12 August 2023
It’s been just over a month since Punjab experienced torrential rains followed by heavy floods unprecedented in recent years.
RoundGlass Foundation, based in Mohali, worked relentlessly towards flood relief work taking packets of essentials like dry rations, hygiene products, and drinking water to some of the worst affected villages in the districts of Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Ropar, and SAS Nagar. “We provided care and survival packages to over 5,000 households in these regions, ensuring that assistance reached those who were severely affected by the floods,” said Sunny Gurpreet Singh, Founder, RoundGlass at an event in Mohali.
Singh, a Seattle-based entrepreneur, and philanthropist was born and raised in India. He has been working over the last five years in bringing about a positive change in Punjab through his initiative — The RoundGlass Foundation. The Foundation works in the areas of environment and sustainability, empowerment of children through sports and education and providing opportunities to rural women. Since 2018, RoundGlass Foundation has positively impacted more than 15 lakh lives in over 1800 villages in Punjab.
Talking about why he is giving back to his community, Singh said, “My connection with the state goes beyond words. It’s an unbreakable bond, forged by a shared vision of progress and prosperity. We are working towards improving the lives of people in Punjab through on-ground initiatives around sports and learning for children, women’s empowerment, tree plantation, waste management, and much more.”
RoundGlass Foundation has reached many milestones in the past five years, including planting over 16 lakh(1.6 million) indigenous trees in a state with notably sparse forest coverage and plans to reach its objective of planting a billion trees. Through its ‘One Girl One Football’ programme, trained coaches instruct village girls in football to motivate them to participate actively, fostering their physical and mental well-being, as well as expanding their career opportunities and dismantling gender biases.
Through Learn Labs, an experiential, self-paced, technology-led learning program conducted at schools, and village community centersthe Foundation has helped over 2,900 children.Additionally, having established 169 waste management facilities in villages, the Foundation has facilitated solid waste processing, generating 17 tons of compost annually per village, among other accomplishments.
Singh said, “There is still much to be done, and we are committed to continuing our efforts to uplift communities, empower individuals, and create a Punjab that shines as a beacon of progress.”
Singh has also invested in Punjab Football Club, RoundGlass Punjab Football, Tennis, and Hockey academies —all located in Punjab — to identify grassroots talent from the state and nurture it with world-class coaching infrastructure. Numerous athletes from these academies have already transitioned to the professional level, achieving recognition and success both within India and internationally.
On this ambitious journey to transform Punjab, Singhbelieves he is not alone. He said, “The people of Punjab have been our biggest supporters and we deeply value their sense of community and grit.”
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