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.
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.