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GHIAL Community Service Activities

The Hyderabad airport has been a proactive organization in terms of its societal responsibilities, going much beyond the obligated benefits for the surrounding communities. The community-service activities for GHIAL are fulfilled by a team of social-work professionals who are part of the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation – the CSR arm of the GMR Group of companies. The activities started in 2005, more than 3 yrs before the commencement of operations in 2008 and have grown ever since, further reflecting airport’s commitment to the community stakeholders.

Vision - To make sustainable impact on the human development of under-served communities through initiatives in education, health and livelihoods.

Mandate and Coverage

With this vision as the focus, intensive activities are taken in 5 villages, while various other extension services are spread in more than 20 villages around the airport. The span of activities cover the most significant areas of education, health and livelihoods, with need-based programmes being implemented in each programme.

Some of the major highlights are given below:

  • As govt schools are often not only lacking in infrastructure but also leave a large gap in the learning levels of the students in neighbouring govt schools. It has adopted 7 govt schools in the 4 neighbouring villages of the airport to work towards improving quality of education. Year-long and regular activities include after-school tuitions, extra teacher support, teacher training, providing teaching learning material, notebooks and any other means to aid education. Total students covered are more than 2000.
  • To further enhance the learning levels, a tie-up has seen made with IBM to install their IBM Kidsmart Centres in the 4 adopted primary schools to provide technology aided and activity-based learning.
  • The gap in infrastructure in these schools has also been supplemented with provision of benches, school toilets, drinking water facility, etc. Every year close to 2000 students are benefitted by these activities.
  • Adopted all govt anganwadis (pre-schools) in the neighbouring villages to work with smaller children and prepare them better for schooling. Teaching-learning and educational support through workshops, infrastructure, snacks, etc. Covers around 300 children every year
  • Built and running GMR Chinmaya Vidyalaya – an English medium CBSE school providing affordable education to all in the vicinity. The school since its opening in 2008 has been attracting a large number of students and in 2012, the first batch of 10th class board exam students had 100% results.
  • A ‘Gifted Children’ scheme runs in this GMR Chinmaya Vidyalaya for poor but meritorious students from neighbouring villages. Such children are selected from the villages through a process and fully-sponsored to the school. Currently 91 students sponsored from Std 1st to 10th.
  • Community Libraries are being run at 5 villages Around 2500 users utilize the services of these libraries.
  • Education support activities would have impacted more than 12,000 students in the last 6 years and continues to do more.
Health and Sanitation
  • Running a Mobile Medical Unit (MMU), esp catering to elderly (55+ age group) in the neighbouring villages. A qualified doctor, pharmacist and social worker provided free medical advise and medicines in a weekly schedule to more than 500 beneficiaries every week. Covers people from around 20 villages and yearly treatments are around 30,000. From 2006, this service has provided more than 1.8 lakh treatments.
  • Weekly Evening Clinics in 5 villages for all age groups. Free doctor advise and medicines for all needy patients. Covers around 700 patients every month.
  • A RO Water Filter plant installed at Airport Rehabilitation village for providing quality drinking water to the inhabitants. Benefitting around 150-200 households daily.
  • Conducts health check up for pre-school and primary school children, covering around 1200 to 1500 children every year.
  • Supplementary Nutrition Centre for Pregnant and Lactating women in two villages. Provides daily food supplements to cover deficiencies in calories, iron, folic acid, etc. Health awareness sessions are coupled with this. More than 1000 women benefited in the last 5 years as better nutrition and pre/post natal awareness has led to more than 90% institutional deliveries, good immunization follow-up, average baby weight has been found to be around 3.0 kgs.
  • Several eye camps, general medical camps, cataract surgeries, aids for disabled etc. are organized every year.
  • Around 150,000 people benefitted in the last 7 years through the various health related activities.
Empowerment and Livelihoods
  • Running a residential vocational training centre for skilling school and college drop out youth through short-term, job oriented courses. Courses conducted with industry partners like Voltas for Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, Schneider for Electrician, Hero MotoCorp Dealers Association for Automobile, VLCC for Beautician, Volvo for Excavator Operator, etc.
  • Trained close to 2800 candidates in the last 8 years, where jobs have been facilitated for over 80% of these trained candidates.
  • Hyderabad airport being a Greenfield airport had lot of requirement of entry-level technicians and other staff at its opening in 2008. Through tie-ups with different concessionaires, more than 800 candidates were placed in suitable jobs at the airport. These not only included the trained electricians, AC technicians, computer operators, etc. but also lot of raw people for jobs such as parking attendant, trolley pushing, housekeeping, etc.
  • To provide income-generation training for women at the village level, tailoring and stitching programmes have been undertaken, post which some of them were provided specialized training for making jute products, uniform stitching, bag making, chocolate making, etc. These initiatives are now clubbed under - EMPOWER (Enabling Marketing of Products of Women Entrepreneurs) initiative, where not only the training part but also the marketing part is taken care of.
  • The products are marketed through two shops at Hyd airport, one at Delhi airport, office sales, bulk orders for conference and seminars and an online store also.
  • The turnover in the last financial year reached close to Rs 76 lakhs benefitting hundreds of women and artisans.
  • A ‘Grievance Redressal Mechanism’ has been created to record and address different types of requests and complaints from the airport rehabilitation colony and other affected villages. The system records with date, the nature of request and the action taken and any follow up needed.
  • As there are more 11 different types of benefits being provided to the residents of the Airport Rehab colony, a ‘digitized benefit map’ of the colony has been created which on a click of a button gives household-wise data of the benefits being availed by each family in the colony.