During its 5-year anniversary celebration, The Hans Foundation announced ‘Uttarakhand 2020’, a comprehensive statewide development program, focusing on disease prevention, children’s education and forest regeneration in Uttarakhand. The project is designed to significantly improve the quality of life of the low-income communities of the entire state. A set of carefully selected programs will be scaled up in one of the nation’s most powerful village development campaigns. NRI billionaire Manoj Bhargava, co-founder of The Hans Foundation, has pledged Rs. 500 crores to fund Uttarakhand 2020.
The Hans Foundation’s 5th anniversary celebration featured a high-octane performance by popular Bollywood singer, Kailash Kher. Also in attendance, were numerous philanthropists, senior government officials including Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar, Ex Uttarakhand CM Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri, Rajya Sabha MP Murli Deora, Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti, and Lok Sabha MP Anurag Thakur, and other social contributors to The Hans Foundation.
Making the announcement, Manoj Bhargava, Co-founder, The Hans Foundation said, “We have created pockets of change in each of the 25 states where The Hans Foundation has worked. We are now pooling the best of what we have learned and scaling it up in Uttarakhand. By the year 2020, we aim to create a massive change across Uttarakhand in one of the nation’s most powerful village development programs.”
“We chose Uttarakhand because it is the birthplace of the Mother Ganges, the cradle of Indian civilization, and a place most in need of large-scale development initiatives that will improve the quality of children’s education and reduce the prevalence of major diseases throughout the state,” said Mrs Sweta Rawat, Co-founder & Chairperson, The Hans Foundation.