The idea for our scholarship programme began in 2007 when Helen from innocent’s UK team went to Tamil Nadu in India for two weeks. While she was there, she supported the Irula Tribal Women’s Welfare Society which was funded by the innocent foundation. It was such a success that we made it into an annual programme. Each year, we invite partners to borrow innocent’s employees for two weeks. The idea is that we can skill-match innocent staff (the scholars) with projects and work that our partners need undertaking. The partner gets a project or piece of work completed for them at no cost and the innocent staff member gets the opportunity to volunteer, develop their skills, and in some cases (depending on the project), travel internationally.
The scholarships typically last around 2 weeks – with a little bit of work by the scholar done before and after the 2 weeks. Then the scholars come back to the innocent offices, and share their learnings and experiences with the rest of the company, so that everyone gets a better understanding of the work carried out by our brilliant partners, and how the scholar was able to contribute.
Plus, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime for the scholar, and helps innocent staff feel part of the foundation work. Win-win.
In 2019, we sent four heroes around the world:
Check out the successes page for previous scholars’ experiences and more detail on the projects carried out (we promise, they’re not all called James).