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Makeover By CSR: Village to Eco Village

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Alstom’s philanthropic arm Alstom Foundation recently adopted Moldanga village in association with Swami Vivekananda Vani Prachar Samiti. An extension of Alstom’s CSR activities the initiative is in line with the company’s focus on sustainable development for transforming villages intEcovillageses. Moldanga has a population of around 47 families, which belong to the Santhal tribe and is located close to Alstom’s Durgapur manufacturing unit. As part of this endeavour, Alstom Foundation addressed the primary needs of 24X7 electricity and clean water in the village by setting up solar powered lamps and providing water filters. Following the Prime Minister’s vision of developing Model Villages in each Indian district by 2019 and the government’s ‘Clean India’ initiative, individual sanitation units have also been provided to each of the households and a set of sanitation units have been constructed in the village school. A livelihood and child education centre has been constructed to cater to the various socio-economic and cultural development needs of the village, which is mainly focused on tailoring and animal farming, and help villagers step up their incomes.

SEE Photo-Gallery below for a glimpse of the Eco Village

Speaking about the initiative, Rathin Basu, Country President, Alstom India & South Asia said, ‘The adoption of Moldanga is another step towards strengthening Alstom commitment to India and work towards the socio-economic upliftment of its people by creating self-sustaining models that are aligned to the work culture of that area. Our wp policy reflects our corporate philosophy of living and working together for the common good and we aim to adopt other villages in different parts of the country. We believe that we should create pride in the minds of all those who associate with us in this noble cause. Alstom encourages employees to actively participate in the wp activities. In the success of Moldanga project too, our employees at Durgapur have shown commendable dedication and commitment.”

Alstom Foundation has been involved in various community welfare programs in the past including setting up of a BioOrja plant for Akshaya Patra kitchen in Vadodara, Green Orphanage for disadvantaged children in Karnataka to name a few. The Eco Village is an endeavor to offer healthy society and environment to the villagers while addressing to their immediate needs and improving their lifestyle.

About Alstom Foundation

Alstom has been actively involved in campaigning with local partners around the world to improve the quality of life in the local communities neighboring its plants, sites and corporate offices. Alstom’s philanthropic arm, Alstom Foundation which was set up in November 2007 embodies environmental protection as a crucial commitment to the future of the planet.

The Makeover: From Village to Eco Village Eco Village Community Development Center Facility for clean drinking water