New Delhi, 14 December, 2020: Bharti Foundation the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises won the Gold Award for being the ‘Best Corporate Foundation’ at ‘CSR Times Awards 2020’ for its ‘Education initiatives during COVID-19 pandemic’ in the Corporate Foundation category competing among some of the leading corporate foundations in India.
The award ceremony was broadcasted online on the CSR Time social media portal, to recognize the initiatives of the organization working throughout India for greater good and the commitment of each individual behind it.
Since March 2020, children’s access to schools have been disrupted owing to preventive measures in response to COVID-19 pandemic. Bharti Foundation’s teachers connected with parents and created around 1000 class-wise WhatsApp groups to reach out to students. This shift from regular to online classes took only two days and was possible because of our monthly phone PTMs that were held before the pandemic. This unique initiative equipped parents in advance to use apps, and as a result our stakeholders were better prepared during the unprecedented times.
Mamta Saikia, CEO, Bharti Foundation, said “We are honored to receive this prestigious award. The award is a testimony to the efforts being invested by our staff and reaffirms our commitment towards the Foundation’s mission of delivering quality education to underprivileged children. We are proud that we could keep our students engaged even during COVID-19 induced lockdown and still continuing with the online classes. ”
The Foundation’s primary focus has been centered on the education of children across rural India while nurturing a culture of positivity, collaboration, innovation and process orientation within the organization.
About Bharti Foundation
Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, was set up in the year 2000. It implements and supports programs in the field of primary, elementary, senior secondary and higher education. Through its flagship initiative - the Satya Bharti School Program, the Foundation provides free and quality education to underprivileged children across rural India, with a focus on the girl child. In the year 2016, the Foundation completed 10 successful years of the Satya Bharti School Program. The impact of quality education is being scaled up by transferring the learning and best practices of this Program to Government Schools through the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program. In addition to its primary focus area of education, the Foundation initiated ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ in 2014, to improve sanitation facilities in Punjab. Since inception Bharti Foundation has reached out to 3, 87,000 students through more than 7000 schools/centres, engaging close to 13,000 teachers across 13 Indian states through its initiatives in the education sector. In addition, the programs have impacted over 2 million community members across rural India. These programs have already been recognized as one of the largest private enterprise initiatives of the country in the education sector. Satya Bharti Abhiyan has also achieved the distinction of having delivered more than 18,000 individual toilets, directly benefitting over 90,000 beneficiaries in Ludhiana and rural Amritsar.