"Creating a strong business and building a better world are not conflicting goals – they are both essential ingredients for long-term success."
– William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
At Feuji, making this world a better place is the mainspring of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. To achieve this purpose, in 2015, we adopted the S. Uppalapadu village with a population of 3000 in the YSR Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh State, India. Our goal was to make it a Smart Village by creating a model that can be replicated across India, and perhaps, the world.
As a part of the Indian Prime Minister's vision to create Smart Villages, Feuji took up a 20-point program in the village to offer better infrastructure, education, employment, and empowerment to the village people. As part of this, the Feuji Foundation has invested over a million dollars in several programs including:
This has helped not only the village, but also the surrounding small towns, which cover a population of about 45,000. The Feuji foundation collaborated with the local government and village development committee in this mission.
After 2 years, the village is ready to be declared as one of the first Smart villages in the Andhra Pradesh State. We are also creating a digital platform using Salesforce to capture the Smart village transactions and records.
We have built a 20,000 sq. ft. facility, fully-equipped with modern architecture, A/V, and Wi-Fi facilities for the people of Kadapa. We have the IT Graduate Hire Program through which IT graduates are counseled and helped in choosing their area of interest. The course focuses on developing IT skills, soft skills, and positive attitude. The goal of this program is to mold IT graduates into industry-ready software professionals.
Within a year of adopting a Government Primary School in Uppalapadu, we saw 0.8 language learning levels of growth. Kids who couldn't understand the alphabet can now understand stories. At the same time, they exhibit values of cleanliness and respect. All the parents are satisfied with our efforts to provide quality education and to foster child development.