• Distribution of a special composition, a brain power enhancing supplement, consisting of Centella Asiatica, as part of one of EIF's campaigns.
    Distribution of a special composition, a brain power enhancing supplement, consisting of Centella Asiatica, as part of one of EIF's campaigns.  Pic Courtesy: EIF

In 2015, in an address to the students of Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad Dr APJ Kalam said, “Let’s do what India needs from us.” Taking inspiration from the ex president, Emerge India Foundation (EIF), a public charitable NGO based out of Bengaluru has envisioned to rebuild India so that Kalam’s ‘India Vision 2020’ becomes a reality.

To solve the innumerable problems of our country, EIF, founded by Ramesh Babu R is going to execute a two-pillar model. Using ‘Immediate Containment Action’, they will address hunger, medical issues, education, etc. expeditiously. Contrarily, the ‘Permanent Preventive Action’ will cater to issues in a way that they can be solved permanently. Ramesh says that this approach is what makes EIF unique in a country where there are lakhs of NGOs. Along with offline initiatives, they have plans to use the internet extensively to help people. “The several problems have a few common points. If we solve these few common points permanently, in due time, all our issues will be taken care of,” rationalises the 52 year-old Ramesh who owes his scientific approach to the Lean Six Sigma training that he has undergone.

“65% of our population is below the age of 35. In another 10 years, they will become middle-aged. Unless the youth is channelised, we are not leaving a safe future for our children,” says a worried Ramesh. He also looks at entrepreneurship as a big way ahead. EIF, founded in June 2015 has plans to help harness the potential and sharpen the skills of the youth of our country.

Along with having an online fundraiser on Milaap, Ramesh is also inviting help from all directions – people, corporates, NGOs, government, not just in cash but also kind. “After 68 years of independence, this is the state of our country. We, at EIF don’t believe in slow and steady because we are in a crisis. Going slow is like inflation. The slower you go, the more the performance rate diminishes,” concludes Ramesh.