Andhra Pradesh, the state with rich and vivid history is known for being the source of the world-famous Koh-i-Noor diamond and many more diamonds in its Kollur mine. The state is known as the “rice bowl of India” for being a major producer of rice. The Telugu speaking state is first to be created on a linguistic basis, making it important for its art and culture. Let us look at top CSR projects in Andhra Pradesh that are contributing to the development of the state.
Dalmia Cement’s Interventions to Support Local Communities in Kadapa
In its continuous endeavour to provide a better livelihood for all, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd. has launched various initiatives and programs to support the local communities in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh. So far, the company has spent around Rs. 7 cr as part of its CSR initiatives in the region.
These initiatives include setting up water harvesting activities, providing renewable energy solutions, health and sanitization, skill training and education among others.
DCBL believes that water is a precious resource and access to clean drinking water is a basic human right. To provide the same to the people living in Kadapa, the company has set up RO plants, Bore wells, Overhead water storage tanks etc. to Nawabpet, Chinnakomerla, Talamanchiptnam, Dugganaplli villages in the region. Additionally, DCBL also set up around 20 rainwater harvesting structures, constructed 120+ farm ponds and 4 check damns in the villages. Alongside, access to clean and green energy is made possible by the company’s efforts to set up 50+ solar street lights in these villages. Furthermore, DCBL has successfully addressed the Health and sanitation challenges faced in the region and has distributed over 147 individual sanitary lanterns to Nawabpet, Chinnakomerla, Talamanchipatam and Dugganaplli villages.
For education, the company has helped the region with the infrastructure development of schools, supported sports activities by providing sports material/equipment, provide a scholarship opportunity for students and have also supported digital learning in a few villages. Apart from education opportunities, the company has also provided employment to most villagers of Nawabpet, Chinnakomerla, Dugganapalli and Talamanchipatnam, in line with the vacancies available in the plant.
IBM’s Initiative to Promote STEM for Girls
In order to empower high school girl students to thrive in the digital economy, IBM has launched an initiative called STEM for Girls India. It is a three-year CSR programme (starting from the eighth standard) for imparting digital literacy and coding skills alongside career development and empowerment. The goal is to inculcate STEM skills and improve career prospects of over 2,00,000 girls and 1,00,000 boys too by making them employment-ready. The project began in 2019 and now spans 10 states, 600 secondary schools 78,000 girls and 45,000 boys.
As part of the project, the company has signed an agreement with Andhra Pradesh State Skills Development Corporation, Government of Andhra Pradesh to establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE). The CoE will provide high-end training in coding, cloud computing, AI, blockchain, Big Data and data analytics, cybersecurity and full-stack development.
Apollo Hospitals – Total Health
The project is being implemented in 195 villages at Thavanampalle Mandal in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. Total Health was launched in 2013 and aims to provide “Holistic Health Care” for the entire community, starting from birth, through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and into old age. The idea was to set up a working model that could later be replicated by the Government and other corporates across rural India.
The physical well-being of villagers is taken care of by a Mobile Clinic, which is a miniature comprehensive mobile health care unit. The mobile clinic travels across Thavanampalle mandal for providing basic health care and education.
It is the vision of Apollo Hospital Chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy, to bring about an integration between the Allopathic system of medicine and AYUSH, for holistic health care services to the community. In keeping with this vision, an AYUSH wing was created at Apollo Hospital Aragonda.
Nutrition Centres work towards the prevention of anaemia and malnutrition in mothers and the prevention of congenital disabilities of babies due to malnutrition. They are set up primarily to provide adequate nutritional support in the form of supplementary food daily to pregnant and lactating mothers from needy and poor families. The benefits from this intervention are improved maternal health, increased birth weight of the child, and 100% institutional deliveries.
Women empowerment is one of the key focus areas of Total Health and many programmes are taken up towards this end. These include strengthening women groups in rural areas, providing skill training, supporting start-up social enterprises and providing market linkages etc.
The definition of Total Health will not be fulfilled if the economic status of the community is not improved; keeping this in mind Total Health has started livelihood programmes for economic enhancement of the community and established a Skill Centre for providing skillsets for livelihoods for both women and men. The women employed with them earn Rs. 6000 – Rs. 9,000 per month on average.
Walmart Foundation Supporting Farmers in Andhra Pradesh
Walmart Foundation made a commitment to fund a program consisting introduction of sustainable irrigation products and practices offered by International Development Enterprises – India (IDEI), with an aim to benefit ten thousand smallholder farmers in Andhra Pradesh. The foundation announced a grant of US $750,000 for the project, in order to help create a complementary support ecosystem for the farmers that will boost farm yields, reduce negative environmental impacts, and increase market access and smallholder farmer income.
The program is expected to generate an additional $7.4 million in annual farming income in the state at the end of the project period, with individual gains of $400 per smallholder farmer household per year. Substantial water savings in agriculture are also anticipated, amounting to 33.4 million m3 of water saved for the state during the programme.
Tata Trusts OSF
Open Source Fisheries (OSF), a Tata Trusts social initiative, focuses on training fishing communities to breed and rear fish spawn into fingerlings through fairly simple techniques. Its goal is to help expand and improve inland fish farming and adopt culture fisheries practices to enhance productivity. The livelihood initiative and has positively impacted over 35,000 Households.
Open Source Fisheries has been designed to reduce distress migration by providing an additional source of livelihood to the farmers, support the nutritional requirements of the region as well as help meet the fish demands of states which are currently being fulfilled through imports. Tata Trusts is running OSF in Andhra Pradesh. The goal of the CSR project is to help India achieve a better aquatic balance and the target is increasing the incomes of 150,000 families in India in the next five years. In the financial year 2019-20, OSF has led to an annual incremental income of Rs. 25,000 per household through fisheries, and increased their productivity by almost three times.