All our activities are rooted in our four core priorities of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which to us means taking positive action, treating our stakeholders with respect, applying consistently high standards to everything we do and playing a constructive role in the communities in which we operate.
The four pillars of our CSR are Environmental Sustainability, Promoting Education, Empowering Women and the Swachh Bharat initiative. To uphold environmental sustainability, Indus has undertaken projects that
help the ecological balance and the conservation of natural resources. We have also associated with projects that promote education including special education and vocational livelihood.
As part of our drive to empower women, Indus has helped in the setting up homes and hostels for women and orphans. We have also been actively promoting preventive health care and sanitation as part of the Swachh Bharat campaign.
We have partnered with Vodafone Foundation for two projects on Financial Literacy and Education. The project aims to address the financial literacy needs of the following target groups- SHG and micro–entrepreneurs, farmers, artisans, rural women, urban and rural poor, teachers and students. We are hoping to positively impact the learning levels of the students in low-income schools through the introduction of technology in classrooms and providing scholarship awareness and application support to the non-English speaking population of students.
In partnership with the Digital Empowerment Foundation, we run this programme that focuses on setting up Community Information Resource centres in the most backward locations of the country. Digitally equipped centers at 25 locations impart digital literacy and other educational and vocational programmes to the underprivileged community. This programme is spread across 14 states in India.
Through our partnership with IIMPACT, this programme focuses on providing educational opportunities to girls from socially and economically disadvantaged communities, who traditionally have no access to schooling. The aim is to break the cycle of illiteracy. This programme is administered through local community-based learning centers, where the girls get meaningful and stimulating education for up to 5 years that then ensures their entry into mainstream education. There are presently 110 centers based in UP and West Bengal. This Indus– IIMPACT partnership aims to support 110 primary learning centres in villages that have a high concentration of schoolgirls between the age group of 6-14 years.
The Indus-TERI partnership is focused towards clean and affordable lighting to villages through the establishment of Solar Charging Stations and Solar Micro Grids through the Public- Private Partnership model to facilitate livelihood opportunities in the target villages and to mitigate CO2 emissions. Currently, the project is operational in the state of UP.
SOS Children’s villages of India works in the spirit of the United Nations convention on the Rights of the Child (UNRC) for the alternative care of children. The project supports the running expenses of 280 parentless and abandoned children living in 28 family homes of SOS children’s villages across 14 locations in India. Each family consists of approximately 10 children and an SOS mother. The project aim is to provide 280 identified children with basic amenities like nutritious food, clothing, shelter, health-care and medication. We also provide to ensure holistic development and empowerment through need- based capacity building programmes, career counseling, psychosocial counseling, sports and extra- curricular activities and to ensure quality education that will allow children to excel in their studies.
Indus Towers has partnered with Pratham education foundation for the Learn Out of The Box (LOTB) programme. The goal of LOTB is to positively impact the learning levels of students in low-income schools through the introduction of technology in classrooms. Spread across 9 states on India, the programme proposes to implement the intervention in 1000 schools
Indus and the Bharti Foundation are Partners for the Satya Bharti school programme. This programme is focused on providing free quality education to underprivileged children in the rural parts of the country, with a special focus on the girl child. The programme is currently spread across six states in India. The Satya Bharti school program has completed 10 years of successful implementation. In addition to free education, the schools also provide free mid-day meals, text books, note books, shoes and stationery to all students
CREATING RESOURCEFUL COMMUNITIES
In our effort to empowering the future of India, we are engaged with A World of Opportunity Foundation (AWOOF). The goal of the project is to target needy and deserving students with an aim to increasing their future employment opportunities. The project is currently supporting students from 19 states of India in pursuing undergraduate and post-graduate professional courses. Deserving students are also rewarded with scholarships. All scholarships are renewed yearly to provide complete finance assistance till the completion of the academic course.