Mukul Madhav Foundation and Finolex Industries have been actively involved in the construction of toilet facilities and installing drinking water facilities in the schools of Satara and Ratnagiri districts in Maharashtra and Masar village in Gujarat.
Swach Bharat Abhiyan, a clean India initiative was launched by the government of India in 2014. Our PM's vision is to make India clean by 2019. This scheme aims to make India an Open defecation free (ODF) state. Much before the mandate was in place Finolex Industries Limited had started providing toilets to schools and community households. To be in line with the vision of our Prime Minister, we have increased the scope in many more villagers than the ones we have already supported.
Finolex Industries Ltd. (FIL) and their CSR partner Mukul Madhav Foundation (MMF) are happy to announce the transformation made in the village of Palghar, Maharashtra.
In 2017 this project was introduced to Finolex / MMF through Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA) who under their Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP) is working towards making villages in the Palghar region open defecation free by constructing a toilet for every household, educating the households about good personal and community health and hygienic practices including keeping their surroundings clean and safe.
Finolex / MMF whole heartedly started to support the villages of Sonale, Zadkire, Virhe, Kev, Bavereghar, Hamrapur and Vadavli in 3 Phases. 30 toilets have been sponsored by ZF gears, Pune and 100 toilets by FIL / MMF building.
Working in this village a study has proved that water scarcity is another issue that needed attention. We introduced KSWA to Hinduja Foundation and completed 3 water projects of repairing the old bunds and wells.
A unique initiative in this project is to collect a small token amount of Rs. 2000 per household as their contribution and is being given to the Sainik board for welfare of the widows.Summary of our projects
Our involvement in this village has helped the villagers to count on us for any kind of assistance. Recently 4 patients were brought to Sassoon General Hospital to undergo tests for various illness. They have been referred to the concerned doctors and are receiving treatment for the same.
Second initiative is to stitch bags which will be provided to devotees at the Kumbh Mela. These are being done by the women of the villages.
Located 115 km away from Mumbai, Palghar district has a sizeable tribal population. Although, the district is located closer to Thane and Mumbai, some villages in the district still remain underdeveloped without access to basic amenities. Hence, Finolex and MMF has decided to bridge the gap with such welfare initiatives related to sanitation and water. Above shows us that corporates coming together with their CSR funds can make a big difference to the society.