Mr. Saidai Duraisamy, Worshipful Mayor, Chennai Corporation, Mr. Irial Finan, President – Bottling Investment Group, The
The school has been revitalized with contributions from new campaign partner World Vision who joined the campaign at the launch of Season 2 in San Francisco in August, 2012.
Revitalized facilities include separate toilet, dining area for boys and girls and promotion of physical sports and recreation
Support My School Telethon scheduled for 3rd February, 2013 to raise funds for Season 2 of the campaign.
Chennai, 25th January, 2013: To further advance its commitment to revitalize and rebuild healthy, active and happy schools in rural and semi-urban India,
The school was dedicated to the children and the community by Mr. Saidai Duraisamy, Worshipful Mayor, Chennai Corporation, Mr. Irial Finan, President – Bottling Investment Group, The
Speaking about the project, Mr. Irial Finan, said, “In today’s business environment, businesses have to look beyond their corporate structures and work towards sustainability of the communities they operate in.I am extremely proud of the success Support My School has achieved in season 1, with the completion of more than 100 schools across India. We have witnessed transformative stories in the benefited schools as dropout rates have decreased and more students are attending school. These stories are not just limited to the students and staff of the schools but have extended to the communities which have come together to be a part of the change. We believe that this collaborative spirit has been one of the main achievements of Support My School. We look forward to our partnership with World Vision to make this campaign an even bigger success in Season 2.”
The dedication is part of a series of lead-up events to the Season 2 of the Support My School Telethon, which is scheduled to take place on 3rd February, 2013. This 12-hour LIVE event will garner support and raise money for the second season of the campaign in its aim to revitalize another 250 schools across the country. Launched in January 2011, the Support My School campaign aims to create a happy and healthy environment in schools for children across India by providing basic amenities such as access to water and proper toilets for girls and boys, enabling them to study in a cleaner, healthier and a more holistic environment. Season 1 of the campaign touched the lives of over 43,000 students across 10 states. For Season 2, the
Dr Jayakumar Christian, CEO & National Director, World Vision India said, “We are excited about partnering with Support My School in Season 2. We have seen the positive change being brought about by the campaign across the country. At World Vision India, we are committed to ensuring quality education for the children whom we serve. We believe this partnership will further our commitment to assure opportunities for employment and value based leadership for all students across rural and semi-urban India”.
About Support My School
Coca-Cola joined hands with NDTV to launch Support My School in association with UN-Habitat, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Pearson Foundation, Tata Teleservices and Sulabh International. It undertakes the following core activities as part of the campaign:
Provision of improved access to water
Appropriate sanitation facility for girls and boys
Improvement in the overall infrastructure and environment
Provision for sports and recreation facilities
Recharging groundwater through rainwater harvesting
Libraries and Teacher Training by Pearson Foundation
Computer Center by Tata Teleservices
With such necessary amenities in place, schools are able to provide a cleaner and healthier environment more conducive to learning.
Education in rural India suffers from several issues where lack of sanitation is a key reason for absenteeism and dropouts amongst students. This is especially noted in young girls who are forced to quit as they enter adolescence due to a lack of clean and functional toilets. Children are also likely to fall sick more often without clean water to drink or to wash hands. Support My School endeavors to eliminate this basic concern by spreading the initiative across the country with the help of campaign partners to execute the same.
Coca-Cola in India refreshes millions of consumers throughout the country with an exciting range of beverages including
About World Vision India
World Vision India is a Christian humanitarian organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities living in poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, caste, race, ethnicity or gender. Spread across 174 locations in India, World Vision works through long-term sustainable community development programmes and immediate disaster relief assistance.
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