Hand in Hand now works with bi-lateral banks, governments, major corporate houses and vital grassroots organizations. They provide critical support by funding projects of the organization in different parts of the world. Here’s a few of our many many valuable partners and friends...
Water.org is transforming communities in South Asia, Africa, and Central America by providing access to sanitation and safe water. Community ownership being at the heart of water.org’s philosophy, the organisation works with local partners. The organisation believes in finding new solutions and financing models, more transparency and in forging real partnerships for lasting change. The pioneering WaterCredit initiative based in microfinance is one of its innovative solutions aiming at long term success. Hand in Hand offers water-sanitation loans in partnership with water.org, a U.S.-based non-profit organisation committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries.
The Swedish Medical Aid
Swedish Medical Aid is an independent Swedish foundation that supports development projects and humanitarian efforts in direct collaboration with local partners, other NGOs, or Christian organisations. Swedish Medical Aid’s donors mainly consist of around 100,000 private Swedish individuals. Swedish Medical Aid also receives government grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and via another Swedish partner organisation, PMU InterLife. Swedish Medical Aid supports a variety of humanitarian aid and development projects. Hand in Hand cooperates with the Swedish Medical Aid in training 14,100 women in Tamil Nadu into entrepreneurship and job creation, and thereby linking them to Hand in Hand’s microfinance programme. All the training is conducted in self-help groups of 15-20 women. To create jobs and income, the women need skills to offer the market. Throughout the process of implementing the training components, Swedish Medical Aid and Hand in Hand continuously aim at exchanging knowledge and experiences.
Flextronics: A humane approach
One of our valuable partners is Flextronics, who as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, have forged a partnership with us to bring education, health and other poverty alleviation activities to the poor. In the first phase, Flextronics helped build and renovate many child day care centers in Tamil Nadu. And by adopting villages at other places, it has helped implement some of the organization’s five pillar activities. For instance, it took care of the operational cost of a transit school run by Hand in Hand for a year. Flextronics wishes to focus on women and children, and beginning April, 2011, it will identify 100 poor women in to promote enterprises. It will also partner with Hand in Hand to bring awareness about health by conducing medical camps in villages.