Huawei Technologies supports differently abled children of Deepalaya as part of its CSR initiatives in India
Released on: September 1, 2008, 2:09 am
Press Release Author: Fourth Estate
Press Release Summary: Huawei Technologies, a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced a new Corporate Social Responsibility initiative in India. Huawei India has set a corpus, which will be used for various CSR activities in India. The activities are part of Huawei\'s global vision, ‘to enrich life through communication’.
Press Release Body: New Delhi, Huawei Technologies, a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced a new Corporate Social Responsibility initiative in India. Huawei India has set a corpus, which will be used for various CSR activities in India. The activities are part of Huawei\'s global vision, ‘to enrich life through communication’.
The first project launched under the initiative will support the education of differently-abled children with a sponsorship of Rs 10 lakhs. At an event in Delhi attended by Ms Sheila Dikshit, Honourable Chief Minister of Delhi and His Excellency Zhang Yan, Chinese Ambassador to India, Huawei Technologies presented a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to Deepalaya, to extend its support towards providing employment skills to disabled children.
The project will run for three years and Huawei will support Deepalaya for the sustained development of differently-abled children. The project aims to create large-scale awareness about disability, its causes and prevention. It also helps prepare the children for a life of dignity to bring out their latent talents and creativity by providing them vocational training and personality and life skills training.
At the occasion, Mr Max Yang, India CEO, Huawei Technologies said, “At Huawei we plan to undertake many CSR projects in India, and our association with Deepalaya is a significant one. We want to contribute our share in the growth of the people and the country and realize our vision of enriching life through communication.”
Also present, Mr T. K. Mathews, one of the founders of Deepalaya said, “Huawei understands the needs of the special children and the need to lift them to the level of individuals who can be self-sufficient.”
According to Deepalaya, people with disabilities remain un-represented and live in conditions of severe poverty and isolation, without proper medical care, educational or livelihood opportunities, or interaction with the outside world. There is a two-way link between poverty and disability that creates a vicious circle. Poor people are at greater risk of acquiring a disability because of lack of access to good nutrition, health care, sanitation, as well as safe living and working conditions. Once this happens, people with disabilities face further barriers to the education, employment, and public services that can help them to escape poverty.
The objectives of this project, within the three-year timescale, are to: 1. Train 50 differently-abled children in the age group of 15-25 yrs from the target locations in the spheres of vocation, life skills, talent and personality development. These improved capacities will enable them to lead a life of dignity. 2. Depending on the nature of the training they receive and the improved capacities and abilities of each trainee, they will be equipped for mainstreaming through job placements, self entrepreneurship programmes and other efforts that can make them self reliant. 3. Candidates who successfully complete their training programme will be placed suitably in various sectors through Deepalaya’s Placement programme. The programme strives to connect candidates with potential employers – especially employers who are proactive about recruiting people with disabilities. 4. Under the project, Deepalaya will also motivate and educate the candidates and employers on various National Awards in conformity with U.N. Resolutions. Each year on World Disabled Day, awards are given by the President of India to the following: Best Employer of handicapped. Best handicapped employee and Handicapped Self-employed. Placement officers.
About Huawei Technologies Huawei Technologies is a leader in providing next generation telecommunications networks, and now serves 35 of the world\'s top 50 operators, along with over one billion users worldwide. The company is committed to providing innovative and customized products, services and solutions to create long-term value and growth potential for its customers. For more information, please visit www.huawei.com
About Huawei India CSR programme In line with the core values of Huawei globally, Huawei India has actively participated in the development of local community. Since its inception in 1999, Huawei India has always been in the forefront, lending a helping hand during natural calamities, funding education of under-privileged children.
Huawei India demonstrated its social cause when parts of India were ravaged by the Tsunami in December 2004, speedily mobilizing over Rs. 12, 00,000/- towards relief operations. Further as a part of Huawei Corporate’s initiative towards the countries impacted severely by the Tsunami (Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India), Huawei Telecommunications India donated Rs. 250,00,000/- in cash to the Prime Ministers’ Relief Fund, and emergency wireless access communication equipment worth Rs. 250,00,000/-.
Huawei advocates community development and encourages its employees as well in contributing to the betterment of under-privileged children. In 2005, Huawei Technologies India staff contributed half day salary towards funding of school for the destitute children run by Parikrma, a Bangalore based NGO. In commemoration of the international women’s day, Huawei employees contributed to the “education of girl child” drive in association with Parikrma.
In its aim to support IT education in India, and more specifically in the field of higher education and research, Huawei Technologies India has created the “Huawei Excellence Award” scholarships in partnership with a premier engineering university in Bangalore.
Huawei continues to lend a helping hand to various institutions for the differently abled, organizing awareness campaigns and donation drives.
About Deepalaya Deepalaya is an implementing organization, and was started in 1979 by seven socially conscious individuals who felt disturbed by the sight of children begging at traffic interjections. During the last 29 years, Deepalaya has educated over 50,000 underprivileged children and today it is educating about 12,000 such children through its 5 formal schools, Non-Formal Education and Remedial Education centres. Apart from education the Society renders its services in some other sectors also namely, Health, Gender Equity, Institutional Care and Vocational Training.