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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 years 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 6 villages, while various other extension services are spread in more than 23 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 12 govt. schools in the 8 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 3500.
  • To further enhance the learning levels, a tie-up has seen made with IBM to install their IBM Kidsmart Centres in the 5 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 extra classrooms, repair & paint works, benches, school toilets, drinking water facility, etc. Every year close to 3500 students are benefitted by these activities.
  • Adopted 9 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 has been consistently getting 100% results in10th class board exam so far.
  • 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-sponsoring their education. Currently 119 students sponsored from LKG to Engineering.
  • Community Libraries are being run at 3 villages and around 2300 users utilize the services of these libraries.
  • Education support activities would have impacted more than 35,000 students in the last more than 12 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 advice and medicines in a weekly schedule to more than 800 beneficiaries every week. Covers people from around 23 villages and yearly treatments are over 20,000. From 2006, this service has provided more than 2.5 lakh treatments.
  • Weekly Evening Clinics in 7 villages for all age groups. Free doctor advice and medicines for all needy patients. Covers around 800 patients every month.
  • Two RO Water Filter plants installed at Airport Rehabilitation colony and Gollapally villages for providing quality drinking water to the inhabitants, benefitting around 600 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 three villages. Provides daily food supplements to cover deficiencies in calories, iron, folic acid, etc. Health awareness sessions are coupled with this. More than 1500 women benefited in the last 12 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 300,000 people benefitted in the last 12 years through the various health related activities.
Empowerment and Livelihoods
  • Running a residential vocational training centre for skilling school and college dropout youth through short-term, job oriented courses. Courses conducted with industry The partners include Corporate and other institutions like Voltas, Schneider, Hero Moto Corp, Volvo, Saint Gobain – Gyproc, Maruti Driving School etc. The Centre currently runs 11 vocational courses.
  • Trained close to 9000 candidates in the last 12 years, where jobs have been facilitated for over 89% 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 Hyderabad airport, office sales, bulk orders for conferences and seminars and an online store also.
  • The turnover in the last financial year reached close to Rs 70 lakhs benefiting hundreds of women and artisans.
Employee Engagement
  • The GMR Group since inception encouraged its employees to contribute personal time, attention and effort towards community development and social causes. GHIAL-CSR department continuously organize different social activities to engage GHIAL employees in various social activities to contribute and living the value of Social Responsibility. Many activities for community development have been organized with support and mobilized their helping hands for the needy and disadvantaged families.
  • Social Volunteering Projects (SVP) Scheme of GMR Group provides an opportunity for GMR colleagues and their families to pursue their passion to serve society. The program seeks to promote the core GMR Values of Teamwork and Relationships, and Social Responsibility. In this project, employees are invites to form employee volunteer groups to participate in Social Volunteering Projects and implement any social project of their interest in any location and for any community of their choice.
Success Story

Samreen Fatima was born and brought up in Shamshabad Village. Her father Md. Shakeer Ali is illiterate and works at a local shop as an assistant. Her mother Muneer Begum is also illiterate and is a home maker. Samreen has four siblings. The family lives in a rented mud house in Shamshabad. Samreen studied till Std. 4 in the Govt. Primary Urdu medium school at Shamshabad. The Gifted Children Committee spotted this bright girl and selected her for the scheme in 2008, and admitted her in GMR Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Airport campus, Shamshabad. She took up this opportunity enthusiastically and excelled in her academic performance in spite of many barriers. She set her goal to become an engineer right from the start. After intermediate, she got a good EAMCET rank and a free seat in a reputed engineering college to pursue Mechanical Engineering. She is now in the first year of her Mechanical Engineering. A bright and deserving child is reaching her potential!