The Walk of Hope 2015-16 owes a great deal of gratitude for the generous support of our Partners of Hope. We are extremely grateful for their help in putting together a community-led initiative on a national scale, for peace and harmony. Please join us in thanking the following organisations.
National Foundation for Communal Harmony
National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) was set up as an autonomous organisation in 1992 with the main objective of providing assistance for the physical and psychological rehabilitation of the child victims of communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence, besides promoting communal harmony, fraternity and national integration. With the Home Minister as ex-officio chairman, the Foundation also sponsors and conducts research studies and brings out publications on themes related to communal harmony and national integration.
Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
The Parliament of India established the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 1956 as an Institute of national importance “to develop patterns of teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in all its branches so as to demonstrate a high standard of medical education to all medical colleges and other allied institutions in India”. Since its inception, the Centre for Community Medicine (CCM) has been a key department at AIIMS aiming to produce high quality public health professionals and community physicians. It is consistently working towards discovery of new knowledge in domain of public health and the main focus is on evolving a replicable model of comprehensive health services and providing consultancy to strengthen health organizations at national and international level.
Sulabh International Social Service Organization
Sulabh International is an India-based social service organization noted for achieving success in the field of cost-effective sanitation, liberation of scavengers, social transformation of society, prevention of environmental pollution, development of non-conventional sources of energy and reforms through education. Dedicated to the Gandhian ideology of emancipation of scavengers, Sulabh was founded in 1970 by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak and is the largest nonprofit organization in India with 50,000 volunteers. So far it has constructed and is maintaining over 8000 such public toilets in India and in addition to 200 biogas plants all over the country.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Dr. K.M. Munshi founded Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, an educational trust, in 1938. Inspired and blessed by Mahatma Gandhi, the trust intends to preserve and propagate Indian cultural values and the Sanskrit language. With 119 centres in India, 7 centres abroad and 367 constituent institutions, it has since become an apolitical, cooperative, national educational movement with an international focus—while promoting harmony amongst religions and synthesis of basic tenets of all faiths.
Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan
Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, an autonomous organisation of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, was established in the year 1972 with the objective of providing rural youth avenues to take part in the process of nation building. Based on the vision of a modern, powerful and technological India, the concept is to promote employment- oriented and income-generating activities through self-help groups and micro-enterprises, with a view to helping young people to be economically productive and able to improve their quality of life.
National Service Scheme
National Service Scheme, affiliated to the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, was launched in 1969. Starting with 40,000 students in 37 Universities, the primary focus is on the personality development of students through community service. Today, NSS has more than 3.2 million student volunteers providing service to society without bias. NSS also provides assistance during natural and man-made disasters by delivering food, clothing and first aid to the disaster victims.
International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders
International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) is a non-profit, non-government organization for the sustainable elimination of iodine deficiency worldwide. Inaugurated on 22-28 March 1986 in Kathmandu, Nepal, ICCIDD, with 700 members in 71 countries, is the only technical organization dedicated exclusively to the elimination of IDD. The Regional Office (South Asia) and the national arm of ICCIDD are located at Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. The ICCIDD’s vision is a world virtually free from iodine deficiency disorders with endeavour to maintain optimal iodine nutrition, primarily through universal consumption of iodized salt. ICCIDD has been granted Consultative Status with the WHO and UNICEF.
World Peace Centre
World Peace Centre (Alandi) was established in 1996 to champion the cause of Indian values, culture, and traditions and foster well-being of the society. Espousing a value-based universal education, it is inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s call for union of science and spirituality to bring peace and harmony to the mankind. It has constantly endeavoured to promote the cause of world peace, with an emphasis on the essence and philosophy of world Religions and inter-faith Dialogue.