Embassy champions collective action to engage and empower a larger number of beneficiaries
Driven by this idea, the Community Outreach team at Embassy Group has initiated a unique platform called the ‘Corporate Connect Program’ that champions inter-company collaboration towards achieving social development. With the vision to contribute to the social and economic development of under-served communities around its properties, Embassy Group hopes to join hands with the 190+ Corporate occupiers within its 3 Business Parks to create a larger radius of social impact through collective action.
Embassy Group believes that collaboration is the path forward to closing the gaps and creating long-term, sustainable change. With a strong aligned focus on partnering together – identifying innovative solutions, executing projects, and bringing in the involvement of stakeholders is the path we see towards future success.
Embassy Group has partnered with ANZ to transform the Government Higher Primary Schools in Hegdenagar. The two adjacent schools jointly house more than 1,200 students – the first phase of the project was the completed in May 2019 with the Government Higher Primary School, Hegdenagar receiving a state-of-the-art school building comprising of 15 new classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, library, a computer lab, toilet blocks and accessibility facilities for differently abled students. The second phase of the multi-year partnership kicked off in October 2019 with the new build of the Government Urdu Higher Primary School. The project will be completed in 2020.
Cognizant and Embassy have actively worked to engage Cognizant employees to increase our societal impact. Cognizant had joined Embassy and Cerner’s health consortium to complement the existing interventions. Through their employee volunteering program Cognizant Outreach, they have distributed health and hygiene kits to 550 students across six of the targeted Government Schools and has conducted short awareness sessions for them. Further, Cognizant has joined Embassy in boosting awareness of waste management by including their employees in Ecogames, a community engagement event that encourages residents in North Bangalore to be more aware of their environmental impact.
Seeking to plug newly identified gaps in education, Embassy Group joined with Mphasis and Stonehill International School to provide two new school buses to Stonehill Government School, Tarahunise. Mphasis provided the buses and will be funding costs for one year, while Stonehill International is providing ongoing management. The buses will help students overcome difficulties in commuting to school from rural villages and is expected to boost attendance.
Around 300 employees from Nvidia joined hands with Embassy & The Ugly Indian, to provide the students of Hedgenagar Government Kannada and Urdu Medium Higher Primary Schools with a better school infrastructure. The activities included re-painting and beautifying the walls of the schools and cleaning up the school premises.
Embassy has partnered with Swiss Re, as well as Bangalore North Round Table Trust, to develop a new school building for the Government Girls Higher Primary School, Devanahalli. The build was completed in July 2018 after 7 months of construction and will benefit the 260 students enrolled at the school. The new build includes classrooms, staff rooms, a library, science labs, a multipurpose hall, a kitchen and a toilet block.
Embassy Group and QuEST Global collaborated to provide students of Government Higher Primary School, Doddakannalli with a brand-new covered assembly area for protection from the rain and sun, new flooring, bench seating and a toilet block consisting of two new toilets. The amenities were inaugurated by Ajay Prabhu, Chief Operating Officer of QuEST Global and Shaina Ganapathy, Head of Community Outreach, Embassy Group. Given the large student strength of 550, the school previously lacked a covered space with flooring where students could eat or assemble as well as enough toilets. Partnering with Careworks Foundation, an NGO that supports over 55 Government schools in Bangalore, the corporates saw an opportunity for aligning their CSR mandates under the Corporate Connect Program to impact a larger group of beneficiaries.
Embassy Group partnered with the Ugly Indians and corporates that occupy office space in Embassy Manyata Business Park to kick off the Hebbal Tech Hub Transformation. 19 CXOs from 8 corporates that included Cognizant, Lowes, L&T, Cerner and Mavenir were successfully mobilised to upgrade and paint the walls near the main entrance of the Park.
Embassy Group has partnered with Philips India to run their SimplyHealthy@Schools Program for around 65 students during the summer camp of our Stonehill Government School. Employee volunteers from Philips shared simple lessons on improving a student’s knowledge of healthy living, including oral hygiene, handwashing, exercise, nutrition and caring for one’s own environment. The interactive session included a game to underscore the day’s lessons, as well as a health kit giveaway.
Embassy and Cerner Corporation have created a consortium of corporates and NGOs to enhance the health and hygiene conditions of 73 Government Schools in Bangalore. Since 2016, Cerner and Embassy have worked together to provide free health check-ups and maintained a medical record for more than 4000 students of 14 Embassy adopted Government Schools. With attendance levels in schools dropping, recurring conditions noted each year, and a general lack an understanding of preventative measures to combat common health problems, Embassy and Cerner invited other organizations to join them in combatting these issues in a holistic manner.
Embassy Group signed an MoU with Cerner and Bangalore North Round Table Trust to implement a seven-step Health & Hygiene approach in 14 Government Schools. This includes introducing preventative health awareness sessions throughout the academic year, distribution of health kits, annual check-ups that test children for health problems including dental and vision. The program also offers medical treatments and distribution of nutritional supplements three times a week. Together, they will also ensure availability of safe drinking water and provide clean and hygienic surroundings to students through daily school and toilet maintenance.
The educational programs for our North Bangalore Government schools are being sponsored by SLK Software Services, while we provide project management services for the new build of the Government Higher Primary School, Poojanahalli. For 2018’s Gift-a-Smile initiative, employees from SLK Software volunteered their time to engage with students at Government Urdu Medium Higher Primary School, Hegdenagar. They handed out gifts in a fun afternoon to celebrate the festive season. The event consisted of fun and exciting games and activities, which engaged both the employee volunteers and the students.
As part of our mandate to ensure that the spaces around our parks is taken care of, we joined hands with the Ugly Indians, our Embassy Employees and our corporate occupiers including Target, Swiss Re and the Hilton, to beautify the walls leading from the back entrance of EGL to NAL Wind Tunnel Road. 50 volunteers joined to clean up, paint and better engage with the surroundings of the place in which they work.
We were thrilled to sponsor the construction and expansion of 10 classrooms at the Government PU College, Yelahanka, which was executed by our partner BL Kashyap.