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MelJol, Aflatoun’s partner in India, winner of the HCL Grant 2017

Posted in News on March 2, 2017

HCL Grant has been started to strengthen the capacities of NGOs that strive for transformation in the areas of Education, Health and Environment. The Grant is meant to support such NGOs that reach out to marginalized, isolated and underdeveloped rural communities, and achieve sustainable socio-economic development. Unique aspect of the HCL Grant is that the organisations are recognized not only based on the “idea”, but also for their power to transform ideas into implementable projects and thereby, transform Indian villages in a sustainable way.

The process of selecting the winner consisted of multiple levels of assessments starting from application screening, profile evaluation, sub jury evaluation and ending with a final jury evaluation. After this process MelJol became the winner in the category Education. MelJol is the organisation that has made meaningful lasting positive impact in the lives of people during its existence.

Watch the video about MelJol’s work in India.


Since its inception MelJol has focussed on fostering healthy attitudes in children, creating awareness of the different needs of children from different backgrounds, and building spirit of confidence and entrepreneurship in order to create a civil society based on the co-existence and achievement.

When MelJol began to work in the rural, tribal and urban areas of India, the first step was to create child friendly curricula and develop and design teachers’ manuals to help teachers to facilitate sessions in the class rooms. MelJol realised the need to form Aflatoun Clubs to encourage child participation in the activities organised under this curriculum. Through these clubs and making use of active learning methodology, the children were introduced to the concepts of personal understanding, self exploration, child rights and responsibilities, concept of savings and social and financial entrepreneurship. The Aflatoun Social and Financial Programme encouraged children to manage their resources better and start social and financial micro-enterprises. MelJol seeks to develop a strong sense of citizenship in the children by focusing on educating them about what they are entitled to, what they can accomplish with that knowledge and providing them with opportunities to apply that knowledge.

Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, with the winners of HCL Grant 2017, Shiv Nadar and Robin Abrams