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CC-Projects in India

22 Projects

  • Access to treatment for people with Thalassemia | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Health

    In 2020, SAVWIPL renewed the much-needed support for people with Thalassemia who are unable to afford the cost of regular treatment. Financial support was provided to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Prathishtan – a reputed hospital in Aurangabad to enable them offer blood transfusion free of cost to people in need.

    With SAVWIPL’s support the Hospital arranges for blood bags especially for patients from the weaker section of the society.

  • "Clean India" | Volkswagen Financial Services | Healthcare

    The mission: a clean India

    Around half of India’s population does not have a toilet at home. Volkswagen Financial Services India is therefore supporting the “Clean India: Clean School” project as part of the government’s initiative by helping to construct sanitation facilities at schools. Inadequate sanitation facilities have a far-reaching impact on health. Children are the hardest hit: The most common cause of death among children aged five and below is diarrhea. Volkswagen Financial Services India has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and the two partners have already built sanitation facilities at the following five schools:

    1. Sarvotam Higher Secondary Gujrati Medium School, Rakholi village in Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
    2. Government High School, B Narayanpura, Bangalore, Karnataka
    3. Government Higher Primary School, B Narayanpura, Bangalore, Karnataka
    4. Government Model Higher Primary School, Gunjur, Bangalore, Karnataka
    5. Government High School, Immadihalli, Bangalore, Bangalore, Karnataka
       

    Around €490,000 has been donated to the project since funding of it was started.  

  • Computer literacy program for school children | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Education

    There are millions of children in the country who do not have access to computers and may never learn to use one unless an effort is made to bridge the digital divide. This digital divide that can keep children away from opportunities to better their lives.

    In 2019, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India embarked on installing computer labs in schools in Pune for the under-served in association with Computer Shiksha, an NGO that is working on bridging the digital divide since 2012, Through this project, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India has made computers and required training on hardware and software available to selected schools in the city of Pune. Between September 2019 and December 2019, the computer labs were installed in 27 schools reaching about 13,160 students. The computer labs will be installed in 17 more schools.

    The students are offered 3 different levels of computer courses (Basic, Basic Plus and Advanced) wherein they are trained on using the Internet, email, Impress, and Writer. The schools have access to Computer Shiksha helpline for any queries on training materials or hardware/operating system issues. In addition, Computer Shiksha offers lifetime maintenance for all software and hardware being used by the schools.

    School facilitators undergo 8 days training by Computer Shiksha to handle the videos containing the training modules as well as repair more than 95% of Hardware and O/S problems that occur with the help of Computer Shiskha helpline.

    Computer Shiksha conducts periodic service quality assessment in the schools in which computers have been installed and is committed to taking the schools that are ranked in B/C/D categories move up to A category.

  • Corona related donations | Volkswagen Financial Services | Health

    Financial support for the Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund
    Volkswagen Financial Services India is supporting the PM CARES fund. The “Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund” was set up by the government at the end of March 2020 to curb and combat the coronavirus outbreak and other pandemics. The company has supported the fund since then.

  • Defensive Driving Training | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Road Safety

    Training sessions on Defensive Driving were conducted in nearby villages and in the Factory for Commercial vehicle Drivers (buses and trucks) Students, and employees. Approximately, 255 participants benefited from these trainings.

  • Fighting water shortages | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Environmental protection

    Around October 2018, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India initiated a mini watershed management project in 4 villages of a drought prone district in the State of Maharashtra. Over 6000 people will be reached through this project that covers an area of 2500 hectares in the Lasona Watershed of Latur District, Maharashtra. The important components of the project are (i) community mobilization and capacity building, (ii) artificial groundwater recharge, (iii) soil and water conservation, (iv) afforestation, and (v) farmer field schools to train farmers on sustainable agricultural practices.

    The total expected volume of water to be harvested in normal rainfall situation = 112,448,000 litres

    The impact of the work done has been visible in the villages after the first monsoon in 2019.  

    • With the increased availability of water, the farmers are planning to take up a second crop this year which was not possible earlier because of scarcity of water. 
    • Many farmers in the area have adopted improved and efficient methods of farming like multi-layering and multi-cropping and are now growing pulses, vegetables and fruits in the same land aiming to get year-round income.
    • 7370 trees have been planted as part of agro –forestry and 5 model farms have been created
    • The local Agriculture and Government bodies have appreciated these models and are encouraging farmers to replicate these.
    • 2 of the 4  villages in the project secured 2nd and 3rd places at the District Level  in Paani Foundation’s Satyamev Jayete Water Cup 2019. The Foundation organizes a popular competition in which villages compete in rainwater harvesting and watershed management.
  • Infrastructural support | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Education

