Representatives from Larsen & Toubro (L&T) recently visited the Nari Dana project at the Bishop’s House in Kolkata, and were treated to a tour.
Mr Sanjeev Sharma, L&T’s General Manger, travelled from the company’s Mumbai headquarters for the visit, and was joined by Mr Prosenjit Roy, Kolkata Branch Manager, and Mr Govind Shaw, Kolkata HR Head.
One of India’s biggest construction companies, Larsen & Toubro have provided support for Nari Dana in various ways over the past few years, including arranging transport and food for the women during 2020 to enable them to continue the activities at times when Government lockdown restrictions allowed.
The women received a real boost from the visit and the interest Mr Sharma, Mr Roy and Mr Shaw showed in the project.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, women living in the slums across India have faced tougher challenges, in addition to the daily struggles they already experience. For many, the restrictions on their livelihood has seen an adverse effect on their family’s income. Praise God, these women did not give up. The hope they’ve found through the launch of the Freedom project has enabled them to look forward fearlessly.
Just a few highlights include:
- The Nari-Dana project has been operating for two days a week since the beginning of the pandemic. Many women are continuing to work from home when they can’t attend the production centres.
- The women have been busy producing masks for various big buyers including Larsen & Toubro and SASHA amongst others.
- Transport and food allowances have been provided to enable the women to attend centres during the lockdown period.
Ten members of the Women’s Empowerment Group at Pally Mangal received valuable training in legal affairs in May.
Ms Susmita Mallick, a government advocate, made the group aware of what free legal support they are entitled to from the government and also gave helpful information about how to file different types of issues and offences with the police.
CRS has added a new urban location to its portfolio of projects: Brace Bridge. Beside the railway tracks at Brace Bridge station is Naya Bustee, a slum community of about 700 predominantly Muslim families.
CRS is partnering with a community based organization called Right Track to support this community. So far an education and women’s programmes have been started with the plan to add a health programme in due course. Find out more