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DISABILITY

The Foundation supports more than 40 organizations in the disability space every year. We seek solutions and provide all-encompassing support to empower people with all types of disabilities across all age groups. With our collaborative work with Keystone Institute India, through advocacy and setting up of pilot projects, we are supporting the mechanism of de-institutionalization and providing rehabilitation opportunities. We have continued to work with a sharpened focus towards developing community alternatives to institutionalisation. We are supporting National Trust, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and signed an MoU to jointly fund their schemes in the country.

EDUCATION

We at The Hans Foundation understand that opening classroom doors to all children, especially girls, will help break the generational chains of poverty because education is intrinsically linked to all development goals. Hence through partners across the country, the THF has been working to provide access to quality education from pre-primary to post-graduation to children of marginalized communities. The Hans Foundation has been committed to the promotion and strengthening of quality education in remote and underdeveloped areas of the country by supporting formal and informal education. Quality education is imparted through innovative pedagogical methods and the latest technology. The educational project’s footprint of THF spreads from Nagaland in North East to Rajasthan, from Uttarakhand to Tamil Nadu.

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HEALTH

From mobile health units and hospitals to drinking water purification and sanitation facilities, THF takes a comprehensive approach to healthcare. It provides quality primary health services nationwide with a special focus on mother and child healthcare in rural, underprivileged and underserved communities. With an aim to reach the remotest areas, the beneficiary oriented services focus on male participation, inter-sectoral coordination and partnership between government, NGOs, co-operatives and the private sector. Since inception, our health interventions have impacted over one million beneficiaries.

LIVELIHOODS

The Hans Foundation has been implementing livelihood programmes aimed at the socio-economic empowerment and financial inclusion of the disadvantaged communities. We are helping women and adolescent girls establish sustainable, grass-roots enterprises by ensuring that they have access to training, technologies, finance, markets and business development opportunities. THF supports youth through our diversified vocational skills training programmes. In livelihoods, we focus both on-farm and off-farm sustainable initiatives that can be integrated into the wider rural economy. We are also promoting organic farming and permaculture practices in a number of states.

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FOUNDER AND PRIME FUNDER

Manoj Bhargava is a businessman, philanthropist and a self-made billionaire of Indian-American origin. He is the founder-cum-CEO of Innovations Ventures LLC, a company that manufactures the ‘5-hour Energy drink’. Bhargava established the company in 2003 and it has grown by leaps and bounds, becoming the largest selling energy drink in America. He has vowed to donate 99% of his net worth towards the up-liftment of the socially and economically deprived in India.

Manoj Bhargava was born in 1953 in Lucknow, India. He and his family migrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1967. Bhargava got a ‘math scholarship’ to The Hill School, a “privileged private academy”. He went to the Princeton University for a year. But Bhargava only spent a year at the Ivy League school, dropping out in 1973. In 1974, he decided to move back to India to become a monk in a commune. For the next 12 years, Bhargava travelled between monasteries in the Indian mountains under an ashram called Hanslok. He spent those years mastering the stilling of the mind through meditation. He returned to the U.S. permanently in the early 1990s and took over the family’s plastics company, Prime PVC, in 1996, growing it into a multimillion-dollar business that he sold to

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FOUNDER AND PRIME FUNDER

Manoj Bhargava is a businessman, philanthropist and a self-made billionaire of Indian-American origin. He is the founder-cum-CEO of Innovations Ventures LLC, a company that manufactures the ‘5-hour Energy drink’. Bhargava established the company in 2003 and it has grown by leaps and bounds, becoming the largest selling energy drink in America. He has vowed to donate 99% of his net worth towards the up-liftment of the socially and economically deprived in India.

Manoj Bhargava was born in 1953 in Lucknow, India. He and his family migrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1967. Bhargava got a ‘math scholarship’ to The Hill School, a “privileged private academy”. He went to the Princeton University for a year. But Bhargava only spent a year at the Ivy League school, dropping out in 1973. In 1974, he decided to move back to India to become a monk in a commune. For the next 12 years, Bhargava travelled between monasteries in the Indian mountains under an ashram called Hanslok. He spent those years mastering the stilling of the mind through meditation. He returned to the U.S. permanently in the early 1990s and took over the family’s plastics company, Prime PVC, in 1996, growing it into a multimillion-dollar business that he sold to a private equity firm in 2007.

He won big with 5-hour Energy – a flavored energy drink that contains caffeine, vitamins and amino acids. For only $3 a bottle, 5-Hour Energy became Living Essential’s genius money maker with $1 billion in sales. Bhargava’s stake in the company is estimated at $4 billions. In 2012, Bhargava publicly took the giving pledge championed by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, which encourages billionaires to donate the majority of their wealth to charity.

Manoj Bhargava is the founder and prime funder of The Hans Foundation and The Hans Foundation Hospital.


Manoj Bhargava
Principal Donor, Founder

Community based inclusive living

The Hans Foundation has been a proponent of de-institutionalisation. There has been huge number of persons with mental illness who have recovered in the mental institutions but are not able to live an independent life due to various social, cultural and economic reasons. Given this bare reality in India, The Hans Foundation supported partners like Ashadeep, Assam to demonstrate models of independent living for persons who have recovered from mental illness. Through this project, the persons were also provided support for independent group living. The Hans Foundation supported the monthly provisions for those persons and also integrated regular health check-ups, counselling and assessment of the individuals. This model is an inspiration for other partners working in the field of mental health and has paved a way for similar initiatives in India. The Hans Foundation plans to foster partnership with Swyamkhrushi in Andhra Pradesh, The Banyan in Tamil Nadu and Tata Institute of Social Sciences to run similar interventions for persons with disability.

COCHLEAR IMPLANT PROGRAMME PAGE REMOVED CONTENT

These children are sent to special schools for the deaf where they thrive in the shadows, embracing a distinct culture of silent communication. Hearing impairment in children, if treated before five years of age with Cochlear Implant surgery, enables them to hear like any other child.

Children treated under Hans Cochlear Implant Program are monitored very closely post-surgery by a qualified panel of doctors, audiologists, psychiatrists and THF staff. The endeavour of the foundation has been to mainstream these children in normal schools. Post-surgery therapy lasting upto two years, is the most essential component of the whole program. Members of the team, work closely together to assist children and their families as they participate in the implant evaluation and rehabilitation process. Every three months, the progress of these children is assessed. The experts work passionately, helping these children and their parents through an array of therapy sessions for enabling them to make the most of the technology and getting to grips with their bionic ears.

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