Guidestar India transparency Key 2019 -20
GuideStar India is India’s largest and most reliable online information repository with 9000+ NGOs. We have been awarded the prestigious GuideStarIndia Transparency Key award for 2019 and have joined India’s largest pool of credible NGOs after undergoing a rigorous due diligence process. GuideStar India’s Transparency Key is the Foundation Level certification indicating that the organisation has filed annual income tax returns as a tax-exempt entity and has shared the same in the public domain. To view our profile at GuideStar India,
please visit: https://guidestarindia.org/Summary.aspx?CCReg=11509
Woman of the year 2019-20
Our team has been awarded the Woman of the year award by Nandala Seva Samithi Trust
Founded by the Tamil Scholar, Writer, Poet and Artist, Pujyasri Mathioli R. Saraswathy. The trust’s main focus is on education, cultural development, welfare of the needy and relief to the people affected by natural disaster.
World Habitat Awards, 2018
Our project Co-creating Construction Labour Communities received a Commendation from the World Habitat Awards 2018 committee. World Habitat seeks to identify and promote outstanding work internationally in furthering the right to housing.
The Merit List, 2016-17
Our Project Suitcase and B.U.S were short listed for The Merit List 2016-17 cycle.
The Merit List [TML] is an initiative by Matter to recognize projects of critical relevance in terms of design and thought in the context of contemporary Indian architecture.
MSDS Award, 2011-2015
Manava Seva Dharma Samvardhani presented the Sadguru Gyanananda fellowship to
Akhila Ramesh in appreciation of her pioneering effort to establish Nivasa.
Neighbourhood Partnership Challenge, 2015
Our Project : Suitcase was selected to receive a grant award. Hosted by Citizens for the City, the brief was for projects to include community involvement in solving neighbourhood issues.
Twelve winners were chosen from 86 proposals sent over two rounds of presentations. We have set up 6 units at Girinagar slum, Bangalore from the grant received.
Indo-Dutch Conference, 2014
Three of our projects were selected among entries from fifteen countries world over in this conference organized by IISc, Bangalore & Delft University, Netherlands, on Design for Sustainable Well being and Empowerment.
CSIM Fellowship, 2011
Akhila Ramesh was the first recipient of CSIM’s financial award for social entrepreneurs. This supported Nivasa during our first year of inception.
Read articles dedicated to NIVASA and our work in the community!
“Contractors are starting to understand the importance of providing hygienic and properly equipped worker camps especially given the ongoing crisis India is faced with. The workers have responded very well to our initiatives and during this difficult time we were able to keep them comfortable so they would return to work.
We are now following your guidelines for planning our worker camps.
The MAIA team has become extremely conscious and aware of the requirement to uplift the worker status with our continuous involvement.”
Mr. Rishad Khergamwala
Director of Developments
"After a few months of Nivasa’s & APSA’s work, involvement of safety team in worker welfare increased and the communication gap between the safety team and laborers reduced.
Laborers started owning the site and kept toilets and the bathroom clean after usage”.
Senior Safety officer
L&W – Project Boeing
Bangalore (Dec 2019)
"After RMZ Azure in all my projects I ensure the labour housing is ventilated with higher roof and windows, surrounded by landscape with separate area for vegetation.
We tie up with nearest health center on regular basis. Every camp has camp in charge, recreational facilities and security.”
Mr. Chidananda Kamath
“With continued involvement of projects team, the maintenance increased, cleanliness level increased by 75 percent.
Sickness used to be 4-5 people amongst 800 nos, per day. It came down to 1 in a month or less, very very minimal!
Workers don't leave the company if good facilities are provided. Attrition is very minimal, less than 5 percent.
Food used to be thrown in open drains leading to a stink. With drains closed, food wastage pick up was organized, leading to no stink or stench. 60 percent gas stoves, so cleaner kitchens.”
RMZ Projects team
Congratulations. Great achievement.
What a great achievement!! Nivasa's passion for innovation is matched by perseverance and total commitment. Many of us who have known Nivasa and it's team and are indeed very proud of it's achievement and well deserved recognition it has received.
Maiya & Girija
"Ms. Akhila Ramesh completed CSIM’s Social Entrepreneurship Outlook Programme with the sixth batch few years ago. She followed through on all her learnings by registering her Trust NIVASA immediately afterwards. Her rare combination of conviction and professionalism secured her the CSIM Fellowship to help her research and develop her ideas on rural housing. She proved herself once again by actually launching her housing project at Thimmaiyanadoddi, overcoming the language and cultural barriers, patiently garnering community support and activating her own professional network for resources and ideas. She is also the recipient of the Sadguru Gyanananda Award, given by our Parent Trust, MSDS, in recognition of her commitment to the development sector.
Akhila’s hard work and innovative ideas are a source of inspiration to all our potential social entrepreneurs and will help to trigger social action for years to come."
- Former Director- CSIM, Bangalore