As per information available on the official website of the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), there are currently nearly 31 million unemployed Indians looking for jobs. RPG Foundation’s program - Pehlay Akshar powered by Raychem RPG aims to provide better employment opportunities by up skilling students in communication, critical thinking and problem-solving.
Pehlay Akshar is a six-year program running in partnership with 39 government schools in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. It aims to teach functional English through lateral teaching methods such as Experiential Learning to hone their speaking, listening, comprehension and reading skills. Rather than passively listening to the teacher, children in a Pehlay Akshar classroom learn by reflecting upon fun activities and games. Pehlay Akshar students are also pushed to explore their creativity during the Annual Theatrical Program and the Summer Camps.
Pehlay Akshar has touched the lives of over 2300 children from marginalised backgrounds, since its inception in 2010.
Pehlay Akshar is implemented in 10 Zilla Parishad Schools near Vasai Plant.
Further, the Foundation undertook a survey in order to understand the challenges faced by the BMC school teachers as we noticed poor attendance levels. The findings indicated that the government school teachers felt that the classes were monotonous and teaching methodologies failed to keep the students engaged. Hence in April 2016, RPG Foundation started Pehlay Akshar Training, a programme aimed at training government school teachers to improve classroom management and engagement.
The Program trains teachers in modern and unorthodox ideological pedagogies and behaviour techniques. The interactive training program is designed to bring about a change in conducting classroom sessions thereby ensuring a conducive and safe environment to learn and grow. The trainings are followed by periodic coaching and counselling sessions. These sessions further facilitate the deepening of the learnings.
Pehlay Akshar Training has enabled the Foundation to take the Pehlay Akshar way of teaching to over 40,000 students in 6 locations by working with 1300 teachers.
Pehlay Akshar Training has reached to 148 teachers from Waliv Ward near Vasai Plant.
According to the National Program for Control of Blindness, India has almost 12 million blind people against 39 million globally, with 30,000 being added to this figure every year. Thus, making India the Blind Capital of the World. The silver ray of hope here is that nearly 80% of these cases are avoidable with early stage interventions. RPG Foundation's flagship project, Netranjali, aims at addressing the need for promotive, preventive, rehabilitative and curative eye care.
Through the program, we tend to individuals from marginalised communities – where eye check-ups camps are organised at schools and in communities that are followed by promotive, preventive, rehabilitative and curative eye care. This ranges from providing free eye screenings to free spectacles, and in some cases where needed, hospital referrals are provided too for further eye care intervention like surgeries, medications etc. The program ensures sustainability by training the local government and community health workers and school teachers in eye care.
We have reached out to over 35,000individuals across government schools and slum communities since the program’s inception in 2014.
The ratio of nurses to patients in India is 1:1200, while WHO recommends this ratio to be 1 nurse for every 100-150 people. Sanjeevani has been trying to bridge this gap by mobilizing women to be trained professional health care workers and nurses. We strive towards training health care assistants to address the dire need for skilled healthcare workforce at homes as well as hospitals, etc. Along with the medical training, emphasis is laid on Grooming, English literacy and personality development. The trainees are provided with employment avenues through collaborations with homecare placement agencies, hospitals and nursing homes. The project is presently being implemented in Vasai, Chakan and Halol near Raychem RPG plant locations. Till date, we have successfully placed over 75% of the women as Patient care assistants & Bed Side Assistants. Raychem RPG under RPG Foundation banner supports 60 girls from UdayGer School of Nursing at Vasai & ASMT Institute of Nursing, Chakan enrolled for the General Nursing Midwifery (GNM) program for a duration of three years.A Grassroot organization - Labournet Services has been roped in to help implement this intervention.
The Community Development vertical focuses on improving the all-round quality of life in the areas of clean drinking water, overall health and nutrition based interventions amongst others, for the targeted communities in and around Raychem RPG plant locations.
The aim of the project is to create awareness in adolescents from deprived backgrounds about their health & gender issues. 260 students from three government run schools near Vasai plant attend sessions, workshops, film screening & discussions, exposure visits, health camps and fairs.
The city is suffering major water shortages throughout the year, with the municipal corporation being unable to meet the water demands of this populace. The gap between demand for water and supply of water keeps increasing with each passing year. Rainwater Harvesting units are installed in one school at Vasai and two schools at Chakan to help tackle this problem, benefitting 2600 students.
Health screening camps are organized fortnightly in three villagesnear the Chakanplant –Khalumbre, Kharabwadi and Waki, reaching out to a population of 15,000 villagers. These clinicschannelize the targeted population ofa tender age to achieveuniversal healthcare through a sustainable model of promotion, prevention, and psychosocial impetus.
For encouraging Girl Child Education and building gender equality, we provide material support to first generation girl child learners from communities which are educationally and economically backward. The major component of the project is to provide academic and social support to girl child to continue education and to meet challenges of modern era educational setup. Through this planned intervention, Raychem RPG has been able to reduce the dropouts of girls, prevent child marriage and promote higher education for 250 girls.
RPG Foundation has a focused goal of empowering rural women. Under the capacity building program, a group of women from PatiayanaMuvada village near Halol Plant are trained to provide supplementary nutritional snacks for 240 students from schools in the vicinity. Having successfully run this project, RPG Foundation has taken an integrated approach where all the group companies are putting in efforts to target 2200 students.
The program aims at ‘Reducing Malnutrition among Women, Children and Adolescents through strengthening of Integrated Child Development Scheme among AnganwadiCentres’. 100 children and 70 adolescent girlshave benefitted from this program since its inception.