HCL Foundation and Police Department launch the Mobile Education Program, “Nanhe Parinde” initiative in Noida, Gautam Buddha Nagar

Noida: Flag off Two Mobile Education and Protection vans for children living on streets in partnership with the Police Department, Noida, and NGO partner Chetna.

HCL Foundation (HCLF), the CSR arm of HCL Technologies, launched the “Nanhe Parinde” initiative for children living in difficult circumstances (CIDC) in Noida, Gautam Buddha Nagar.

This is an initiative under HCL Uday, HCL Foundation’s urban flagship program in partnership with the Police Department and Chetna (our NGO partner)

The initiative was flagged off by the Commissioner of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar – Shri Alok Singh along with his wife Mrs. Akanksha Singh today on the occasion of U.P. Diwas in the presence of Ms. Nidhi Pundhir, Director, HCL Foundation along with the esteemed guests Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Member of Parliament from Gautam Buddha Nagar, Shri Pankaj Singh, Member of Legislative Assembly, Noida and Shri Dhirendra Singh, Member of Legislative Assembly, Jewar.

On the occasion of UP Divas, on January 25, 2021, Honorable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Aditya Nath Singh is slated to visit the HCL Foundation initiative at the Noida Haat.

HCLF’s support complements efforts of the Police Department towards providing safe spaces and education to children living on streets and working children to reduce juvenile crime.

The Nanhe Parinde Initiative will function to prevent vulnerable children and youth from slipping into a life of crime– and supports them in discovering their voice and passion. A diverse range of services catering to both academic and physical development will be offered through a carefully designed curriculum.

HCL Foundation aims to provide children living on streets and working children a safe space where the children will receive alternative education, arts and crafts, training in self-defense, gender and inclusion, co-curricular activities, opportunities for sports and nutrition through five mobile vans which will be launched over three years to reach out to 400 to 500 CIDC (children in difficult circumstances) in GB Nagar and mainstream them into the formal education system.

These mobile education vans will be equipped with modern amenities such as LCD screen, sound systems, CCTV cameras and GPS for safety and security, educational material, first aid box, handwashing station and sanitization facilities. Each van will reach out to 50 to 60 children every day with support from the local police stations at pre-determined spots.

HCLF’s NGO partner, Childhood Enhancement through Training and Action (CHETNA), works for empowerment through education of street-connected children since 2002 and will be responsible for the implementation of the program and will provide a team with a female driver, community mobilizer and educator to run the initiative.

Guidance and mentoring support will be provided so that children have access to counselling, safe infrastructure, and observe important days/ events for social awareness, environmental awareness etc. along with the regular health checkups, gender and inclusion sessions and self-defense training.

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