Barefoot no More: GMR Distributes Shoes to 1400 School Children

INDIACSR News Network

DHENKANAL: GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF), the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of GMR Group, working in the neighbourhoods of the 1400 MW power plant of GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited, distributed TOMS shoes to 1,400 children studying in government schools and Anganwadis in Mangalpur Panchayat under Odapada Block of Dhenkanal district.

TOMS shoes for 1400 school and anganwadi childrenThe shoes distribution program was inaugurated at Kamalanga Upper Primary School at Kamalanga village by the School Chairperson Smt. Santilata Raj in presence of RPDAC Member Smt. Namita Behera and Ward Member of Kamalanga Village Smt. Namita Behera.

Distributing TOMS shoes to school children, Smt. Raj said, “GMRVF has taken up a noble initiative for distributing durable US-branded TOMS shoes to school children in our village.”  Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jayant Kumar Mohanty, Program Leader, GMRVF said, “We are committed to health and hygiene of children and will provide shoes to children every year in Mangalpur Panchayat.”

GMRVF has joined hands with TOMS, the US based one for one company, to give new shoes to under-privileged children studying in government schools and Anganwadis. Providing good quality new shoes will incentivize rural children to attend school, help raise their self-esteem, and more importantly, reduce infections linked to bare feet.





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