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About Tata Steel Foundation

Tata Steel Foundation (TSF) anchors one of the deepest and most diverse societal development efforts that directly reach more than 1.5million lives across 4,500 gram-panchayats in Jharkhand and Odisha every year. The impact programmes are certified as replicable change models on themes like Education, Public Health, Tribal Identity, Livelihoods, Agriculture, Water, Disability, etc. which are based on a contemporary understanding of core development challenges of the region and are closely aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda. These have yielded significant results like 1,200+ habitations being declared child labour free zones, 40% decline in maternal and child mortality rates, raising real income of more than 50,000 households by over ₹ 1,25,000 per annum and conserving over 175 million cubic feet of water amongst communities in the last few years, while curating positive Social Capital and effective leadership amongst communities. We are a Section 8 Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Steel Limited and eligible for FCRA and CSR implementation.

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Structured through residential bridge schools (RBCs) and non-residential bridge schools (NRBCs), the programme attempts to mainstream children, who are engaged in worst forms of child labour (rag-picking, begging, brick-kiln workers, etc.) and have been subject to various manifestations of abuse, to formal education system and a safe environment. The aim is to reduce inequities in a society that is on fast-track mode to development and urban growth by creating an ecosystem of overall growth and development. In FY 22, a total of 1950 children were integrated into the Masti Ki Pathshala initiative, of which 1056 from RBCs (217) and NRBCs (839) have been mainstreamed to the schools.
Education Signature Programme aims to create a replicable and scalable model for the Universalisation of Elementary Education (UEE) within the Right to Education (RTE) framework. The Programme addresses three critical aspects of schooling – Access, Learning and Governance to work to make education in India socially relevant and inclusive. In FY22, 4.60 lakh children in 3,780 government schools are undergoing structured learning enhancement and 1,623 habitations have been declared child labour free by ensuring all children go to school.
‘Project Aakanksha’ was formally launched in April 2012, uniquely designed for Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) with a focus on admitting, facilitating and supporting their children from the operational areas of Tata Steel for their education up till matriculation. The project intends to bring about education-induced positive changes in the mindset of these children, many of whom are first-generation learners, so that they can emerge stronger and confident to face the world, and join the mainstream. The programme currently engages with 5 PVTG communities of Birhor, Juang, Sabar, Mankadia and Paharia, with 318 children enrolled in it.
The Foundation continues to support meritorious students from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities with scholarships for education at school level, graduation, post-graduation through its Jyoti Fellowship initiative. Approximately ~4200 students from schools to post-graduation were awarded the Jyoti Fellowships with an average scholarship amount of close to 6,000 per scholar in FY 21. In the past 10 years of the programme, a total of 31,307 such fellowships have been extended to achieving students.
The Foundation continues to support meritorious students from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities with scholarships for professional courses like engineering, medicine etc through its Tata Steel Scholars initiatives. In FY 22, 116 Tata Steel Scholars were supported with an average scholarship amount of approx. Rs. 79,000 per scholar.
The programme intends to bring holistic development across 72 panchayats in 16 blocks (across five districts) along the 280-km road route connecting the steel production centres at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and Kalinganagar in Odisha, thus creating a corridor of well-being called the Development Corridor. In FY 22, 39 Development Corridor Fellows were recognised from within the villages along the corridor to encourage and educate grassroot community leaders to design and execute initiatives that benefit their communities.
The Foundation aims to engage with the marginal and excluded farmers for income generation by promotion of various agriculture interventions. Dairy Development, integrated pond-based livelihood (fisheries and duck rearing), Tassar Cultivation, Dryland Farming. Horticulture (mango, rose, Wadi Project) etc. are being taken up by the farmers under agri-allied activities. In FY22, ₹ 1.08 Lakh average increase in annual income for across 52,000 households through a range of livelihoods program.
Skill development programmes at Tata Steel Foundation focus on enabling livelihood options for youth from our communities in Jharkhand and Odisha by providing them with opportunities at skilling through technical training institutes. It also enables programmes designed to ensure PWDs to lead a life of dignity and to sensitize society, a holistic approach to disabilities was adopted where skilling of PWDs. Consolidating our engagement on disability to create a holistic and dignified ecosystem..
TSF has been working with women across operational areas of Jharkhand and Odisha with the aim to empower them socially through their capacity building, leadership development, making them more responsible and accountable towards their villages by engaging them in social activities and empowering them economically by linking them to income generating activities.
MANSI was conceptualised in 2009 based on a six-month study in Seraikela block of Jharkhand which revealed that 83% of the neonatal deaths were due to low birthweight, asphyxia and pneumonia. Dominance of tribal population scattered public health systems and ignorance among communities compelled Tata Steel Foundation to leverage Home Based Newborn & Child Care approach and expand the reach to other blocks of Jharkhand and Odisha. Resultantly, a 47% decline in child mortality rate across 1,600 villages was observed over the last 10 years of the programme.
Project RISHTA engages with adolescents and young couples in the villages of Tata Steel operational locations through select youth who can become peer educators trained by the programme staff. The objective is to address healthcare issues of adolescents particularly reproductive and sexual health resulting in delayed age of marriage and enabling youth to experience outdoor leadership camps and other life-skills engagements thus empowering them to make informed life-decisions. Despite COVID 2nd and 3rd wave and closure of schools throughout the year, program managed to provide pertinent training and improved their knowledge on adolescent reproductive and sexual health to 3170 adolescents in FY 22 and developed 242 Peer Educators from the community.
Mobile ambulances and health awareness camps (specialised & general) were conceptualised to ensure reaching primary healthcare to the remotest locations. During pandemic, at some remote villages, this was the one of the key healthcare facilities and the only source of aid.
Community Institution driven integrated water ecosystem ensuring adequate surface water storage and ground water recharge as well as a system that provides farmers with second cropping opportunities in their agricultural lands, besides undertaking integrated farming (fishery, duck rearing, fruits and vegetable cultivation) In FY22, 162 Mn cubic feet of water conserved per annum, while bringing back 6,000+ hectares of wasteland into cultivation.
With the ambition of enabling community led access to safe drinking water for 100 per cent of excluded households in our proximate communities, The Foundation works on various initiatives like construction/ installation of drinking water structures (Wells, deep bore wells, hand tube wells), installation of solar based projects, supply of water through tankers, PVC tanks with base and pipe laying projects, cleaning and rejuvenation of natural springs etc.

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