Group Executive Chairman
Raj Basu is the Group Executive Chairman and Founder of Solargise. He is driven by his ideology – Creating the ideal living environment for human beings, by creating access to pollution – free air, water and food through clean energy. Raj holds a BSc in Advertising & Psychology and an MBA in International Management. Entrepreneur at an early age, he started his business when he was 19 years old, while he was studying in college. Raj began his career with international trade in commodities and IT, after which he established his own management consulting firm advising clients internationally. Raj currently heads Solargise’s global team and oversees the design, development, implementation of Solargise’s strategy and operations across the world, including Solargise Canada’s Sand – to – Power project in Canada.
Head of Philanthropy
Nirvana Basu is the Head of Philanthropy. A Banker by profession and a philanthropist by nature, Nirvana is passionate about improving human well-being and supporting the vulnerable and underserved sections of society. Nirvana holds a BA in Economics, a BSc in Financial Services and a M.A. in Counselling Psychology, alongside qualificiations in Ayurveda and Yoga. Nirvana has ten years experience in banking having worked with HBOS Canada, Lloyds Banking Group, and TD Securities at Senior Analyst, Associate Director and Vice-President levels. In her previous engagement with Charities Aid Foundation, London, she supported the strategic development, financial and fund raising requirements of UK charities. Nirvana manages the development and implementation of Solargise’s CSR strategy, policies and charitable activities.
social development programs that empower individuals and communities towards a better
quality of life. Programs will also specifically focus on supporting the needs of the
vulnerable and underserved. All CSR projects will be conducted in an environmentally
responsible manner. Solargise firmly believes that everyone should have the opportunity
to improve their quality of life and to realise their potential.
- Demonstrate Solargise’s commitment to the common good of all without any exception and discrimination.
- Work towards an improvement in the Human Development Index of the countries in which Solargise operates.
- Work towards an improvement in the health (as defined by the World Health Organisation as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity) of the communities in which Solargise operates.
- Support and empower the vulnerable and underserved sections of society.
- Work towards creating greater harmony between humanity and the environment, including supporting the protection and efficient use of natural resources.
- Actively support the government’s social development programs and initiatives in the countries in which we operate.
- Set high standards in governance, program execution, and delivery.
- Be innovators in our field, and harness the power of new technologies and innovation for the betterment of humanity and society.
Solargise has started its first CSR project supporting the vocational training of 50 children and young adults of South Kolkata Hamari Muskan.
In line with our vision of empowering the underserved, Solargise has begun its first CSR project supporting 50 children and young adults of South Kolkata Hamari Muskan to become trained in skill-building vocations and to break the cycle of second generation prostitution and gender violence.
We implemented this program by harnessing the energy of a well established, hardworking and professional non-profit organisation in Kolkata and together we have started providing the next generation with the tools they need to build a better future.
South Kolkata Hamari Muskan has been established since 2009 and works in one of the red light areas of Kolkata. The main objective of the organisation is to build confidence and resilience in the children of prostituted women, so they can be better equipped to access their right to education and improve their mental health status. This is provided through counselling, art and play therapy, and supporting their mainstream education. South Kolkata Hamari Muskan also focus on community-based preventive mechanisms, working with mothers, youth and men to combat violence and abuse that permeate the lives of these children.
The children and young adults are being trained as data entry/web developers and professional drivers, to provide them with the opportunity to enter into employment post education, particularly given the high demand for these services in Kolkata. South Kolkata Hamari Muskan is delivering this training in conjunction with professional organisations and expert trainers to ensure a high quality of training. The certified training will be completed through Government-affiliated Institutes once the children complete their basic in-house training. Alongside the vocational programs, English language and self-defence courses are being provided to widen the skill set of the children and ensure they are equipped to protect themselves.
This program is being delivered alongside Hamari Muskan’s core programs that encourage and support each child’s education and provide the children with the counselling and therapeutic support they need to cope with all the challenges associated with living in a red light area. Throughout the training period South Kolkata Hamari Muskan and its training and job placement co-ordinator will build relationships with local organisation within the community and private sector companies to increase the likelihood of employment at the end of the training period.
There has been a positive response from the children to this program, besides growing in skills they will be growing their sense of self-esteem and self-confidence. Through breaking the cycle of second-generation prostitution we create a third generation born in an environment free from the social challenges and stigma. Our hope is that through achieving their qualifications and securing work outside of the red light district, the children will continue to realise they have a choice like every other child, to fully realise their rights to grow, achieve, and flourish.
Disclaimer: Solargise Foundation in partnership with South Kolkata Hamari Muskan supports and encourages children in obtaining education to at least the minimum standard stipulated by the Government of India and to the maximum level desired by the children and their families. The vocational training supported by the foundation is for children above 14 years in accordance to the Indian Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 and its applicable amendments. Any children that obtain employment as a result of the vocational training program are above the minimum age and sectors, prescribed by the Indian Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 and its applicable amendments. All activities supported by the Solargise Foundation are in line with the Solargise Foundation’s child protection policy, which complies with Indian laws and legislations related to the welfare of children.
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