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River Rejuvenation at Satara, Maharashtra

In one of the bank’s flagship projects this FY 2016-17, the bank has successfully implemented a Water conservation project at Satara, where rejuvenation of a Check Dam at Ghigewadi village on river Vasna, tributary of river Krishna was undertaken. This project was a part of the larger programme of ‘Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan’ by the Government of Maharashtra. The project has impacted both the surrounding communities and the environment in terms of access to drinking water for families, recharge of open wells and bore wells, acreage of farming and non-farming land to benefit from rise in groundwater table. The larger project is expected to benefit close to 1,00,000 occupants.

Afforestation

The bank has been supporting Afforestation projects that help in mitigating GHG emissions and combat climate change while conserving biodiversity in the region. In FY 2016-17, the bank has supported two Afforestation projects with Satpuda Foundation and Centre for Environmental Research & Education. Close to 35,000 trees comprising of about 30 species have been planted in the buffer villages of Pench, Navegaon, Nagzira, Satpuda, Tadoba and Kanha tiger reserves in Central India as well as several suburbs in Mumbai.

Education Through Arts

In a new project initiated in FY16-17, the bank has partnered with Nalandaway Foundation, to support Arts Education for marginalized school students in Coimbatore. Art experiences offer children opportunities to think and feel as they explore, problem solve, express and interpret the world around them and this has proven to help children concentrate better in their academic curriculum and subsequently reduce drop-outs.

IndusInd Blind Cricket Programme

In another unique initiative this year, the bank has adopted the Indian Blind Cricket Team, a team of 26 players and has provided them support with coaching, training and nutrition and fitness trainings. They went on to win the T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind, defeating Pakistan in the Finals held in Bengaluru, winning the country and the bank great accolades. The objective of the Programme is to use cricket as a medium to demonstrate their ability and talent. Potential players are identified at Grassroots level from marginalized backgrounds thus empowering them and elevating their economic status. The cricket players visited several NGOs and special schools to encourage them to take up sports especially in rural areas. Awareness camps were conducted in 8 cities where over 2400 visually impaired school children were sensitized on the importance of sports and how it can act as a medium of inclusion.

IndusInd Swachh Vidyalaya

In response to the Prime Ministers' Initiative of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the bank constructed and refurbished sanitation facilities in 20 villages in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra and 23 villages in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, to improve health and hygiene in the schools and reduce drop-out rates of students, especially girl children. The project has impacted close to 5000 children. The Bank will maintain the toilets for a year and then hand them over to the School Sanitation Management Committee comprising of teachers, PTA members and members from the Panchayat. The project also creates awareness on health, hygiene and good sanitation practices within the local community and schools.

Legal Literacy Programme for Women

The Bank has partnered with Samhita, our business correspondent, to carry out a Legal Literacy Programme for marginalized women in Bhopal, Sagar and Gwalior districts of Madhya Pradesh. The aim of this program is to educate women on legal awareness, domestic violence and gender discrimination and establish counselling centres in areas where women have no access to legal aid and other services. The training programme informs women of their rights, entitlements and various laws that protect them. The project will span over a period of 4 years and will cover over 65000 women. 7250 women have been trained so far. Impact studies through Pre and Post tests have shown that 83% of the beneficiaries were now aware of protection measures, women helpline number and the procedure to file a police complaint; several complaints have already been registered in the local Thanas/ police stations. The training programmes gave confidence to women to speak about sensitive issues which are seldom discussed in the family and social domain. It was seen that, not only women felt motivated to discuss them (first time, in many cases); many women took a step forward and asked for support to take legal action.

IndusInd Umang – Para Champions Programme

The Bank has partnered with Go Sports Foundation to support 15 differently abled athletes in the first year, to train them to win medals for the country in the Paralympics to be held in Rio. The Paralympics provides a platform to showcase the sporting prowess of people with disabilities while also serving as a catalyst for disability rights through ensuring integration, equality of opportunity, and accessibility of the built environment. Two among the 15 chosen athletes, Amit Saroha and Devendra Jhajharia, have already qualified to represent India at the Paralympics in September 2016. Para swimmer Suyash Jadhav, also among the 15 athletes, has already breached the 'A' qualification mark for the Paralympics this year.

Skill Development of Drug Addicted Street Children

This program is in collaboration with the Vocational Skill Development program of SUPPORT in Mumbai. On completion of Detoxification at Mumbai, the drug rehabilitated children are sent to Saphale for a long term residential rehabilitation program and motivated to learn basic Vocational Skills. After completion of their training, they are placed for employment by SUPPORT in nearby private industrial units; which is their first step towards integration into mainstream society. The program supported 110 young adults in FY 15-16 to train them on screen printing, welding, carpentry, Housekeeping, Electrical Work and other specific vocational skills to help them become employable and independent.

Nature Conservation & Eco-Restoration at Melghat & Pench Tiger Reserves

The Bank has a long standing relationship with Satpuda Foundation in Maharashtra and has undertaken several initiatives among rural and urban communities in the tiger reserve areas of Central India. In the past, the Bank has donated jeeps to the Foundation's Community Centre at the Melghat Tiger Reserve, and has supported the installation of a 1 kW solar-wind hybrid unit at the same location. In 2015, we engaged with the foundation on a number of projects such as provision of solar water pump in the buffer areas of the Pench and Melghat Tiger Reserves and the education of tribal children on biodiversity and wildlife. The Bank also supported Satpuda Foundation in their water conservation efforts of building Check dams and water holes and helping them carry out cleanliness drives and anti-plastic campaigns in villages in the buffer areas.

 
 

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