Ensuring more young Disabled Athletes have access to sporting competitions
In 2015 Typhoo Tea has collaborated with English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), UK's national charity, to design Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships that ensures access to participating opportunities in sports for disabled athletes.
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A full track and field programme, something which is not often supported at many other events, was on offer enabling young athletes, with a wide range of impairments, to take part. More than 1000 disabled athletes took part in the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships 2015 and the nine regional qualifiers, while over 240, 12-20 year old finest young disabled athletes, took part in the climax in June 2015 at the Warwick Athletics Stadium. It is the third time Typhoo has backed the charity's work after sponsoring the Typhoo Sports for All project. In 2009 and 2010 Typhoo funded free Disability Inclusion Training across England and in 2015 supported EFDS's Disability Sport Events programme funding the regional qualifiers in England as well as the Nationals. For more information, please visit http://www.typhoosportsforall.com.
Safe Haven for Street children
A little over 2 decades ago, in 1992, a door opened in Kolkata to a room with murals on its walls, dolphins painted on its ceiling, a stage for performances, chairs and tables in rainbow colors, hundreds of books, magazines, puzzles and toys.
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Curious street children peeked in. Used to dirty back alleys of Park Street, they saw a series of queer alleyways, between shelves lined with books that invited them to come in and explore. Since that day ie February 26th,1992 the Apeejay Anand Children's Library set up in loving memory of Anand Paul [1972-1989], became the safe haven that protected their reveries, gave flight to what they had thought, were just fanciful day dreams. Conceptualized as a visually exciting and happy space that draws kids in, Apeejay Anand Children's Library, has over the years, become a stimulating learning stations. The mission of the Anand Library grows in more ways than one. Apeejay Trust is directly collaborating with NGOs in other cities who care for urban and poor children. To visit, To donate or To partner with Apeejay Anand Children's Library, please click here Support Anand Libraries.
Quest for intellectual excellence
Knowledge knows no boundaries, the quest for intellectual excellence spans the globe. Through scholarships that enable young people with potential to travel in search of knowledge, The Paul Foundation opened up new vistas of the mind in 2001.
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It is the quality of mind that makes future leaders and based on this belief, The Paul Foundation instituted scholarships to develop the potential among the young and talented in India. The Paul Foundation, affirmed the Group's belief that education is the key to building a new future. By creating a window of opportunity for talented young people to pursue their goal of excellence, the Paul Foundation contributed in some measure to the global pool of knowledge. From 2001 to 2008, 61 scholars benefitted from the Scholarships and we are proud of each one of them. To know more about our Scholars please click here Paul Foundation Scholars
Project Haven for abandoned girls in Kolkata
Since 2007, Apeejay Surrendra Group has staunchly supported the work of The Royal Society of St George Kolkata; most notably its home for abandoned girls known as "Project Haven". The project aims to offer a haven and a new life to girls who were previously living in challenging circumstances and at risk of malnutrition, drug addiction and abuse.
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Most of the girls had no access to education and lacked the love, support and stability of a family home. Apeejay Trust as a Philanthropic fundraiser has funded the set-up and maintenance of a safe home, located in Picnic gardens, that caters for eight girls. The home contains a spacious classroom, dormitory, TV room, kitchen, two bathrooms and accommodation for the two housemothers. The project also has a music programme in collaboration with the Calcutta School of Music and an active dance programme. With Apeejay Trust's support, the project strives to give the girls a new beginning, a brighter future and help them to claim back their childhoods in a safe, secure and loving environment, where they feel they belong. With all the girls from Project Haven attending good English medium Schools and coming up in the top 5 of their class, the Project established by the Society's founder Neil McGregor-Woodhams whilst on a diplomatic posting to Kolkata in between 2006 and 2009, distinguishes itself as a success.For more information, please visit http://www.royalsocietystgeorgekolkata.com/project-haven.
Youth Career Initiative in Mumbai
Apeejay supports the purpose of the International Business Leaders Forum, our Knowledge Partner in Apeejay India Volunteer Awards 2011, in enabling underprivileged youth to improve their employability and enhance their long-term social and economic opportunities.
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The Youth Career Initiative, launched in Mumbai in June 2012 in partnership with IBLF, is the first of its kind 24-week education programme that provides disadvantaged 18 to 21 years olds who have cleared high school with life and work skills. The programme mobilizes the human, financial and technical resources of our Hotel, The Park Navi Mumbai and provides these young people with on-the-job and classroom-based training. We believe that the program will better employment chances, will empower young participants to make informed career choices, will help them realise options available to them and will ensure they are not at-risk of exploitation. The first cohort of YCI India finished their training in November 2012 empowered with valuable life and vocational skills that the candidates otherwise may not have had access to Know more
YCI India is made possible thanks to a unique partnership between the hotel industry, a locally based community organisation and the YCI Global Team based in Mumbai and London. Seven hotels in Mumbai, namely The Courtyard by Marriott, the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, the Hyatt Regency, the JW Marriott, Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, The Trident Bandra Kurla Hotel as well as The Park Navi Mumbai, are part of the pilot programme.
The Kherwadi Social Welfare Association supports YCI as the India Coordinating Partner. The NGO has been working with underprivileged youth for almost 100 years and has been recruiting students from the local communities around Mumbai as well as from other low-income groups. The Kherwadi Social Welfare Association will be actively involved in monitoring the progress of the programme consisting of over 750 hours of combined classroom-based and practical training equipping the participants with a wide range of transferable skills, which will increase their chances in finding work after graduating.
The Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) conference is sponsoring the programme. YCI India also benefits from the support of Accenture and Goldman Sachs who will be delivering pro-bono training in a range of skills including financial literacy and other subjects. Additionally, the Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies (SOSVA), a locally based network of both government and non-governmental organisations, is planning to provide volunteer English and IT teachers to further enhance the programme.
The first cohort of YCI India will be finishing the training in November 2012. The YCI Global Team is hoping that the Mumbai pilot programme will become an inspiring precedent for other major cities throughout the country to follow suit in the coming year.