HCL Samuday, a flagship program of HCL Foundation, is an outcome of HCL’s commitment to uplift rural India.
Established in 2015, Samuday intends to develop a sustainable, scalable, and replicable model – a source code for economic and social development of rural areas in partnership with central and State Governments, local communities, NGOs, knowledge institutions and allied partners. We do this through optimal interventions across Agriculture, Education, Health, Infrastructure, Livelihood, and WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) in selected villages.
The program is designed to help the local people identify their problems, co-create solutions, and then implement the same on their own with professional support from team Samuday, thereby, lending the dimension of sustainability and ownership to the whole vision of development. Currently implemented in three blocks – Kachhauna, Behender and Kothawan – in Uttar Pradesh, HCL Samuday is operational in 765 villages from 164 Gram Panchayats, comprising of 90,000 households and impacting around 600,000 people.
With the help of HCL Samuday, we conducted a program under Going to School initiative in which we distributed books, and reading aids to class 8 standard students. The inputs specially helped weaker students cover their learning gaps, and also provided great encouragement and inspiration to my students. In fact, the students who were somehow not able to continue their studies after 8th standard, were motivated to learn vocational skills so as to become financially independent and an inspiration to others in their village.Awadesh Lal Principal-Upper Primary School, Village Kamipur, Kachhauna
I did intermediate in Biology and was interested in Medical but there were no opportunties. I have 7 members in family and all of us were engaged in agriculture. Our family annual income was about 1 lakh. Then I met volunteers from HCL Samuday and after finding out about my interest in Medical filed, they encouraged me to do a 2 month training course in Nursing. I finished my training and got a job of Nursing Attendant in Lucknow. I have a dream that my brothers can study further and that i become a wealthy man someday!Shivam Mishra Village Barradhuman
Earlier we use to buy vegetables from the market. Mostly, we could cook vegetables only once since we could not afford it. Then people from HCL Samuday came to our village who told me about the concept of Nutrition Garden. They gave us seeds, manure and more importantly good advise. Now I grow raddish, spinach, fenugreek and cauli ower in my nutrition garden. Not only it saves me time, I also save about `400 every month by not buying from market. Moreover, I am rest assured about the quality of the vegetables as from market you normally get chemically grown vegetables.Mamta Singh Village Terwa Dahiwagan
With the help of Nurse Mentors trained by HCL Samuday, we started to improve our work methods and made substantive changes in our labor room. We started using available resources in a better manner. Additionally, we started development work in our primary health care center and hopefully in times to come a number of villagers would be able to enjoy access to these imporved health services.Dr R P Dixit MOIC, CHC Kachhauna Block
At first there was no primary health centre in our village and no ambulance facility, so kids were born mostly in homes. My second child, Pratibha, was born in the Gauri Khalsa primary health center. I still remember, on the day of my delivery, the ambulance reached my home within 15 minutes and my delivery happened at the centre within a few hours. I am happy that my daughter was born in a completely safe and healthy environment. Now that other villagers are coming to know of this center, they are also coming here for deliveries.Meera Village Nirmalpur
Team Samuday did remarkable work in the field of Sanitation, some of which should actually be made part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. In terms of generating community awareness against open defecation, they trained groups of young school going volunteers who chased people undertaking open defecation at 4am. This created a tremendous amount of awareness and confidence amongst people against practicing open defecation.Ramesh Mishra Former District Magistrate, Hardoi