NGO Current Affairs - 2019

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NALCO to get President’s award for excellent CSR in social development

National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), an Odisha-based Navaratna Company has been selected for President’s award for utilisation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund in social development. NALCO was selected for its Aliali Jhia Scheme.

About Aliali Jhia

In 2015 NALCO started a scheme called Aliali Jhia. The scheme was on the line of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao to adapt and promote the poor and talented girls for education.

It aimed to promote the education of Girls of BPL (Below Poverty Line) families.

Under this scheme, NALCO adopted 416 girls from BPL families of 66 villages in Anugul and Koraput districts of Odisha. These girls are reading in 45 different schools and under this scheme Company is bearing all expenditure for education and promotion of talent from 8th to 10th class.

Scheme is now joined by employees of the company.

About National Aluminium Company Limited

NALCO is a Navratna CPSE (Central Public Sector Enterprises) under Union Ministry of Mines. Centre Government holds 52% equity of NALCO.

It was established in 1981, with its registered office at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

It is one of the largest integrated primary producer of Aluminium in Asia.

It encompasses entire vale chain from bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting and casting, power generation, rail and port operations.

What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

CSR is funding and grants process undertaken by corporate sector under which they provide financial and other support to Non-Profit Organisations (NGOs). Under Companies Act, 2013 it is a mandatory provision for companies to provide a contribution of 2% of average of their net profits.

NGO Akshay Patra wins BBC Award 

Akshaya Patra, a Bengaluru-based non-profit organisation (NGO) running one of the world’s largest school meals project in India was awarded BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) World Service Global Champion Award for the programme.

Nomination: The Akshaya Patra NGO was selected by an international panel of judges from nominations sent in by BBC World Service audience from all over the world.

Award Ceremony: The Award was presented to Akshaya Patra at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Bristol in London, UK.

About Akshaya Patra’s School Meals Project

Background: Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India was founded by Madhu Pandit Dasa in 2000. Since its establishment it is running mid-day meal programme across India. Almost 20 years ago it started with providing 1,500 free school lunches every day and today it feeds 1.75 million children all over India with freshly prepared meals.

Motto: With the motto of-Unlimited Food for Education, its stated mission is to ensure that no child is deprived of education because of hunger. This is in recognition to the fact that some children may drop off education to do menial jobs to earn enough money to eat, and even if they do make it to classroom, an empty stomach can make it hard to concentrate.

For many children Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal programme will be their main source of nutrition and keep them in education.

About BBC World Service Global Champion Award

This year was the 3rd edition of Global Food Champion.

Objective: It is awarded to recognise a person or project who is changing the way world produces, processes, consumes or thinks about food for the better.

Other projects on shortlisted for 2019 BBC award included UK charity WRAP (working towards reducing waste across various sectors), and Food 4 Education (a Kenya based NGO which provides heavily-subsidised meals at primary schools in Nairobi).

Previous Awardee: Last year award winner was chef Jose Andres who helped provide 3.4 million meals to people in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.