Update No. 19      
  Painting a school Amalgamated Plantations  |  Assam
The Estate organized a painting activity at Govt. Primary School located within the Estate. The walls, doors and windows of the school were painted during the program. Posters related to health, hygiene & safety were also provided to generate awareness amongst the children. School teachers praised the initiative and thanked the management & volunteers.
  Cultural program for children Ginger Hotels  |  Agartala
20 Team members of Ginger Hotel Agartala volunteered to organize a cultural evening and clothes/ toy donation program in Anwesha Children Home. The authorities of the children home welcomed this gesture and the children participated in various cultural activities. Children were very happy to receive clothes & toys.
  Cleanliness drive Ginger Hotels  |  Vizag
Ginger Vizag team participated in a beach cleaning drive at R K Beach. The volunteers also created awareness for public to preserve the beauty of the most popular beach of Vizag. They collected a total of 15kgs of plastic, glass and other beach trash during the cleanliness drive.
  Blood Donation Camp Tata Consulting Engineers  |  Jamshedpur
Tata Consulting Engineers in association with Red Cross Society organized a blood donation camp, which was attended by TCE employees. 61 employees came forward to donate blood, some employees also volunteered and coordinated for the smooth organization of the camp. As a token of appreciation, the donors were given certificates and gifts by Red Cross.
  Donation drive Tata Motors  |  Pune
Tata Motors Pune, PV team visited ‘Swadhar-Mohor NGO’ located in Budhwar Peth. The NGO runs a night Crèche and Day Care Centre for the children of commercial sex workers in Budhwar Peth. The children are provided with basic health care, nutrition and education along with accommodation. Understanding their requirements, the team donated 6 wall mounted fans and groceries to the NGO. The team spent some quality time with the children and had fun singing songs and dancing with them.
  Career counselling for girls Tata Communications  |  Chennai and Hyderabad
On the occasion of celebrating International Women’s Day, Tata Communications volunteers came together to help add meaning to the lives of girl children beyond merely being caretakers of their households in the future. To that end, our volunteers in Hyderabad joined hands with “Shaheen’s women’s resource and welfare association" and spent a day, career counselling 50 high school and college going girls and gave them ideas of how to go about achieving their dreams. They also indulged in embroidery making with the older women in the community. The staff from Shaheen also described what women empowerment meant to them through kawwali music. Meanwhile in Chennai, Tata communications volunteers came together to do something similar. Teaming up with the “Center for women’s development and research (CWDR)” the volunteers spent time with 43 high school girls mapping out their desired futures based on what they want to achieve in their lives, while sharing their own experiences. They also shared diaries with them, for them to consistently articulate their dreams and aspirations. Later in the day, CWDR also celebrated women’s day with the elderly women of the community through cultural programs and games.
  Cleanliness Drive Indian Hotels  |  Udaipur
Taj Lake Palace organised a cleanliness drive at Maajisa Ka Mandir Ghat which is a nearby heritage & tourist point. The hotel had decided to organise the cleanliness campaign during the Gangaur Festival as coinciding with this festival, Rajasthan Tourism also organises Mewar festival in the city where the whole of Udaipur gets drenched in vibrant colours. Women assemble to dress the images of Isar (Lord Shiva) and Gangaur (Goddess Parvati) and carry them in a procession through the city, finally immersing them in the middle of Pichola Lake. Tourists from all over the world come in the city to experience the festival and view the Dances, songs, cultural events and a firework display from various ghats (area near the lake) near Lake Picchola. Volunteers in guidance of senior leaders gathered at the spot in the morning and started the cleaning and painting work. In batches, the volunteers covered the whole ghat area. Local people were astonished to see the changes in the ghat area. It looked beautiful, clean and neat.
  Village Health & Nutrition Day (VHND) Tata Consulting Engineers  |  Jamshedpur
A team of 7 Volunteers from TCE Jamshedpur visited Hitku Village Anganwadi Centre (AWC) to assist in the implementation of the VHND (Village Health and Nutrition Day) Programme. VHND is organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare as a part of National Rural Health Mission. During the visit, around 25 to 30 women (some pregnant, others lactating) had gathered in the centre for their regular health check-ups. The team interacted with them to understand their knowledge on the VHND programme so far. They were also informed about the requirement of the vaccinations of the pregnant ladies and new born babies, which kind of diseases they prevent, the importance of institutional deliveries, and the government schemes which are present to facilitate all those who correctly follow all of these. We also checked the health kits given to pregnant women, and advised them to use these kits regularly. It was inspiring to meet one particular lady, the mother of two girl children, who had opted for sterilization and was proudly raising the children with immense help from Laxmi Ladli Yojana of the Central Government.
  Blood donation camp Ginger Hotels  |  Indore
Employees of Ginger Hotel Indore participated in a blood donation camp. The blood donation camp was conducted in association with CHL Apollo Hospital. A total of 14 volunteers participated.
  Cleanliness drive Indian Hotels  |  Chandigarh
Employees of Taj Chandigarh undertook a cleanliness drive in the Hotel’s surroundings including the outside public parking area. The General Manager of the Hotel, who took a keen interest in this activity, led it. Two employees of each department took out time from their demanding schedule to contribute to the drive. Borrowing the message of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan –“Ek Kadam Swachhata Ki Ore” the cleanliness drive ended on a happy note.
