We support work across three main focus areas--Vulnerable Groups, Governance and Nutrition. We have identified certain themes under each focus area and pursue different approaches (roles) to grant making across these focus areas and themes.
We make grants to partners whose work, we believe, adds intrinsic value to vulnerable individuals, communities or groups. In terms of our role, we are funders of what we call Value in itself grants.
We also offer our expertise to build on grant partners’ inherent strengths so they are able to scale their work with vulnerable groups and reach out significantly more people. In this Scale-up approach of grant making, we play the role of Enabler.
We also take on the role of Orchestrator, when we focus on system change and long-term impact. In this case, we develop our strategy for an identified theme within a focus area. Then we support Special Initiatives that will synergistically bring together a number of partners and the government to achieve a particular change within a given sector.
Through our Vulnerable Groups focus area, our approach has been primarily as a funder and enabler. Through our Governance and Nutrition focus areas, we play the role of orchestrator, where we aim to bring about far reaching reform within the sectors concerned. Here too, we have our own strategy for each theme. And we support partners who share our goals.
Akshaya Helping in H.E.L.P Trusts, Madurai
Akshaya is building a shelter for 430 homeless, dying and destitute people rescued in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The shelters provide food, clothing, medical/psychiatric care, skill development and try to bring about family reunification.
Centre for Equity Studies, (CES), Delhi
CES is working in Delhi, Telangana (Hyderabad), Bihar (Patna) and Rajasthan (Jaipur) providing medical/convalescence support, nutrition and counselling through eight recovery shelters catering to 3,200 homeless men and women. The NGO is also helping 15,000 homeless persons in accessing citizenship rights, social security and bank accounts.
Human People to People India, (Humana India), Delhi
Humana India is helping 15,000 homeless people in East and Northeast Delhi, by providing better shelters, improving existing ones, and enabling access to entitlements and social welfare schemes so that they can rejoin society. It is piloting a model Homeless Resource and Service Centre that can be replicated in cities with a large homeless population.
Iswar Sankalpa, Kolkata
Iswar Sankalpa is helping 150 urban homeless women in Kolkata with psychosocial disabilities to be functional members of the society, through care and rehabilitation, skills for productive living, and by facilitating community care as well as family-reunification.
Koshish (A field action project of TISS), Mumbai
Koshish is preventing 8,000 homeless/abandoned/destituteness in Bihar (Patna and 14 districts) and Delhi, from being charged as criminals under the Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, gets inmates released from Beggars’ Homes, and get them resettled in the community.
The Banyan, Chennai
The Banyanis providing mental health care, treatment, rehabilitation, employment including vocational skill training for 5,160 poor and homeless people with psycho-social disabilities, in Chennai and Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu.