I have great pleasure in presenting this website, as Ramky Foundation serves for more than a decade to humanity.
The website accounts for our progression, the exciting journey with the successful implementation of activities, fruitful associations, livelihood initiatives and significant learning's.
The Decade saw us successfully test new integrated approaches that reinforce linkages with various government organizations, funding agencies, and the Ramky Group. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the many things that have made me proud as the Managing Trustee of the Foundation.
Today, our social commitment goes far beyond the philanthropy of the past and has transformed into an all-encompassing responsibility towards stakeholders. As a not-for-profit partner, we are at the helm of CSR activities for Group companies, especially for Ramky Infrastructure and Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited. We are also working on prestigious projects with several State Governments and other developmental agencies. We view CSR and Sustainability as a continuum and our movement from CSR to Sustainability reflects the ability and commitment to the larger developmental goals. As interdependent systems, CSR and sustainability stress on long-term sustainable development, and distribution of well-being.
Our approach recognizes the importance of People, Planet and Processes. We are proud that, in addition to ongoing focus and effective work in our thrust areas: Environment, Education, Women Empowerment and Healthcare, we have responded to new challenges at local and national levels. When deadly floods devastated South India (Kurnool and Guntur districts, Andhra Pradesh) in October 2009, we initiated joint fund-raising efforts with business lines and employees, mobilizing more than Rs. 3.5 million.
Furthermore, our collaborative projects have immensely contributed to enhancing local capacities, eradicating deep-seated social problems and creating sustainable livelihoods. We have made social investments to ensure women's participation, economic empowerment, and gender equality. Our goals for the next five years are fundamentally about "sustainable growth" - in terms of increasing number of projects in thrust areas.
To conclude, it is a great pleasure and a source of much pride to be actively involved in the activities described here. I hope in reviewing these activities, you will be impressed by the remarkable initiatives being undertaken by our dedicated team that is helping in the creation of stronger, equitable, self-reliant, responsible and contented communities.