Take a quick look at the impact of our initiatives across the country.
Water, Sanitation and
Through our education related initiatives, we're committed to making a positive and lasting impact in our communities. Providing non-formal education to underprivileged children, awarding scholarships to deserving candidates, mentoring students to complete their secondary and higher secondary education through bridge schools, linking students with apt career choices, developing leadership capacities in school children, and providing after school learning support, all form part of our work. Given our strong belief in inclusion, our education programmes include rehabilitation programmes for differently abled children.
We also support skill development of youth and adults, with a special focus on skilling women, to increase their employability, and work on locally relevant alternative livelihood options. Gender empowerment through capacity building also forms an important part of our work.
We believe in responding swiftly to the areas affected by natural calamities. We provide sustained support covering all three phases of humanitarian response - relief, recovery and rehabilitation.
Since 2013, we have responded to the following calamities and contibuted towards rebuilding lives of the affected populations:
Each calamity brought its own set of challenges but with support from local partners we were able to sustain our efforts and help in rehabilitating the communities.
Addressing environmental challenges in a timely and efficient manner is key to long term sustainability. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and taking measurable steps to minimise the environmental impact of our business operations. Our Chennai office undertook an organic farming initiative supported by a local NGO, focusing on de-weeding and protecting agricultural lands post rains, and assisting farmers in sowing, growing and harvesting agricultural produce. Our Bangalore and Kolkata offices undertake waste management programmes to build capacities of the waste picker community and sensitise the local community on waste segregation. Our Mumbai office is driving a soil and water conservation programme in the Girja river basin in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. We're also undertaking a project in the Chug valley in Arunachal Pradesh to promote community conservation and sustainable use of forests.
As a foundation, we participate in global campaigns such as the Earth Hour and World Environment Day by undertaking employee engagement activities across all our offices to protect, preserve and promote the environment. Our offices also organise tree plantation drives, undertake waste paper recycling, conduct beach and forest cleanups at regular intervals throughout the year.
In 2015, children in urban India comprised 30% of the total population. However, children's needs are often not included during urban planning. The foundation collaborated with Save the Children, to launch a marquee report: Forgotten voices: The world of urban children in India, which highlights problems, and suggests practical solutions for implementation of inclusive, child-friendly and equitable urban development.
To ensure that socially and economically weaker children receive timely, primary healthcare, we support a mobile healthcare van in Delhi NCR to provide medical services to these children, as well as youth and other community members. The patients also receive medicines and secondary level referrals at this state-of-the-art van which operates five days a week. In Pune, we support a shelter home for girls which provides residence to girls facing social vulnerabilities.
Aligned with Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan, we work with local NGOs to provide gender segregated sanitation facilities, and handwash stations in high need areas.
Our WASH interventions exist in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, in urban areas, and Khunti, Pali, Jodhpur in semi-urban and rural areas. Our interventions are complemented by enhancing the knowledge, adaptation and aptitude of the beneficiaries through awareness generation sessions, some of which are implemented as employee engagement initiatives.
As PwC India Foundation matures into an agent of societal change, supporting the development of the social enterprise ecosystem in India is an important parameter for us.
We are proud to be the development partner for the School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) India, assisting them in setting up operations in India and developing the first fellowship programme offered by the school. Globally, PwC has been a key partner of SSE for over a decade. Since the launch of the 1st fellowship of SSE India in 2016, both PwC India and SSE India continue to empower talented Indian citizens with the right skills and knowledge to start their own social entrepreneurial journey. With PwC support, SSE India has impacted (through fellowship and mentoring) over 90 social entrepreneurs across India and an all-woman cohort from the UAE.
The foundation supports a social entrepreneur working with selected farmer families in the northern part of Delhi. Through this project, livelihood development of farmers is being supported through a rooftop farming initiative, in addition to helping these farmers and their family members obtain citizenship identities.
