Kalpataru group has always firmly believed in giving back to the community, and has accordingly been consistently dedicating resources to do its part for the welfare of the people. Listed below are some of our corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Killekars - The Fort Makers
We support the citywide initiative “Killekars”, to raise awareness about the upkeep and cleanliness of our heritage buildings, especially forts. Children from schools and societies of Thane participate in various competitions like photography, essay writing, fort making, etc. Killekars provide an exciting and competitive spin to learning more about forts by promoting local tradition of making mud forts. Our employees also participate in the mud fort-making competition held annually before Diwali and create masterpieces. The prize distribution ceremony is organized in KORUM and attended by local dignitaries.
Computer Learning Centre Setup
Enables children from the community to access basic computer education for free at their doorstep. This was done based on the feedback received from the parents in the community to provide opportunities for less privileged children to gain computer literacy. Planned sessions are organized to provide learning about computer hardware and use of basic programs like word, excel, paint, etc.
Continuing our efforts for making schools a better and vibrant place to study!
2 new classrooms were constructed by Kalpataru in a school in the vicinity of our project in Pune. The existing building space was cramped and the school was forced to club classes together to accommodate children. The new classrooms will enable the children to study comfortably.
Community Learning Centre Setup
To support education for more than 100 first-generation learners in the community, a Community Learning Centre (CLC) and Study Class to augment the teaching at school has been setup.
Mini-Science Centres in Schools
Kalpataru has set up Mini-Science Centres in schools around its project sites. The initiative includes installation of 60 table-top interactive models/exhibits along with informational backdrops and user manuals. It will enable better understanding of principles of Science and Mathematics for students of class 5th to class 10th. 11 such centres have been set up till date.
We operate creches at several of our sites, via specialist NGOs offering day-care, and even basic schooling to young children of our site workers. The emphasis is on appropriate activities for the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the children in each of the various age-groups.
Infrastructural support to schools
In the endeavour to make schools a better place to study, Kalpataru completely revamped a school around one of its project sites. From repair and painting of the building to changing doors, windows, interiors, toilets, landscaping, fencing, etc. Kalpataru also donated computers, stationery, furniture and electrical items to a primary school in a rural part of Maharashtra.
Ambulance service in Pipar
For providing more timely access to better medical facilities to the residents of Pipar, a new ambulance was donated. The ambulance will immensely benefit the community and be used to offer free/subsidized service to the residents for taking patients to Jodhpur (which is 60kms away)
Aid and Rehabilitation for People with Parkinson’s (PwPs)
Kalpataru supports the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Society (PDMDS) which aids the treatment and rehabilitation of People with Parkinson's (PwPs) and their caregivers, through support centres providing physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy, diet and nutrition, and alternative creative therapies. This is done through a home outreach program, patient welfare program, counselling and awareness sessions
We have supported the installation of 44 CCTV cameras within the vicinity of our project at Hyderabad for increasing safety of public at large and reducing criminal activities in the area.
As a part of our CSR initiatives, Kalpataru constructed a Mortuary for the Civil hospital of Pipar, Rajasthan.
Kalpataru supports “Hamara Station Hamari Shaan” (Our Station, Our Pride)
Kalpataru sponsored the creative makeover of 4 railway stations through Hamara Station Hamari Shaan, a joint initiative of ‘Mumbai FIRST’ and ‘Making A Difference’ in collaboration with the Western and Central Railways. Over 200 employees from Kalpataru volunteered in the cleaning and painting of booking-windows, platform entrances, railings and foot over-bridges to transform the look and user-experience across 4 railway stations on the Central and Western suburban local train-lines in Mumbai.
“Majhe Thane Sunder Thane” (Our Thane, Beautiful Thane)
Kalpataru Group joined hands with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for a large-scale citywide neighbourhood cleanliness campaign, in keeping with the nationwide Swachh Bharat Mission. Over 300 volunteers from Kalpataru Ltd & KORUM Mall, along with the residents of Siddhachal and Tarangan, participated.
Cleanliness drives to support Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan
As part of contributing towards the upkeep of our surrounding areas, there are dedicated efforts for carrying out the cleaning of slums adjoining our project sites. Fogging for mosquito-control and larvicidal control treatment, are conducted for the benefit of the residents in these areas. Kalpataru and the Federation of Siddhachal, Thane organised a cleanliness drive in Oct 2015 where more than 200 volunteers volunteered to clean the neighbourhood.
Mobile toilets across Panvel
Kalpataru supported the Panvel Municipal Corporation in its initiative to set up mobile toilets across Panvel, to address the problem of open defecation and improving hygiene and sanitation as an integral part of Swachha Bharat Abhiyan. Installation, cleaning and maintenance of more than 100 mobile toilets for the agreed upon duration and locations was done by the identified execution partner.
Rural sanitation project
Kalpataru supported the SKS Chakshu Foundation in building 10 toilets in rural Panvel. The partner-NGO is working towards "Open Defecation Free" villages, by providing individual household toilets and ensuring a long term impact by tracking usage and monitoring behavioural change. The process is backed by a GPS-enabled Mobile App to accurately map the location of all toilets, and monitor quality compliance.
