Thursday, 2 April 2020

Leaving no one behind...

One such story comes from one of our villages Nimgaon (Maharashtra) adopted by SGS India Private Limited.

As soon as the word started to spread for containment against the deadly virus, the villagers became extremely alert. The Gram Panchayat started with sanitizing the entire village and immediately stopped movement of its people in the village.

It ensured only essential services were operational hence our safe drinking water services were permitted to continue so the village gets drinking water regularly. The machine and ATM are sanitized and users are encouraged to use a mask, wash their hands and clean their utensils properly before filling water.

Our operator in the village has displayed all important information including instructions on do's and don'ts, handwashing, maintaining personal hygiene and social distancing. The villagers have been practising these healthy habits as the Sarpanch is closely monitoring the villagers and their behaviours on the same.

The Sarpanch has been advocating precautionary measures amongst his villagers and assured them to complete support for all their needs. He has ensured both cash and kind help is given to the differently-abled, OBC caste families along with general villager. Cash deposited directly in the bank account and for records copies of passbook and aadhar card of each beneficiary is preserved.

It gives a sense of satisfaction to see how each one is being cared for while each one does its bit!

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Every Effort Counts!

While we see the global numbers increasing every day, the villages we work in have followed PM Narendra Modi’s instructions to the tilt.

Let's take you to a village called Bejnathpur in Uttar Pradesh where IndusInd Bank under Jal Jeevan Project of Hinduja Foundation has made safe drinking water facility available to this village.

Understanding the importance of this essential service being provided, the operator of Jal Jeevan Kendra has been proactively helping the Gram Panchayat in sanitizing the entire village. They have ensured each household had enough soaps, sanitizers, gloves and masks for self-protection. Ration made available equitably to avoid panic buying in the village.

The operator circulated the IEC material shared by the Sarvajal team to spread awareness amongst the community. He educated the villagers about maintaining personal hygiene by washing hands and cleaning their utensils before filling water. He sanitizes the plant every 2 hours and ensures people do not come in groups to take water. Social distancing is being maintained as he can specifically mark circle a meter away.

The villagers have also co-operated and responsibly came forward to declare their people who had just returned from any journey. The Public Health Center immediately conducted tests for these people fortunately they were negative.

Everyone in the village firmly believes in staying back in their houses helping contribute towards making their community healthy.

 Operator sanitizing the ATM

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Everyone has a role to play!

The effects of the global situation are evidently seen at the last mile even in the most remote villages of our county.

People across the length and breadth of the country are in a similar situation with access to only essential service. Safe Drinking Water being one of them, the villagers in Pimperkhede, Maharashtra still take home water from this facility made available to them by HDFC Life.

The entire community is indoors and the market place is closed. The Gram Panchayat has been actively sanitizing the entire village and all public places for the welfare of all. It ensures people are following strict wash washing hygiene and keeping their surrounding clean. They have even given masks to the people and regularly keep a check on the same.

The operator of the machine has been sanitizing the machine and water ATM every 2 hours. He is grossly involved with the local governing bodies in spreading awareness amongst the villagers. Sarvajal team has shared posters, which have been displayed across the village (which talks about DOs and DONTs, handwashing hygiene, social distancing and maintaining personal cleanliness).  The efforts of the villagers should be appreciated as washing hands have become a part of the routine now and practice extra precautions on personal hygiene.

Operator Sanitizing the ATM

Social distancing

Along with the gram panchayat, our operator, there is another local government samiti actively engaged with the villagers to ensure safety. They also distribute ration to 10 people a day for sustaining 3 months for now so they stay home safe.

Law and order have been followed and police are on its usual patrolling rounds day and nights.
It is really heart-melting to see how each one is doing their bit to ensure we fight the tough times together and be safe.

Monday, 30 March 2020

United We Stand

Across the globe COVID 19 seems to have disrupted the routine lives of people, only to bring together humanity. Every part of the world has its own story to say.

Our villagers have always set an example of how they come forward and stand by each other at the time of need.

Adopted by Standard Chartered Bank, a village of Kharsan in Rajasthan has set an outstanding example of compassion.

When the country has locked down for the safety of its citizen, there are many who are stranded because of being migrants to other villagers. They show how this village is home to everyone living there.

When the migrant people who are daily wage earners had no money to go back to their place, the gram panchayat ensured Govt School could house them and also provided blankets and bed to fight the cold weather in Rajasthan.

Radhe Shyam, who is actively serving the community as an operator of the safe drinking water facility by Standard Chartered Bank, provided these people food to eat and water to drink. He sanitizes the machine and its neighbouring area every 2 hours. He has also been educating the villagers on how they should wash their hands and utensils before coming to collect water. The operator ensures each one stand a meter apart from each other while standing in the queue. All the essential services including safe drinking water are being made available to the community. The Panchayat also has been distributing ration to the entire village for survival up to 10days for now.
We salute the bravery of our frontline heroes. They are true warriors who selflessly serving others in need.

  Food provided to people who are stranded in Kharsan.

Ration given by Gram Panchayat to the villagers for 10 days.

 Cleaning and sanitizing drive at the drinking water plant location.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Efforts that inspire!!

As we see, there seems a coordinated and committed effort being put in at all levels to fight COVID-19.

