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Ramky Foundation shares the Ramky Group’s motto – Towards Sustainable Growth.

 An Over the years we have come to understand that sustainable growth is possible through safeguarding and optimizing natural resources. The Ramky Group adheres passionately to its core belief – that its contribution should be a model to society at large and that it should make the nation proud.
Since inception, the Ramky Group has been performing fairly well in this aspect with a string of firsts like India’s first integrated hazardous waste facility, India’s first bio-medical waste facility and also India’s first integrated municipal solid waste facility.
Ramky Foundation, as a development wing of the corporate, has understood natural resource management in a much broader perspective. It defines Natural Resource Management as, the management of resources available in nature to bring in effectiveness in the livelihood of people, not solely of the present generation, but also of the future ones. Hence, any intervention in Natural Resource Management will specifically focus on resources, conservation, utilization, and sustenance.
Natural resources are vital for all living beings on Earth. Hence, their protection, promotion, and optimization are major concerns of this movement. Ramky adopts sustainable and socially responsible solutions with a prime focus on people participation in order to conserve natural resources and maintain an environment that leads to sustainable growth. Ramky Foundation does not impose any ready-made solutions on the community, rather it believes in local solutions and capacities to address the issue of Natural Resource Management.
Ramky Foundation as part of Ramky group of companies has been playing a vital role in and around business sites. Ramky Foundation has been taking up several community education activities to sensitize people on the need for integrated hazardous waste management, bio-medical waste management, and Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management. Strengthening of people participation in waste management has been considered as a great contribution to Natural Resource Management.
Ramky Foundation programmes now include awareness among community people regarding Municipal Solid Waste Management in rural and urban communities. Watershed development projects, fodder development, plantation, environment promotional activities, livestock health services in rural areas, tribal development through horticulture plantation, celebrating world environment day, etc.

Our Major Projects At Present Are:

Sivapuram Chenchu Gudem is an tribal village, in Kothapalli mandal of Kurnool district. The source of household income for most of the families was hunting. Though having one acre of land for each household that is allocated by the government, they were totally dependent on the low income getting from hunting. The land owning by them was uncultivable due to various reasons such as not having interest in farming, lack of proper infrastructure and facilities to cultivate the land, etc.

When Ramky Foundation approached the farmers to take up horticulture plantation with the aim of converting them as farmers under Integrated Tribal Development Project, all the villagers except Nimmala Venkateshwarlu were totally against the Foundation with the misunderstanding that we will take over their lands allotted by government.

Nimmala Venkateshwarlu is the only person, who understood the aim of the project and came forward to take up horticulture plantation in his one acre of land. Immediately after taking approval from him and his family in 2010, all the works such as developing the land, digging of pits, plantation of Mango and Sapota, irrigation, trainings on farm based activities, protection of plants, application of pesticides and fertilizers, etc, were happened so fast that within few years of time rotation, his uncultivable land has become a green orchard. Total of 39 manglo plants and 30 sapota plants were raised in his land along with Teak as the border plantation. Within four years, each plant in his field has produced 30 kgs of fruits, which made Venkateshwarlu very surprised. He expressed his gratitude to Ramky Foundation that ‘I never imagined my land growing as a green orchard. I am surprised to see better yield in my farm”.

Venkateshwarlu’s story inspired many people in the village. In 2014, after experiencing fruitful results in his farm, the other 43 households came forward to take up horticulture plantation in their lands. Now there are no hunters in Sivapuram Chenchu Gudem; all are farmers.

 

The tribal population of India constitutes of 9% of total population distributed over 94,000 tribal villages. Tribals are dependent mainly on agriculture, forests and livestock. But the deteriorating forest resources have endangered the agriculture and livestock productivity due to shrinking of water resources and poor fuel & fodder supply. The small, marginal, fragmented, un-irrigated and mono crop agriculture holdings and low productive livestock population do not offer adequate opportunities for their livelihood. These factors, therefore, compel them for migration to nearby towns for subsistence, leaving their productive assets idle. Tribals residing in remote areas are still devoid of common infrastructure facilities of road and communication, health and education and safe drinking water, etc.Ramky Foundation, with its commitment for overall development of tribal population through both farm and non-farm activities, has been implementing the Integrated Tribal Development Project in the remote tribal villages of two states viz. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal with the support of NABARD. The aim of the project is comprehensive tribal development through “Wadi” model (ref: “Wadi” in Gujarati means a ‘small orchard’ covering one or two acre of barren land), whose objective is rejuvenation of the environment in an integrated and comprehensive manner leading to improved quality of life of poor tribal families. The components covered under this program are;

  • Orchard development
  • Soil conservation
  • Water Resources Management
  • Women Development
  • Community health
  • Micro Enterprise for landless people
  • Processing and marketing
  • Human Resources Development
  • Other auxiliary components to dovetail with above activities
  • Areas of Implementation:RF is implementing the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) with the support of NABARD’s Tribal Development Fund (TDF) in two states viz. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. In Andhra Pradesh, the project is implementing in Atmakur, Kothapalli and Pamulapadu mandals of Kurnool district covering 1000 acres in 11 villages benefitting 1100households (including 100 landless families).In West Bengal, the project is implementing in Sankrail Block of Paschim Medinipur district covering 528 acres benefitting 850 households of 25 villages.

Ramky Foundation is implementing the "Environmental Effectiveness through Efficient Solid Waste Management" project at Pedakakani, Guntur district. The project was funded by NABARD under the Environmental Promotional Assistance scheme. A total amount of Rs.10 lakhs has been sanctioned by NABARD under the scheme and the Ramky Foundation is contributing another Rs.3 lakhs for the same.