To rebuild 20 homes for the flood affected people in the Kashmir Valley, JSPL employees will offer volunteering work to help people recover from the natural calamity
IndiaCSR News Network
NEW DELHI: JSPL Foundation, which spearheads the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL), has joined hands with Habitat for Humanity India (HFHI) to re-build 20 homes for the flood affected people in the Kashmir Valley. HFHI is an international non-government organisation working towards the cause of housing and sanitation in India.
As part of the disaster response program, the NGO also works with disaster affected families to reconstruct safe disaster resilient homes.
The initiative – Project Gulzar
Sustainable and Dignified Housing for Flood Affected Families of Kashmir will support flood victims in the state during a period of one year from 1st April, 2015 to 30th March, 2016 through shelter interventions for flood affected families. JSPL Foundation will fund the cost of the project to the extent of Rs. 88 lakhs towards its implementation.
The construction activity for the 20 homes will commence this month and will be completed by December 2015. The homes will be located in Bandipora district and families will be selected from government data.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) singed between JSPL Foundation and HFHI has a provision for the employees of Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) to offer voluntary services to aid in the rebuilding work.
Says Ms Shallu Jindal, Co-Chairperson, JSPL Foundation, “The MoU will enable JSPL Foundation lend a helping hand to the flood affected people of Kashmir, enabling them to rebuild their lives. Scores of JSPL employees will enrol for the volunteering work so that together we can help the people in Kashmir regain their lost homes and hearth. At JSPL Foundation, we do believe that businesses cannot be successful when the society around them fails.”
The Kashmir Valley has been in the grip of floods for the last few days due to incessant rains causing the river Jhelum to break its banks. This is the second time in six months that the state has been ravaged by floods. Last year, in September the state had been severely affected by floods leaving nearly 300 people dead.
Says Mr. Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, HFHI, “In the wake of unprecedented floods in Jammu and Kashmir, thousands of people have lost their homes and are taking refuge in relief camps. HFHI and JSPL Foundation have joined hands to re-build 20 homes in an effort to provide permanent shelter to affected families. I would like to personally thank Jindal Steel and Power Limited and its employees for their willingness to partner with us in rebuilding the lives and the economy of the families impacted by the disaster.”
Jindal Steel & Power Ltd has always strived to be a globally admired organization that enhances the quality of life of people in and around the areas of its operations through sustainable industrial development. The cornerstone of its business strategy is to achieve sustainable and profitable growth, creating in its wake prospering eco-systems around all its businesses. CSR initiatives of JSPL are carried out in order to give impetus and align the existing programme with those of the government and other development agencies. JSPL Foundation is as an expression of the company’s vision towards sustainable growth in India.
JSPL Foundation works with some of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities around the operational areas of the company, with the objective of bringing about a radical transformation in their lives and integrating them into the mainstream development process of the country through positive intervention in social upliftment programs. The Foundation focuses its efforts in key areas of Health, Education, Vocational Training, Women Empowerment, Livelihood, Livestock Care, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Youth and Sports and Infrastructure Development among others.
Habitat for Humanity India is an international NGO that works towards housing and sanitation, having served more than 55, 000 families across 17 states of India. For over 30 years, Habitat and its partners have been working with low-income, marginalized families to build homes, provide housing-related services and spread awareness on the needs of proper housing and sanitation. Habitat India through its disaster response programs has helped rebuild the lives of more than 20,000 disaster affected families in India through emergency shelter kits, repair of damaged houses and construction of new homes. Habitat’s disaster risk reduction initiatives help build capacity and preparedness of the local communities against future disasters.