Pragati, a NGO supported by Cargill felicitates the achievements of students during its Annual Day

8th February, 2017, Gurugram: A rainbow of colours unfurled on the stage as Pragati, a NGO supported by Cargill India in Sushant Lok, Gurugram celebrated its Annual Day Function on 4th February, 2017. The program commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, Shri Vinay Pratap Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram. Mr. Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman Cargill India, along with the Pragati Executive Team Member Mrs. Asha Kochhar welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries.

Pragati, a NGO supported by Cargill felicitates the achievements of students during its Annual Day
The students of Pragati presented their talent through a series of presentations including group song, dramatic play, dance etc. The annual function showcased the talent and the achievements of the bright students and also felicitated the alumni.

Speaking at the occasion, Shri Vinay Pratap Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram eloquently addressed the students and teachers with his perspective of futuristic vision and conveyed the necessity of defining one’s goal in life, and wished the students an optimistic and bright future. He also congratulated Cargill for the support and invited more corporates to join hands and be a part of developing the future of India.

Cargill as part of its commitment to support education partnered with Pragati in 2008. Through the financial support extended, children of daily labourers in various localities in Gurugram are offered free primary education. The initiative started with enrollment of 110 children and today over 400 students are registered across 3 Pragati Primary Schools. Besides supporting the academic education as per the Haryana Board, Cargill helps students in their overall development and enhancing their technical and vocational know-how by arranging computer education, conducting english speaking classes, Indian classical dance classes, dramatics and other co- curricular activities.

In line with Cargill’s principle, the model of education at Pragati is much wider, more inclusive and goes beyond the existential framework of ‘Learning by Earning’ and aims at creating humane individuals. The schools also provide extra nutrition to the children by offering them eggs, fruits and milk, in addition to the mid day meal. With an investment of over 1 crore, Cargill is tirelessly working on its mission of nurturing, guiding and teaching these children with the hope that they would one day, would live their own dreams.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman Cargill India said, “We measure our success in terms of what we do out of our lives and our usefulness to others. We feel proud in seeing the growth and development of Pragati and students under right guidance. Cargill believes in enriching communities where we live and work; we will continue to support Pragati with all our strength and will.”

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