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Top CSR Projects in Bengaluru

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CSR initiatives in Bengaluru
 
Bengaluru is known for being the IT hub of India. The growth of IT sector in the region has made the city an attractive place for corporates of many other sectors, to set up their headquarters in and around Bengaluru. Presence of such major conglomerates has also led Bengaluru and regions around it to be a destination for CSR initiatives of these businesses.
Bengaluru was the largest recipient of CSR funds in FY 2021-22 in the state of Karnataka. The district of Bengaluru received a total of Rs. 77.41 Cr. of CSR funds. Let’s take a look at the top CSR projects in and around Bengaluru.

Haleon’s Mobile Healthcare Van in Bengaluru

Haleon India in association with Sevamob (NGO) launched primary healthcare mobile van in Hosekote, Bengaluru last week. The objective of the program is to increase access of primary healthcare services to the communities at grassroots level. Haleon India will be financially supporting the camps under its CSR initiative. This project will focus on identifying respiratory diseases, their diagnosis, and treatment, the company announced.
Under this programme, the NGO will conduct 22+ free primary healthcare camps every month across Bengaluru’s rural district. Each camp will provide access to primary healthcare services to approximately 80+ patients daily and about 20000+ patients over the next one year, as per an announcement. These camps will be run by registered MBBS Doctors and trained nurses, conducting health check-ups on patients. The mobile van will provide free medicines along with rapid point of care blood test if required, as per the doctor’s prescription to the patients visiting the camp.

Feeding India by Zomato and Akshayapatra to feed students of 83 Bengaluru schools

Feeding India by Zomato announced earlier this month that they, in collaboration with Akshayapatra, are expanding their school feeding program titled ‘Poshan to Pathshala’ to government schools. The program has been launched in four cities – Bengaluru, Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Dehradun and promises to provide one meal daily to 38,410 beneficiaries. Around 83 schools in Bengaluru are expected to benefit from this program.

Himalaya Wellness Company and NIMHANS launch project SURAKSHA

To improve access to mental health in districts of Karnataka, Himalaya Wellness Company, announced in September, 2022 that they have partnership with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru to develop an indigenized pilot model framework for suicide prevention research and surveillance.
Titled Project Suraksha, this pilot program is expected to assess the feasibility and acceptability of community-based suicide prevention programs and their cost-effectiveness across varied nodal stakeholder groups involving farmers, laborers, daily wage workers, student communities, media professionals, and women groups. It is also expected to establish a cohort for future longitudinal studies that is to repeatedly examine the same individuals to detect any changes that might occur over a period. Following the pilot research and feasibility study, the project will be scaled up to a national level over a period of three years.

Ericsson and Save the Children donate life support ambulances

Looking at the critical need for access to emergency health care in remote and rural areas especially post COVID19, Ericsson, in collaboration with Save the Children India, handed over 6 life-support ambulances to health care facilities in various districts of Karnataka. These life-support ambulances were donated to Taluk General Hospital Gangavathi in District Koppal, Community Health Centre Gurumatkal, District Yadgiri, Taluk Hospital Doddaballapura, Bangalore Rural district, Government Hospital Gokarna, Uttara Kannada District, Primary Health Centre Kyalanuru, District Kolar, and St. Anne Hospital District Mysore.
These patient transport ambulances are reportedly fitted with – life support equipment to check vital signs and defibrillators to stabilize patients in transit.

iOPEX Technologies and Yuva Parivartan’s computer science course

iOPEX Technologies has partnered with Yuva Parivartan, a Non-Profit Organisation working in the slums of Bangalore for more than 15 years, to provide training in vocational skills to underprivileged youth through its existing Livelihood Development Centre.
More than 200 underprivileged youth within the age group of 18 to 35 years will be provided with short-term livelihood-oriented courses in Computer Science, Accounts, Retail Sales and Apparel Making. Entrepreneurial training will also be provided as part of the programme.
‘Post the completion of the programme, trained and certified youth will be linked to livelihood opportunities. For the students who would like to take up jobs, placements in local businesses would be identified. However, for the youth interested in self-employment, they will be helped with setting up of individual businesses or contracts,’ the company announced.

Kennametal and United Way India’s Devanahalli Lake restoration project

Kennametal India Limited, in partnership with United Way India (UWI), a non-profit organization announced in October 2022 that they have completed the Devanahalli Lake restoration project at Bengaluru, India.
The project reportedly spans nearly 17 acres of land, and the lake itself has a capacity of over 535 million liters of water. This initiative, which is expected to raise the ground water table and improve the moisture content in the soil, should benefit up to 5,000 people living in and around Devanahalli. The project took place over 5 months with the help of UWI and its on ground implementation partner, Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI).

Orchids-The International School initiates #ShineYourCity Campaign and tiger adoption

Ahead of Diwali, this year, the students of Orchids – The International School planted tree saplings in neighborhood areas around the school branches across the country. Renowned environmentalist Suresh Heblikar flagged the ‘Shine Your City’ campaign at Bengaluru’s Nandini ground, BTM layout to encourage the kids.
The students brought a variety of saplings, including Indian Beech tree, Hibiscus, Ashoka, Neem, Bhelpatra, etc. These were planted in an open area outside the school premise, which was unclean and required reformation. The students, along with the teachers, first cleaned up the complete area and then planted the sampling. They also pledged to look after the planted saplings, plant more and more trees, and encourage others to do the same. Students from grade 9 to grade 12 participated from Orchids The International School (BTM layout branch) in the cleanliness and tree plantation drive at the Nandini ground, BTM Layout.

In 2022, students of Orchids – The International School, BTM Layout, reportedly adopted an 8-year-old Bengal Tiger named Mithun, from the Bannerghatta Zoo, Bengaluru to spread awareness regarding Tiger conservation in India.

Virtusa extends support to Spastics Society of Karnataka

Virtusa Corporation, a global provider of digital strategy, digital engineering, and IT services and solutions joined hands with Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK) to support differently- abled children with everyday mobility requirements in 2022. In order to facilitate seamless commute for students to and from the SSK premises, Virtusa announced that they have donated a 17- seater van, built to cater to children with special needs.

CapitaLand builds second Hope School in Bangalore to provide quality education to over 400 children

CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF), the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand Group in September 2022 announced launching its second CapitaLand Hope School in Bengaluru to provide more than 400 children from underserved families with access to education. CHF announced that they have contributed INR 50 million towards the construction of the school. Through the schools, CHF aims to provide children with a holistic education for a better start in life.
Located in Krishnarajapuram, Bengaluru, the Government Kannada and English Medium Higher Primary School comprises eight classrooms, a staff room, a multi-purpose room, a playground, a kitchen, a sick room, library, computer and science laboratories, art & crafts room, and lavatories, as per an announcement made by the company.

Inauguration of Nand Ghar in Karnataka’s Haveri District

Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri Basavaraj Somappa Bommai and Hon’ble Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Shri Pralhad Joshi inaugurated the 3600th Nand Ghar in a ceremony held at Luxar Bazar village in Haveri district of Karnataka in 2022.
Nand Ghar is the flagship CSR project of Anil Agarwal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the leading natural resources conglomerate, Vedanta. The inauguration also marked development of 55 such Nand Ghars in Karnataka.

Volvo Group sets up a clean drinking water plant at Robertsonpet, KGF

Due to high levels of Fluoride and TDS in Borewell water in the KGF town, the water is not ideal for consumption. In order to provide access to safe and clean drinking water, Volvo Group announced in August 2022 that they have has set up an RO water plant at Robertsonpet, KGF in Kolar District, as part of its CSR outreach to the community.