Caring for the nurturers of the nation

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The Tata Trusts' Integrated Technology in Education project has brought quality, child-centred learning closer to students of marginalised communities

Sinkibai's income has gone up ten-fold and she plans to earn more, thanks to adopting commercial cultivation of vegetables and Package of Practices, suggested by experts from Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives

About us

Since its inception, the Tata Trusts have played a pioneering role in transforming traditional ideas of charity and introducing the concept of philanthropy to make a real difference to communities. Through a grant-making, direct implementation and co-partnership strategy, the Trusts support and drive innovation in the areas of natural resources management; education; healthcare and nutrition; rural livelihoods; enhancing civil society and governance; arts, crafts and culture; and diversified employment.

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Our work

Agriculture is the main occupation of India’s rural population. However, given marginal land holdings of tribal cultivators, along with the adoption of primitive methods of cultivation, lack of assured water for irrigation, etc., productivity is low.

Consequently, livelihood options have diminished proportionately in the rural areas, leading to poverty, lack of food security, and seasonal and permanent migration to towns and cities for better opportunities.

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India is a country with dwindling natural resources; consequently, the need of the hour is to pool in efforts to work together and ensure conservation of what is remaining, whilst successfully rejuvenating and augmenting available

resources. The Tata Trusts’ Natural Resource Management portfolio has long supported this endeavour through a multi-pronged integrated approach.

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Since their inception, education has been one of the key focus areas of the Tata Trusts. Over the last two decades, there has been a steady increase in enrolment in schools, but quality in education and achievement of age-appropriate

learning levels have remained an elusive goal. Ensuring quality education for children, especially those from marginalised backgrounds is the central goal of the education portfolio of the Trusts.

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The health situation in the country today is an evolving canvas. With 1.8 million deaths among children (age <5 years)

and 68,000 deaths among mothers every year, and 52 million children who are stunted, India’s burden of reproductive health, and child health and nutrition is greater than that in any other country.

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The Civil Society Strengthening Unit of the Tata Trusts was carved out from the Civil Society, Governance and Human Rights portfolio.

The unit invests in building institutional strength of civil society organisations to build sustainability and improve programming.

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India’s long tradition of culture over the millennia is now established in highly evolved art forms. However, artistic and cultural practices are at risk of disappearing due to rapid social changes and the inability of artists and artisans to make

a living from them. Monuments, museums and archives of historical value in India have also been slowly decaying, due to a lack of interest in conserving them.

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Tata Trusts have always reached out and expeditiously arranged for relief efforts and helped in rebuilding the areas affected by natural disasters.

In the event of a natural calamity, the Trusts have worked closely and collaboratively with the other agencies, including Tata companies, Tata Relief Committee, Tata Strategic Group, and NGOs to lend a helping hand to affected people.

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The true value of data is expressed when it allows decision-makers to make sound decisions on a real-time basis. Today, the issue is not the absence of data,

but the presence of large data sets which are disaggregated and not been effectively utilised for planning developmental projects.

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Since their inception, the Tata Trusts have been focusing on innovative technologies and approaches to enhance the quality of life of communities. The focus has been on bringing in high-quality talent and technologies to speed and scale

up interventions. The Trusts have tied up with premier educational and technical institutions such as MIT, IIT, IIM, etc, and like-minded multinationals to design, develop and implement innovative programmes across different sectors.

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Currently, Tata Trusts

Works in
170
districts
across
17 states
Partners
450+
organisations
for various causes
Reaches out to
millions
of households across the country