In such a situation, Piramal Sarvajal’s team prepared IEC (Information Education and Communication) material to share safe and preventive measures explaining and sensitizing our frontline team members on maintaining hygiene at the ground level and amongst the communities. In our constant efforts to ensure safe practices are followed across, we would like to share how one of our operator Surendra Kadiwal from Sarmaliya, Rajasthan has been serving the community selflessly. Under Hinduja Foundation’s Jal Jeevan project, IndusInd Bank has adopted a village, Sarmaliya for providing safe drinking water; the project is being implemented by Piramal Sarvajal.

Surendra understands how people perceive the prevailing scenario and spoke about the seriousness of the situation to the villagers.

Along with being an operator, Surendra is also a youth president at “Navyuk Mandal” which is a team of four. Very enthusiastically, he says, “With Panchayat’s support, for 4 consecutive days, we were sanitizing the entire village including houses and shops. Now, we are supporting our neighbouring village Sargaon with similar activities”. He has pasted more than 50 copies of COVID awareness posters across the village as he finds them very helpful in educating the community.

On checking community member’s behaviours, he shared, that “we are consciously monitoring the behaviour of the community, and insist whosoever is coming to fetch water must wear a mask or cover their face with a cloth and stand one-meter away while waiting in the queue. We also ensure the water filling utensil is washed properly else do not allow them to fetch water from the water ATM.”

There seem to a marked difference in the consumers’ behaviours as now everyone cleans their utensils before coming to the ATM to fetch water. He also appreciated the efforts of government health workers, Anganwadis who distributed gloves and mask to all women in the village.

The community is very hopeful and emotionally taking care of each other by taking continuous safety and hygienic measures collectively in the village. In the end, Surendra shared that “Since there is going to be complete lockdown in the village, so only two members have specifically been allotted to make sure uninterrupted services of safe drinking water for the community.”

Kuddos to Surendra and his team for being a true inspiration to all of us.

Friday, 6 March 2020

Hard work and dedication helps Someshwar come out with flying color

Devachiwadi is a small village in Pune, Maharasthra where access to safe drinking water was a concern. It was addressed when Apollo tyres under its CSR initiative adopted this village and provided round the clock access to affordable and safe drinking water to these villages. The intervention was received well amongst the community.

Very close to the purification plant about 50 meters across the location, Someshwar lived in his humble abode with his parents and cattle. During this time, Someshwar was finishing his graduation who was excited to see such a change in his village. He enthusiastically became the operator for running the purification plant and ATM at the same time continuing his studies.

He has been dedicatedly working to operate the plant timely so villagers can take safe drinking water anytime from the ATM. He realized it was important for the plant premises to be neat and tidy at all times. With his efforts and presence of mind, the plant is now surrounded by green lush plantation within 1.5years of its start. The villagers would happily come to take water from the plant along with admiring the greenery around. About 134 households are already taking water from the atm. Till date, about 358180.60 Ltrs have been served by Someshwar and his family to the community.

At times when he is out for work, his family operates the plant to ensure Safe Drinking water is available to community round-the-clock.  The income earned helped him fund his studies so he completed his graduation that had the blessings of the community.  It clearly shows the sense of responsibility he has for his community along with his own progress.

Such heroes make a difference! Let us join the movement!

This virtual award is more valued by Ravinder!

Ravinder is a Junior Field Engineer who has been working in our school projects for 4 years now. He has installed all the machines in the Nestle school projects. School and students have been always been close to his heart.

Ravinder is an international Kho-Kho player who has played two international and 26 national tournaments with his hard work and passion for the game. He could not afford a coach for formal training as he hailed from a family that could barely make both ends meet. Because of his father’s poor health and him being the eldest son, had to take up a job to support his family. Being from an engineering background, he could manage a junior field engineer’s job in a technical company like ours.

With a job in hand he could run his family’s expenses, even got one of his 3 sisters married. He had gone through a rough time himself because he did not have enough to brush his talent. This thought gave him restless nights so he decided to coach other Kho-Kho players who could not afford to coach like him. For over a decade he has been coaching 23 girls and boys who come from very small villages without charging any fee. They are a mixed bag of govt school, college and local children who practice with him and play at national/international levels. 

He performs his tasks well and does complete justice to his job while at work. Even with a full-time job, Ravinder manages to take time off to mentor these kids. He starts his day at 4am, doing a 2hrs early morning coaching from 5am to 7pm. Again, from 4pm to 7pm these kids come to the school ground for their evening rounds. 

On speaking to Ravinder about his schedule, he says, "It gives me immense satisfaction to mentor these kids. I could not get enough training to be an international player so I can resonate their feelings. These children are hardworking however do not have financial support. I am elated to see them bring laurels at international levels. With this, they not only get recognition for their talent but also get eligible for good jobs. What more can one ask for if one can make a difference in someone’s life.”  

For the last 8 years, his team has been winning gold medals each year. 7 girls from his coaching batch have been on 3rd position consistently. Recently Mukesh Kumari one of the Indian KHO KHO team players won a Gold Medal for India in 13th South Asian Games 2019 Nepal. She is from Manana village (Haryana) trained by Ravinder Singh Saini. She studies in one of Nestle’s adopted school- Manana Girls Govt Senior Secondary School. 

His dedication to this sport and commendable passion to serve the sports fraternity has pushed him to limits. Along with his coaching sessions, job and family, he has currently taken up a bachelor degree course in Physical Education in Sports so he can mentor more children who are passionate about sports. 

While speaking about welcoming the international gold medalist winner of his team with a grand celebration, he smiles and says, “God is sending a gift to me soon, a baby is awaited”. 

Kudos to such heroes who are selflessly serving the society in whatever way they can. They definitely call for a celebration!!