    Supported renovation of school, particularly repair of damaged compound walls, repair of furniture and repair of water station was provided

  • Integrated Watershed Development Project | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Environmental protection

    Skoda Auto Volkswagen India supported a mini watershed development project in Deoni, Latur District – a drought prone region in the State of Maharashtra. The objective of the project was water and soil conservation, and sustainable agricultural practices. The interventions were implemented between the last quarter of 2018 and July 2020. The outcomes of the project were as follows:

    1. With the help of the water conservation structures created the total expected volume of water to be harvested in normal rainfall situation = 133.60 million litres
    2. 26,670 trees were planted as part of agro-forestry and social forestry
    3. The species planted were Mango, Custard Table, Guava, Tamarind, Jamun (black plum), Sandalwood and Bamboo. These species will not only increase the green cover, they will have a positive impact on the environment and will also help increase the income of the farmers. Sandalwood plantation is expected to give high returns to the farmers after
    4. 15 years and would act as a pension plan
       
    • 5 model/demonstration farms have been created
    • 100 youth were provided leadership training so that they can play a role in sustaining the outcomes of the project for a lasting impact on the watershed of the area.

    The impact of the work done has been visible in the villages after the first monsoon in 2019.

    1. With the increased availability of water, the farmers are planning to take up a second crop which was not possible earlier because of scarcity of water.
    2. Many farmers in the area have adopted improved and efficient methods of farming like multi-layering and multi-cropping and are now growing pulses, vegetables and fruits in the same land aiming to get year-round income.
    3. The local Agriculture and Government bodies have appreciated these models and are encouraging farmers to replicate these.
       
  • Integrated Watershed Development Project | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Environmental protection

    Skoda Auto Volkswagen India has launched an integrated watershed development project in 2 villages – Naiphad and Mandoshi in Khed taluka, Pune District, that face water shortages. The project which commenced in December 2020 aims to treat around 3616 hectares for soil and water conservation, create 244,000,000 litres of water storage capacity, and plant at least 10,000 trees as part of agro-forestry.

    The community will be involved in all stages of the project including planning, implementation and sustainability. A team of youth leaders will be developed so they can play a role in sustaining the initiatives. All activities planned in the project are expected to be completed by June 2021.

  • Oxygen Park | ŠKODA | Environmental protection

    In 2019, ŠKODA India created an Oxygen Park
    Location – Shendra MIDC, 5 Star Industrial Area – near the Aurangabad Plant.

    • Trees – Planted 15,000 trees
    • Concept – Dense Plantation
    • Area – 5 Hectares
    • In Sept 2020 additional 10,000 saplings were planted
    • Total Sapling varieties 49 species
    • Total Oxygen Generation - Matured Trees – 3,250 Ton / PA
    • Total CO2 Sequestered- Matured Trees – 600 Ton / PA

    People living in residential areas near the Park enjoy walk in the O2 Park as it has good walkways, and 10 solar lamps also make the Park well-lit in the evenings. This is expected to have a good effect on the physical well-being of people.

  • Restoring degraded Mangrove Forests | Škoda Auto Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (SAVWIPL), signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Mangrove and Marine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (MMBCF) in November 2019.

    The Foundation is an autonomous society that assists the State government in mangrove and marine biodiversity conservation. The company has partnered with the Mangrove Foundation for restoration of degraded mangrove forests in Alibaug, a coastal town of Raigad, Maharashtra.

    Spread across 100 hectares of Alibaug coastline, the project involves planting and maintaining of over 583,300 mangrove saplings of 8 different mangrove species. The project aims at enabling local communities with coastal protection, providing habitat for their fisheries, and building biodiversity in the region, including endangered marine species. Additionally, the project will provide livelihood opportunities for local residents and will equip them with technical skills required in mangrove restoration.

    Mangroves serve as a bio-shield protecting the shorelines from erosion and provide breeding areas for aquatic animals and are vital to sustaining coastal fishing areas. It supports the environment with carbon sequestration comparatively more than terrestrial forests.

     

  • Scholarships for girls pursuing engineering degrees | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Education and science

    Since 2015, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India, in association with the Lila Poonawalla Foundation, has awarded scholarships to financially disadvantaged but talented girls so they can pursue engineering degrees. So far, the company has supported scholarships for 80 students. 20 of these girls have successfully completed the engineering degree and are either working or pursuing higher education. While the graduation of students completing the program in 2020 was delayed on account of the pandemic, many of the students have been recruited by companies.

