Building an Ecosystem for
Impact through Active Citizenship.
We bring sustainable development through our diverse range of initiatives and by partnering with like-minded individuals and organizations.
VCAM - Vaish Center for Additive Manufacturing
VCAM, Vaish Center for Additive Manufacturing, has been setup by Visionary Mr. Ashok Vaish, Founder, Balanced Growth Fund. Mr. Vaish believes that the new age manufacturing skills form a corner stone for India to make great strides in manufacturing sector. With this belief Mr. Vaish setup VCAM to impart skills on 3D design and printing.
VCAM provides hands-on training to students on 3D design and printing. As with all the programs at Kakatiya Sandbox, VCAM works towards financial sustainability by offering 3D printing services to businesses.
LEaders Accelerating Development (LEAD)
The LEaders Accelerating Development (LEAD) program builds problem-solving and entrepreneurial aptitudes among university students. LEAD's mission is to get students to work on projects that they care about, and by doing so build the needed leadership ability.
Students are supported through grants to implement their projects.
Initiated in 2011, Navodyami program helps to make micro-entrepreneurship a viable proposition for successful livelihood. It enables budding individuals to build their own sustainable enterprise. Navodyami has helped build 100s successful micro-entrepreneurs so far.
TiE Nizamabad is established as a satellite chapter of TiE Hyderabad. It came in to existence because of the motivation of the business community in Nizamabad to learn expose themselves to modern technology and methods of entrepreneurship.
Since inception, TiE Nizamabad has hosted monthly leadership talk every month. It also various programs such as industrial tour for its members, internships in their respective organisations for local youth, mentoring and guidance to local entrepreneurs.
Agastya International Foundation
Agastya is a movement led by entrepreneurs, educators, scientists, teachers and children to revitalize and transform primary and secondary education in India and provide an affordable education model that can be replicated anywhere in the world.
In Nizamabad, it offers science education to underprivileged students through state of the art science lab at Kakatiya Sandbox. Besides the lab, which is one of Agastya's largest labs in Telangana, it takes science equipment to students in villages through vans. It also conducts teacher training programs, which are one of the most sought after by teachers.
Nirmaan provides career guidance and counselling to underprivileged students to help them make right choices in pursuing right education and career.
This is achieved by:
1. conducting education and career workshops at schools
2. offering guidance through centralised call center at Kakatiya Sandbox
3. sending timely information about scholarship opportunities to students, and helping them fill the required application forms to avail the same
Save A Mother
Save A Mother, a not for profit organisation founded in December 2007, has devised a simple solution for saving lives of pregnent women and newborns.
It does so by implementing an aggressive health literacy program that trains volunteer village health activists to educate, empower and connect pregnant women to public health systems.
Sankalpa Rural Development Society
Sankalpa Rural Development Society (SRDS) is an initiative of one our own students at the Foundation.
SRDS helps farmers recharge their dry bore-well with rain water. Though the concept of bore-well recharge is time tested, it's not been practised by farmers because they are not aware of the right procedure to do it. SRDS works with farmers and helps them implement bore-well recharge.
Right now SRDS works in 4 states of India: Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Punjab.
Better Cotton Initiative
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)'s mission is to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment that grows it, and better for the industry that consumes it.
In one of its largest implementations in India, BCI at Kakatiya Sandbox works with 1000s of farmers to help them practise organic farming of cotton. It also helps farmers form FPO to improve their supply chain efficiencies and help them earn more money per acre.
Initiated in 2014 by the Foundation and supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Farm Pond is a program that helps farmers engage in sustainable agricultural practices involving rainwater harvesting and conservation. This program has been especially helpful in facilitating irrigation in drought-prone areas with erratic rainfall. By improving access to water, farmers can now cultivate more than one crop a year thereby increasing their revenue by 50%. Since 2014, the program has rapidly scaled and we have created more than a thousand farm ponds that have impacted 9,000 lives.
Deshpande Educational Trust
Deshpande Educational Trust (DET) is established in 2010 to provide practical skills and strong work ethics to youth through experiential learning and vocational training. The training program is an intense residential program that works toward building human resource capability through various short and long-term job-oriented courses. One of the highlights of the program is that it has been able to achieve near 100% placements of its students. Among the employers are Google, Uber, Amazon, Accenture.
DET, at Kakatiya Sandbox, is supported by the Deshpande Foundation and Kanuri Family, USA.
Skill In A Village
Skill in Village is an after-school program for students enrolled in vernacular medium government schools. The programme focuses on grades 6th-9th (upper primary and secondary) to equip the rural students with English communication skills to begin with. Later the content is expanded to the other 3 Cs mentioned in the global P21 framework - Critical thinking, Creativity and Culture. We have improvised by not using the last C (collaboration) of the framework as it is but contextualising it to reflect the values and character students should have not only to become a good scholar but also a responsible citizen and above all a good human being.
English is a necessity not only for better employability, but also a skill which expands one's horizons to learn other skills important for the century. Increasing no. of students and parents in the villages want to learn English, as they have realised its importance and need.
Bollant Projects Private Limited
Bollant Industries is setup by Mr. Srikanth Bolla, the inspiring entrepreneur who has embarked on this journey to get 80 million challenged people to overcome employment barriers, and to provide sustainable and competitive employment to the disabled with and without education in India.
Kakatiya Sandbox is proud to be of help to Mr. Bolla in this inspiring journey by offering incubation support for Bollant's office and manufacturing unit in Nizamabad.