India’s Science-based Ayurveda major Dabur India Ltd today announced the formal launch of its new Community Development initiative in Jammu. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme in the state, Dabur has adopted and completely revamped the infrastructure and sanitation facilities at a government school in the district. The revamped Government Middle School, Barjani, Zone Purmandal, Samba, was handed over to the school authorities at special function organized within the school premises today.
This is the first in the series of several such development activities planned by Dabur for the state. The Company has adopted four government schools in the region and will be completely upgrading the infrastructure in these schools to provide students a better learning experience and access to proper sanitation facilities. The revamp includes creation of new and separate sanitation facilities for both boys and girls, creation of drinking water facility, and overall upgradation of the school infrastructure with BaLA (Building as Learning Aid) paintings.
The revamped school was handed over to the school administration by Mr. Gurmeet Singh, Unit Head- Jammu, Dabur India Ltd. The development work was carried out through Dabur’s CSR arm Jivanti Welfare & Charitable Trust and an independent development agency SURE (Society to Uplift Rural Economy).
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Gurmeet Singh said: “The importance of education is undeniable for every individual. At Dabur, we believe that education is both the means to a better life and a key to ensure overall development of the society. In a bid to improve enrollment levels and reduce the dropout rates in rural and semi-urban schools, Dabur has taken up the onus of improving the infrastructure in schools and improving the learning experience for children in rural India, particularly in Jammu.”
Besides the Government school in Barjani, the other three schools identified for revamp in Jammu are Government Primary School, Bassi Kalan, Government Primary School, Kundanpur, and Government Primary School, Teli Basti. The revamp initiative in these schools would benefit over 400 students. The school revamp was undertaken after detailed discussions with the school authorities and keeping their specific needs in mind.
“After a detailed survey of the region, these four schools were identified as the initial beneficiaries for our Education-led CSR interventions in Jammu. After discussions with the school administration and local authorities, we commenced a host of development activities in this school, which includes revamping the classrooms, repair and refurbishment of the existing toilet blocks in the school, creation of new facilities for drinking water and dishwashing etc. Our intention is to develop and support these school as Model Schools for the region,” Mr. Gurmeet Singh said.
The school building and classrooms have been completely revamped and messages related to Health, Hygiene and Education have also been painted on the walls under the Building as Learning Aid (BaLA) programme. Access to basic education is the most fundamental right of any child. But an equally important right is access to basic and hygienic sanitation facilities and a healthy learning environment in schools. Going forward, Dabur plans to roll out a host of development initiatives aimed at improving the livelihood of rural populace, particularly women and children, in the region.
About Dabur’s CSR initiatives :
“What is that life worth which cannot bring comfort to others.” These inspiring words from Dabur India Ltd Founder Dr. S. K. Burman have been the guiding light behind Dabur’s social development initiatives. Dabur has been involved with community development work since 1994, seeking to bring about an enduring change in the lives of people and to create the right environment for driving the local economy. Through our Sanitation initiatives, Dabur has, over the past three years, helped construct nearly 3,000 household toilets and made 27 villages Open Defecation Free.
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