    In addition to the financial support for their education, the girls are mentored by professionals from different industry sectors and given supplementary training to assist with their personal development. In 2019 and 2020 Skoda Auto Volkswagen India offered internships to a total of 17 students.

  • Spoken English classes for students living in villages | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Education

    Skoda Auto Volkswagen India sustained the training programme in spoken English for students residing in rural areas. The training classes have played a major role in eliminating the fear of speaking in English among rural Students.

  • Supporting a Children’s Home | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Education

    The company continued to support the higher education of students residing in Vasantrao Naik Balakashrama – a children’s home in Aurangabad. The company also refurbished the building of the children’s home.

  • Support of students living in difficult financial circumstances | Volkswagen Financial Services | Education and science

    Initiative for children from socially disadvantaged families
    Volkswagen Financial Services India supports the not-for-profit organization Avanti Fellows. The initiative enables many hundreds of pupils from social disadvantaged families to gain admission to university every year. The organization pays for their costs, such as tuition fees, accommodation, food and travel, during their study. Volkswagen Financial Services India has been supporting the initiative since 2016 with funding of around €104,300 a year.

  • Supporting the construction of a new hostel for the Jagriti School for Blind Girls, Pune | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Equal opportunities

    Skoda Auto Volkswagen India has been associated with the Jagriti School for Blind Girls, Pune since 2015. The company had extended financial support for the construction of their new school building in 2015 and had provided scholarships to students. Company employees have also been supporting the school in their individual capacities and as teams.

    The company provided financial support of INR 10 million in 2017 -2018 when the construction of the new hostel building had just commenced. In 2020 the company provided additional financial support so the school can work towards completing the construction.

    Once constructed the hostel building along with the school building which was inaugurated in 2016 will enable Jagriti School have one of the best educational and residential infrastructures for the visually impaired in the region.

  • Supporting healthcare institutions and others in the fight against the pandemic | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Healthcare

    Skoda Auto Volkswagen India extended support to healthcare institutions, the local police, and affected communities in Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune and a few other places in the State of Maharashtra in the effort to check the spread of the pandemic.

    The company provided funds to a local government hospital to enable the hospital to make its facility for the treatment of COVID-19 patients operational; donated medicines, critical medical equipment and medical aids including ventilators, PPE kits, face shields and face masks; and provided meals to migrant workers and others affected by the lockdown,

    The company gave its mobile health clinic van to a local primary healthcare center that serves about 12 villages near the Pune Plant. The healthcare center could transport pregnant women from their homes to the healthcare center for periodic check-up or to the hospital for deliveries during the lockdown. In 6 months, the primary healthcare center used the van for handling 34 cases of emergencies in remote villages, handle 5 deliveries in the van while the pregnant women were being shifted to hospitals, and shifted 10 critical cases to the city from remote hilly areas.

  • Supporting social-impact startups | MAN | Equal opportunities

    MAN Truck & Bus sponsors social-impact startups in the transportation sector through the MAN Impact Accelerator, launched in 2017. The initiative focuses on finding solutions to global challenges such as population growth and urbanization.

    MAN manages this program jointly with the Yunus Social Business initiative set up by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. MAN takes the approach of encouraging employees to become involved in social-impact projects sponsored by the company so they can act as mentors to the young entrepreneurs, supporting them with their professional expertise.

    Further details can be found here: http://impact.man.eu/

  • Upgrading of Government Industrial Training Institute, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune | Volkswagen | Education and science

    Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) are post-secondary-school training institutes in India that provide a good grounding in various trades (e.g. fitter, plumber, electrician, auto mechanic and others).

    In 2016, Škoda Auto Volkswagen India signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Maharashtra to upgrade a Government ITI over 5 years (2016-2021) in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area of Pune Districts. Interventions were identified for 4 priority areas, including (1) faculty and staff development, (2) training quality, (3) teaching aids and course materials, and (4) infrastructural improvement, and work started in these areas in December 2016. The outcomes of these interventions over the last 4 years include:

    • Modern learning environment and functional equipment
    • Welding simulator lab installed – one of the very few ITIs to have a welding simulator
    • Old equipment used for trainings repaired
    • Tools for machinist and welding trades
    • Webinar facility
    • Computers
    • Improved sanitation and hygiene enabled for about 600 students and staff

    - Washrooms refurbished

    • Garbage bins placed across the campus
    • Floor cleaning equipment
    • Sanitary napkin vending machine
    • Improved energy usage

    - LED lights for rooms and internal street lighting

    • Access to clean drinking water

    - Water purifiers installed

    • Finishing school training provided

    - Communication skills
    - Work culture
    - Environmental education
    - Quality tools
    - Occupational health and safety

    • Increased green over on campus

    - 50 trees of native species planted


    Škoda Auto Volkswagen India has committed INR 20 million to this project.

