GAIL – Gas Authority of India Limited (Mumbai), for the first time, has ventured in the area of corporate social responsibility. As part of its initiative, they are partnering CRY’s project Salah, Mumbai that is working on the issue of child labour in the unorganized sectors. GAIL hopes that its contribution of Rs. 9.80 lakhs, will enable Salah and the CRY team to bring about permanent change to the lives of these children by ensuring them their basic rights.
Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd, our long-term partner donated our first fax machine and provided CRY Mumbai with rent-free space of 3000 sq ft at Lalbaug for storage.
Global Telesystems Ltd. Installed a new fax machine free of cost.
Group Development, the social wing of Air France, has contributed Rs. 10.05 lacs to cover the running costs of 7 centers of Nabadisha, Kolkata.
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals tied up with CRY for a promotion where they sent 52,000 cards to doctors. For every card that the Doctors pledged their support on, Glenmark committed to donate Re.1 to CRY.
Gaurang Damani, a young Mumbai businessman, wanted to make a difference to underprivileged children. He began his stint as CRY volunteer by telecalling donors to renew their support. Along the way he learnt that the drop-out rates in Municipal schools is very high, especially for children in the fourth standard. He took on the challenge of trying to reduce this. Gaurang persuaded Municipal schools to let him start support classes for weaker students, and soon had a team of volunteers regularly conducting these classes. The Dharavi center alone has 100 children who regularly attend these classes – it has made all the difference to their staying in school instead of dropping out. The classes are funded by a Sion-Matunga based NGO, “Sunday Friends”, of which Gaurang is a very active member.
Geologistics contributed Rs 13,01,550 towards Sankalp Manav Vikas Sansthan, a CRY-supported initiative in Marathwada, Maharashtra.
The volunteer action programme at the Government Law College (GLC), Mumbai is run by their Legal Aid Committee, which is essentially a student body established as per the academic requirements. These students in association with CRY have been working with children residing in the vicinity of the Azad Maidan area of Mumbai by assisting them in the process of learning.
The programme aims at providing the children an opportunity to learn and the students are also making an effort to save these children from the hazardous habits of smoking, chewing tobacco etc. as well as protecting them from trouble from the police. The programme is conducted every Sunday between 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at the Government Law College premises. The students are making an effort to institutionalize the entire programme as a permanent activity of the Legal Aid Committee of the College.
Ten employees of GE Plastics visited the CRY Mumbai training center, during their volunteering week, for an interactive session with children from a CRY supported project. The volunteering will continue, one Sunday every month.
The Global Charitable Trust (http://www.globalcharitabletrust.com/), Botswana has been a long time CRY supporter. They are organising a fundraiser, ‘Festival of India’ in June 2007 where part proceeds from the event will go towards CRY supported programs.