Corporate Social Responsibility

Service to Society is one of the essential business practices, an intrinsic part of business plans for Thermo Group of companies.In conformity with this ideal, all group companies have been earmarking a part of time, talents and wealth towards fulfillment of the social goals we aim at.The objective we set forth then, and the objective that propels us today remains the same an unflinching commitment to extend to any one in need the support he / she needs for a better life. 

The establishment, in the year 1987, of a charity foundation – Sri Ram Charitable Trust - as the CSR wing of Thermo Group, further cemented our tryst with the needy. The scope and volume of our charity work has increased manifold over the last  three decades. The main areas of activity are: Education, Health, Livelihoods generation, Disaster Management Support (Relief Phase), Environment Protection, and Sports.

 

1. Education
In the arena of primary education and high school education, India is lagging behind most developing countries in percentage terms, though in terms of number India is at the top.High drop-out rate, inadequacies in quality of instruction and infrastructure facilities are some of the problems plaguing the Indian educational system.

As a Bovarian proverb says, we believe that the future saviors of our country are today sitting on school benches. It is our desire to spot such talent and support them in all possible ways to lead the nation.

Committed as we are to improve educational standards, in the year 2009 we selected a remote rural hamlet to launch our first educational project in Ghattuppal, a village about 80 kms from Hyderabad. Kaluram Gurkha Vidyadayini Vidyalayam (KGVV) High School , established in 2009 - 10, is the flag ship program of the SRCT. Set up on a 2 - acre sprawling premises in Ghatuppal village, it has earned the reputation as the best among the few English medium schools providing high quality education to children from poor and backward communities. The KGVV has kindergarten to 10th Class sections and attracts students from across 16 surrounding villages.

Apart from the focus on academic excellence, the KGVV places high emphasis on fostering creativity, innovation, values, and cultural diversity. Computer & Science Labs, compulsory sports activities, Library, sprawling playground, CC TV Cameras in classrooms, 4 buses for provision of safe transport for the children & teachers etc.are some of the highlights.

Into the tenth year, the KGVV has been consistently achieving 100% results in the State Board exams.

Our vision:

  • To train children to imbibe noble qualities – truth, purity, unselfishness
  • To create congenial condition by which the thirst for acquisition of knowledge gets impetus and enables children to set a goal for life
  • Apart from science and technology, curriculum includes fine arts, classics, languages and national cultural heritage
  • To maintain a healthy / teacher ratio of 1: 25
  • Provide adequate and essential infrastructure
  • Environment congenial to child’s mental and physical development
  • Quality education at affordable cost.

Our Trust has extended financial support to the extent of Rs. 2.46 crores in the last 10 years.

We also extended financial assistance to another non-profit educational society at Chennai for starting a new school in a suburban village.

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2. Healthcare

Both preventive and curative measures are included in our Health Care programs focused to serve mainly rural population. Under preventive care we provided safe drinking water in rural areas, educated people on the importance of nutritious food and arranged training to improve physical fitness. As a curative measure we provided assistance for individual medical treatment in deserving cases and to groups through medical camps and direct assistance to establish hospitals.

A. Financial Support for establishment of Eye Hospital

Jaisalmer is a backward district in the state of Rajasthan.The district is almost entirely a sandy waste, and forms part of the great Thar Desert. To reach any eye treatment center, villagers had to trek long distances since there was no hospital in the district within the reach of the villagers.In the year 1995, some philanthropists closely associated with the district came together and formed a charity foundation – Shri Maheswari Hospital & Research Center Trust.The objective was to conduct research in eye treatment and extend treatment for eye ailments to the villagers at a nominal cost.

Sri Ram Charitable Trust has been closely associated with this institution and has extended substantial assistance – managerial, financial and material - from inception.

B. Safe Drinking water in rural areas
  • Fluoride level in drinking water in several villages in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh is far in excess of recommended safe levels.Many villagers have become victims of dental skeletal and neurological deformities.
  • To help such villagers and prevent others from becoming victims of such deformities, the foundation has installed water treatment plants in four affected villages.
  • Up to the level of erection and commissioning the entire cost is borne by the foundation and then handed over to a village committee for operation and maintenance.
  • More than 20,000 villagers have benefitted under this project.
 
A defluoridation work installed by the foundation   Villagers collecting safe drinking water
3. Skill Development and Livelihood Training Programs

Apart from agriculture and allied activities, alternative livelihood sources in rural areas are almost negligible.To help educated rural youth, the Trust is running computer training centers, trainings in spoken and written in the English language, Trainings in tailoring for house wives, etc. We have conducted vocational courses in our Junior College to help candidates who complete 12th standard to acquire employment skills.

Training in Tailoring enables unemployed house wives to acquire necessary skills and supplement their family income.In the Jeedimetla area, surroundings our Factories many women have successfully taken up Tailoring and earned good incomes , after training and became the sole bread winners in the families.

Computer training classes in progress
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4. Support to victims in Natural Calamities

Immediate response to any natural calamity is priority for the Employees of the Thermo Group and the Trustees of SRCT. The Thermo group has responded to all major natural disasters between 1996‐2015. Through employee contributions, and matched by the Company, and in partnership with other Organizations/ Individuals basic relief material was procured, packed and sent to the disaster site. In many instances, employees formed distribution teams and provided the relief directly to the most needy people.

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5. Other Activities : Sishu Jyothi Kendras

These are centers where coaching classes are conducted in the evenings to guide and tutor children living in urban slums. These children are in the age group 6 to 13 from classes 1 to 8 and whose parents are mostly daily wage earners or domestic servants.  We have so far established 10 centers in and around Hyderabad.  Children are guided to complete their homework and revise their school lessons.  This teacher also engages them in simple games, story telling, group singing, etc. The teacher is paid an honorarium by the Trust.  We propose to expand this activity to rural areas also.

Young women undergoing training in tailoring
Sports

The Thermo Group expanded its activities to promote Sports among economically poor communities , and in Government schools. Financial assistance for football coaching was given to students in 3 Government schools in Tamil Nadu; Financial assistance to tabletennis coaching in Tamil Nadu where many students who were coached are competing at State level championships.

Environment Protection

In support of the Government of India's Swacch Bharat Mission, The Thermo Group through the SRCT support several initiatives for construction of Individual toilets, cleanliness of village surrondings, awareness building on waste disposal; regularly conduct Harita Haram programs of the Govt. of Telengana by conducting sampling plantation programs in villages, and schools in Nalgonda, and in areas surrounding the Thermo Group Factories. Similalry , financial assistance to organizations like Jan Mangal Seva Prathishtan and Bharatiya Govansh Rakshan Samvardhan Parishad to promote rain water harvesting, seed promotion, care & safety of cattle etc in drought prone areas.

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