2012-2013Letter from Mr.Kottaisamy Pitchai
I had an opportunity to visit HiH Programs extensively for 3 days. As part of the visit, went to Kanchipuram, Tuticorin, Virudhunagar and Sivagangai districts, from funding perspective they are FMO and Voxtra regions. Thanks to Dr Kalpana for facilitating this visit.
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Letter from Ms.Mangala Ayre
Dear Kalpana & Colleagues,
I had the privilege of visiting the 9 RBC's run by the CLEP pillar of HiH India. From April 9th -the 22nd, I was escorted by Mr Prem , to travel & visit each centre.
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It was an incredible experience to learn about the work of Hand in Hand and to see its actual huge impact on people. The internship gave me invaluable insight into poverty reduction and implementation of microfinance programmes. Hand in Hand has broadened my horizon so much.
- Monique Heering
I think it was a very different experience in terms of a grassroots-level exposure to issues faced at Hand in Hand. It was insightful and tested my capability to find solutions for hard issues.
Thank you so much for this experience. We learnt a lot about Indian culture and challenges for a country in rapid development. Eye-opening and invaluable.
- Ta Thy-Diep
With its vast experience in microfinance and livelihoods and its committed and accomplished staff, hand in hand is an excellent developmental organization to work with. Working closely with Hand in Hand on the project for Traidcraft has been a gainful experience. Hand in Hand brings a comprehensive understanding of issues on the ground and is willing to explore new ways of working, which will ensure its growth from strength to strength.
- Neeti Malhotra
Country Director, Traidcraft
Swedish Medical Aid appreciates the relationship that we have developed with Hand in Hand in the last few years. The work they do in India is commendable and we have identified a good partner with high consistent capacity to accomplish the mission to take vulnerable persons from despondency to self-sufficiency. The methods Hand in Hand uses are well structured and are part of the reason for the great success rate it achieves in the field.
- Johan Lilja
GSRD Foundation was impressed by Hand in Hand's cost-efficient management style. It was observable that as a direct result of the training, better jobs and a better standard of living could be obtained.
- GSRD Foundation
Hand in Hand has helped us serve rural people in the most remote villages. With vast experience in working at the grassroots level, the organization understands the needs of people. I thank Hand in Hand for helping us in the noble work of reaching out to underprivileged people.
- Dr. Sheila John
Head of Department, Teleophthalmology, Sankara Nethralaya
Under our CSR initiative, we are striving for a positive and lasting impact on society, especially in areas we are operating. And we have found that Hand in Hand is the best organisation to serve the needs of the rural poor.
- Mikko Kaukoranta
Country Manager, Salcomp
Please accept our heartiest thanks for providing such a wonderful opportunity to learn about Hand in Hand's work to uplift the community through the Five Pillar Programme. We learnt many good things from your Programme.
- P. Muralitharan
Programme Manager, UMCOR, Sri Lanka
It is in no small measure thanks to the cooperation of devoted organisations such as Hand in Hand that we are able to touch the lives of so many in the Latin American and Caribbean Region.
- Luis Alberto Moreno
President, Inter-American Development Bank
What impressed me the most was the enthusiasm, kindness and warmth we found everywhere. The pride in your accomplishments would be great to try to replicate.
- Cecilia Carnefeldt
Good enterprise & effort by Hand in Hand. A great contribution to the society in general and to the women in particular.
- Lalitha Venkatesan
CGM, Nabard, Regional office, Chennai
We are impressed with Hand in Hand's dedication in maintaining the strength allotted to each centre and provision of infrastructure facilities to children of RBCs especially in Poongavanam, Kancheepuram District. One impressive phenomenon noticed is the running of RBCs separately for boys and girls and enrolling street children, rag pickers and children of disadvantaged groups in RBCs like the one at Semmenchery. The mechanism of mainstreaming RBC children in formal schools is an appreciative initiative of this NGO.
- R. Venkatesan
State Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
The internship was an excellent experience which motivated me to plan my career in the domain of social development.
- Swapnil Srivastava
Thank you for providing this great opportunity to get such rich field experience.
- Pia Lindstrom
I was impressed with Hand in Hand's mobilization activities and the dedication of the entire staff working towards getting every child to school. My interaction with the children in the Residential Bridge Schools was very inspiring. I congratulate Hand in Hand on its successful accomplishment of the goal to achieve child labour-free villages.
- Shantha Sinha
Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, India
Hand in Hand has very good rapport among the communities for whom they are working, especially in providing access to water and sanitation facilities. The vision of Hand in Hand is shared not just among their board members but also their field staff, the poor communities and all the stakeholders.
- S. Damodaran
Not only has Hand in Hand clearly marked its goals in published material (website, annual reports) it has also attained its targets (and exceeded) year after year! Hand in Hand does extraordinary work when it comes to the systematic analysis of the root causes of poverty, the implementation of all means in order to help sustainability and follow-up on its programmes for as long as needed to guarantee a life without poverty.
- Arndt & Olivier Soret
Founders, Humanium, Geneva
We at Voxtra believe in funding programs that empower individuals to get themselves out of poverty and, by doing so, have a sustainable impact on entire communities. Hand in Hand's approach to aid complements our thinking exactly. More important, we found Hand in Hand to be a highly professional, pragmatic and delivery-oriented organization with strong management and reliable systems, giving us at Voxtra the confidence that they have the ability to deliver.
We visited the projects in Tamil Nadu and were very impressed with the progress. We would like to encourage other potential donors to consider supporting this well-run and efficient organization.
- Eva Hamrén-Larsson,
Donor, Hand in Hand
Time and again, Hand in Hand has shown that the integrated community development project works. It delivers real and sustainable change to the lives of the poorest of the poor.
- Bruce Grant, businessman,
Donor, Hand in Hand
What appeals to us about Hand in Hand is its integrated and results-focused approach that has helped to transform this village. It seems to balance being hands-on while reinforcing local ownership, empowering the local community to lift itself out of poverty.
- God My Silent Partner Foundation
As an economist, I have always been intrigued by the power of micro loans to alleviate poverty - the Hand in Hand model, however, takes this power to the next level and I was hugely impressed by this and the application of the team and the number of people who could be permanently helped by them.
- Aidan Clegg