Parker's Fluid Connectors Group (FCG) India recently launched a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) High-Performance Team (HPT) to encourage engagement among team members that extends beyond the workplace and into the surrounding community.
Richard Pelz, vice president, Asia Pacific Fluid Connectors Group, challenged local teams to focus on community service as a way to foster engagement among team members while benefiting the communities in which Parker operates.
FCG India chose education as its community service focus and visited a number of area schools before partnering with Mandala Parishat Pradhamika Unnata Pathasala primary school in the village of Chinna Kanjerla, about 10km from FCG India’s operations in Hyderabad.
“As we have all heard, education is the most powerful tool with which you can change the world.”
Srilakshmi Mantha, administrative assistant
Team members met with the school’s principal, who discussed a number of challenges she faces in providing education for local students, ages 6 to 14.
In the three years since she began working at the school, she has increased enrollment by two thirds by visiting neighboring villages to encourage parents to educate their children. Unfortunately, however, the school was under-funded and in great need of improved sanitation and access to purified drinking water, as well as basic furniture and playground equipment. Many of the students come from households that cannot afford notebooks and textbooks.
“I would like to give my sincere thanks to the principal and teachers for their dedication to educating the next generation. Education is the root of success, and I would like to challenge all of you to study hard so that you can lead a successful life.”
Richard Pelz, vice president, Asia Pacific Fluid Connectors Group
FCG India’s community service HPT learned more about these needs and set a plan into motion first to raise funds to build safe bathroom facilities and a play area. Team members even began to volunteer time on the weekends to tutoring students in basic computer skills and English lessons.
When Pelz visited FCG India this past June, the team brought him to the school to witness firsthand the enthusiasm and the potential held by the students, as well as to see Parker’s efforts to improve the school setting. Sriram Venkatraman, general manager of FCG India, joined Pelz and the team on this visit.
Pelz and Venkatraman spoke to the students and helped distribute school supplies and treats to the children.
“You all need to study well, and I hope one day to work with you in Parker when you have graduated from college.”
Sriram Venkatraman, general manager of FCG India
The team will be working to provide benches and a water treatment system in the coming months to equip students with what they need to succeed.
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