10 Projects

Project Brand Topic
Access to Primary Local Healthcare ŠKODA Health

Škoda Auto India Pvt. Ltd. organizes regular health checks at “check-up camps” set up in local communities. A medical team from Škoda Auto India conducts health checks and provides counselling, medicines and health and prevention education. The project mainly addresses underprivileged children, students and other villagers. More than 500 people attended check-ups in 2013, and over 600 in 2014. To help disadvantaged children, Škoda Auto India and its employees focus on company and employee donations, and on improving living conditions and the standard of education at the Vasantrao Naik children’s home in Aurangabad.

Fighting Water Shortages Volkswagen Environmental protection

Volkswagen India has built a series of embankments (bunds) for water storage in a drought-affected village in the State of Maharashtra. This CSR project was undertaken under the aegis of a State Government initiative (Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan) that aims to declare around 5,000 villages in the state drought-free by 2019.

These water bunds will have sufficient capacity to store more than 7,500 cubic meters of water and will be especially beneficial for irrigating farmlands.

This is the second water conservation project undertaken by Volkswagen India after the recharging of water resources in the village of Guilani in 2013.

Joint Venture with IID Community College Volkswagen Education and science

In 2011, Volkswagen India played an important role in the setting up of the IID Community College in Chakan. Since then, VWIPL has partnered with IID Community College to provide local young people and women with training in basic computing, computer graphics, book-keeping, tailoring, conversational English and beauty therapy.

The college has trained over 680 students to date, and many of them have used the skills acquired to find employment or start their own businesses. Some of the women who attended the tailoring course have started their own tailoring shop.

Mobile Healthcare Volkswagen Health

The Mobile Health Clinic Project is Volkswagen India’s endeavor to bring healthcare for minor ailments to the doorsteps of 2,200 people who live in the villages of Kanhewadi tarf Chakan and Sangurdi. Neither of these villages have a primary healthcare center or a resident doctor.

A team comprising two doctors (senior and assistant), and a compounder employed by Volkswagen India, visits the two villages five days a week – Tuesday to Saturday, excluding company and national holidays. Patients are provided with free medical consultations and medicines. The service is also available to guests and others who visit the two villages.

Since launch in August 2015, Volkswagen India’s Mobile Health Clinic has provided over 17,000 free medical consultations and free medicines worth € 5,200. The team has also referred patients to nearby hospitals for further medical consultation and/or hospital admission based on their condition. The Mobile Health Clinic also runs awareness programs on various health-related topics.
VWIPL also carries out blood-group testing for children residing in these villages.

Nationwide CSR Initiative Scania Regional support

Scania India actively works with four villages on Education, Health and Hygiene and Environment. This work has been ongoing for one and a half years and the positive impact on the lives of people living in these villages can be seen. Scania India has initiated basic education which leads to development in employment, a mindset shift on issues like child marriage and a desire for prioritising health and hygiene by cleaning the villages and creating basic amenities like functional toilets and overall hygienic living conditions. Scania, in support, supplies safe drinking water to schools and day care centres in these villages and actively runs a programme called Scania for nutrition, supplying nutritional supplements with an incentive to reduce health issues and improve daily lives. The Scania for nutrition programme has been very appreciated by the villages and they spent Thanksgiving to show their appreciation.

Renovation of Children’s home and installation of solar lights Volkswagen Education and science

In 2016, Volkswagen renovated a children’s home managed by SAMPARC at Malavli, Maharashtra. This children’s home is one of the 10 homes for orphaned girls managed by SAMPARC.  The Children’s home like the SOS Kinderdorf have 10 children in the care of a mother with them.

In addition, Volkswagen installed 16 solar lamps on the internal road leading to the older girls’ hostel. The installation of solar lights has not only made it possible for the girls to use the road after sunset but has also provided them a community space to interact with peers, teachers, and others.

Scholarships for girls pursuing engineering degrees Volkswagen Education and science

Volkswagen India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lila Poonawalla Foundation to award scholarships to 10 disadvantaged yet talented girls so they can study for engineering degrees. The MoU covers a period of four years (2015–2019).

These girls were awarded their scholarships at a special ceremony organized by the Lila Poonawalla Foundation on November 15, 2015. The girls will also be mentored and given additional training and personal development support, so they can make the most of this opportunity.

Support for iTeach Movement’s Secondary School initiative Volkswagen Education and science

Volkswagen has committed a 3 year financial support to one of the schools of iTeach Movement. iTeach has embarked on upgrading English medium municipal corporation (Government) schools in the city of Pune to Secondary school. Currently, English medium municipal corporation schools have only upto Grade VII forcing many of their students to drop out of the school system or take admission in private schools that prove to be very expensive for their families. In the last 2 years, iTeach has upgraded 4 such schools to Secondary schools and Volkswagen is supporting the iTeach school at Aundh- Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar English Medium Secondary School. The school has enrolled 110 students in Grades VIII, IX and X and plans to increase this number to 225 by 2018.

Volkswagen provided training in road rules, regulations and road user behaviour to the students of all 4 iTeach schools in association with implementation partner for road safety, M/s Hubert Ebner, and Traffic Police Department of Pune city.

Support for National Federation of the Blind, Maharashtra (NFBM) Jagriti School for Blind Girls Volkswagen Equal opportunities

In December 2015, Volkswagen India signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Federation of the Blind, Maharashtra (NFBM) to support NFBM’s Jagriti School for Blind Girls. The funding was spread over two years (2015 and 2016) and provided scholarship for 30 girls and supported training in conversational English and orientation and mobility for 110 girls.

Volkswagen India has also financed the installation of a bust of Dr. Louis Braille and murals of Dr. Hellen Keller and her teacher, Ms Anne Sullivan, at the new model school complex, which was inaugurated on 10 April 2016. The new Career Oriented Education Campus for the Blind complex houses the school and a skills development center. Jagriti provides residential and schooling support to about 110 girls.

In 2016, Volkswagen India signed a second memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Federation of the Blind, Maharashtra to provide financial assistance for the construction of a hostel complex  (student dormitories with required amenities) to be located adjacent to the model school complex.

Upgradatio n of Government Industrial Training Institute, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune Volkswagen Education and science

Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) are post -secondary school training institutes in India providing training in various trades like fitter, plumber, electrician, auto mechanic, and others.

Volkswagen has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Maharashtra to upgrade a Government ITI over 5 years (2016-2021). Interventions tin the 4 priority areas of (1) faculty and staff development, (2) Training quality, (3) teaching aids and instructional course materials, and (4) infrastructure improvement have been identified and work has commenced in this direction since December 2016. Volkswagen India has committed  € 283 K for this project.