A dream of a better world - Empowering communities with Anandi

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May 17, 2019

A dream of a better world - Empowering communities with Anandi


In the rural parts of India, most pressing needs of the communities are access to quality education, good health, and clean water. As a leading global chemicals producer, Huntsman recognizes its responsibility to enhance the quality of life and economic well-being of communities around its facilities and society at large. Huntsman has taken on several initiatives in India to assist surrounding areas with education, safe drinking water and further education for women. By working with stakeholders and listening to the concerns of surrounding areas, Huntsman has been able to create CSR initiatives to empower and enhance the country.


Under ‘Anandi’ initiative, Huntsman is addressing basic needs like Enhancing early childhood education in pre-primary schools more commonly known as ‘Anganwadis’, Promoting education for girls through the distribution of bicycles and home visits, empowering adolescent with life skills education and vocational training.


The company improved the conditions of the Anganwadis (pre-primary schools). They provided the centers with racks to keep toys and learning aids to facilitate activity-based learning. Representatives were sent to the Anganwadis to provide training to the teachers every month. The teachers were taught how to narrate stories to the children and how to teach children rhymes. Currently, the teachers conduct various activities based sessions for children between 11 am to 2 pm.


‘Since my childhood, I am very fond of learning. But the schools in our village are up to standard 8 only. So, after 8thstandard, I felt that now my fate is farming only. One day a madam from Huntsman came to my house to counsel my parents, after that my parents allowed me to study further. The company also gifted us a bicycle to enable us to study further. And now, I go to Dabhabhai Village English medium high school on the same bicycle.’ – says Kajal, a beneficiary of Anandi Initiative.


A dream of a better world can now be seen in the eyes of 22 girls who have been empowered to go to high school. 19 Anganwadis in 4 nearby villages has been improved quality of education since the launch of ‘Anandi’ in 2011. Science labs have been developed in schools, to make learning more engaging in each school to facilitate e-learning.


Huntsman provided life skills education to over 200 adolescents every month. School-Dropout girls learn about reproductive health. The workshops enable these girls to take better decisions in life.


‘One day, madam from the company came to meet my mother and told us about lifeskills session for girls in the Panchayat village, so send your daughter there. From the knowledge I gained after coming to the session, I decided that I will not get married till I am 18 years old’ – says Jyotsna


Different vocational training programs are conducted to empower girls. With skills like paper bag making, sewing, crochet weaving. Some are able to earn a living but all of them celebrate the spirit of independence in the group.


Huntsman’s CSR team proactively engages with stakeholders and there is a constant and open dialogue with them seeking and welcoming their feedback to meet the specific needs of the local communities.


Pravinbhai Makwana, Sarpanch, Luna village says – ‘ Huntsman International Pvt Limited has constructed an RCC (reinforced concrete) underground water tank of 500 KL capacity in Luna village. As a result of this initiative, there will be surplus drinking water for many generations to come.’


The larger need of being able to make life better for families around the world has helped Huntsman take initiatives in the area of clean drinking water and animal husbandry. The company has helped by giving funds to install a reverse osmosis system. 6200 villagers of Umraya village now have access to potable water. Regular training is being conducted to educate women dairy farmers about good animal husbandry practices, equip them with knowledge of making organic fertilizers ‘Jivamrut’ these women are progressing towards better lives.


Beneficiaries speak –

‘On our visit, we saw the ideal stable of a cattle keeper who started with 3 buffaloes and now has 30 buffaloes. After returning, we leveled the land of our stable, made proper drain for buffalo urine and bathe our buffaloes 2 times daily. We are thankful to the company for helping us learn these best practices’ – says a women daily farmer


Earlier, the women did not value dung and buffalo urine; they used to throw it away. But after learning how to make ‘Jivamrut’, they started using urine and dung to make fertilizers and use it in their fields. Their rice paddy had gone yellow, but after the use of Jivamrut 2-3 times, the paddy fields have become lush green.


In the spirit of Huntsman’s vision, they see a better world. Huntsman Vadodara is helping build a better future for local communities.



The Impact –

19 Anganwadis and 4 schools

Over 200 adolescents

Around 2000 children

Around 1000 families in 4 villages have been benefitted since the launch of ‘Anandi’ initiative. If the story resonated with you, please share


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