Ford India gets children around Sanand plant safe drinking water

The first stage of Ford India’s safe drinking water program will cater to the needs of 1500 children from the ages of 3 to 6 who will be assured of clean and safe drinking water. The plan is to further expand this operation to encompass all children in a total of 70 villages in the area. The project will allow the company to address the issue of access to safe drinking water and tackle the issue of water borne diseases which are adversely affecting children.

Kel Kearns & Anil Patel interacting with the community at the launch of Sujal

Saath Charitable Trust, a non-governmental organization expands their services to over 4 lakh individuals across Gujarat and Rajasthan. Balghars are conducted to offer education and health to underprivileged children in the age group 3 to 6 years while there are 8 Child Friendly Space Centers catering to children in the slums and construction sites.

Kel Kearns, Director – Manufacturing, Sanand Vehicle Assembly & Engine Plant, Ford India Pvt. Ltd, said “Henry Ford envisioned creating a Better World, together with building a strong business and designing products that people want and desire. At Ford India, our people are equally passionate to work towards the betterment of the communities and engage with them. Our first community outreach in Sanand is no different and aims to enable a positive change and sustainable development towards children in the neighboring villages around the upcoming manufacturing facility.”

“As part of the field research with Saath Charitable Trust, we realized that access to safe drinking water was a significant gap, resulting in various water-borne diseases, especially amongst children. This project will thus help us address a basic need,” Kearns added.

“We are extremely happy to partner with Ford for this project, to enable access to pure drinking water for children. Saath envisions inclusive communities with empowered individuals. We will ensure that the project is sustainable and work towards enhancing it over a period of time, to impact more people”, said Shyam Prakash Singh, Program Coordinator, Saath Charitable Trust.