Imagine a world where all people can walk and learn, love and live – really live – without fear. Where we all are free to get where we need to go, be who we need to be. Where our everyday actions and highest institutions are guided by the prevailing values of dignity,equality, and justice. Where we all enjoy – really enjoy – our two square meals a day, good health and education to grow. I hope you’ll see that world coming alive in these pages. Because with your support, Turnstone Global is working to build that world today. From Kolkata to Ludhiana, from small villages to college towns,we are inspiring new people everyday to take the actions small and grand that add up to real, irreversible culture change. Whether a father in Assam refusing early marriage or a fraternity member in Mizoram standing against sexual assault, women rallying for gender equality or girls marching to make the streets their own, together they are saying:
We all belong. We all have worth. Self-respect start here, now, with us. From 1990 to 2016, from 1 centre in 1 state to 100+ centers across 8 states, from 10 beneficiaries to
9000 direct beneficiaries and 1000000 indirect beneficiaries , from 2 employees to 100+ employees, 562 volunteers, from pocket money driven organization to thousand donors with more than 4 crores turnover, Turnstone Global has come a long way in its journey. While many things have changed in
these years, the one constant has been our philosophy of embracing change.
No matter how successful we were, there was always this restlessness to do more, and to create a
larger impact, since it was needed and we could do it. The task we have set for ourselves is daunting. It has never been done by anyone, anywhere in the world. Skilling 1 million youth in next 10 year with 100 per cent livelihood commitment is what drives us to look beyond the present; it makes us reach into the future.
The challenge, however, is to reinvent ourselves. “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, said
Mahatma Gandhi. And we realize that we have to transform ourselves, as individuals and as an
organization, for the transformation to happen in society. While one can measure an organization’s success by various indicators, very rarely is it measured by its most fundamental driver: the energy and passion of its people. The focus of this year’s Annual Report is exactly that
–PEOPLE. This Annual Report celebrates the pain, the passion, the ‘never say die’ attitude, the conviction and the positive
attitude of every associate of Turnstone Global, who works silently and tirelessly, in the background, at the grass-root level with the community and in centers and offices around the country. The sum total of what they do is the story of Turnstone Global. It is a story of many people who treat
work less as a job, and more as an inner calling; people who are empowered, and lead far more than they follow.
From battling with the bullocks in Punjab, to the extreme weather in hills of Sikkim, from (being
tortured soul by extremists in Jangal Mahal in West Bengal) working with children in slums of Kolkata, to being neglected soul by parents just being disabled in Tripura
-the stories are far too many for us to carry in this Annual Report. But here are a few to take inspiration from. They are from those who “are living the change that they wish to see”, who in the very true sense, are building the India of
As, our initial emphasis was to empower the visually challenged. However, over a period of time, we
have expanded our interventions to address the multidimensional factors of underdevelopment.
Today, our different Pillars program includes the key areas of Women Empowerment, child labor elimination, education for all, accessible and affordable health, skill development, Job Creation, sanitation and hygiene, disability care, in one word 360 degree development of an individual.
This year most of our programs did reasonably well and some could have done better. More than five new programs were added, perhaps we have added a new thematic area of work i.e. formation of self-help group with the support of micro financing in future to empower women.
As a part of a self-assessment, we conducted study on the achievement level of children who attended our learning centers and children who have not attended our program, our non-formal centers in slums. It was encouraging to see that the performance of children in our non
-formal centre was much better than the other group. Similarly remarkable performance of visually challenged students supported by scholarships in Board exams, the number of youth occupied in skilled job after receiving
vocational training and the number of women receiving supplementary income through art & craft and the positive impact of the Inclusive Education Project are our motivation for continuing the core programs & projects.
Turnstone Global would like to specially thank all the Faculty, Interns and volunteers for their
continuous selfless support. The organization has grown further with the help and support of all the family members. We would like to thank all the members and their families for strengthening our activities and achieving success.
No words are sufficient to thank all the donors for our different projects who have been our constant
source of support and strength over the years. With new donors stepping forward, we are steadily
gaining the much-needed strength to pitch our projects to newer heights. We would like to specially mention the continued support by Amway Opportunity Foundation, Bharti Airtel ltd, Spencers Retail ltd, Dabur India ltd, Tata Pro
-engage, Tata Motors, TCS, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Lib
rary foundation, Give India, Guidestar, NASSCOM,Concast,
Cognizant Foundation, HDFC, Swachha Bharat Mission
and many others in our projects and we aspire to build a lasting relationship with them. We continue on our
mission of empowering the underprivileged with Compassion and Humility. We hope for ongoing
support in areas beyond finance – the priceless gifts of time, knowledge and skills. We look forward to having more volunteers join hands with us in making a difference to society as we inspire hope for a better tomorrow for all. We are pleased to have some of our donors and volunteers sharing their experience while working with us. Contribution of all our volunteers, donors and networking partners
was very significant for the development of the organiza
I would like to thank them all for the trust and support you have in us. We hope you will support us till we realize our vision of ‘a just society where individuals have access to equal opportunity’ for all . As always, we tremendously value the painstaking efforts and investment of time more than just the financial contributions of each of our stakeholders. We have always found that as our relationships deepen, we have been able to collectively handle any constraint –
be it funds, efforts, technology, resources or any other. We consider it a great privilege and honor to be part of such a committed team as Turnstone Global readies itself to scale new heights of service towards society.
Thanks everyone for standing shoulder to shoulder
Yours in Service,
Dr Kanchan Gaba,