Parivartan Foundation's 'Community Development Project for Lanka Villages' has won the Goldman Sachs Social Entrepreneurship Fund Contest 2009 which constitutes a grant of $10,000. Parivartan Foundation is a non-profit organisation started by 5 BITS students that aims to take the dynamism and energy of youth to development of villages in India.The contest is only open to the winners of the prestigious Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award. Mandava Harsha Vardhan, Co-founder and President of the Foundation had won the award in 2008.
Parivartan targets integrated rural development programs for all sections of the society in the Lanka (island) villages in the delta of River Krishna located in the Krishna-Guntur districts. They run a computer and internet center along with providing educational support and counselling for students from poverty stricken families. They also have a welfare program for the elderly, especially widows who are not supported by their children. The biggest among their projects is pioneering farmer connect program. A 450 tons capacity storage yard is being built to improve the negotiating power of farmers with traders. Loans will also be given to farmers under this project.
More about Parivartan Foundation can be found at : www.parivartanfoundation.org. You can be a part of this glorious venture by contributing money, materials or service.
Let us join our hands to help India shine by empowering its villages.