Installation of Water ATM in Koraluru village, Bengaluru
Recently, Tesco Bengaluru in collaboration with Unnati Foundation & Waterlife India inaugurated a Water ATM in Koraluru, Bengaluru. Mary McSparron – Head, Market Services, Tesco Bengaluru and CSR Core Team inaugurated the installation during a ceremony held on December 16, 2019. With the new Water ATM machine installation, the community will now have access to filtered and hygienic drinking water. We’re proud that this project will impact almost 600 families in that community.
Water is one of the key focus areas for CSR, for Tesco Bengaluru and we have taken various initiatives in the past too. This is another feather in the cap for our CSR efforts. Congratulations to the CSR Core Team for successfully completing the project!
“Food for a Cause” Carnival
As part of our annual colleague volunteering event CSR Month, we held ‘Food for a Cause’, an initiative to raise funds for causes we care for. Such ground-up colleague led initiatives receive enthusiastic participation. This year, it turned out to be even bigger! Over 500 colleagues cooked, served and sold food and raised funds for charity. Colleagues enjoyed lip-smacking dishes at the stalls representing different cuisines of India. Apart from food stalls, colleagues also got to engage at stalls related to games, on-the-spot sketch art, flowers, plants, nail arts and roses. Overall, while we had a good time we felt proud of the impact we were making through our effort. All proceeds from the fund-raiser will go to a NGO we partner with.
Our CSR Month activity
Tesco Bengaluru colleagues pitch in at the Akshaya Patra kitchen
One of the initiatives this CSR Month at Tesco Bengaluru is helping our charity partner Akshaya Patra with extra hands to serve up meals they provide to less fortunate children in the schools across the city.
Over 20 colleagues recently visited Akshaya Patra Foundation kitchen on October 3, 2018 to clean utensils, cut and chop vegetables that go into making the mid-day meals served by the NGO. Akshaya Patra serves mid-day meals to approximately 17 lakhs children across Bengaluru. Colleagues visited the Kanakapura branch which provides meal to 2 lakh children. Colleagues took a guided tour of the kitchen to understand how the goods are received, cooked, packed and delivered to the schools on time while sticking to the strictest food quality and hygiene standards. Post the kitchen visit, colleagues also visited the nearby government school and served food to 150+ school students during their lunch hours. Overall, a great day for our colleagues to spend at the kitchen and support the NGO. A small step in improving the lives of the communities we support.
Colleagues mentor and guide Unnati students
We are continuing our engagement with Unnati, a youth empowerment non-government organisation by guiding students and preparing them to be job ready. In a recent interaction, our colleagues and leaders spent time with Unnati’s graduating batch sharing experiences and practical tips to prepare for jobs. Our CSR education outreach includes investing in less fortunate youth so that they can stand on their own feet and make a living.
At the 74th Graduating Batch at KR Puram, Bengaluru on September 25, our leaders including, Altaf Patel – Senior Head, Business Transformation (Business Services) talked to over 50 students and shared insights of working in a corporate environment and explaining the expectations organisations had from candidates they hired. A few speed guidance sessions followed the leader address. Tesco colleagues shared pointers on topics such as soft skills, interviewing tips and communication skills. All in all, our colleagues were excited by the confidence and passion for learning the Unnati students displayed.
Safe Drinking Water Program
Clean water means safer future and healthier community“The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth” – Muhammad Ali
As an organisation, we believe every little help makes a big difference. We live by our values to ensure we serve our colleagues, customers and their communities a little better every day.
In February this year, we set up a safe drinking water plant at Naganayakanakote village, Bengaluru in partnership with Rotary Bangalore Whitefield Central and Waterlife.
We periodically audit the progress of our initiatives and we are pleased to share that over the last six months, the plat has provided close to 180000 litres of safe drinking water to 200+ families.
Clean drinking water is the fundamental need of every citizen. However, finding a source of clean drinking water is an arduous task for villagers. Therefore, Tesco Bengaluru along with the NGO partners identified clean drinking water as a key area that can make a tremendous impact to the health and overall quality of life of the rural communities like Naganayakanakote.
200+ families registered to use the Water ATM has impacted almost 10,000 lives by providing them safe and clean drinking water. Till date, 180000 litres water have been consumed by the villagers which is almost 52 jars per day.
Check the Press Release to know how we continue to make a difference to the communities we serve.