In 2005 Human Welfare Foundation embarked upon a highly consultative process that lasted almost one year to assess how to bring a sustainable change in the socio-economic status of the Muslims and other deprived communities of India. Under its flagship project, , it was decided to focus on Vision 2016 the poorest and most marginalised social groups living in the poorest of India’s states with the objective of closing the gaps between the two Indias. The last ten years we have focused on the North and North East states of India where extreme poverty largely resides today. But the goals that we adopted under Vision 2016 plan are far from accomplished. Even back then it was envisaged that the first ten years program period will be a time slice of a much longer period - 20 years? 30 years? and even more - that will be needed to accomplish the goals of the program.


This plan therefore continues (Vision 2026) along the path laid out in the first plan but with some important modifications. Based on the learnings from the first program, we are also modifying our approach by aiming to engage with a wider cross-section of the public so as to build a larger supporter and donor base. And we will also be aiming to build many more types of partnerships so that we can leverage our work and become more beneficial collectively in order to achieve the very ambitious goals and targets that we have set out for ourselves for the coming ten years. Through the Vision 2026 program, we aim to create a just and harmonious society where everybody shares and cares for the poor, unprivileged and exploited people and make our society a better place to live in.

Objectives of Vision 2026

1. To strive for a holistic and sustainable development work among the poor, marginalized, downtrodden, illiterate, vulnerable and the exploited ones, irrespective of their caste, creed, language, sex or religion.

2. about a positive socio-economic To bring change in the lives of Indian Muslims and other and to uplift deprived communities their status at par with the national average thematic areas in of human development.

3. To enable them to contribute towards nation building in all spheres of life.

4 strive for ing a just and To make India compassionate in which all people nation will have the opportunity to achieve their optimum potential.

STRATEGY: An inclusive change

A report by National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has brought to light some astonishing figures, according to which three out of ten Urban Muslims are poor i.e. officially come below the poverty line living on a monthly income of Rs 550 and less. The rural Muslims are more troubled as they are further down the scale. One in five rural Muslims comes below poverty line. The condition of Dalits and Adivasis are equally vulnerable. According to the Kundu Committee report, Muslims continue to be left out of both government jobs and the urbanisation wave. Moreover, the basic advantages of a better sex ratio and higher birth weight have been wasted due to a lack of health facilities in areas dominated by Muslims and a high school drop-out rate. In this backdrop, Human Welfare Foundation has devised a strategy of Inclusive and sustainable change. This strategy aims to consolidate and build upon the work initiated in the first phase of the plan 16. Our Vision 20 approach will be guided by the objective of reducing inequality and vulnerability by closing the gaps between “the haves” and “the havenots” based on geography, class, caste, religion and gender. Our interventions will be guided by the broader purpose we have committed ourselves to in our strategy.

METHODOLOGY

  • Focused targeted social change with clear, measurable goals.
  • Inclusive & participatory approach
  • Sustainable module of change
  • Leverage available resources