The HCL Foundation, which implements HCL Tech’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy in India, and the Tamil Nadu Police Department have expanded their successful relationship to empower children living in urban slums.
The initiative, which began in 2011, has been extended through 2026. Through the Police Boys & Girls Club, the project aims to make a positive difference in the lives of children living in urban slums in the Avadi, Chennai, and Tambaram Commissionerates by addressing major societal concerns and fostering sustainable development for underprivileged populations.
The ambitious project would help 25,000 youngsters in the North and South Chennai districts by being executed across 29 slum communities. This program strives to provide impoverished children with a complete platform as well as a nurturing environment. After-school and digital education, support services, sports, health, the environment, scouts and guides, and child rights activism are among the initiative’s primary focal areas.
Children living in these urban enclaves face distinct psychosocial obstacles, which are exacerbated by the inherent challenges of childhood and adolescence. According to research, concentrated poverty within neighborhoods significantly limits opportunities for social interaction, access to positive role models, and essential resources such as quality education, healthcare, parks, and playgrounds – all of which are critical components for fostering robust child development.
Tamil Nadu Police
Greater Chennai City Commissioner of Police, Shri Sandeep Rai Rathore, On the occasion of the extension of the Memorandum of Understanding between Tamil Nadu Police and HCLTech.MoU, Shri K. Shankar, Commissioner of Police, Avadi, Shri A. Amalraj, Commissioner of Police, Tambaram, and Dr Nidhi Pundhir, Vice President, Global CSR, HCLFoundation, were present.
“By providing a holistic platform for these disadvantaged children, we are nurturing the seeds of transformation that will eventually flourish into a brighter future,” said Dr Nidhi Pundhir, Vice President, Global CSR, HCLFoundation. “Through community-centric activities, the HCL Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to rehabilitating child laborers, street children, women, and youth from Chennai’s slums.”
“We are delighted to sign this MoU and to renew our long-standing partnership with the HCLFoundation.” “The number of clubs adopted has increased, and the boys’ and girls’ commendable achievements are visible,” stated Shri K. Shankar, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Avadi.
“These clubs have evolved into a model for community development, encouraging children to live crime-free lives.” “We will work to expand it to more areas,” stated Dr. A. Amalraj, IPS, Tambaram City Police Commissioner.
“We are extremely happy to renew this MoU to continue working with 20 Police Girls and Boys Clubs in Chennai city and hope to add more activities as well as clubs through this partnership with HCL Foundation,” Shri. Sandeep Rai stated.