This is a blog about my visit to India this October to see the Naandi Foundation and KC Mahindra Education Trust. I’ve never visited India before and having spent the last 3½ years setting up and looking after the relationship between Capgemini UK and Naandi, I’ve decided it’s high time I pack my bags and go and take a look for myself at the amazing work the Naandi Field Workers do and understand better how we’re supporting the charity.FionaI’m hoping to write whenever I have something interesting to share, which if colleagues’ stories of trips to India are anything to go by could be fairly often! but hopefully I’ll get to see a different side to India on my visit, travelling out to some of the rural villages in the Eastern Ghats, celebrating Diwali with our adopted school in Mumbai and getting stuck into preparing some of the 100,000 midday school meals which are prepared everyday in Naandi’s Midday Meal kitchen in Hyderabad.

So where did it all start?

When I joined Capgemini Consulting in early 2008, I never expected a request to look into “what Norway are doing with the Naandi Foundation” to give me the chance to launch a sponsorship scheme across Capgemini UK giving all my colleagues the chance to sponsor an individual girl in India through school for just £2 a month (it’s just increased to £3 a month this summer).

But it did, and we’re now supporting nearly 3,000 girls across India under Project Nanhi Kali run by Naandi and KC MET.
Project Nanhi Kali is an initiative which funds the additional costs needed to get girls (back) into school. Things we take for granted like uniform, shoes – even a bag – can prevent a girl from going to school in India because her family just can’t afford it.    We do the easy bit, providing the funding, it’s the Field Workers who do all the hard work. They have to talk to families and educate them on the benefits of education and also decide who is more needy amongst the thousands of girls not in school.  I’m really looking forward to meeting the Field Workers and finding out more about what they do, and the teachers (coming form a teaching family) who face a real challenge teaching in such basic conditions.

Lots to take in I think, hopefully I can share it with you!

Talk to you soon!