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Thursday, July 06, 2017

NIOS Exams Success!

AMK students have consistently managed to defy social taboos and stereotypes associated with intellectual disability. And they've done it again! 
Six students from Ambuja Manovikas Kendra sat and passed their standard 10  exams under the National School of Open Schooling (NIOS).
It is a proud moment for the entire team of Ambuja Manovikas Kendra and Ambuja Cement Foundation, as all students scored 60% or above in the exam - and that too in their very first attempt.  This was also the first time that AMK decided to prepare students for NIOS.
AMK students have proved their mettle in defying the odds on several occasions, including winning medals at the prestigious World Special Olympics.
Kudos to the AMK staff for their rigorous, relentless efforts to make students exam-ready.

ACF Gears Up for Silver Jubilee

Ambuja Cement Foundation entered its 25th year in June, and to commemorate this milestone, a series of events have been planned for the year.

 The celebrations kick-started with a Town Hall which was held for the employees, across locations. The event was addressed by the MD of Ambuja Cement Limited, Mr. Ajay Kapur, Company Director, Mr. B L Taparia and ACF CEO, Ms. Pearl Tiwari, 
The event began with a personal message sent by the Founder and Chairman Mr. Narotam Sekhasaria. In his speech, Mr. Sekhsaria praised the values of Ambuja and efforts of ACF team in empowering rural communities and grooming them to become leaders of change.

Mr. Ajay Kapur congratulated the entire ACF team for dedication and sincerity. He also applauded ACF in adding significant value to Ambuja's goodwill, especially in sustainability of its operations. He said, "It is indeed apt to call ACF as the heart of Ambuja Cements Limited."

Mr. B L Taparia, who has played a key role in streamlining ACF’s compliance management system gave credit to ACF's zeal and hunger for constant improvisation that has played a big role in organisation's success. He said, "ACF's exponential growth is the result of their constant efforts to push set boundaries."

Ms. Pearl Tiwari, ACF Director, thanked all stakeholders who had been part of the journey. She said, “ACF started with a genuine thought to embrace the neighbouring community in Ambuja’s journey to prosperity, much before many companies even considered community development as an endeavour." 
Pearl added, "While we are proud of our achievements, this would not have been possible without the support of ACL employees. We look forward to their continued cooperation in all activities planned this year, especially the employee volunteering. As volunteering is fast catching up in India, ACL’s 5000+ strong team can sure add a new chapter to the journey. I am confident that Ambuja Cements Limited, which is well known for its giant strength, will soon be known for a warm heart too.”

ACF’s journey which began in 1993 in a few villages and with a very small team, has today grown by leaps and bounds, reaching out to nearly 2 million people across 21 rural locations. With a vision to create a sustainable and prosperous society, ACF endeavours to strengthen rural livelihoods and is working in chosen thrust areas – water resource management, agricultural- and skill-based livelihoods, health, women empowerment and education.

ACF has played a crucial role in earning the goodwill and respect for the Company amongst its stakeholders, especially the neighbouring community.

MIS Improving Quality of Programs

Regular monitoring is an integral part of ACF’s operations and our Monitoring Indicator System (MIS) is designed to capture both qualitative and quantitative feedback based on program outputs - which is used for mid-course correction, improvising projects and designing programs’ strategy.

For ACF, MI is a crucial component in all its programmatic interventions and plays a key role in effectively reviewing the projects and designing strategies for all its interventions. 
For our Skill & Entrepreneurship Development Institute program too, MIS has played a key role in enhancing project effectiveness and sharpening vocational skills of rural youth. Through 'Thrive' we are sharing two examples from SEDI where MIS has helped bringing improvisation in the skill training program.
SEDI Sankrail

Sankrail is the industrial locations and hence there is a constant need of mechanics, especially for the two- and three-wheelers. In this context, ACF started a project to train rural youth in two- and three-wheeler repairing and after the first phase of the project, employers’ feedback was captured in MIS.
Whilst feedback showed that the overall attitude and knowledge of SEDI youth was good, they were still not very well versed with new technologies - there were several new models in the market on which SEDI students needed better practice.
After reviewing the feedback, ACF developed a plan to establish a high-end laboratory with newer models and equipment, better organised systems and processes that aimed to give students the sense of a real workplace.  Till date more than 200 trainees have been trained using this facility and employers’ feedback is encouraging and has given more confidence to funding partners to collaborate with SEDI Sankrail.
SEDI Nagaur

