Our projects are aligned to the SIGBI strategies. So far, our major projects have been at:

  • Benedict’s School, Kumbalgod, a school for the children of underprivileged daily wage earners
  • We Care, a special trust for underprivileged children
  • Concerned for Working Children (CWC), helping slum, migrant, and working kids
  • Leprosy Rehabilitation Centre and HIV/AIDS Hospice, Sumanahalli
  • Prison Ministry India, that works for rehabilitation of Prisoners and their families, and
  • SOCARE IND, that provides a foster home to children of life-time prisoners
  • Child Care, that takes care of orphans and education of slum children
  • Ashwini, a school that tutors and supports 40 slum children in the age group 5 – 15
  • Unnati SGBS Trust, which gives vocational training to needy girls and boys
  • Sacred Heart School, Siluvepura, a school with 100% results, in a remote village
  • Anatha Sishu Ashram, an orphanage managed by a blind lady
  • Sneha Nilaya, a home for children of migrant labourers
  • National Association for the Blind, a rehab center for the visually challenged
  • Government Primary School at the Raj Bhawan Campus
  • Cristo Anathalaya, an orphanage for 70 children, in a slum off Queen’s Road
  • Kushal Foundation, an organization that provides medical aid in slum areas
  • Seva Sadan, Doddabelavangala, a women’s training and empowerment body
  • Rachaiana Doddi, a Lambani Tribal Village, Kanakapura

An overview of our successful projects would run thus:

  • We helped Seva Sadan, an organization involved in empowering and uplifting the underprivileged and physically challenged in 60 backward villages. We linked them with Indus Tree Crafts Foundation, which gives training on handicrafts from locally available material, such as banana fibre, maize fibre, coconut leaves and wild weeds and paid the facilitation fee of Rs 16,000 to Indus Tree.
  • We also installed two Ratt Machines to make fibre from banana bark at a cost of Rs 2,900. Indus Tree staff train village volunteers in paper bag making, mat weaving and products from banana bark, all of which are bought back by IndusTree.
  • We have provided free immunization services to over a 1,000 underprivileged children against diphtheria, hepatitis B, MMR and typhoid.
  • Our academic support activities include funding through scholarships, uniforms, books, school bags and computers.
  • On September 21, 2006, we conducted an art contest on “International Peace” for 230 children from 30 schools. We also organized a candle-lit peace march on September 23, 2006.
  • For support of physically and mentally challenged, our activities have included support through donations and special treats with NGOs such as the Spastics Society of India, National Association for the Blind, Karunashraya, Multiple Sclerosis Society of India, Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind and the Anatha Shishu Ashram.
  • We organized an interactive talk for slum women on domestic violence on the UN International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25th November, 2006. There was an exchange of personal histories by members of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • On the UN International Women’s Day, March 8, we organized a B reast Cancer Detection Camp for slum women, with a talk on ways to self-detect cancer, tips on general health and well-being, as well as natural remedies. There was also a cataract surgery camp at Ainulla Hospital for about 18 poor and old people.
  • On June 23, 2007, we arranged for Speakers from Freedom Foundation to conduct an inter-active session on drugs and alcoholism for 30 Boys from the Rajendra Nagar Slum Area.
  • Apart from these, we have forayed into a few minor areas that include:
  • Helping Kamala Srinivasan, a 50-year-old mother of a physically challenged son and a talented sports personality to participate in the World Master’s Athletic Championship in Madrid, August-Sept. 2005/Doha in December 2006
  • Extending a small hand of help to the Concerned for Working Children by buying products made by rescued children, and compiling and editing their Media Report and Annual Reports.
  • Funding the heart surgery of a 15-year-old girl with congenital heart disease.
  • Organizing a play to commemorate our first anniversary during our Charter Nite and donating Rs 25,000 from the earnings to Unnati SGBS Trust.
  • Last but not the least, being a group of professional women with opportunities to network across industries, we believe that our main strength comes from being able to connect the needy to the people who want to contribute meaningfully to society. For instance, through our intervention, we were able to get Child Care a grant of Rs 12 lakh from Target Services, India! The money will run an educational program across 100 slum centres in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
  • The attempt, as is clear, is to focus on diversity and diversification of effort, rather than commitment to a single major project that would be impossible to execute. As we look back on four eventful years, we realize that our mantra has been to realize the endless possibilities of ‘Can Do’.