Nigel Harris, president, Ford India, Balasundaram Radhakrishnan, executive director, Manufacturing, and P. Senthil Kumar, vice president, Vehicle Operations attended the event announcement at CSI High School, Melrosapuram, in Chennai, and marks the start of the 9th annual Global Week of Caring in India. 13,000 volunteers from Ford operations across six continents will give shape to Global Week of Caring investing more than 80,000 hours of expertise in 300 community service projects globally.
About 2,000 Ford India employees across Chennai, Coimbatore, Sanand and Gurgaon will volunteer their time to varied initiatives during GWC from 05-14 September 2014 to improve the quality of life for people in the communities where Ford is present. With education being of key focus for a better world, Ford India picked Teachers Day to launch the program in Chennai.
For Happy Schools, Ford has partnered with reputed NGOs in the field of education to come up with programs that adress gaps specific to each school. To begin with, programs are being implemented in 21 Govt. primary schools close to Ford’s areas of operations in Chennai. this will eb replicated in Gujarat and Haryana too. Through Global Week of caring, Ford volunteer team activities include Special Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) sessions, pollution prevention and control camps, Ophthalmology and medical awareness camps, waste segregation campaigns, science-based workshops for children, tailoring for women empowerment, mobile van demos on science-based concepts, sapling planting and its distribution to customers by dealerships, RO purifiers for nearby communities, tilets for girls in schools, sanitary napkins and incinerators in schools, and clean-up and restoration of water bodies close in Chennai. In 2014, 5300 Ford volunteers in Asia Pacific, including 2000 from India are participating