With the implementation of the CSR bill, corporates are looking to engage reliable non-profits to carry out their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. YFS has been the choice of many corporates to engage with, and executes their CSR programs across India. A good number of corporates also encourage employees to donate to non-profits by matching the employees’ contributions.
Projects offered include:
School-centric Program – Education, health, sanitation and other needs
Digital Literacy Program – Computer centers in slums
There has been a growing interest and trend among the corporates to engage their employees in meaningful volunteering activities. While many prefer a volunteering program at offsite locations or a partner non-profit, there are others who prefer an activity at their own campus. To suit the needs of the corporate, apart from engaging them in regular activities through the year, YFS designed and organized the following customized volunteering activities for corporate volunteers like:
Spot fixing and Cleanup drives
Painting the school building
Conducting sports and drawing competitions for government school children
Recording of audio books for the blind
Paper bag making
Taking children out for outdoor learning experiences – National park, science museum, planetarium
Conducting awareness talks on menstrual hygiene (restricted to female volunteers)
Training children from government schools in various cultural activities
Assembly of school kits and distribution to the underprivileged school children
YFS planned some activities for the Wells Fargo corporate volunteers at Premanjali
Trust for Visually Impaired as a part of Wells Fargo CSR activity.
YFS organized few games involving employees and the inmates at Premanjali.They had a one to one interaction, exchange of creative Friendship cards etc.
Few inmates exhibited their musical talent and mesmerized the audience with enticing
voice. This was followed by group picture session as a memory and sweet distribution. Then
finally few employees took up the actual volunteering activities like Book recording and
documentation. With this, all the events were concluded.
As a part of CSR activity, Wells Fargo and YFS together had been to Manonandana Rehabilitation center for Mentally Retarded children on 6th Oct 2017, wherein 11 volunteers from Wells Fargo interacted with 40 children at Manonandana for about 6 hrs. Prior to which these volunteers were briefly educated about the nature and kind of children, they were going to interact with.
Later they were divided into two groups for involving them in activities.
Group (a) took up Diya painting activity
Group (b) took up making gift envelopes and greeting card making activities.
A demo was given to the volunteers before the activity. Later the groups swapped the activities in the second half of the day.
Finally, there was a pleasing outcome of:
a) 40 decorative painted Diyas.
b) 15 envelope covers
c) 15 beautifully made greeting cards.
A critical study by YFS team, spearheaded by Dr Santhosh Kumar, Public Health Specialist and others including Dr Srinivas Goud and Dr Bhamidipati Satyanarayana revealed the following:
Telangana has one of the highest incidence of neonatal deaths and infant deaths in South India
Hospital Mortality Rates at Tertiary care centers are also one of the highest in the country
Breast feeding rates are abysmally low in Telangana
Lack of basic medical and general equipment
Lack of infrastructure, Severe shortfall in basic interventions like Neonatal Ambulances, Breast Feeding Initiatives, Milk Banks, KMCs, etc.
Lack of enough trained manpower
The Team had noted that Niloufer had seen substantial number of neonatal deaths in 2015-16: both, in-born as well as out-born admissions from Petlaburj, Sultan Bazar and elsewhere owing to asphyxiation, lack of proper feeds, etc with number at an alarming 1700 neonate deaths out of a total of 16000 neonatal admissions in 2015-16.
After extensive consultations with domain experts, the team concluded that an ambulance for the Neonates combined with a Mother’s milk bank could prove to be vital to save neonates. As a part of the next steps, the team started working towards stemming this gap through ground breaking interventions.
“Mother’s Milk Bank, Dhaatri” stems from the thought that newborns deprived of their own mother’s milk can be given donor mother milk.
As a part of next steps,
A discussion was held with YFS to rope in volunteers to promote awareness on Mother’s Milk and how to involve corporates for supporting innovations.
YFS readily agreed to support and we started pitching in to corporates for their support.
Wellsfargo India, Cotiviti cares and NTT Data are the donors who have come forward to support the set up of Telangana’s First Mother’s Milk Bank.
YFS approached Niloufer Hospital management to set up Mother’s Milk Bank, Dhaatri and they agreed to provide us the operation space measuring 2200 Sq. Ft.
A steering committee meeting convened by Dr Santhosh Kumar Kraleti and chaired by Smt Karuna Vakati, IAS, Commissioner of Health & Family Welfare was conducted on May 2, 2017. The team presented updates on procurement, recruitment and launch dates. This meeting was attended by Govt Officials – Director of Medical Education, Dr M Ramani; Superintend of Niloufer Hospital, Dr Ramesh Reddy, Donor Representatives, Technical Committee members and YFS coordinators. We’re gearing up for a launch by the last week of May 2017.
Youth for Seva celebrated the second edition of SPHOORTI, in partnership with Sakshama Foundation (A national level organization working towards the all-round development of children with special abilities). Around 177 differently-abled children from 19 NGOs participated in 13 cultural events in 5 different categories. The children showcased their talent in various contests such as pick and speak, yoga, quiz, clay-making, fashion show, group dance, and braille writing. About 70 volunteers from corporates such as CISCO, CTS, VM Ware, Adecco India, Mysis, Axis Banktook part in SPHOORTI 2016 event.