Community investment and NGOs
Our corporate community investment programs are built on 3 key themes. The themes are aligned with our corporate strategy, key business drivers, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the material issues where we believe we can have the greatest impact. The three key themes are:
1. Connecting the unconnected
2. Empowering women
3. Saving lives
Our CCI programs are a combination of both larger global and regional programs, complemented with locally managed and supported programs across the company. Our smaller local programs include employee volunteering where possible.
Connecting the marginalized to digital education in Kenya with UNICEF.
In Kenya, children and young people make up two-thirds of the population. Almost 12 million are students in more than 38 000 schools across the country. Only 39 per cent of 7 to 13-year-old students from the ASAL counties can solve basic numeracy or literacy tasks in English and Kiswahili. For girls, the situation is even worse, with national enrolment 10% lower than that of boys and the learning achievement five % lower than that of boys. Gender disparities are further highlighted in certain locations.
Remedial education in India with the Samridhdhi Trust.
Education is a fundamental right of all children in India. Yet many children particularly those hailing from families of migrant workers are deprived of basic education for reasons beyond their control. The barriers to joining mainstream schools are many, beginning with providing proof of being a citizen, overcoming language barriers or being responsible for sibling care while parents go out to earn a living. Bengaluru, a metropolitan city of India also has a large number of such children.
Long-term collaboration brings long-term benefits to children in Myanmar
Nokia and Save the Children partnership in Myanmar was signed at the end of 2014, and activities began at the beginning of 2015. The 5 year collaboration produced two major projects, “The Best Start” project from 2015 to 2017 and the “Making Change Happen together” project from 2017 to 2019. Over those 5 years Save the Children and Nokia have worked in the communities of three townships to improve early learning and development opportunities for the most marginalized children.
Internet Classrooms Against Poverty in China. More than 50 million rural students have no access to computers in China. Meanwhile, many obsolete computers are still in good condition and could be reused after appropriate refurbishment.
We cooperate with the NGO Zhonggu to donate used company/staff computers. After refurbishment by professional institutions, we set up Internet Classrooms in rural schools in impoverished areas in China.
Our customers/partners/media also participate in this program together with us. They usually donate 1-2 years' free broadband network access, books, education videos, and such materials to the schools.
We organize several activities onsite to interact with the children, for example a donation ceremony, internet courses, olympic games, team building courses, and environmental games.
Our NGO signs an agreement with the beneficiary schools, who commit to provide weekly computer courses to the children. After 1-2 years, the NGO will re-visit these schools, examining their teaching quality & computer quality. Our NGO will also dispose of any computers safely according to their condition.
Having cooperated with the NGO Zhonggu for 8 years since 2011, we have successfully set up 36 internet classrooms in 12 provinces and municipalities, including Yunnan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Guizhou, Gansu, Shanghai, Beijing and Tibet. We have refurbished over 900 second hand company/staff computers, benefited more than 20 000 children and teachers, attracted more than 160 staff to attend it as volunteers, who have contributed 19 739 volunteer hours, cooperated with many customers, partners and media, such as Jiangxi Telecom, Jiangxi Mobile, Gansu Mobile, Tibet Mobile, SMG (media) and many others.
Social protection and disaster preparedness in India. Since 2014, we have worked with Save the Children in India to implement social protection programs and reduce the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable children and their families. We have helped to increase the resilience and capacity of children and their communities to reduce disaster risk and provide relief and rehabilitation when disasters hit, by creating critical infrastructure and raising awareness of disaster risk reduction.
The task force groups formed in each village under the project have responded to both major emergencies such as the Bihar floods and the Vardha Cyclone, and daily risks such as fire accidents in the slums.
Through the disaster preparedness and mitigation program, we have reached our target to implement disaster management plans in each of the targeted 350 villages across five states: Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, and Rajasthan.
With the help of our project partner Save the Children, we made school children more secure, contributed to district disaster management plans, created a group of early responders, promoted technology to connect people in times of need and helped many in mitigating risks that arose from disasters. Some key outcomes in 2018 were:
Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Plant for 3 villages to mitigate water contamination caused by disaster: The devastating tsunami of 2004 increased the salinity levels of ground and surface water in Kottaikuppam village about 150 KMs from Chennai. The Vardha cyclone of 2016 further ravaged the resources of the village leaving the villagers in a state of deprivation. Being a village identified and addressed by the project, community members of Kottaikuppam found it easier to understand the issue of salinity. They raised the issue with concerned authorities since they were aware of the problems they would face if they consumed contaminated water. Community demand led to a commercial sized reverse osmosis water purification plant. On seeing the success of the RO plant in villages in Tamil Nadu, a similar plant was set up in Jameelbath in Nalanda district of Bihar. 395 adults and 228 children are benefitting and are protected from water borne diseases.
Families In Bihar Get Respite From Contaminated Water With Arsenic Filters: Arsenic and iron levels in drinking water in low lying flood prone villages in Nalanda in Bihar, made it unfit for consumption. The disaster aware community started buying bottled water to prevent health disorders and simultaneously demanded a resolution to their problems. 138 families identified as most vulnerable were given arsenic filters to give them respite from the problem.
Community Early Responders Form Grain Bank To Mitigate Hunger Of Fire Survivors In Hiyadpur Village In Bihar: A violent fire in February, 2018 engulfed 10 houses in Hiyadpur village in Bihar. A Grain Bank created to mitigate disasters within the Disaster Management Resource Centre in Khagaria responded by distributing 600 KGs of grains to the survivors. These grains comprised rice, wheat and maize that are predominantly consumed as staples in the region. The most fascinating fact was that instead of waiting for help from outsiders, the unaffected villagers were the early responders contributing to the grain bank in proportion to their ability.