Corporate Social Obligation
Dr Desh Bandhu Gupta
Founder and Chairman
The Lupin Human Welfare & Research Foundation (LHWRF) was established more than two decades ago with a mission to assist those less fortunate in India.
We have ourselves, as Lupin, arisen from humble beginnings and are acutely aware of the economic, social and political gaps that exist within our communities and our nation. It is this backdrop that fuels our passion to contribute.
LHWRF has been successful in creating and undertaking a series of well-planned, sustainable and integrated rural development initiatives. Founded in 1988, we started with a few small rural development projects covering around 35 villages in Bharatpur District, Rajasthan. Since then, LHWRF has evolved as one of the largest NGOs and social development initiatives ever undertaken by a corporate in South Asia, touching the lives of over a million people across 2,200 villages in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand.
The Foundation continues its work on revitalizing, repositioning and recreating lives of the poorest of India's citizens. The main objective is to uplift families falling below the poverty line with a special focus on woman empowerment and education by creating sustainable and replicable social, economic and political development programs.
More than 100,000 families have so far been economically benefited through investments in agriculture, animal husbandry and rural industry activities. The overarching mission of LHWRF is to create a sustainable, replicable and scaleable model that can change India, which can be a benchmark for others to follow.
Treating a village as an economic unit of development, the main focus areas are:
- Economic Development
- Agriculture and Forestry
- Animal Husbandry and Dairy
- Rural Industries and Micro-Finance
- Social Development
- Health and Nutrition
- Women Empowerment
- Special Programs on values, social evils, gender disparity
- Infrastructure Development
- Construction of school buildings
- Construction of village internal roads
- Low cost houses
- Water resources development
- Low cost sanitation
- Community halls
LHWRF is committed to bring the benefits of a knowledge-based economy to the poor. The Foundation is in the midst of capturing the lessons learnt by businesses to demonstrate that social benefits, business success and development go hand in hand. Significant programs are being planned to take the Foundation's reach much further than ever before and make this a collaborative, replicable model that other corporates and NGOs can follow. Through shared experience, we believe that we can be a catalyst for change that will have a lasting impact on the lives of India's poorest citizens and families.
Over the last two decades, we have built one of the largest social initiatives funded by a corporate in South Asia. We have also realized that we cannot be alone in our aim to alleviate poverty; to encourage inclusiveness and to achieve the larger goal of a better more equal society. We request all our stakeholders to explore more about LHWRF and to assist us in this endeavor. New India, we believe, is a promise for all those who live here. Serving India is how we started. And continuing to serve India is how we will learn and flourish.
For more details visit www.lupinfoundation.in