Countries of Work
Cambodia’s economy is growing and the skyscrapers of Phenom Penh are testament to that. The World Bank reports Cambodia's growth projection at greater than 6%. However, not everyone is embracing the future with rosy optimism. Within the city glitz, more than 140,000 people endure conditions of destitution living in nearly 500 decrepit slums. These slums are being demolished forcefully, as land prices grow, making not just land but hope a scarce commodity for these communities.
VKF has partnered with insitutions that work towards adequate housing and quality of life for those caught up this urban parallax.
While India has halved its poverty in the last three decades and continues to do so, many of its citizens still live in poverty, some abjectly so. While being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, it is also one seeing a steep rise in economic inequality within a society that is already fractured along the lines of caste,religion, region and Gender. Much needs to be done to strengthen public systems and citizen service delivery at the grassroots of the country.
Essentials of human life such a decent basic healthcare and good quality education can be a luxury for many communities in India, for whom this is beyond the reach. VKF is working at the intersection of stakeholders in the government, in the corporate sector and the nonprofit sector to attempt changes that are sustainably good for the Indian Society
Sustainable Communities in Sunderbans, India
Creating Thriving Communities with sustainable livelihoods in Sunderbans India
A School on Wheels for Children with special needs
A school on wheels for home based Children with Special Needs catering to an underserved Indian district
Emergency Response Motorcycle Ambulance System
A motorcycle ambulance delivering the governents last mile healthcare to multiple development blocks of Panchkula District
Art of Play
Building Social Emotional skills of Indian Children
Building social emotional skills of government school children in India through Football
Cochin Cancer Society
Cancer Prevention Ecosystems
Creating an ecosystem of support and awarness on prevention and treatment of cancer across Kerala, India
Mauna Dhwani Foundation
Bring a voice to marginalized communities
A heartfelt purposeful attempt to enable marginalized communities to regain their identity, livelihood, dignity and power, through their personal and collective voice
Sustainiable village communities through social entrepreneurs
A nonprofit creating social entrepreneurs towards self-sustaining community eco-systems in India's town and villages.
Every Child a Scientist
Bring nature's wonder to children in science
A program anchored by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation , towards furthering education for children in science, art, and cultural aspects of biodiversity
Nutrition Pilot Faridabad
Strengthened Nutritional awareness in Slum communities
A Program toward creating strengthened nutritional awareness in communities
Caring for the neglected and destitute across India
A mission helping destitute women, children and men from all over India
Indian Housing Federation
Creating access to low Income housing in India
Bring together stakeholders of Low Income Housing toward creating a Platform towards Universal Access to Housing in Inda (UnATHI)
Guru Puraskar Foundation
Building Empathetic and Conscientious Indian Educators
An effort to build empathetic and conscientious educators in India, through a sustainable teach awards Program
Enabling Quality life for the blind, by the blind
An initiative to give a greater quality of experiential life to the specially abled, especially for the blind, by the blind
Citizens for Public Leadership (CPL)
An effort to build public leadership among youth
An effort to strengthen the capacity of our youth to take up leadership challenges in the public sphere
An effort to build public leadership among youth
A Synergy Marine Group Initiatve fulfilling the seafaring aspirations of deserving students through financial aid
Development of Panchayats
An effort to build public leadership among youth
A Synergy Marine Group Initiative toward strengthening panchayat movements in South India, in partnership with local nonprofits
iCall/Tata Institute of Social Sciences
A psychological helpline for the worldwise maritime community
A free psychological helpline for the worldwide maritime community
Aloka Vision Program
A novel entreprenurial idea to vision care in Rural India
Change the landscape of vision care in remote India through an entrepreneurial network, technology, innovation, quality
Education Initiatives at Chennai, India
Helping plug gaps in the Education Systems
Helping plug gaps in the Public Education Systems through infrastructure support and afterschool support
Salaam Baalak Trust
Relief for street and working children
A nonprofit which provides support for street and working children in the inner cities of New Delhi, and Mumbai
Wholesome care to children of the streets through open homes
An effort to bring wholesome care to children of the streets through open homes and long term residential care
Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation
