During its 5th anniversary celebration on 4th November 2014, The Hans Foundation announced “Uttarakhand Vision 2020”. Our founder and principle donor Shri Manoj Bhargava pledged Rs. 500 Crores towards this ambitious initiative. UK 2020 is a comprehensive State Wide Development Program focusing on health, Livelihoods, Education, Disability, Water & Sanitation, Electrification & Environment conservation. During the event Mr. Bhargava said, “We have created pocket of change in each of the 25 states where The Hans Foundation has worked. We are now pulling the best of what we have learned & scaling it up in Uttarakhand.” Hon. Chief Minister Shri Harish Rawat, in his eloquent speech acknowledged THF’s contribution in the hill state & hailed the landmark pledge for Uttarakhand 2020.

A historic MoU was signed between the Government of Uttarakhand and The Hans Foundation to collaborate in the fields of Education, Safe Drinking Water, Agriculture, Health, Disability and Energy. Shri Harish Rawat on behalf of the state government committed relentless support in realizing the collective vision for holistic development of the state.


A human rights approach to health translates into the right to health. It embodies the right to equitable access to health care, including the underlying determinants like access to safe drinking-water, proper sanitation and adequate supply of safe and nutritious food, healthy occupational and environmental conditions, and access to health-related education and information. Health is one of the core areas THF is focusing on in Uttarakhand. In our endeavour to take basic health services to remote and inaccessible areas of Uttarakhand, The Hans Foundation has committed 21 Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) in partnership with the Government of Uttarakhand. The primary objective of this program is to provide a set of preventive and curative services while establishing health histories and encouraging follow-up care. With special focus on Maternal and Child Health, the Foundation has been actively engaged in dissemination of information to raise awareness about the reproductive health of women, the importance of child immunization, anaemia, cervical cancer, menstrual hygiene, health & sanitation of adolescent girls. The Foundation is supporting Mobile Medical Vans, Mammography Vans, Equipment for critical treatments in govt hospitals, support to govt health programmes in the state of Uttarakhand.

Snapshots of latest events under the Health project

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Mata Mangla ji, Bhole Ji Maharajand Lt. Gen S. M. Mehta, CEO inaugurated the first Intensive Care Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the State at the District Hospital in Pithoragarh. The Hans Foundation has supported the entire setting up of the ICU for helping the State health department

Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, along with Lt. Gen S M Mehta, CEO THF, Secretary- Health and District Magistrate inaugurated the donated equipment to the Gandhi Shatabdi Center for Ophthalmic Sciences, Dehradun (Uttarakhand).

Mata Mangla ji, Bhole Ji Maharaj along with Hon. Chief Minister Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat flagged off two Mammograhy Vans and nine mobile medical units in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand on 14 April 2018. These vans will operate in Kumaon and Garhwal regions and will be providing cancer screening, primary healthcare and necessary referral services.


The Hans Foundation has been tirelessly making efforts to ensure that children from remotest areas receive affordable education. THF employs a broad-based strategy to address the issues of illiteracy and early dropouts in Uttarakhand. We are also introducing technologies and working along with government authorities wherever required, to improve the overall quality of education. We ensure education to the poorest of the poor while strengthening the connection between teachers and their students. THF has partnered with organizations working with educators, policymakers, parents and communities to expand and accelerate successful programs and identify innovative solutions to unlock students’ potential. A Tripartite MoU was signed in Feb 2018 between Govt. of Uttarakhand, The Hans Foundation and Akshaya Patra Foundation to set up nine centralized kitchens in Uttarakhand to serve mi-day meals to 3,00,000 children. THF will be funding the construction of these kitchens at a cost of INR 68 crores. These kitchens will be located at Roorkee, Kashipur, Rudrapur, Sitarganj, Nainital, Haridwar, and Dehradun. Shri T S Rawat performed Bhoomi Poojan at Sudhowala, Dehradun on 23 January 2018.

Snapshots of latest events under the Education project

Mata Shri Mangla Ji at the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ of Centralized Kitchens for Mid-Day Meal Scheme at Dehradun.


There are thousands and thousands of ghost villages in the hilly terrains of Uttarakhand where the youth have left their prime occupation of agriculture and left for urban areas in search of jobs. The foundation recognises this monumental problem and has been working to mitigate this enormous task through various interventions such as supporting vocational training programmes, good agricultural practices, encouraging traditional arts, animal rearing practices, setting up small enterprises etc. THF focuses both on-farm and off-farm sustainable livelihood base initiatives for women that will be integrated into the wider rural economy. We believe that on-farm activities address food security; supplementary non-farm activities can contribute to rural prosperity. Thus, ensuring food security through women empowerment should be the primary goal of sustainable rural livelihood so that women drudgery can be reduced, their socio-economic equality can be ensured and gender sensitization can be safeguarded.


The Hans Foundation under this ambitious partnership with the State Government, THF has undertaken a project which will electrify 10,000 houses in 952 remote hamlets. These areas are extremely hard to reach due to their topography and thus have been devoid of any provision of electricity. The State Government approached THF to augment its community electrification effort by taking up these areas. Electricity will be provided by means of solar power. The electrification drive by the foundation has enabled children to spend more time studying after dusk, has provided the adults more time and flexibility for completing household chores, and has also opened avenues for home-based income-generating activities (such as shops) to continue later into the evening.


The Hans Foundation is working on drinking water schemes in 100 remote villages of the State under Hans Jal Dhara program. The project was begun in August 2016 with an overarching objective of improving health status of communities by providing safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. The project is need-based and community participation was ensured right from the planning stage itself and villagers have been involved in all stages of implementation. They are also contributing 10 per cent as cash and labor, which has ensured their interest and participation while building capacity for operations and maintenance later. The project focuses on gravitybased drinking water schemes, but other technologies like pumping, infiltration wells and RainWater Harvesting Tanks (RWHTs) have also been used. Activities like spring recharge and source protection are also included. Work on more than 100 gravity-based water supply schemes, six pumping water supply schemes and 270 RWHTs is under progress. The distribution system covers each household of the entire village. A total of 19,447 people will directly benefit from this program.


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