The Head Held High Foundation celebrates 10 years of serving marginalized rural communities

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– The non-profit organization will launch an idea-sharing platform entitled “The Power of Possibilities” to mark the milestone and facilitate collective goals for the next decade

BENGALURU, India, 26 November 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Head Held High Foundation, a non-profit organization working to reduce poverty and empower young people and rural communities, is completing a decade of impact this year.

The NGO is now trying to take advantage of the lessons learned from the first ten years to set more ambitious goals for the next ten years. A co-operation strategy based on the strengths of the entire ecosystem is the key to making this possible. To coincide with its 10th the anniversary of November 30, Head Held High launches a year-long campaign entitled “The Power of Possibilities”. With regular panel discussions, program insights and community-centered solutions, the campaign will engage current and potential partners to answer the question: what can we work together towards in the coming decade?

Over the past decade, Head Held High has reached more than 200,000 rural youth with initiatives focused on training, skills, mentorship and livelihood development. It implements these efforts in over 100 districts India, many of them in places that lag behind in terms of socio-economic key indicators.

Women in rural areas is another demographic that Head Held High strives to influence and represents 80% of young people in their basic education programs. An exciting new initiative that is planned to be launched in the coming year is a program to support 10,000 women entrepreneurs in rural areas. Called One by one, the program will be funded by donations from individuals who will also mentor the women for the success of their ventures. Every donor or ambassador will play an important role in transforming the rural woman at the other end.

Speaking of the effects of the last decade and the goals of the campaign, Madan Padaki, Co-Founder and Managing Trustee at Head Held High Foundation sa, “Our transformation project at Head Held High Foundation is based on giving individuals the opportunity to realize their potential. What begins as a small change in their economic circumstances eventually leads to more transformative changes in how they view themselves and their roles within their families and communities. The stories of change that we hear daily tell us that we are on the right path. This is an appropriate time for us to look at the exponential scale of our impact through partnerships and with approaches that utilize different parts of the change-creating ecosystem. We look forward to exploring this through the ‘Power of Possibilities’ campaign.

The first of the talks in the series (‘Unleashing Youth Potential’) is also planned for Nov 30. It is likely to present social, economic and political perspectives from an inclusive panel of speakers Arun Maira Consultant and former member, Planning Commission for India), Reema Nanavati (Director, SEWA), Dr R Balu (Member-HR, Capacity Building Commission, Govt of India) and Madan Padaki (Managing Trustee, Head Held High Foundation).

About Head Held High:

Head Held High is one Bangalore-based non-profit organization that works with poverty reduction – mainly in rural areas India – through training in soft skills, career guidance and counseling and support for entrepreneurship. The work is driven by the vision of achieving a world of abundance for all – one where poverty has no place. In addition to the co-founders – Rajesh Bhat, Madan Padaki and Sunil Savara – the Head Held High Board of Trustee also includes Vivek Talwar (former head of CSR at Tata Power) and Simon Newman (a leader in the banking sector who previously worked at Prudential UK). The NGO was incorporated as a foundation in 2011, although it had started running a version of its flagship youth transformation program before that in parts of Karnataka.


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