National, December 2020: IIFL Foundation which runs ‘Sakhiyon Ki Baadi’ – one of India’s largest girl child literacy programmes in Rajasthan, has brought over 36,000 out-of-school girls into education fold as it completes its fourth year of operations.
Madhu Jain, Director, IIFL Foundation said, “We thank the support of the government, the village community, our 1100 teachers, parents of the 36,000 children for this progress. We believe this is just the beginning and there are miles to go. Our mission is to see 100 per cent girl child literacy in Rajasthan and we will work towards the same with all the stakeholders.”
IIFL Foundation works primarily in the rural areas of Rajasthan and with underprivileged indigenous tribal communities, where girl child literacy is less than 10 per cent in most cases.
“Literacy has not only brought about education but also social awareness, health awareness and dignity for our students. The awareness has allowed communities to understand and eradicate girl child marriage which was common in these areas.”
IIFL Foundation has received multiple international and national accolades for its successful girl child literacy programme. The Foundation has received the Golden Peacock Award for CSR, AsiaOne has recognised it as India’s Greatest CSR Brand, Golden Globe Tigers International Awards conferred the Women Empowerment Award to Sakhiyon Ki Baadi program. The National Award for CSR Excellence has recognised the Foundation for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Education’, while Sakhiyon Ki Baadi programme received the ‘Best CSR Impact Initiative Award’. Karma Awards recognised ‘Sakhiyon Ki Baadi’ with the most promising CSR programme. The Foundation’s Director Madhu Jain has also received CSR Leadership Awards at Golden Globe Tigers International Awards 2020 and National Awards for Excellence in CSR 2020, while Global CSR Congress recognised her as the Woman CSR Leader of the Year in 2020.