Sankalp, was formed in the year 2007 as the philanthropic initiative by the staff of Sathguru Management Consultants Pvt Ltd. Ms. Hemalatha Vijayaraghvan, an entrepreneur by profession and philanthropist by spirit is the Founder cum President of Sankalp.
On the occasion of Woman’s day (8th March, 2007), a group of women were enjoying their lunch in one of the swanky restaurants in Hyderabad. Amidst the usual discussions around family & social life, the topic of social issues and rising commodity prices had come up. The discussion and arguments around these subjects led to the germination of a seed or rather an idea with the potential of bringing positive difference in the lives of many. Those ideas got turned to reality by the vision and actions of Ms. Hemalatha Vijayaraghvan. Along with many likeminded individuals, she joined hands to pool up resources to work towards the empowerment of girl children through education. Since then there was no looking back. Sankalp, which literally means determination, a determination to reach out and give something back, do something good, worthwhile and useful for the society, took firm hold in the minds of women who happened to be colleagues at Sathguru. The idea, like all good ideas, went on to motivate the other members of the Sathguru family and soon began to influence their friends and other family members who took an active interest in Sankalp programs. Sankalp too grew in vision and extended its support to worthy initiatives such as creating awareness on various social issues, geriatric care, skill building, clothes and books donation, blood donation camps, blanket donation drives in addition to the original idea to work on supporting education for the girl child.
- To provide education directly or indirectly to poor and underprivileged children in the society
- To provide direct or indirect medical facilities to the aged and underprivileged people
- To provide skills to unskilled women and adolescents
- To do all acts and things necessary to facilitate the charitable, cultural, educational, vocational and economic development of society
Do not let COVID fade her dreams
In the constant fight for survival, amidst COVID crisis, investing in girl-child education is more than a luxury for resource-poor communities. There are high chances that the children who went to schools before the pandemic, might discontinue education. Due to poverty, hunger and loss of livelihoods, there is risk of early and enforced marriages or engaging children in workforce as child labour by their parents. As a result, it will impact on sexual and reproductive health and psycho social wellbeing of girl children. While World Vision already has anecdotal evidences of a rise in child marriages in India, UNESCO anticipates that with COVID, there would be a risk of reversing at least 20 years of gains made for girls’ education and social empowerment.
COVID Responses - Virtual sessions on child sexual abuse
Paving a pathway towards creating a safe environment in schools during COVID times.
While child sexual abuse (CSA) is a widespread complex social problem, several hidden impacts have cropped up amid the COVID crisis. Its impact on children is shockingly high. Childline in India has received 92,000 SOS calls from children asking for protection from abuse and violence and this is just in first 11 days of lockdown!! Needless to say, that several cases might have gone and are going unreported. Lack of community awareness and parental support seems to be the major reason for the rise of CSA on children.
In the given scenario, the stakeholders for child safety- the parents, teachers or the guardians must play a key role in prevention of any form of abuse. While parents are the primary influencers in child development and education, teachers are the second in that list. Teachers can play an important role in instructing children about CSA prevention knowledge and self-protection skills.
To enable teachers to play a proactive role in combating CSA, Sankalp has trained teachers from schools operating in four communities and has equipped them to play proactive role in recognizing, reacting and reporting CSA