Community initiatives undertaken as part of Sustainability Month
July 18, 2016
Sustainability Month was observed across the organisation and several initiatives were undertaken to boost community-building.
Participatory learning and action on malnutrition
Dewas team conducted participatory learning session on action covering stages and causes of malnutrition on June 21, 2016.
An expert covered topics such as the right age of marriage, causes of malnutrition and importance of hygiene. Of the 117 children registered at the Rajiv Nagar village aanganwadi (according to a report by ICDS), there are eight children in the Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) category and 29 children in the Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) category. TIL has adopted this cause to help support treatment of these cases and for prevention of further incidence of malnutrition in the village. Continuous follow up and guidance will be provided to the villagers.
Cricket with Government school children
Mumbai employees played a round of friendly cricket matches with underprivileged children in Mumbai on June 18, 2016.
The children are students of a Government run school that is associated with the NGO Aseema. The two sides played five matches that saw the youngsters pull off an impressive win.
The team also donated sports equipment to the school management. Badminton racquets and shuttlecocks; cricket bats and balls; a football and a volleyball were handed over as part the programme to help in the all-round development of the youngsters.
A day with special children
A day of fun was organised with the students of the Special Care Center School on June 24, 2016. TIL volunteers were taken on a tour of the school and thereafter they engaged with the kids in drawing, playing games and dancing. After the games, they served lunch to the children.
The collections, a little over Rs 65,000, made during the donation drive at Trent House for groceries for the special children were handed over along with the 11 bags of Suvarna Lakshmi Dal donated by the Agri Trading business.
Empowering young girls
It was with a lot of pride that on the eve of June 16, employees of TIL’s office in Johannesburg visited the Namedi High School, Soweto to empower female learners of the school.
The staff interacted with about 36 female learners. The session started with a Belbin team-building exercise conducted by a Human Resources colleague. The aim of the exercise was to identify key types of behaviour and interpersonal strengths to equip learners to be able to work better in teams.
The day ended with a career talk by a TIL employee from the Finance department. The talk provided insights into the finance field and the different career choices available to them.
The day – June 16 – was the first day of what came to be called the Soweto Uprising. The Soweto Uprising was a series of protests led by high school students from numerous schools in Soweto in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction. The estimated 20,000 students who took part in the protests were met with fierce police brutality. The number of protesters killed by police is estimated to be close to 700. In remembrance of these events, June 16 is now a public holiday in South Africa, named Youth Day.
A vote of thanks to the TIL team for their time and contribution to the effort!
A day for the environment
World Environment Day (WED) is observed every year on June 5 to raise global awareness for society to take positive environmental action to protect nature.
This year, employees from TIL’s Johannesburg office visited Namedi High School in Soweto to plant lemon, pear and peach trees. The employees also took time to interact with learners and to share with them TIL’s interests in Africa.
Namedi High School is a beneficiary of the Bridging for Life Programme, a partnership between Tata Africa Holdings and Valued Citizen Initiative which began in 2015. The Bridging for Life Programme invests in 100 young people from disadvantaged communities every two years, enabling them to reach for their career dreams and close the skill gap in South Africa.