  Nutrition and Food Training Tata Chemicals  |  TamilNadu
Tata Chemicals with the help of its partner NGO - The Covenant Centre for Development organized an awareness session on importance of nutrition for healthy life in Sriperumbudur. The objective of this session was to promote healthy nutrition and dietary practices through increasing usage of millets and readily available herbs. The participants during the session were rural women from surrounding villages. The women were made aware on how food contributes to health of individuals, its role as a medicine and how to make use of one’s dietary practices to stay healthy and stronger. A brief debriefing about how to use four essential things such as air, water, food and rest to ensure healthy living. A session on traditional foods predominantly the need for using millets for improving nutritional profile was the highlight of the day. Participating women were oriented about how to make edible snacks using small millets and how eating them contributes to healthy development of children. A session was also organized on the identification and use of local herbs. About 30 women and 6 children participated in the program. 3 Volunteers from Tata Chemicals helped in organizing the program.
  Interactive session with AWC Sevikas Tata Consulting Engineers  |  Jamshedpur
On this day, 4 volunteers from TCE went to a village in Sonari region of Jamshedpur to have a meeting with the Sevikas employed in the AWCs to learn about their way of working. The Central Government has deployed Sevikas in each AWC to look after the people who are eligible for the available schemes, and register them to the same. Block level Supervisors are present to supervise the work done by the Sevikas. On interacting with the Sevikas, the volunteers understood the locals and the challenges they face when carrying out their responsibilities. They offered them solutions so that they can work smoothly. They found out that these ladies, although appointed for reaching out to the locals, have gaps in information about the facilities provided by the various government-run schemes. For example, they register girl children for the Ladli Laxmi Scheme, but have little idea how to avail the benefits of it. They also had very little information on Kanyadan Scheme, which is a scheme for financial help to girls belonging to BPL category (of 18 years of age or above) for their marriage. They were completely unaware of some other schemes like Pradhan Mantri Gambhir Bimari Yojana and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Vidhva Pension Yojana. The volunteers tried to fill in their gaps as much as possible.
  Field trip for senior citizens Tata Steel Processing and Distribution  |  Kolkata
One of the CSR team of TSPDL arranged for a visit at Belur Math Temple for the elderly people of an NGO named Nabanir which is located at Chetla, Kolkata. Nabanir is one of the prominent NGO who helps by providing shelter, food, and clothing to senior citizens. Belur Math, founded by Swami Vivekananda, located at the bank of Hooghly River and is one of the significant holy and religious place in Kolkata. They visited the Math and TSPDL has also arranged for Prasad Bhog after that for them. In the second half, TSPDL volunteers helped them visit Swami Vivekananda’s restored ancestral heritage home, birthplace and museum in North Kolkata.
  Distribution of diaries Tata Business Support Services  |  Hyderabad
10 Hyderabad volunteers from Tata BSS headquarters participated in diary distribution. More than 470 diaries were distributed to school children in Telangana Social Welfare Residential School in Dilshuknagar, Hyderabad. The volunteers spent quality time with the children, asked them about their studies & career plans. They motivated them to study hard & dream big.
  Celebrating International Women’s Day TRF  |  Jamshedpur
Employee Volunteerism scaled new heights in TRF when female employees of TRF Family, including members of TRF Ladies Association and all women associates of the company participated in large number in a camp held to reach out to the residents of leprosy colony in Gandhi Ashram, Jamshedpur, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The women members of the TRF family after visiting the colony and assessing their needs decided to distribute useful household items and stationery products to those residing in the Ashram. Based on this, the ladies collected money from the employees of the Company and decided to use it gainfully to improve the quality of life of the families living there. More than 30 female employees of the Company converged at the colony and distributed school bags along with stationery to the children and sarees and household items, used on daily basis, to the women residents. The ladies conducted several awareness sessions, related to women achievers and on handling male members in the social surrounding for the benefit of the lady employees at JRD Tata Learning Centre.
  Cleanliness drive Tata Sponge Iron  |  Odisha
Tata Sponge volunteers joined hands on a cleanliness drive organized at the village of Kaliabeda, Keonjhar, Odisha. Volunteers along with local villagers picked plastic garbage around the vicinity of the village temple. The collected garbage was safely disposed. The temple premises looked sparkling clean after the volunteers dusted & washed the floors. The villagers thanked the volunteers for their noble efforts and promised to keep their surroundings clean.
  Visit to AWC School Tata Consulting Engineers  |  Jamshedpur
A separate team from our office went to meet the kids of the AWC school of Hitku Village, Jamshedpur. It was a nursery school and the kids were of 3 to 6 years of age. The volunteers sat down with their teacher and got to know about the scarce resources which she has for teaching them. The children sat down together to have their lunch (provided by the school itself). They were all in a playful mood when the volunteers distributed snacks amongst them. The team met their parents and reiterated the importance of education equally for the boys and girls. Health kits were checked which are distributed to the children on a regular basis by the AWC.
  *This update covers only some of the activities undertaken by companies.