Youth mobilisation and community meetings are important part of our SEDIs, and in one such meeting in Nagaur, feedback from community was that there there was a strong need for vocational training courses for disabled youth.
ACF’s management and SEDI team collaborated with Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute for Physically Handicapped to start a course for the differently-abled in mobile repairing.
To promote entrepreneurship, the graduates who immediately set up their enterprises were provided with a financial support of Rs 100 per graduate per day for one month.  In the first batch, 60 youth were trained, of which 57 started with their businesses.
Impressed with the success of the project, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute for Physically Handicapped collaborated with ACF yet again to train 90 more youth which were divided into 30 each for each SEDI centre in Rajasthan – Nagaur, Chirawa and Jaitaran.

Girls as Breadwinners!

Its World Skills Day this month and to celebrate, we applaud the power of women as family bread-winners and earners.  

Today, Sangita, Poonam and Varsha Bharga bring in Rs 30,000 per month to support their family of 7 after the loss of their father, who passed away in 2014, leaving the family with 12 years of health related debt, and no income source.
In order to survive, the mother and sisters opted for daily labour earning just 50 rupees/day. While working as labourer, Sangeeta got to know about SEDI. Hopeful to start her career in right direction, she visited SEDI centre in Kodinar (Gujarat), where she received orientation on various vocational courses. Without much delay, Sangita registered for the course in nursing trade.
After 2 months training at Sidhhivinayk Hospital in Morbi (Gujarat), she took up a job at Janki Hospital as a Staff Nurse in the Gynec Department earning 5000 per month with food and accommodation.  Her sincerity and honesty in her work impressed the Doctors and she was promoted - now earning 10,000 per month.
With such an inflow of money, she supported her two sisters Poonam and Varsha to also study nursing.  Poonam  completed her on Job training from Meru Nursing Home – Bhavnagar, then was sent for a job at Amrut Hospital Baroda with 7000 salary/pm and accommodation. Varsha  is working at Ashutosh Hospital, Rajkot with 10,000 salary.  
With a total monthly household earning of Rs. 30,000/- this young  trio is the personification of hard work and strong determination.

The 'License to Thrive'

This month, Ambuja Cement Foundation was profiled in an article by Triple Pundit - "Businesses move from Licence to Operate to Licence to Thrive.  Here are some key excerpts from the article:
"The commitment of over 900 businesses in the 'We Are Still In' movement illustrates the increasingly important role companies play in addressing social and environmental challenges. The ownership of this responsibility is furthering a shift away from ‘license to operate,’  in which companies seek the passive acceptance of communities, toward ‘license to thrive,’  where companies more actively partner with communities to address critical challenges. 

At the local level, this approach requires more dynamic engagement, but when done well, it can establish businesses as essential community partners and contribute to the long-term success of both companies and communities.

Acting on the opportunities to contribute to society requires a more proactive community engagement approach that underpins a detailed understanding of community needs. Ambuja Cements Ltd., India’s top cement manufacturing company, is among the leading firms pioneering the license to thrive – and benefiting as a result. 

When the now-$1.2 billion company started in the 1980s, it quickly realized that communities can be skeptical of cement manufacturing plants opening in their backyards. Understanding the company’s potential to support the communities surrounding their plants, Ambuja launched the Ambuja Foundation to implement a thoughtful approach to community engagement.

By building trust and demonstrating their commitment to the community, Ambuja’s business presence is encouraged by local stakeholders. During legally-mandated public hearings, community members often write letters and speak out in support of the business.

 ‘License to thrive’ enables companies to meaningfully support communities while building a positive rapport that benefits the business. And with communities increasingly looking to companies to serve as partners in addressing critical challenges, this model is more important than ever. Leading companies must appreciate their unique role in society, engage actively, and work with communities to help them prosper.

Read full article here -  http://www.triplepundit.com/2017/06/license-operate-license-thrive/