Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust
The Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT), a registered, not-for-profit organisation, was established in 2002 to address the development needs of the underprivileged of the country, especially the rural poor. The Trust's strategic objectives have been shaped by the vision of Shri Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, of implementing programmes that have sustainable impact and are instrumental in transforming the lives of the poor. RGCT presently works in the poorest regions of Uttar Pradesh, one of the least developed states in the country, and Haryana through two development initiatives: Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana (RGMVP) and Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital and Research Centre (IGEHRC).
RGMVP is the largest social mobilisation programme for women's empowerment in Uttar Pradesh with its work impacting 42 districts. It organises women to harness their individual and collective potentials as change agents, enabling them to facilitate poverty reduction by disrupting hierarchy and changing the power relations so that they feel empowered to claim their rightful place as equal citizens in society. IGEHRC, the largest provider of quality eye care in Uttar Pradesh, covers 12 districts and provides affordable eye care, especially to poor people, to eliminate avoidable blindness. It also operates in Sohna, Haryana, targeting the backward Mewat region.
In the last 13 years, the Trust has worked tirelessly to help millions of the poorest people to overcome poverty, social exclusion, and mitigating circumstances to lead productive lives. It has supported them in gaining access to social and economic opportunities by facilitating linkages to markets, delivery systems, and rights and entitlements. RGCT's unique models of scaling up and sustainability ensure inclusion of last mile populations into the mainstream. In the process, the Trust has built up teams whose professional competence contributes significantly to cost-effective and innovative delivery of services to the poor. Internally, the Trust has evolved into a result-oriented, ethical and transparent organisation that seeks to maximise the impact of all available resources and is fully accountable to all its stakeholders.See more