will surely try to encourage my colleagues here to help support the foundation. If you have any ideas on what to do, I’m more than eager to know about it. Hopefully I can also manage to visit more schools around the country and even do some work there. Will surely keep you updated as the work progresses.
Talk to you soon!