Nand Ghar Aims to transform 4 million lives In rural India
Kalahandi: Nand Ghar on Saturday rolled out its 1500th center at Surahi village in Kashi Vidyapeeth block of Varanasi, marking an important milestone for the Vedanta Group’s flagship corporate social responsibility project.
Union Minister for Women & Child Development and Textiles, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani virtually inaugurated the new center at Varanasi and also interacted with Anganwadi workers and NandGhar beneficiaries from the Barmer district of Rajasthan and Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district of Odisha.
Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Irani complimented Vedanta for making a difference to the lives of women and children at the grassroot level.
“It gives me immense pleasure to be inaugurating the 1500th NandGhar project by Vedanta. It is one of the finest examples of CSR, an important milestone for Vedanta which has transformed the lives of rural women and children across India through its network of NandGhars, a modern, state of the art version of the Anganwadi model. I was there for the first Nand Ghar launch four years back and the project has indeed come a long way since then. Congratulations to the NandGhar team on this special occasion” she said.
The Nand Ghar journey began in 2015 with a vision to transform the lives of 8.5 crore children and 2 crore women across 13.7 lakh anganwadis. A dream project of Vedanta Chairman, Shri Anil Agarwal, Nand Ghar is a network of model anganwadis where the thrust is on the inclusive development of children, women, and local communities. The NandGhars are set up in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development.
Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal said: “I am delighted to see that Vedanta’s flagship project, NandGhar, is transforming the lives of rural women and children across the country. We are committed to fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of eradicating child malnutrition, providing education and healthcare, and empowering rural women through skill development, and NandGhar will be the change agent. I have no doubt in my mind that NandGhar will continue to create a better tomorrow for the mother and the child at the grassroots level.”
With the rollout of 1500 centers, the Nand Ghar project is now spread across 7 states – Rajasthan, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh. The project aims to touch the lives of 4 million community members while directly impacting around 2lakh children and 1.8 lakh women on an annual basis.
NandGhars are equipped with solar panels to ensure 24X7 electricity, water purifiers, clean toilets and smart television sets, and have become a model resource centre for the local communities.Pre-school education is provided to children in the age group of 3-6 years. Nutritious meals and take-home rations arebeing provided for children, pregnant and lactating women.
Primary healthcare services are rendered through mobile health vans and women are empowered through skilling, credit linkage, and enterprise development.