Naandi, which in Sanskrit means a new beginning; is one of the largest social sector organizations in India working to make poverty history. Founded in 1998 Naandi’s work has focused on three broad sectors which include Child Rights, Safe Drinking
Water & Sanitation and sustainable Livelihoods.
To date it has impacted over a million lives spread across 7 states in India. Its core ideology revolves around building sustainable development paradigms and revenue models that help improve the quality of life of underserved communities.
To this end Naandi Foundation actively seeks partnerships with governments, civil society organizations, private sector and philanthropic organizations to garner their combined resources and skills to impact on key development issues. Amongst Naandi’s various partners are: Government of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan; Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.; Mahindra Group of Companies; Michael and Susan Dell Foundation; Google Foundation; Sir Ratan Tata Trust, UNICEF, World Bank etc.
Being a managing partner of Project Nanhi Kali; Naandi addresses rights of a girl child through education. Currently Project Nanhi Kali has partnered with 19 NGOs for girls ensuring quality education for the girl child.
Naandi’s board comprises eminent leaders such as Dr K Anji Reddy (Founder of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.), Anand Mahindra (Chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.) and Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia (Board Chair of the International Food Policy Research Institute) amongst others. It is run by a diverse team of 300 professionals and has an annual budget of over 360 million (2006-2007) INR.
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