Furthering our endeavour of making a social impact through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, we have launched our 'School Adoption Programme' in Partnership with Thane Zilla Parishad's Education Department.
At CGCL, we are on a mission to have a positive social impact through our business and are committed towards the social cause. Through our various CSR programmes we try and bring about a change in the lives of the under-privileged.
About the project
This is CGCL's flagship program, wherein the CSR team will execute the programme directly using an end to end management model.
This zilla parishad school is located in a tribal hamlet in Kuhe village in Bhiwandi taluka of Thane district. It has classes up to 8th standard comprising of 200 students. Since there are no other schools in the vicinity, the entire village is dependent on this one school for education.
Our representatives from the CSR department of CGCL carried out an extensive research on the issues that plagued the school before adopting it. Based on their findings, it was decided to undertake a programme of total transformation of the school. This will include installation of safe and filtered drinking water machine and sanitation facilities, digitisation of all the classes, painting and major civil repairs. In addition to this, each student will be given a Capri School Kit. CGCL has adopted the school for a minimum of 5 years and will be funding the entire programme cost through its CSR budget.
Dahanu block is located in Palghar district of Maharashtra. Even though it is only a three hour drive from Mumbai, the moment one reaches its interiors, the scenario is an absolute contrast to the development which Mumbai boasts of. Not many visitors venture in to this tribal belt, which is full of ‘Kutcha’ roads and tiny hamlets; the poverty in the district is appalling and is burdened with absence of even basic facilities such as safe drinking water and electricity. The only ray of hope is perhaps the changing face of education. Majority of the tribal children are first generation learners. Conversely, the quality of education is pitiable. The hundreds of village schools are drab, badly constructed and under-equipped.
Toilets, if they have them, are typically crude and without a separate block for girls. The lack of separate toilets for girls — or any toilets at all for children to use during the school day — is a major disincentive to overall attendance.
In such a scenario, Capri Foundation decided to take initiative towards development of sanitation programme in Five Zilla Parishad schools of Dahanu. One such school is Vankas, located about 25 kms from Dahanu. The school runs classes from 1st to 8th grade. Despite a huge total strength of 600, the ratio of toilets to no. of students was 1: 120. The long queues to access toilets often led to open-defecation and acted as a major hindrance in enrolment of girl students. After, initial need assessment, Capri foundation has installed two toilets blocks in the school with the help of a local NGO-Bharat Vikas Parishad. Capri Foundation envisages that students are able to live a life of dignity. Mr Patil, staff of Vankas School, opines that the toilets in reality have acted as a value-creation for the students and are facilitating in the mainstreaming of these tribal children. In the year 2015-16, Capri Foundation, through its sanitation programme, has managed to impact the lives of over 1300 students in Dahanu Taluka.