August 10, 2010: Delhi – On the eve of Robin’s press conference at the Press Club of India today, Robin Raina Foundation (RRF) announced today that it is finishing the 3rd phase of its ambitious plan to build 6000 free homes for the slum dwellers of Delhi and is getting ready to handover 432 new homes to the slum dwellers, taking its total count of houses handed over to 1157 homes.
The project is seen as the most ambitious charity projects undertaken by any organization without government help. The foundation’s founder Robin Raina conceptualized this project to provide homes to the thousands of slum families who were thrown out of the confines of the city of Delhi, to cleanse the city for the Commonwealth Games. With no means of livelihood, shelter, education or healthcare, these slum dwellers were left to fight for their lives so that the rest of the country could host the Commonwealth Games. RRF Founder Robin Raina felt their pain and decided to do something about it. He decided to address the problem at various levels – by providing 6000 homes to each of thee families while providing education, clothing, meals and basic healthcare to their children. He made a commitment to the slum dwellers that he will get each of them a home of their own.
Today, he has delivered on his promise by delivering 1157 homes absolutely free of cost to them while providing education to thousands of kid in the area at a school run by the foundation specifically for this purpose. This school provides clothes, meals, medical care, sports and other facilities to these kids again absolutely free of cost.
A philanthropist, Robin Raina has emerged as the voice of the have-nots worldwide with his single-minded dedication to providing hope to the under privileged sections of the society. Today, his foundation has adopted in excess of 3,500 children across the Indian sub continent in addition to presently carrying out the largest private charity initiative in the Indian sub-continent, in terms of building 6000 homes free of cost for the underprivileged. The foundation today runs schools, shelter homes and medical care facilities across India and even funds a cancer treatment ward in Lahore Pakistan.
“I am humbled every day by the fight of the slum dwellers to live a life that none of the elite in any country would want. The foundation has tried to do its bit to ease their suffering and provide them basic civilities like education, shelter and healthcare.” Robin said, “I feel privileged to be able to help them. I have always believed that Coffin does not have a pocket and that giving is something that no one can take away from you. The rewards of giving go far beyond money and material things. Giving is something you will be able to take with you wherever you go for the rest of your life.”
Robin added, “While the country spends an estimated Rs. 50,000 crores on the Commonwealth Games, the citizens of this country for whom these games are being supposedly held, continue to live in absolute misery. First they get thrown out of their own homes to showoff the city for the Commonwealth games, and then they are left to fight for their survival with no shelter or water or drainage or basic healthcare. To rub salt in their wounds, the Government announces that it will figure out ways to hide the slums by planting palm trees everywhere. I am not sure that Commonwealth games would as prestigious for the country anymore if the visitors realized that while the Government spent 50,000 crores on organizing the games, it did not feel it fit to spend a little bit of money relatively to impart water, shelter or drainage to the people displaced because of the same Commonwealth Games.”
About RRF’s Slum housing project -
Each of the 6000 homes that the foundation plans to build is 4 sided brick and has a concrete roof done exactly the way as any other middle class house in Delhi would have been built. Each home is built on a solid brick foundation of 4 feet. The home has two rooms, four power points, two fans and an exhaust fan. The homes look aesthetically nice from outside having been painted in two colors – blue and light brown alternately, to give individuality to each home. Each home carries a nice granite nameplate outside the home. That is a big deal for the slum homeowners as till now they did not necessarily have an address. Each of these homes today has taken a legal electric connection in their home.
About the Robin Raina Foundation -
The Robin Raina foundation’s focus is to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged across the world. Headquartered in Atlanta – USA, the foundation tends to work across the world with a very strong focus on India. The foundation was set up by its founder Robin Raina in 2003 to “spread happiness and the spirit of giving across the world.” The foundation can be reached on www.rainafoundation.com
Some of the foundation’s key projects are -
- Slum Aid Project: RRF Slum Aid project - RRF has recently undertaken a project to build 6000 concrete homes for slum dwellers in Bawana in North Eastern Delhi which is one of the largest private charity initiatives in Indian sub-continent.
- RRF children Projects: RRF is involved in many projects, dedicated to provide food, education, shelter, health, medical aid and a sense of belonging to poor and underprivileged children. RRF has adopted:
- more than 3500 children belonging to slum areas, across the country including two different regions around Delhi - Bawana in North West Delhi and Noida in Uttar Pradesh
- Has adopted 212 underprivileged children across Mumbai
- Scholarship and Equipment for Blind and Handicapped Children: RRF provides scholarship since the last six years to 119 needy Blind children in Delhi. Seventy-two of these children have now passed Masters and the remaining are pursuing Graduation studies in Delhi. With the guidance of Mr. Robin Raina these children are now making their presence felt in their respective arenas and even getting into fields like software development.
About Robin Raina -
Robin Raina is one of the few Indians whose public service work is an example that is hard to follow. In spite of running a very successful business enterprise (he is the CEO, Chairman of the Ebix group of companies that trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol EBIX) with a market capitalization of around $700 million world wide, he has dedicated his life to public service.
In the last 6 years, the company stock has gained by 3200% while he has led the transformation of this company into a Global Group with 33 offices across the world. In August 2009, the company was named by Fortune magazine as the 2nd best investment and the 4th fastest growing company in the world. Atlanta Business Chronicle has named Robin the NO.1 CEO in Georgia two years in the running. Winner of tens of business awards across the globe, Robin’s heart lies in charity and the foundation is a manifestation of that.
A visionary by nature, Robin plans to run the foundation with the same professionalism as he runs the Ebix group of companies today. He believes in transparency, accountability and leading from the front by showing the way.