Corporate Social Responsibility
Human rights are non-negotiable
However, to some children living in extreme poverty in Kolkata and rural West Bengal, those rights are a faraway dream. Some suffer a lack of healthcare, education, or feelings of basic security.
As technology and the world progresses, more and more people are being lifted out of poverty. However, we consider it our responsibility to help wherever we can in those areas that lag behind. It’s not only an individual responsibility, but also a corporate one. Donations from businesses can help fund programs that provide children with healthcare, education, and safety.
Hiralal Mallik Smriti Foundation
Recently, Capital Numbers pledged support to the Hiralal Mallik Smriti Foundation, which seeks to develop, care for, and protect the rights of children. Through education, health, and skill development, the Foundation provides necessities that some children lack: basic schooling, basic healthcare, and a sense of security.
They believe that no child should live a life that requires them to suffer.
Here are some of the ways the Foundation helps take
care of kids in underdeveloped countries:
Central to the goals of the Foundation is to provide needy children with education. It has developed a proven delivery model that results in higher social outcomes, not only for the children but for the whole community. By opening up community-based Learning Centers in rural Bengal and Kolkata, it offers children basic literacy and numeracy.
By encouraging the community to come together to support young kids, the foundation can focus on each child to give them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become involved and successful adults.
The Foundation will identify, select, and admit children who are vulnerable to safety risks. For immediate needs, a children’s shelter is available to protect certain kids who need to be moved out of their current situation and into a more stable environment.
Preventing risks to the children is one of their central responsibilities, so the Foundation seeks to minimize risks by arranging extracurricular activities, providing support for social integration, and providing support for child development.
These efforts directly benefit orphans, abandoned children, victims of human trafficking, and victims of domestic abuse.
Everywhere, people struggle to find affordable and accessible healthcare.
The Foundation seeks to provide its children with at least some level of basic, accessible health services. It also helps to support community solutions to offer healthcare access to marginalized people.
Preventative measures within the community is the most effective way to raise health outcomes. One way to do this is to educate children about the importance of health and hygiene. For example, the Foundation uses fun and engaging visual media to promote this goal, like puppet shows and street plays. Interestingly, children are the best messengers to carry these messages to their parents, who might be equally uneducated.
Finally, and importantly, the Foundation seeks to create sustainable training and skill programs to foster employment and entrepreneurship, especially to children from underprivileged backgrounds.
Although education is a cornerstone of the Foundation’s mission, education alone doesn’t always guarantee a way out of poverty. The Foundation provides children with the skills they need for long-term employment.
By providing employable technical skills, the Foundation helps not only protect children from poverty but also makes sure they remain out of poverty. Trades include industrial sewing, garment machine mechanics, electrical and electronic control, electronics and telecommunication, and computer and internet operation.
At Capital Numbers, we understand that privileges are not dealt out equally and that we may not be able to raise the quality of life for everyone who needs it. But by donating to organizations like the Hiralal Mallik Smriti Foundation, we hope to bring some children a measure of education, security, and comfort.