In 2019/20, Cognizant Foundation entered its 15th year of empowering change for the most marginalised and underserved communities in India. During this period, the Foundation was able to impact the lives of more than 3.5 million people through 385+ projects. This milestone was achieved thanks to partnerships with 270+ non-profit organisations and institutions, Cognizant Outreach team and Cognizant Associates, all of whom helped reach the unreached through their unwavering dedication.
The year witnessed the strengthening of the cross-cutting theme of prevention of disabilities and empowering Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).
During the year, the Foundation continued its efforts to sharpen its focus through a programme approach in which projects are not picked up at random, but are tailored and promoted to fit into a focal area of activity. Flagship programmes were scaled up in all key sectors - Healthcare, Education and Livelihood - through strategic partnerships with credible implementation agencies.
The year witnessed the strengthening of the cross-cutting theme of prevention of disabilities and empowering Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). The Healthcare flagship programme of “Preventing Avoidable Blindness” had its thrust on arresting the spread of preventable blindness, especially among infants and children. Under the umbrella of Education, the Foundation launched scholarship programmes with the aim of providing access to quality education for the visually challenged students and strengthening the special education ecosystem in the country. The Livelihood flagship programme empowered PwDs and helped them become self-reliant.
As part of the ongoing effort to extend its reach, Cognizant Foundation added the state of Odisha to its geographical focus, with the aim of adding other deserving geographies like the North East in 2020/21. The COVID-19 pandemic which struck towards the end of 2019/20 saw the Foundation gear up to equip frontline workers and healthcare systems to combat the invisible enemy.
2019/20 Impact By The Numbers
44 NGO Partners
1,82,700+ Lives Benefitted
Impact Numbers by Sector
- Bringing Quality Healthcare Within Reach
- Enabling Access to Quality Education
- Enabling Livelihood
- Rebuilding Communities
Tamil Nadu34,100+ lives
West Bengal18,500+ lives
Pan India3,500+ lives