The children of Rollakallu, India, have reason to smile—they now have a school to go to, sponsored by Infor's Hyderabad team.
"Education undoubtedly is one of the means to bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots, and social responsibility is definitely the way for more-fortunate people to give back to the society that has given them so much," said Ranga Pothula, vice president of Infor Consulting Services in Hyderabad, the capital and largest city of the state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.
Infor Hyderabad has initiated many corporate social responsibility activities in the past 17 years. Blood donation, funding medical treatment, supporting orphanages and homes for the aged are routine. Large-scale events, such as relief during natural calamities, are meticulously planned and executed by enthusiastic Infor volunteers. These campaigns are realized through Infor CARE, a registered organization in Andhra Pradesh.
Now Infor CARE has partnered with the nonprofit Rural Development Foundation (RDF) to construct the school in Rollakallu, a remote village about 170 kilometers from Hyderabad. The 6,600-square-foot building, complete with all the amenities, will accommodate more than 250 children from this village and several nearby. The initiative has created jobs for 17 teachers and five nonteaching staff. About 35 families also earned their livelihoods for six months during construction, which began in May.
Infor employees and their friends have not only contributed funds but have also extended their support by painting the school building and planting trees. The project is now complete. A formal inauguration will be held in January.
"A famous academician once said, 'Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today,' " Pothula said. "I envision bringing more corporations together through various forums and taking up additional large-scale projects that can change the lives of many more children."