Reliance Foundation (RF) is the charitable arm of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). In 2010, Founder and Chairperson Nita Ambani, established this foundation in order to extend RIL’s philanthropic reach.
The foundation focuses on uplifting marginalized communities through education and creation of sustainable livelihood opportunities. It also emphasizes the importance of sports and the need for developing leadership skills amongst youngsters.
Health Outreach Programs
In India, healthcare tends to be expensive, which deters many underprivileged communities from gaining access to quality healthcare services. In order to combat this roadblock, Reliance Foundation (RF) actively engages in health initiatives and programs across several rural and urban locations in India.
Reliance Foundation’s Drishti
In association with the National Association for the Blind (NAB), Nita Ambani-led Reliance Foundation supports visually-impaired individuals. The foundation offers free corneal transplants, which have improved the lives of more than 14,500 individuals. This is a remarkable number when compared with the statistics that suggest that only 2100 such transplants are performed in Maharashtra on an annual basis.
As part of the Drishti initiative, a fortnightly Braille newspaper is published. This publication is disseminated to readers across India and other international locations. On the 4th of January 2013, which is World Braille Day, Reliance Foundation also launched its Braille calendar in Hindi.
In order to combat the lack of education regarding visually-impaired sections in India, the foundation conducts various awareness programs like the Reliance Drishti essay and art competition every year.
Free of cost, the RF Braille newspaper is distributed to 325 institutions across India on a fortnightly basis. Swagat Thorat, who was previously the editor of Sparshdyan, the Marathi Braille newspaper, has extended his support to this initiative as well.
Art and Essay Competition
The art and essay competition was held at Dhirubhai Ambani International School on the 16th of February, 2016. While this was the 12th year for the Drishti Art Competition, the Drishti Essay Competition completed 7 years. For the first time, the competition was open to visually-impaired individuals.
The submitted essays were translated into Hindi from Braille and analyzed by Swagat Thorat, Editor at Drishti Magazine. Out of the total 13,000 entries received from all over the world, six visually-impaired participants were declared winners. Nita Ambani felicitated these winners, whose entries will be printed out, compiled, and sent to more than 15 countries.
At the occasion, Nita Ambani explained how Drishti allows visually-impaired individuals to illuminate their lives. This RF initiative grants them access to better opportunities, allowing them to pursue their aspirations. She emphasized on RF’s commitment to empowering the visually-impaired with the help of knowledge and adequate distribution of information.