Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Harbinger is about empowering people, enhancing their skills, and enabling Harbingers to engage in CSR activities. By doing this, we strive to do our bit to develop and grow underprivileged parts of our society.

Our main focus is on the under privileged part of society where we try to give support in promoting education and providing them training them for employment-enhancing vocational skills so that they can lead a sustainable livelihood and make a difference in the society.

ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT

We work with Door Step School on a project called – Grow with Books which strives to inculcate the habit of reading and also to enhance the reading ability of school going children from standard 1st to 7th. We work with a local government school near our office and have conducted the following activities till now:

• Reading Classes for standard 1st to 4th – Here each class gets one session of 90 minute every week. Two book fairies conduct the class. They distribute books to the children as per their reading ability. The read aloud activity ensures that the given book is as per the child’s ability. The session also includes songs, stories and word games for enhancement of language skills.
• Home lending library for standard 2nd to 4th – Here the children are given books of their choice to be taken home, just as in any other library.

We also conduct other Activities under Reading Class Program. The following activities are conducted:

• Coloring activity – The children from standard 2nd to 4th are given pictures to color. The 1st standard children are given a coloring book.
• Story telling competition – The children are asked to come up and tell any story that they have read from a book given during reading class session. 3 best story tellers from each class are awarded.
• Reading competition – The children are asked to read a standard appropriate paragraph with proper punctuations, pronunciations and with a loud and clear voice. 3 best readers from each class are awarded.

Harbinger is working with an NGO named Adivasi Vikas Prabodhini on a project called “Creative People”.

The idea behind this project is to make a difference in the lives of differently abled youngsters and to give them a sustainable livelihood. Currently we are engaged with 11 hearing impaired youth around 22 years old who are provided with vocational training on making small household display items – like coasters, trays, pen holders, coffee tables, wall hangings and many more. What is exceptional is that these items are made out of scrap like newspaper, car tyres, plastic water bottles, wood (courtesy Godrej Interio), Using their creativity and newly acquired skills they are able to convert waste into something useful.

Through this project these people have started earning a livelihood and becoming self reliant, which earlier was a distant possibility.

Moving forward, this batch will get extensively trained and will branch out as trainers and will train other new comers to this program. We hope that this small initiative becomes a movement.

PREVIOUSLY SUPPORTED ORGANIZATIONS

In an effort to improve education and facilitate better infrastructure in the rural parts of Maharashtra, Harbinger Group has adopted a school called Keshav Madhav School in Khed Shivapur village, Pune. This is a primary school run by a group of enthusiastic teachers from Khed Shivapur and the neighboring villages. Harbinger aims to make it a model school by supporting and encouraging the teachers, up skilling them and getting the students to exceed in all fields. We plan to include programs to mentor the senior students for improving their skills as they prepare for the board exams. The LEE program (Learn about Enterprise and Entrepreneurship) at the school is aimed at giving an entrepreneurial exposure to the students. Harbingers have very enthusiastically participated in various activities like painting the classrooms, planting trees, distributing Christmas gifts to interacting with the students there.
Jagriti School for Blind Girls is engaged in education, training and rehabilitation of visually challenged girls from rural Maharashtra. Their disability, gender and economic class make them one of the most disadvantaged members of our society. Harbingers played story tellers and provided CDs of stories in English, Marathi and Hindi to the Jagriti School. The ‘Voice Overs’ for these stories were recorded at the company premises and presented to Jagriti School for Blind Girls.

We recently printed over 500 plus books of Braille. The team at Jagriti informed us that helping the visually challenged students with digests of all the subjects would be of great help, which led to Harbinger printing digests for all subjects for all subjects of classes 9th and 10th. We distributed the books to 4 other blind schools in Pune. Our plan this year is to print digests for 8th class.

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