Community growth, the SunTec way
SNEHA (Sustainable Nurturing of society through Education and Health Actions) is SunTec’s corporate giving initiative. We focus on impacting causes of education and health, through employee participation and financial support.
A steady commitment to collective giving
SNEHA was conceptualised through a community oriented vision of social giving, that the employees of SunTec desired. We committed to a monthly corpus fund for social giving, as an initial step. Employee contributions were matched by the management. Penny to penny. Equal square, ensuring financial security, for a range of causes under SNEHA. Realising our dream of growing with the society.
Unique initiatives with high impact
Today, we support numerous initiatives, ensuring they leave a positive impact on the lives of all stakeholders. Beneficiaries as well as our employees. Our people volunteer their time and energies, taking a hands-on approach to all CSR projects. The gains go beyond successful project implementation, to include learning from real-life experiences, and satisfaction at having added value to society.
Our impact thus far
Sustained celebration of DaanUtsav
Popularly known as the ‘Festival of Giving’, this annual event is celebrated by corporate India. SNEHA undertook a challenge during this annual event, to inspire each SunTech employee to contribute to the cause of eliminating hunger. We sponsored one-time grocery kits for over 500 families in Kerala. We also supported 54 other families by providing them monthly grocery kits, for one year.
Promoting learning among children
One of our key initiatives is to promote long term education amongst the children of our support staff. To facilitate this, we provide financial support and mentorship to deserving students. Our support for education is not limited to this. We’ve helped Bharatiya Vidya Gramam, a school on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, improve its infrastructure by providing financial assistance.
Supporting sustainability initiatives
Going beyond the cause of education, SunTec’s employees also believe in sustainability programmes that make our planet smile. An example of that is Earth Hour. We encourage individuals to use electricity/ technology strategically, giving rise to an intentional usage plan. We undertake this practice annually, in the month of March.
SNEHA was drawn to launch the Go-Green Project in 2012, which supports the cause of a healthier, thriving environment. We’ve initiated a series of efforts, like introducing green, eco-friendly products, reduced printing where possible, energy conservation practices, as well as organisational energy audits.
Relief efforts for victims of natural disasters
In 2015, several parts of the city of Chennai were washed out due to unprecedented floods. SunTec, with its Chennai office employees leading the efforts, launched a range of relief and rehabilitation initiatives. Providing easy access to core amenities, we not only distributed healthy, hygienic food and water to multiple neighbourhoods, but also set-up medical camps in schools, and distributed clothing/ blankets.
Creating sustainable access to clean water
In collaboration with students of IIM – Kochi, SunTec spearheaded a social development project at a tribal colony in Uthimoodu, Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. Though the tribal community of 26 families had sustained themselves well, a persistent issue they had was scarcity of water. Our project addressed this, by digging a borewell, providing electric pumps, as well as installing overhead tanks at the houses.
Running for a cause
TrivandRUN is an annual charity run. It is hosted by SARSAS (Save A Rupee, Spread A Smile), to raise funds for patients who need financial assistance for treatment of critical health issues. Team SNEHA with 200 runners from SunTec, has been participating in this marathon for 3 years now, to create awareness and raise funds for cancer patients of Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.
We have also participated in the Mumbai Marathon, which is one of the biggest marathons in Asia.
Celebrating festivals to spread cheer
To create an environment of joy and hope, team SNEHA celebrated ONAM, a cultural festival from Kerala, with children from Bal Sadanam – a foster care home. Our volunteers engaged with the children for an entire day, through activities of Pookkala, Onnasadya and Onakkodi.