Swachh Bharat Pakhwada Support
In support of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs appeal, several volunteering initiatives like cleanliness drives in public spaces, awareness lectures in Zilla Parishad schools, marches to create awareness in the neighbourhood, awareness talks for construction laborers about importance of swachhata, and Internal Awareness campaigns in support of the themes for the “Swachh Bharat Pakhwada”, were organised across Kalpataru projects during a fortnight dedicated to cleanliness.
Water cooler Installation
Over 300 children at a local school in Pipar, Rajasthan benefited from access to clean potable water via the installation of a water cooler donated as a part of our CSR initiatives.
Eye checkup camp
For the last several years the awareness and basic screening camp is being organized for various eye related diseases like refractive errors, cataract, glaucoma, retinal disorders, corneal diseases etc. benefitting over 1000 construction labour and the community around our under construction sites.
HIV Awareness & Checkup Camp
This Camp is conducted across most of our sites (including Hyderabad) where more than 1500 labour benefit every year. The camp includes demonstration of how to use condoms, counselling and interactive discussion amongst the labors & counsellor on issues related to HIV.
Through street plays which are a more engaging and thought provoking mode of communication, we aim to instill in our labour the realization of giving due importance to their own wellbeing and make simple principles of health, hygiene, safety & quality an integral part of their everyday life.
“Waste it or Invest it” -A step towards greener living
We organized an awareness sessions & Eco-stalls for our employees, to sensitize them towards the burning issue on Solid Waste Management. On the occasion of World Environment Day, a session with fun filled activities and valuable insights on Solid Waste Management was organized at our offices, under the Sparsh initiative in collaboration with RUR GreenLife Pvt. Ltd.
I Wish To Read
This initiative aimed to take volunteers beyond office boundaries to reach out to the Differently Abled Children of our society. This initiative was designed to read books to the visually/mentally impaired students from respective schools in Mumbai, Thane & Pune and sensitize volunteers towards persons with disabilities. Volunteers interacted with the students, not only read stories to them but also played games, danced and had a fun time with these special ones that created lasting memories, especially for the volunteers!
The Wish Tree
Focused on 'The Joy of Giving', the Wish Tree initiative aims to fulfill the wishes of children from underprivileged backgrounds. The wishes of these children are shared and the employees are free to select the wish of a child and fulfil it. Children are invited to the office where respective employees personally hand over the gifts. The smile on the faces of the children and the employees blossom "The Wish Tree" into "A Smiley Tree" to commemorate the wishes of the children come true.
Collaboration with ADAPT
Every year, Kalpataru collaborates with ADAPT (formerly known as Spastic society of India) to provide a platform to the especially abled children to showcase their talent. Initiatives are organized which sensitize the staff towards an inclusive environment. The employees engage with the children through activities like designing and making special rakhis for their loved ones, painting umbrellas, Diya painting etc. and raise funds.
Employees donated over 300 hygiene kits containing morning essentials to the kids from lower income group families in schools in rural Maharashtra.
Science fair for the community
Volunteers from Kalpataru’ s Thane project participated in the Science fair organized by the kids supported by our CSR initiative to demonstrate simple science experiments to the community. Over 200 children from the community were thrilled by the experiments.
Educational visit to the Butterfly garden
Children from our Community Learning Centre (CLC), Thane -Doorstep school were taken on a guided nature-walk by the volunteers from Kalpataru to observe different species of butterflies, and the habitat in which they live. Post the visit, children were engaged in art and craft activities to reinforce what they saw and learnt during their visit.
A special day with special children
Kalpataru volunteers spent quality time with special children at JIDD (a school in Thane), showed keen interest in understanding the issues faced by these children and donated gardening equipment to the school.
Donate a Library
A special book-donation drive, where employees donated close to 500 books, will benefit over 250 students in a nearby school and enable inculcating reading-habits among the children
Mock job interviews for under privileged youth
Mock job interviews are conducted for youth from lower income group communities being trained in hospitality and customer service/retail by a reputed NGO. The initiative aims to increase the confidence of the youth by providing information on drafting a CV, different strategies of facing interviews, body language, grooming, dressing, etc. This a great opportunity for the NGO to help the youth to gain an insight into what the corporates/ employers are looking for in candidates.
Volunteering at an old age
Volunteers from different departments of Kalpataru spent some quality time with the senior citizens at a nearby old-age home. It was a memorable experience for the volunteers to conduct various fun filled activities for them.
Mentoring sessions for youth
Our volunteers undertook mentoring sessions for more than 100 teenagers in 2 institutions near our project. Mentors offered guidance and motivation by sharing their experience and learning from their respective careers. In addition, they were also made aware of the importance of personal safety by subject experts from an NGO.
Kalpataru celebrates Environment Day not only at the workplace but also extends it to project sites and community. Every year some initiative like a tree plantation drive, a display of medicinal plants or reusing used plastic bottles as planters for indoor plants is planned to raise awareness about environment related issues.
The Magic Hat
Kalpataru conducted an old and new toy donation drive at Kalpataru Synergy for an NGO called Toy Bank. The NGO supports the right to play for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. We collected more than 500 toys and volunteers helped in sorting, cleaning, packing and distribution of the toys. They also organised various interactive activities for the children and carried out the toy distribution in a systematic way.
Kalpataru joined hands with SBTC (State Blood Transfusion Council) to regularly organize several Blood Donation Drives in its offices across Mumbai, Thane & Pune.