Poverty is just not lack of money;
it is not having the capability to realise one’s full potential as a human being.
Head Held High Foundation is a Bangalore-based nonprofit on a quest to tackle humanity’s oldest and most persistent problem: poverty. Along with a passionate team and many committed partners, we work to reduce inequity in all its forms.
Although we manage our programs from Bangalore, we have a field presence that spans multiple states and rural locations across India. Our poverty alleviation efforts in these communities include assessment, social protection, financial inclusion, training, skill building, livelihood creation and more.
Our story began with the stories of eight young people from rural Karnataka who were part of our first youth transformation batch. These individuals had not had a chance to finish their schooling or explore possibilities beyond their immediate environment. At the end of six months, however, they had transformed into more confident versions of their former selves. They have since gone on to build fulfilling lives and to emerge as changemakers in their communities.
This powerful beginning showed us what was possible. It provided a way forward for our ongoing work in transforming youth and communities and creating a world of abundance for all.
Our vision is to eradicate rural poverty globally,
beginning in India.
We believe that there is enough and more for everyone on our planet. Poverty makes no sense in such a world of abundance.
We think that the key to tackling poverty is to address the deprivation of capabilities that keeps a person from living a life they have reason to value.
We work with marginalised groups and communities to trigger transformation at many levels and to create pathways to a better life for them.
To enable youth transformation
To spur rural entrepreneurship
To amplify the impact of changemakers
1) Family poverty assessment and alleviation plan
2) Access to social security schemes & services
3) Youth skilling & transformation
4) Access to economic pathways (jobs, self-employment, higher education)
5) Future ready guidance
6) Place-based economic opportunities
7) Social innovation orientation for youth
8) Amplifed impact for changemakers
– Tackling barriers at the family level
– Building work & life capabilties
– Creating individual agency
– Enabling access to livelihoods
– Boosting changemaking capability in the world at large
To build job and career preparedness in youth across India
To tackle multi-dimensional poverty at the family level
To foster social entrepreneurial thinking in youth