     

  • Vision Zero Fatality Project | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Road Safety

    Skoda Auto Volkswagen India launched the NH48 –Vision Zero Fatality Project on the 111 km ‘Old Mumbai-Pune Highway’ in association with Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and SaveLIFE Foundation to significantly reduce and ultimately eliminate the incidence of road traffic crashes and fatalities on the Mumbai –Pune Corridor of the NH48 by the year 2022. The project also seeks to increase the awareness amongst civilians in providing emergency service and support, and will capture data and metrics for long-term decision making around road safety

    In addition to this 111 km stretch between Mumbai and Pune, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India is supporting the Vision Zero Fatality initiative on an approximately 12 km stretch of outer ring road (from Signature Bridge to Bhalswa Crossing) in New Delhi that contains 4 Government-identified Black Spots: Bhalswa Crossing, Mukundpur Crossing, Burari Crossing, Jahangirpuri Bus Stop Crossing, and Gandhi Vihar Junction Crossing. These have been identified as high-risk areas for vehicular and pedestrian movement.

    Some of the significant steps taken under the project were:

    1. Regular Crash Vulnerability Audit of the project road to assess engineering errors.
    2. Forensic investigation of road crashes on the project road
    3. Creation and dissemination of GIS map of the 111 km stretch focusing on road safety
    4. Instituting dedicated safety patrolling for the highway
    5. Initiation of Tactical Urbanism on the Black spots on Outer Ring Road in Delhi and in Karla Phata on NH 48
    6. Training of Police officers and Community volunteers in Basic Trauma Life Skills.
    7. Training of public transport drivers in Anticipatory Driving and Accident Prevention Training
       

    Since its launch in 2018, the project has accomplished the following on the Mumbai–Pune Corridor:

    1. 30% reduction in fatalities by 31st December 2019. Year 2020 impact being verified with cooperation from Police and expected to be significant.
    2. Building a coalition between the various governmental agencies to ensure the sustainability of the project. The three agencies who have formed the coalition are i) Maharashtra State Road Development Cooperation, ii) Maharashtra Highway Police, and iii) Maharashtra Health Department.
    3. 1521 of 2119 engineering errors rectified
    4. Additional patrol cars deployed and electronic enforcement via Police interceptors introduced
    5. Visible Police presence on the Project stretch ensured through the installation of the first dedicated Traffic Aid Post. Work on the post is in progress
    6. Improved retro-reflectivity on 17 gaps-in-median along the highway
    7. 8 unauthorized and hazardous gaps in median closed
    8. Regular crash investigation started to find the causal factor
    9. Crash Notification system launched
    10. Installation of signages showing the Emergency response number
    11. Installation of hazard signs to highlight trees near the highway
    12. Submitted designs for highway improvement such as i) alternate traffic calming measures design for speed humps, ii) safer intersection design for Vadgaon Phata, and iii) Safety design at a known black spot (Anda Point) – which is now eradicated as mentioned above.
    13. Outreach to over 500 local youth to spread safe-driving awareness
       

    Since its launch in 2018, the project has accomplished the following in Delhi:

    1. 100% elimination of fatalities from Bhalswa Chowk black-spot during the course of the Tactical Urbanism redesign of the intersection.
    2. Convinced Delhi Government to replicate the project model on other blackspots
    3. Outreach to 12,000 students and teachers in the vicinity of the blackspot
    4. Training of over 1100 drivers of the Delhi Transport Corporation
  • Water and Livelihood Project | Volkswagen Financial Services | Healthcare

    In short supply and valuable
    Since 2015, Volkswagen Financial Services India has been supporting three villages – Lonar Bhaigaon, Khedgaon and Kauchalwadi – most affected by drought in the Indian state of Maharashtra by building and maintaining dams and water canals. Volkswagen Financial Services India embarked on the partnership with the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) as part of its corporate responsibility initiative. The project’s goal is to provide people in the rural region with a sustainable water supply and thereby improve the population’s health and economic situation. Volkswagen Financial Services employees also support the communities in their spare time, for example by helping to remove slurry from existing waterways or creating dams and ponds. Around €87,000 a year is given to the project.

  • Water Conservation | Škoda Auto Volkswagen India | Environmental Protection

    Location- Oxygen Park, Shendra Industrial Area, Aurangabad

    A naturally occurring uneven pit was present on the Park premises SAVWIPL undertook de-silting, widening and deepening of the pit which produced excellent results.
    It helped in extending moisture level for a longer period after the monsoon season.
    This is encouraging people in the area to focus on water conservation.

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