Amazon.in Transforms Lives of over 35,000 Citizens in its three Community Centers in Mumbai
Commits to Aid, Enhance and Improve Community Development around Fulfilment Centers
Mumbai, November 17, 2017 – With the vision of ‘Creating opportunities and Transforming lives’, Amazon.in under the aegis of its Amazon Cares program, sets up Community and Resource centers around it’s fulfilment centers. In India, there are 12 such centers, 3 of which are in Bhiwandi, near Mumbai. Based on the needs of the local community, Amazon Cares designs programs which have impacted lives of over 35,000 people in Bhiwandi this year, in the areas of Education; Skill Development & Livelihood; Health & Hygiene; and Women Empowerment.
“As a corporate member of these communities we believe we have to play our role in creating opportunities that will transform the lives of these local communities. Our holistic program aims to create and facilitate all-round development of children, women, youth and local communities across all age groups through the use of technology and literacy tools. We hope our regular workshops, training and awareness programs will help us engage with them effectively and will play a key role in their growth and development.” said Akhil Saxena, Vice President, India Customer Fulfilment, Amazon India.
The education support initiative focuses on creating opportunities and enabling access to quality education for the children by organizing workshops to introduce new methods of learning, reading and writing and visits to the science laboratory. As part of this initiative, Amazon distributed backpacks to close to 1,800 students and also set-up a Planetarium in Thane to which around 1,300 schools have access. Furthermore, Amazon recently distributed laptops to 25 government schools and also set up a computer lab in its resource center aligning its computer literacy program with the National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) under which students are trained in basic & advanced computer skills, and other job-oriented courses. Close to 20,000 students and teachers have benefitted from this program.
The health initiative focuses on promoting & advocating preventive health care by setting up Medical camps through partnerships with the local community and the district government. Some of the initiatives planned on sanitation include organizing health camps, developing tools and methods to reduce maternal illness, awareness program on family planning and immunization. Amazon Cares also organized Mammography camps which educated over 150 women on breast cancer awareness. There have been many other initiatives such as orientation on personal hygiene and awareness on diseases and sanitation. The focus is also to create a clean and safe environment by implementing the Government initiative of ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan’ and other awareness and advocacy programs on hygiene and house-hold waste management. More than 12,500 adults and children have benefitted from these initiatives in 2017.
The livelihood initiative focuses on creating awareness among the community about Government schemes designed to support the economically weaker sections of the society. Close to 400 people have benefitted from our work in this initiative. To empower local women and enable them to be financially independent, the Community center conducts trainings for SHG (Self Help Group) formation and conflict resolution. Additionally, Amazon Cares also organizes vocational training programs on tailoring and spice making and facilitates linkages with government schemes. The program empowers women to utilize their skills to network, sell their products and earn income for their families.
The Amazon Cares program demonstrates the philosophy of being good neighbours through several such activities undertaken in areas where its employees and customers reside. The company imbibes this philosophy to empower and engage its employees, customers, sellers, local communities and other stakeholders in its contributions to create opportunities and transform lives.
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About Amazon Cares
Amazon believes that the most radical & transformative inventions are often those that empower others to unleash their creativity and pursue their dreams. Amazon Cares demonstrates the philosophy of being ‘good neighbours’ through the activities undertaken in areas where our employees and customers live. The Company imbibes this philosophy to empower and engage its employees, customers, sellers, local communities and other stakeholders in its contributions to create opportunities and transform lives. Amazon Cares currently runs several programs such as Gift a Smile that is transforming & enabling new ways of giving and Amazon in the Community that is empowering local communities with tools & services that enable them to create opportunities for their growth.
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