Chennai, India: HCL Foundation (HCLF), which implements HCLTech’s corporate social responsibility agenda in India, has received a Rs 8 million (€89,431) grant from Aegon, a diversified international financial services group, to provide access to educational opportunities for underprivileged children attending the Lions Club of Guindy Labour Colony High School in Chennai, India.
HCL Foundation has been actively engaged with the school for the past five years as part of its commitment to community development, offering quality education to children from low-income families. The Aegon donation will support HCL Foundation’s efforts to provide child-friendly learning spaces, reading corners, and experiential learning opportunities for children. It would also enable teacher training programmes, access to sports infrastructure, and enhanced cleanliness and safety.
Sudip Lahiri, Executive Vice President and Head of Financial Services, Europe, HCLTech, and Naresh Narang, Global Client Partner, HCLTech accepted the grant from Koos van der Veen, IT Director, Aegon, and Kees Jan Stam, Vendor Manager, Aegon at an event in The Hague, Netherlands. Gince K. Mattam, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of India in the Netherlands, and executives from HCLTech and Aegon were also present.
“We are deeply committed to promoting quality education, and our partnership with HCL Foundation supports this endeavour,” stated Koos van der Veen. “We believe that every child deserves access to quality education, and this initiative aligns with our commitment to making a positive impact in underserved communities.”
“Aegon and HCLTech have had a long-standing relationship, and this grant represents our shared vision of creating inclusive communities with equal opportunities for all.” “It will strengthen HCL Foundation’s efforts to ensure that access to education reaches the last mile of society,” stated Sudip Lahiri.
“We are delighted to have Aegon join us in our initiative to transform lives at the bottom of the pyramid.” This collaboration reflects HCL Foundation and Aegon’s shared commitment to supporting education and advancing sustainable development,” said Dr. Nidhi Pundhir, Vice President, Global CSR, HCL Foundation.