We're committed to making a positive and lasting impact in our communities. This includes providing non-formal education to underprivileged children, awarding scholarships to deserving candidates to pursue their education, and mentoring students to complete their secondary and higher secondary education through open schools. Given our strong belief in inclusion, the comprehensive education facilities are focused on children with disabilities.
Since 2008, we have implemented more than 30 projects for children from various backgrounds. Some of our projects provide comprehensive educational and rehabilitation programmes for children with hearing impairment, and support for development of visually challenged and differently abled children from a residential school in a tribal area. Apart from this, we are supporting teenagers to choose apt careers by providing them with vocational training opportunities, and helping them choose courses and institutions to further their education
We believe in responding immediately to the areas affected and ravaged by natural calamities. We provide sustained support covering all three phases of Humanitarian Response-relief, recovery and rehabilitation. Donations have been raised from volunteers and which helped us in mobilizing our resources and timely support.
Since 2013, we have been supporting the following affected regions by contributing towards rebuilding lives of the victims:
For us, respecting the environment is key to our sustainability. We raise awareness on different aspects of protecting the environment such as reduction of carbon footprints and take measurable steps to minimise the environmental impact of our business operations. More than 10,000 volunteers contributed in this cause and participated in planting saplings in most needed areas.
Our offices regularly organise tree plantation drives where our employees plant saplings in the most needed areas. For instance, in Gurgaon, we have planted 2800 trees and maintain them for the next three years of their plantation. Our Chennai office runs an organic farming initiative with the support from our partnerNGO, that focused on de-weeding and protecting agricultural lands post the rain, and assisting farmers in sowing, growing and harvesting various agricultural produce.
Children in urban India comprise 30% of the total population, but their needs are often not included during urban planning. As a first step, PwC India Foundation collaborated PwC India and Save the Children India, to launch a marquee report: ‘Forgotten voices: The world of urban children in India’ that highlights problems, and suggests practical solutions for implementation of an inclusive, child-friendly and equitable urban development. It focusses on children, especially those from vulnerable sections, and enables decision makers to integrate the requirements and entitlements of these sections in the urban planning and implementation process.
To provide access the health-care services, PwC in partnership with NGO called BUDS will reach out to orphan and vulnerable children, youth and community to provide access to health care services through mobile health van running in Delhi &NCR.
We support the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan of providing sanitation facilities and services in high-need areas. As a first step, we worked towards providing healthy and safe school sanitation facilities especially for girl children across government schools in Ajmer with our NGO partner FINISH Society and support from Department of Education, Ajmer, Rajasthan. The intervention involved supporting the construction of toilets, a soft-skill training with 90 days curriculum on health and hygiene practices for students, and support towards operations and maintenance of these toilets for a year. It also involved school management committees, parents and student bodies to ensure its sustainability and ownership.
Replicating the model of intervention in Hyderabad and Kolkata, the emphasis was on to support the children with visual impairment for whom adequate toilet infrastructure is imperative.
As PwC India Foundation (PwCIF) matures into a more relevant agent of societal change, supporting the cause of developing the social enterprise ecosystem in India is the next step.
We are proud to be the Development Partner of the School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) India, supporting them to set up operations in India and develop the first fellowship programme offered by the new organisation. Globally, PwC has been a key partner of the SSE for over a decade.
Over the next couple of years, both PwC India and SSE aspire to empower talented Indian citizens with the right skills and experience, for them to start their own socially relevant entrepreneurial journey. Our volunteers are embedded part of the programme bringing their business and financial skills to mentor and coach the Fellows.
Additionally, to encourage young minds foray into this sphere, we have collaborated with Ambedkar University to support a student for creating a social enterprise in Delhi.
When leaders lead by example is when you know an organisation is in the right hands. We all have the urge to go beyond the call of duty and do something which is personally fulfilling, but seldom get the opportunity or the time. At the All India Partner Meet this year, our leadership got one such opportunity.
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