A humane experiment to care for roadside destitutes in India
A humane experiment to address the problems faced by mentally ill roadside
destitutes all over India
Baptist Hospital Bangalore
A hospital caring for the poor
A Hospital putting a significant percentage of their revenue behind concessional care for the poor
Light Of Life Trust
Catering to school dropouts in India
A unique initiative catering to school drop outs in India, bringing them education, additional care and access to sustainable livelihoods
Jan Jagriti Shakti Sangathan
Building Democratic Movements towards effective governance
A trade union of unorganised sector workers seeking to build the democractic movements, seeking to bring effective governance through accountability at the grassroots
Efforts of Friends toward bring support to relief operations in disaster hit areas of India
Cultivating the potential of Buddhist women and village communities
A institute for cultivating women's potential, for the educational development of Buddhist women, while provide special programs for women and children from economically and socially depressed groups in surrounding villages
Jan Sewa Samarpan
Education and care for PVTG children
An effort to work with PVTGs across areas of education, health, employment, and infrastructure, with education at the
Society For Children (SOCH)
Rescue and resettling missing children
An effort to rescue and resettle missing and runaway children, especially those found lost at railway stations in India
LILA Foundation for Translocal Initiatives
A continuum of seeking and finding fulfillment
A movement of seeking and finding fulfillment in a community based luminous continuum of creative engagement
Janapada Seva Trust
Social Work based on strong values for the local and global
A trust catering to the needs of the local and global community, based out of Melkote, Karnataka
The Liberian Republic is one of Africa's oldest but is currently grappling with several developmental challenges. The education system is still recovering from a prolonged and brutally destructive period of civil unrest from 1989 to 2003, during which 80% of schools were destroyed or damaged. The Long standing effects of these 14 years of civil war, compounded by the 2015 Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) outbreak has continued to take a toll on the fragile education system. The civil war also ravaged much of the country’s trained workforce, with many people having fled the country.
Less than half the Liberian population of 15- to 24-year-olds are literate, primary school enrolment is less than half, and about a third of children who start primary school do not finish school. Hence, the much needs to be done for the children in Liberia and their state of Education.
Rapid economic growth and strong country capacity have contributed to Filipinos living longer and healthier, thanks to significant investments in public health such as the Universal Health Care (UHC) Bill. However, the WHO reports that not all the benefits of this growth have reached the most vulnerable groups, and the health system remains fragmented. Deep inequities persist between regions, richand the poor, and different population groups.
In the face of these challenges VKF works with nonprofits in regions, in the areas of public health improvement and areas of Inclusion.
"A bridging the lack of psychosocial support in the healthcare system in the Philippines"
With one of the highest life expectancies and lowest fertility rates in the world, Singapore is on the cusp of an extreme demographic shift as the ASEANToday writes. While abject poverty is hard to spot, non-welfarist governance models may lead to an unexpected level of inequality among the ageing population. The rate of poverty among the ageing population has steadily risen over the years rising to an alarming 41% in 2011 ( N K Hoe, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy). Further the nation is also seeking to better serve its population of disabled individuals, currently at around 3%.
The challenge that lies ahead of the Singaporean society is to create safety-nets for their elderly and a higher quality of life for those with special needs, developmental or induced by old age.
WILLING HEARTS CHARITY
Willing Hearts, a non-profit in Singapore operates a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes about 5,000 daily meals to over 40 locations island wide, 365 days a year
Uganda is of Africa's youngest nations with more than 75% of their population less than 30 years old. However, the unemployment rate in the country is very high at 13.3%. While there are many start ups, 60% of them do not make it through their first year. There exists a large need to handhold self-driven initiatives while building forums where university learning meets the professional practice, resulting in a larger number of employable youth.
FOCUS YOUTH FORUM (FYF)
FYF is a youth led organization whose main objectives is to foster social-economic development among ugandan youth and communities. They do this through creating forums of driven young people building their capacities and mentoring their entrepreneurial journeys by building a strong ecosystem of young professionals for the country.