We at Patiala Foundation are working on a livelihood project by the name of GreenCABS in the state of Punjab under which we are providing new ECOFriendly cycle rickshaws to persons who are already plying the same or who wish to start the same in the state of Punjab. We also provide the Traction Drivers more Income enhancement options.We are providing them the Patiala GreenCABS with a package of Uniform sets, Membership ID card, MC permit etc. and the rickshaws are of new improved design which are lighter in weight hence they are easy to ply. Without using any wood, these rickshaws are ECO Friendly fitted with seat belts for the safety of the passengers and have more luggage space. In addition to the above project we are also working with the female SHGs and are linking them to the Banks so that they can start with their own livelihood. In our present endeavor we have also expanded our operations in the state of Haryana.
Our main attention has been on providing the beneficiaries with opportunities of livelihood and further working with them to be self sustaining. In this quest, we had recently initiated a project “iSEWA” under which we have been mapping all the Essential Service Providers ( Mochi, Dhobi, Carpenter, Mason, Painter, Electrician etc) whether Skilled or Unskilled; functioning in the city and subsequently upgrading their skills by providing them proactive training thru open community sourcing.We are working towards making them financially literate and also providing Personality development training. All these ESPs have been uploaded on our open to use Mobile App ‘iSEWA’ and online portal (www.patialafoundation.org) for community use.
The Mobile app has been designed on an Open Sourced,Community driven and referred Platform and anybody can register to use and Add any iSEWA they feel shall be of importance for the community.The Mobile app has not only made the lives of the residents simpler but has also imbibed a sense of belongingness and security amongst the community. Subsequently a batch of similar ESPs are trained for Skill Enhancement and other related things. The ESPs in turn cater to more people and are able to enhance their income and associate with the leaders of the industry so that they can benefit from them. As a result their families have also been benefited as their standard of living has improved and they are more open to the Social Development Schemes of the Government.
We at present are operating thru our Head office at Patiala and are present in 16 other cities thru associate partners like NGOs, Administration etc. We undertake Skill Enhancement Camps of the mapped ESPs of the cities in which these ESPs are made aware about various services like Aadhar card, Financial literacy, Insurance and other Social Sector Schemes of the Government. Sir, till now 8654 ESPs have been uploaded to the website from 57 categories which include Carpenter, Mali, Mochi, Dhobi, Auto rickshaws, Rickshaws, Electrician, Sabziwala, Fruitwala etc. 765 ESPs have been Provided Skill Enhancement Training by the foundation.
In addition to the above projects we also work for the upkeep of climate and environment and in this regard we have undertaken the work of providing STP plant with the CSR funds for the benefit of the residents of an Orphanage and Old Age Home. Sir, in addition to the above projects we are working on our iHERITAGE Project in association with GoUNESCO and are working towards the recognition of Heritage sites in city of Patiala and in this regard we had organized a world event of GoUNESCO on 25th September 2016 in which more than 500 residents of the city had participated.The Heritage Walk was led by the then Hon’ble Deputy Commissioner Patiala and other dignitaries of the City and was well received by the citizens of Patiala, Punjab.
The Administration of the Districts of Karnal in Haryana and Hoshiarpur in Punjab have also associated with our “iSEWA” project.Till date we have mapped 8605 Essential Service Providers and trained 300 of them.
On November 7th 2017 Patiala Foundation initiated a Road Safety Project “SADAK” to sensitize the Community members regarding Road safety and remind us of the need to drive responsibly, educate our children, and advocate with our governments to implement and enforce policies that will protect road users and prevent more families from suffering the pain of losing a loved one on the road. We at SADAK have till date organized 48 events including Road Safety Talks,Drawing Competitions,600 Bicycles have been fixed with Reflective stickers thru various distribution Camps,Four Road Safety Audits and sensitized about 7500 members of the community Directly thru these events and target to touch 10000 members of the community in the Year 2018.On 26th January 2018 Ravee S Ahluwalia was given a STATE AWARD in the field of Social Service by Hon’ble Chief Minister Capt.Amarinder Singh ji at the 69th Republic Day Function held at YPS Stadium Patiala.
On 10th April 2018, Patiala foundation unveiled its new innovative “Children Challan Book”. The Challan Book was released by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh ji at Patiala.This Challan Book has been designed to promote Road Safety Awareness among children who would use it to challan their parents for traffic violations.
The Challan books would be then analysed scientifically for assessing behaviour of the parents and work out ways to improve compliance of traffic rules. It would also lay a strong foundation of road safety awareness among the children.
The challan book has beautiful paintings printed on it which have been made by children of 8 government schools where a drawing competition was held by the Foundation for Road Safety Awareness.
We have also been recognized by the District Administration and we were awarded on 26th January 2013,15th August 2013 and 26th January 2018 the Prestigious District Awards of Patiala in the field of Social Service.We have been adjudged as runners up for the Mobile for Good Awards 2011,2012 & 2013 by Vodafone and Digital Empowerment Foundation(D.E.F.).
We have also been appreciated as Runners Up for mBillionth Award South Asia 2014.We also received the prestigious Community Heroes Awards by Yes Foundation in collaboration with Yes Bank for the Year 2014.We have been adjudged the Promising Active Transport Social Entrepreneur Award at the CONNECTKaro Awards 2015 constituted by EMBARQ India in association with WRI INDIA.We have been amongst the Finalists at the South Asia ENGO awards summit 2015 and 2016. We have recently been declared Winners at the 8th mBillionth South Asia Innovation Awards 2017. On 15th August, 2017 we have been conferred the Punjab State Award in the field of Social Service by Hon’ble Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh ji.
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