An NGO symbolises selfless service that has the power to usher in great changes in a society. Our effort is like a drop in the ocean nevertheless its a dawn of a new beginning. I thank the Resource Alliance for giving us the opportunity to showcase our work to a national audience in this way.

Ms. Rajul Padmanabhan, Director, Vidya Sagar,Winners (Medium category), India NGO Awards 2012-13
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The Winners of the India NGO Awards 2014-15 were announced in a grand ceremony on July 24, 2015 in Delhi; in the midst of philanthropists, Non-Profits and eminent practitioners from the social sector. The awards were given away by Dr. Rajesh Tandon, President of the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA).

1) India NGO of the Year, Small Category

The award under this category was jointly presented to Centre for Unfolding Learning Potentials (CULP) and Technology Informatics Design Endeavours (TIDE).

CULP is run by a group of professionals who have been associated with innovations in education and various attempts towards making the elementary education uniform. Their journey began with Pehchan, a unique initiative ensuring delivery of quality education to out- of- school girls in the rural areas near Jaipur. They are engaged in strengthening the school system through community mobilisation, academic support for developing teachers’ professional skills and organising bridge courses for mainstreaming the children who are not enrolled in any school.

TIDE is devoted to promoting sustainable development through technological interventions and their major work has been in the area of energy efficiency and conservation, particularly in the sectors that use biomass (wood) as a source of thermal energy. Technologies developed and disseminated by TIDE is resulting in an annual biomass saving of about 40,000 tons and the grass root entrepreneurs have earned an income of about 7 crores with profits exceeding 1.5 crores through biomass energy enterprises since the year 2000. TIDE has also adapted innovative and sustainable technologies to enable women to engage in livelihood activities. Through these activities more than 50 women have made a collective profit exceeding 10 lakhs in the last five years.

2) India NGO of the Year, Medium Category

Saath Charitable Trust utilizes market-based strategies to create inclusive societies by empowering India’s urban and rural poor. Since 1989 SAATH has facilitated participatory processes that improve the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. Saath runs programs in various sectors which include Livelihoods, Health and Education, Governance, Human Rights and Affordable Housing, Rehabilitation and Resettlement and Microfinance.

3) India NGO of the Year, Large Category

Swami Vivekanand Youth Movement (SVYM) is engaged in building a new civil society in India through its grassroots to policy-level action in health, education and community development sectors. They have various institution-based and community-based Health and Education projects running and also undertake several Community Development Initiatives, catering to a populace of about 400,000 comprising of both tribal and rural poor.

SVYM has a state-of-the-art training cum resource center called Vivekanand Institute for Leadership Development at Mysore, which also serves as a base for urban-based interventions and also houses their registered office. They work in the most backward regions of North Karnataka, particularly in the districts of Bijapur and Dharwad. Here, in addition to direct intervention in Health and Education sectors, they also train and build capacities of like-minded budding NGOs. They also have a full-fledged education project running in Bangalore. Their Training, Research, Advocacy and Consultancy (TRAC) activities give them a pan-India footprint.

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