Social infrastructure is indispensable for progress; L&T, as India’s leading builder of major infrastructure projects, is equally committed to developing projects that will contribute to the quality of life. This includes schools, hospitals, skill training institutes, water supply & distribution and sanitation facilities.
Building India’s Social Infrastructure – Our Goals & Activities
Focusing on the many challenges around project implementation, we propose to work towards the following outcomes from our Social Infrastructure programmes, based on need assessment and feasibility.
Water & sanitation (availability of safe drinking water and proper sanitation facilities) and electrification of villages (off-grid renewables)
Education - Improved access to education (increased enrollment in pre-school, children attending neighborhood schools) and improving quality of learning (better school infrastructure, better teaching-learning process)
Health - Improved access to quality health care (expanding infrastructure of health centres, increased number of people accessing quality health care)
Skill building - Enhancing employability of youth (enhancing training capacity, improved infrastructure of skill development centres)
We also work to build a collaborative eco-system comprising L&T, the community, our employees, their families, NGOs, government agencies, chambers of commerce and academic institutes to fulfill a larger social commitment.
L&T's health initiatives are undertaken at all the premises of the Company across India. These services are run by L&T through its Community Health Centres, CSR Departments and in partnership with Government initiatives. L&T’s health services include building health infrastructure, health education, and running medical camps.
L&T's Health Centre projects are professionally managed and run for the preventive and promotive healthcare of the underprivileged, with a view towards their social and economic development.
L&T’s inclusive approach towards “Building India’s Social Infrastructure” can be very much seen in our ‘Integrated Community Development’ programme. This model provides a path upward from subsistence, and supports the development of community as a whole.
The objective of the project is to pursue holistic social development at identified water stressed locations which are most needy, through interventions in four distinct areas : Water & Sanitation, Education, Health & Skill Development.
This project is launched in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu. It lays emphasis on providing safe drinking water, raising the ground water level, improving hygiene and sanitation, soil and water conservation, improving the education & health status and facilitating better livelihood generation through skill training in these identified communities.
L&T’s innovative approach to education is reflected in its UJJWAL learning centres for underprivileged children.
We run study classes for school children and school dropouts. The study class approach is participatory –subject discussion through story method, role play, drama, Q&A sessions – and enhances interactive learning.
Whereas the Balwadi is a pre-school centre with a lively teaching environment, the play-way method predominantly uses rhymes, singing, games and conversations. The teachers are drawn from the community and trained in teaching and learning methods. The methodology comprises songs, mathematics and language with breaks to encourage drawing, craft and storytelling, enhancing classroom excitement. This programme is run in collaborations with local NGOs
In 2012-13, we reached more than 1500 children through 56 learning centres from tribal hamlets in and around Powai.
The Volunteer-Parent-Teacher Association ensures participation from parents and the community. Awareness is created on child rights issues, with children and parents performing street plays, exhibitions and rallies.
L&T has engaged Children’s Toy Foundation (CTF), an NGO to conduct puzzles and mind games through Nanha Munna Express with associated schools in and around Powai since the year 2006. The main purpose is to educate children beyond reading and writing, to acquire real skills, a sense of pride, to develop a positive attitude and to learn while having fun. The mobile toy van visits 22 schools in ‘S’ ward - Mumbai and reaches out to more than 8000 students with an access to educational and amusement toys. The van has a team of dedicated teachers who guide & direct the children.
Gandhiji said that the true measure of a society is the way it treats its most vulnerable. “Project Neev” launched on the 13th of October, 2010, seeks to provide opportunities to the specially-abled. It marks the coming together of three key agents of social change - L&T-ites, NGOs and the specially-abled themselves.
As part of this initiative L&T units across India organised NGO expositions and provided platform for the specially-abled to showcase their unique talents. Going forward, livelihood opportunities through special vocational training programmes are being pursued to foster inclusion.
The project brought together NGOs working in this sphere at L&T establishments. Such displays promoted products made by the specially-abled.
L&T's campuses at various locations provides infrastructure support & resource donation to NGOs/schools working with specially-abled.
L&T campuses work towards enhancing engagements with self-help groups.
Building up awareness & sensitization amongst L&T-ites for mainstreaming of the specially abled.
Prayas, a trust formed by the spouses of L&T-ites, amongst its various initiatives, provides specially abled children with various empowerment opportunities.