We are focused on developing ecosystems that create a positive impact on the communities around our developments and drive interventions that positively influence society at large. Our community programs and social interventions address four crucial aspects:
At Mahindra Lifespaces, we understand the importance of education and the impact it can make to one’s quality of life. We facilitate education to children and adults, especially from underprivileged sections of the society, so that they can write their own future..
Spreading The Light | Gyandeep
Gyandeep is an informal school for the children of local community and migrant workers around our construction sites. It is envisioned to provide a conducive learning environment. In October 2015, Happinest, Boisar inaugurated its first Gyandeep. The first batch of 30 children of workers in and around the site were presented with a school bag and a book, to help them kick-start the learning process. Our resolve to educate was buoyed further by looking at the high ratio of girls at the school, signifying a truly gender diverse group of bright young minds.
Rebuilding and Revitalizing Knowledge | Chennai
Quality education is as much about nature, as it is about nurture. So in addition to teachers and textbooks, the school environment also needs to be conducive towards education. In the reporting year, the team at Chennai handed over child-friendly, clean washrooms, hand wash platforms and wall mural paintings to the government schools in Paranur, Veerapuram, Thenmelpakkam and Anjur near MWC, Chennai. Around 1,000 students and 50 teachers benefitted.
Taking Education to the Women | Jaipur MWC
MWC Jaipur distributed stationery items to around 25 women from Kalwara and Srihani villages, who had enrolled for basic primary education classes being conducted under the Women Empowerment Program. We hope that this small gesture encourages them to study and become self-reliant.
Food for Thought | Jaipur
Hungry stomachs seldom lead to enlightened minds. As an ongoing initiative, this year too, MWC, Jaipur partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation to sponsor the midday meal program for two schools in Rajasthan. Everyday around 450 children from Pipla, Mahapura, Kalwara and Bhamboria villages are benefitted through this initiative.
Quiz Wizdom | Chennai
Mindquest 2016 is the fifth edition of the Mahindra World City annual open quiz. Over the years, it has become one of the most sought after quizzing programs in Chennai. It has not only reached out to quizzers and quizzing enthusiasts, but has also become a platform for upcoming quizzers across India. The fth edition of Mindquest was organised at Mahindra World City, Chennai in February 2016 and saw participation from over 200 teams across schools, colleges and organisations.
Celebrating the Joy of Giving | Pune
To celebrate the Joy of Giving Week in October 2015, the Pune CSR team organised a Gyandeep visit for the Antheia project team. The team brought with them clothes and toys collected during Joy of Giving Week and distributed the same among the children. Around 23 children benefitted.
Every seed and every sapling contains the promise, sustenance of life. At Mahindra Lifespaces, we have taken steps to conserve resources, reduce carbon footprint and promote afforestation.
A host of initiatives are taken up by Mahindra Lifespaces’ teams across geographies to protect the environment. Some of them include:
In August 2015, tree plantation was organised at Durga Hills, Akurdi, Pune by Mahindra Lifespaces, Pune in partnership with Mahindra Composites, Pune and Patanjali Yogpeeth, Pune. In total, over 1,000 trees were planted. Additionally, books related to Ayurveda medicines and treatments were also given to our associates by Patanjali Yogpeeth, Pune.
The combined MWC and Mahindra Lifespaces team at Chennai, in association with World Vision India, distributed around 32,500 saplings to the families near Mahindra World City. The saplings to be planted – Lemon, Papaya, Drumstick and Amla, were selected in consideration of the nature of land and climate. Over the years, these trees will bear nutritional fruits which will benefit the malnourished children in the area.
Bloomdale, Nagpur organised tree plantation activity on 16th January, 2016, in collaboration with NGO Bahudeshiya Sanstha & Khapri Corporation School. Over 300 saplings were planted at Khapri village. In addition to the teachers, the students and support staff of the school, and the Panchayat administration were also present for the activity.
MWC, Jaipur partnered with Bhaskar Rural Education & Development Society – an NGO, and conducted a survey to identify areas that would enable maximum plantation and impact. Of the 5,500 sapling planted during the year, 4,000 were planted at the Nahargarh Biological Park, Kukas, Jaipur. The students of Bal Vidya Mandir School also joined in this plantation drive.
When cure becomes both costly and less accessible, prevention becomes a more practical focus area. Our health interventions are two-pronged: promoting awareness and encouraging prevention. These interventions – range from general health camps and eye check-up camps to cleanliness drives and health awareness drives.
Camping for Good Health
We endeavour to make people healthy by conducting health camps, promoting cleanliness in hard-to-reach villages and areas near our construction sites. The team at Bloomdale organised a free health check-up camp in association with Sahyadri foundation (NGO). The tests included blood pressure, BMI, HIV etc.
155 members benefitted through this activity.
At the request of the village panchayat, MWC, Jaipur conducted a general medical camp, in partnership with Aayush Hospital of Jaipur, at Bhapura village. In addition to general check-up like blood pressure and weight, treatment was given for cough, common cold and stomach infections.
Around 130 people benefitted through this activity.
MWC, Jaipur also organised a dental and general health check-up camp at Kalwara village, in association with Bharadwaj Dental Clinic. The dental services included cleaning of teeth, and treatment for tooth pain and discoloration.
Around 114 villagers benefitted through this activity.
In January 2016, the Chennai team in association with World Vision India organised a health screening camp for the villagers in the surrounding villages of MWC, Chennai. The objective was to provide free medical examination / check-up for villagers.
Around 400 people benefitted through this activity.
With an objective to take a health leap on the leap day, the Delhi team of Mahindra Lifespaces organised a health check-up and medicine distribution camp on February 29, 2016 for villages adjacent to the Luminare project.
Over 350 people benefitted.
Healthy, educated individuals still require skills and employability to sustain a good quality of life. This makes skill development, one of the key focus areas of our CSR interventions.
The advantages of skill development are manifold and go beyond just livelihood opportunities. It rejuvenates and revitalises local economy, empowers youth and emboldens women.
Across sites, we organise training programs for school dropouts / unemployed youth and women in areas such as sewing & tailoring, dollmaking & soft toy making as well as vermicomposting. Through our ‘Skill Upgradation-cum-Entrepreneurship Development’ program, we enable individuals to take up vocations like electricians, plumbers, electronic technicians, security guards, computer operators or beauticians.
Training the Future
MWC, Jaipur along with its partner NGO TBI, has been conducting various training programs for the benefit of the unemployed youth, faculty members from institutions and for the engineering students looking to take up entrepreneurship as a career.
This year MWC, Jaipur donated a laptop, a desktop PC, and a printer to the TBI members for conducting the computer training programs as part of Skill Development for rural youth. This will also help in maintaining all training records, attendance, pictures and others collaterals for all Skill Development and Women Empowerment programs