Snapshot of Power of One Activities
1. Library Drives: Encouraging a love for reading
A business unit in HCL Bangalore expressed the desire to create a library for children in rural Karnataka. They worked with the HCLT Foundation in conducting a book collection drive where employees were encouraged to donate storybooks and notebooks in their respective facilities. While a library was established and inaugurated in one school, 1000+ books were distributed in another. Through this effort, 2000+ books were collected for 15,000 school children in rural Karnataka. HCLT employee volunteers conduct reading sessions with the children and encourage them to inculcate a love for reading.
2. One Meal on the Road & Food Drives: Collaborative cooking for community
This year, Christmas was celebrated with a difference. ‘One meal on the road’ is a community service initiative where our volunteers worked together in preparing food packets and distributing them among local communities. On Christmas Day, 150 volunteers from HCL Noida cooked and packed food for the less privileged in various locations across Noida. 1300 food packets were distributed through this initiative. In our offices across America, drop-boxes were for employees to donate canned food for the homeless.
3. Nurture the Future: Empowering women for sustainable livelihood
In FY 2012, Nurture the Future, a life-skills training programme was launched during the International Women’s Day Week at HCLT for women between the ages of 17 and 30 from our supply-chain community and HCLT Youth Clubs. The program had exercises in confidence building, inter-personal development and soft-skills training. Stress-management sessions were also conducted. Participants enrolled in sessions for six consecutive weeks where they were also made aware of the employment opportunities available to them. While representatives from Human Resources and Manpower agencies explained what skills they must equip themselves with for workplace effectiveness, trainers enabled them to learn these skills during the various sessions. In FY 2012, our employee volunteers and members of the Women’s Council conducted ‘Nurture the Future’ sessions in Chennai and Noida which resulted in 200 women equipping themselves with the life-skills for a sustainable livelihood.
4. Disability Week Awareness Campaign: Promoting inclusivity
World Disability Day was commemorated with a week-long disability awareness campaign. Offices in India conducted programs and activities to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. Partnerships were made with local NGO’s that worked with persons with disabilities to work on collaborative programs.
5. Teach at Office: Responsibility towards our immediate community
The Teach at Office program was established with the aim of having a positive impact on the lives of our supply-chain community which includes security, transport, facilities and cafeteria staff. Through this programme, support staff are provided with a range of workshops on basic etiquette, finance management, expected professional behavior and awareness initiatives on health and hygiene. Staff are also taught basic computer skills and trained in conversational English. Our employee volunteers establish a positive camaraderie with support staff through this initiative.
A number of employees in India commute through office-arranged cabs to work. We took this opportunity to extend the Teach at Office to our cab-drivers. A full day program focusing on life-skills was provided in which more than 750+ participants were benefitted.
6. Bal Mela & HCL Bright Scholarships: Encouraging our supply-chain community
The United Nations commemorates May 15’th as the International Day of the Family. Our HCLT family also includes our supply-chain community; security, housekeeping, transport and cafeteria staff. In FY 2012, we launched the Bal Mela celebrations for our support staff and their families who were invited to our facilities to take part in the programs.
HCL Bright Scholarships, an annual scholarship programme was launched by the HCLT Foundation to render financial support toward the education of the children and siblings of our employees who study in Government or Government-aided schools. Candidates can apply for help toward school fees, educational aids and books fee, tuition, special classes and vocational training. In FY 2012, educational support was provided to 500 family members of our support staff across India through the HCL Bright Scholarships.
7. Clothing Drives: Promoting social recycling
HCL America partnered with the One Warm Coat Foundation in providing warm clothing for the less privileged. During the holiday season, HCL employees in America were encouraged to donate warm clothing which was given to the One Warm Coat Foundation. Project Collect, a clothing drive across HCLT offices in India encouraged employees to donate clothing, toys and accessories for school-going children.
8. Vigil Camps: Inspiring future leaders
HCLT Foundation’s vigil camps is a unique community-effort where employee volunteers mentor and guide students from our HCLT Youth Clubs in a structured dawn-to-dusk camp. Learning is imparted on the following topics: environment, community, personality development, responsible citizenship, health and hygiene. In FY 2012, the response to the vigil camps was positive with participants and volunteers enriched from their interactions with each other. Through the vigil camps, the Foundation continually reinforces the importance of education and the positive impact of a sustainable livelihood to students from less privileged backgrounds.
9. Micronutrition Support for HIV-affected children: Rendering nutritional support
In FY 2012, micronutrition support programs were launched in Bangalore and Hyderabad to support the nutritional requirements of children with HIV. Employee volunteers interacted with the children, understood their requirements and worked with local NGO’s in providing them with support.
10. Street Plays for World Environment Day: Innovating for awareness
This year, World Environment Day was celebrated with a difference. HCLT Foundation worked with volunteers and Youth Club members in organizing street plays and dramas to promote awareness on topics related to environmental cleanliness, sanitation and good hygiene practices. These street plays were enacted in slums and Youth Clubs.