Living in a cosmopolitan city like Bangalore, we often do not realise the importance of having proper sanitation facilities. Schools which are in the outskirts of cities or in villages do not have sanitation facilities that city folk like us do. Lack of access to primary sanitation facilities adversely impacts the health, safety and dignity of students in such schools. Initiatives taken by PwC India Foundation to make a difference have had a huge impact on the lives of these children. In the last two years, the team has built and upgraded 18 sanitation facilities in four schools and impacted about 800 students.
Girl's Glory, a PwC India Foundation project in collaboration with NGO Reaching Hand, was completed in July 2019. The Corporate Responsibility project involved building gender segregated sanitation facilities in four schools in Bangalore. The goal of the project was to provide the students access to safe sanitation, a conducive environment for learning, reinforce health and hygiene awareness among students, and generate awareness on menstrual health among adolescent girl students. This was the Foundation's second year of support to Reaching Hand.
On 25 July 2019, the Corporate Responsibility team in Bangalore organised a formal hand over event at the two newly completed schools. As part of this event, a volunteering initiative was organised by PwC where a team of volunteers visited the schools and took sessions on basic WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) awareness and distributed sanitation kits to the students.
As planned, a team of about 10 volunteers, led by Shruti Motiwal, gathered to visit the schools which are located in and around Malur district in Karnataka. We had among us, a diverse set of people from various competencies, with a single goal of reaching out and connecting with students to make a difference by sharing our knowledge.
As we reached the schools, we split into groups to reach out to more students on an individual level to give them an opportunity to open up and ask us questions as well. A few of the volunteers took on the task of helping students from grades 8 to 10 understand the importance of menstrual hygiene while the others engaged with grades 3 to 7 to make them understand general hygiene practices.
It is imperative that we take proactive actions to ensure that we, as individuals and as an organisation, give back to the society and make a difference. It was indeed warming to see the participation of the volunteers and the excitement from the students to communicate with us. We sincerely hope that the participation towards such activities continues as we come together to make a difference.
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