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.