Careworks Foundation is working tirelessly to ensure an educated, healthy and sustainable future for the weaker section of the society
“No organisation can exist without creating both better work and better life for its ecosystem” – With these words on their mind and the vision to stand by it, Careworks Foundation (CWF) is striving to always put the best foot forward for the society.
Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference. And education and health are the best ways of bringing that difference. Through its focus on these two pillars of growth, CWF aims to build a healthy and educated workforce and thereby provide a sustainable livelihood for the marginalised sections of the society.
43 government schools supported, 8188 children benefitted, 195 school toilets renovated, 257 teachers involved, 10976 education kits distributed, 497 meritorious students supported through scholarships, proactive healthcare support to 11792, 11 computer labs setup – Careworks lets the numbers do the talking for it whilst the dedicated team silently does the job.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” and Careworks family abides by the legend’s saying.
CWF is an NGO initiative and CSR arm of Quess Corp Limited, a Bengaluru based business services group, and was established in January 2014 to act as a catalyst of change and create better lives. The NGO is driven by the belief that education and health are the two major pillars to accelerate growth in a society.
Since its inception, CWF is focused on healthcare and education and aims to build a healthy and educated workforce. With this, it provides a sustainable livelihood for the marginalised sections of the society.
A 360-DEGREE APPROACH
CWF aims to provide a 360-degree holistic solution to issues faced by every school, for which the foundation first studies and examines the shortcomings and requirements in each one of them. Then the schools are provided with basic infrastructure like toilets, seating areas, cupboards for books, utensils for midday meals, computer labs, libraries and teachers, as per the requirements of each one of them.
There is no stopping. CWF also networks with other institutions and encourages them to use their resources to help these schools improve quality of education.
The extent of work done in these schools and the impact created is personally supervised by the chairman and managing director of Quess Corp – Ajit Isaac, who is passionate about giving back to the society and was instrumental in setting up Careworks Foundation
“I visit the schools, spend time with the teachers and children to understand their issues and see if we have managed to make a difference. We measure impact based on three things -attendance, academic performance and teaching quality,” says Isaac.
MUCH IN KITTY
CWF’s 360-degree approach means the foundation has much in its kitty to take care of. From school enhancement to proper sanitation to ensuring education kits and enhancing life skills for children – CWF has taken it all under its wings.
“Initiatives like these reaffirm our commitment of giving back to the community in which we operate. Education and Health are the two major pillars to accelerate growth in a society and we have identified several smaller elements under these to encourage community development. We have received a very encouraging response from the Government of Karnataka and going forward we have shortlisted many more schools,” says Isaac.
The various initiatives of CWF are as follows:
The flagship initiative creates physical school infrastructure in a manner that enhances the attractiveness of schools among children, encourages them to attend classes regularly and also strengthens their learning outcomes. Renovation for infrastructural development in government schools is an important aspect.
The focus is to work with government schools to enhance quality of education. CWF’s main concern is the realisation of sustainable development in which the children, teachers and the community are involved through positive activities that support proper learning environment by providing habitable surroundings and ensuring long term socio-economic welfare.
CWF Scholarship financially supports meritorious students pan India to pursue higher education in a stream and institution of their choice. Since 2014 the Scholarship has benefitted around 490 students, with girls as major recipients. The scholarship unleashes the potential of the youth of India to grow into leaders in their respective fields.
Education is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. As a result of unavailability of financial resources, a lot of families cannot afford to spend on the basic things needed for their child’s education. Careworks Foundation strives to bridge this gap between the students and their education by overcoming such barriers and helping them attain their right to knowledge and quality education.
The kit is distributed annually at the beginning of the academic year and consists of school bag, note books, stationary, shoes etc. It encourages the children to attend school with dignity and also reflects on the increase in school attendance.
Through health checkup camps CWF first identifies children who are either suffering from any vaccine-preventable infectious diseases or haven’t been given basic vaccines and then provides these children further with treatment, accordingly. CWF carries out screening of general health, common skin conditions, dental and eye check-ups among children of the adopted schools. In CWF health programmes have covered 10,000+ children and treated major dental issues.
Educating children of the life skills is as important as giving them book knowledge. It develops within children the abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of every day life. They represent the psycho-social skills that determine valued behavior and include reflective skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking, to personal skills such as self-awareness.
For this, CWF trains teachers working in government schools through capacity building programme, thus building up human resource within the schools. These teachers further impart this knowledge to the children who then show positive changes in their personal life, school, family and social spheres.
WASH IS THE KEY
No child can be educated a 100 per cent without having access to proper Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities. Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation services, coupled with poor hygiene practices, kills and sickens thousands of children every day and leads to impoverishment and diminished opportunities for thousands more. Children, and particularly girls, are denied their right to education because their schools lack private and decent sanitation facilities.
According to the estimates of the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) by WHO/UNICEF for Water Supply and Sanitation, 32 per cent of the world’s population – 2.4 billion people – lacked improved sanitation facilities and 663 million people used drinking water from unimproved sources in 2015.
Aware of these horrific stats and conscious of the immense importance of WASH for the development of society, especially for school-going children, CWF has given special attention to water, sanitation and hygiene in its adopted schools.
Water: CWF makes sure every school has water purifiers, giving the children access to pure drinking water.
Sanitation: Every school adopted by CWF has clean toilets, separate for boys & girls, which were first renovated and then continuously maintained by the foundation itself.
Hygiene: Hand washing is one of the most important factors in controlling the spread of micro-organisms and in preventing the development of infections. It is CWF’s endeavor to provide sufficient group-hand washing facilities allowing 10-12 students to wash their hands at the same time. The hand wash station is simple and sustainable, relying on usage of minimum water. Both the teachers and students are educated on proper hand washing techniques.
“Without WASH, sustainable school enhancement programme is impossible,” firmly believes the foundation.
CWF is actively contributing to the community and creating a positive impact in the lives of people, specifically in the areas of health and education. In doing so, CWF is building a healthy and educated workforce and providing sustainable livelihood for the weaker sections of the society.
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