"Youth are the today and the future. Never before have they played such a crucial part of our evolution, tapping in to their vision, passion and recognition of there being another way to improve the lives of many. Age has no geographical boundaries but a country’s circumstances do. Our Foundation recognizes where we can benefit those most in need of hope that can be translated in to a reality for a positive future. We need to pass on the baton, inspiring success and the belief that there are no boundaries regardless of financial circumstances.".
The Foundation’s objective is to support existing projects at the heart of communities. We help projects that may be overlooked yet without their support there could long-term social problems; whether it be through a lack of education, poor health or prejudice.
The Foundation currently operates in areas blighted by extreme poverty, reaching out to those whose lives hold little hope of a brighter future, yet would benefit from an intervention to transform their lives and the communities in which they live. We focus on projects that ensure community participation to help bring the most benefit to the most people.
Below are some examples of projects we are involved with:
The role of women and their importance is recognized the world over. They are central to cohesive family living, community participation and contributing to society at large. However, many countries still struggle to recognize the need to protect and empower women, viewing them as a second class citizens not worthy of education or reasonable jobs. This short sightedness is having a devastating impact by removing nearly 50% of any population and the potential contribution they can bring.
Public health is vitally important for any country and central to raising the quality and longevity of life. In third world and developing countries this is even more profound where the difference between having and not-having means life or death. Rural populations are at the sharp edge of the sword where lack of access due to poor infrastructure leads to a limited life expectancy, ultimately impacting upon sustainable living and future planning. This is something which can be easily rectified. Some rural dwellings are at greater threat than others and need significantly more help. The reality is that the need is currently greater than the support.
Being physically disabled is not a choice but is something that many must endure. Access to vital services is impossible for many; education is limited to those who are able to participate, and healthcare is but a dream of what services should be. Vocational training the world over is something that integrates disability and achieves financial reward for all parties yet is little recognised or encouraged outside of western economies. Vocational training requires imparting life and business skills, that will lead to living an independent life and reducing marginalization.
Malnutrition is an issue the world over families are unable to afford and meet the basic food needs of their families. This is especially critical when it comes to children, who need not just any food but food that will help their brains develop. Why? Because a healthy body and brain gives children the energy to benefit from the education they receive and to do the work they need to build their future. Malnutrition can mean the difference between life and death.
The Tej Kohli Foundation believes in the youth of today and the need for them to own their future and the world they live in. This comes from the belief that having a solid education at the beginning of a childs life will help to create a positive future by giving them a sense of self-worth and hope. Third world and developing countries still struggle with inequality and many children never set foot in a school, let alone learn to read or write. We recognize these barriers and the need to bring about change through support and understanding of what is needed.
Blindness is a blight on the human race and has many causes. The sad truth is that many of these causes are easily preventable and treatable. In third world and developing countries blindness means exclusion. No access to education, no possibility of work and impoverished families often have to cast family members out they are another mouth to feed and cannot contribute. This suffering is unnecessary and impacts upon the growth and stability of many nations.Thousands of people are obstructed from becoming valuable, contributing members of society.