ICRA’s CSR Mission
ICRA envisions to make stronger communities and enrich the lives of underprivileged people through its programmes that endeavour to:
- empower underprivileged youths and adults (with special focus on women) with employable skills, create livelihood opportunities for them so that they may contribute to the economic development of the society;
- promote education;
- support environmental sustainability.
It may, however, undertake and support projects/programmes in the other areas as may be recommended by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors, if the same are permissible under Schedule VII of the Act or any other provisions of the Act and the Rules.
Digital Inclusion for Young Aspirants (DIYA)
This programme is launched with a focus on creating digital-age career opportunities for the underprivileged youth. This unique technology-driven skill development programme provides foundation training in IT skills, workplace English and workplace readiness and subject-specific training like financial management, retail management, Tally and hardware and networking. This project is implemented on a yearly basis, in collaboration with the Anudip Foundation for Social Welfare in rural areas of West Bengal.
Till FY2021-2022 the programme has benefitted more than 2800 youths with nearly 70% being gainfully employed. This programme is approved by the Board and will be continued in FY2022-2023, targeting a new set of 500 youth and women from two centres in West Bengal.
Women Entrepreneurship Programme (WEP)
We at ICRA, recognised that in addition to limited access to credit, women face several hurdles on their path to economic empowerment - illiteracy, lack of awareness about finances, and enterprise management to name a few. However, our experience also shows that many women have the potential to be successful entrepreneurs if they are given proper support. Keeping this purpose in mind, the Women Entrepreneurship Programme was conceived to fill these skill and knowledge gaps by providing skill-building training along with hand-holding support in business and financial management to the women. Efforts were also made to facilitate linkages for financial assistance to make their enterprise a sustainable one.
This programme is running in Gujarat, in collaboration with the Friends of Women World Banking, India. As per the Boards’ approval this programme will be continued for FY2022-2023 with 550 women.
Employee Volunteering Programme
Residential Learning Camp (RLC)
As we know, out-of-school children become a part of the young workforce, with physical and psychosocial problems.
To resolve this, ICRA collaborated with Seva Mandir to mainstream these out-of-school children through camp for a batch of 100-150 children. The camp is fully residential for both children and teachers, where the children are exposed to self-learning through activity-based and multi-level programmes. After the camp these students are inducted into the formal system of learning. This programme was launched in 2015 and since then through its yearly intervention it has benefitted approximately 900 children in Udaipur, Rajasthan. For FY2022-2023, the Board has approved the programme with the aim of mainstreaming 100 out-of-school children.
ICRA firmly believes in promoting inclusive education for the children. It means we strive hard to nurture ecosystems that enable learning for all. With this vision in mind we are currently involved in a few such initiatives.
This programme is being run with the Vidya Integrated Development for Youths & Adults (VIDYA) and Deepalaya. These are NGO-run schools that house classrooms, laboratories, computers, and a library. The quality of education and facilities are at par with some of the best public schools in the city. These schools provide over 2000 marginalised children with quality education and improved infrastructure and facilities in Haryana i.e. in the slum areas of Gurgaon and villages of Mewat, respectively. ICRA’s aim is to equip the children with the opportunities of India’s emerging economy and motivate them to excel in their varied fields and lead India into the future.
ICRA is currently sponsoring approximately 241 children from VIDYA and Deepalaya. As per the Board’s approval, sponsorship programmes will be continued for FY2022-2023 with the same set of 241 students.
While we work with several external agencies for our various outreach programmes, we firmly believe that more needs to be done. Hence, several volunteering initiatives are organised within our organisation. It is a great platform for ICRA employees to engage in the social outreach initiatives and community programmes, it also strengthens our ongoing projects, wherever necessary. Employees are also sensitised about the challenges that our society faces today and thus helps create a larger impact. We strive hard to ensure that each employee contributes towards the society in some way, thereby enabling people to become responsible and work towards the larger agenda of social responsibility.
01 Sep 2020
02 Sep 2020 : Glimpse of Education programme
02 Sep 2020 : Glimpse of Skill Development Programme
02 Sep 2020 : Glimpse of Environment Sustainability Programme
02 Sep 2020 : Glimpse of Employee volunteering Activity