Making communities A Part of their own Development
Making communities A Part of their own Development

By auther pic. CSRBOX

May 7, 2019

Making communities A Part of their own Development


While building wind farms, VESTAS also build relationships, positively engage with communities and other stakeholders, and support their efforts to improve their lives, even if in a limited way. VESTAS’ CSR team worked with the local community in Taralkatti, Karnataka whilst installing the 100MW Taralkatti wind farm and brought about a difference in their lives.


‘VESTAS is very conscious of the community it operates in and endeavors to create shared value through business operations as well as CSR programmes by understanding local priorities and needs.’ – says Mr. M Rajendra, CSR Head, VESTAS India.


VESTAS projects, CSR activities were implemented by Navodaya Education and Environment Development Society (NEEDS) in Koppal district, Karnataka. They installed wind turbines in the surrounding villages. The villagers weren’t sure how this will be beneficial to them, but VESTAS exceeded their expectations and brought about change in education and social development of neighborhood villages.


Community Water Resource Development –

At Chikkamyageri village, VESTAS regenerated water resources which spread around 20 hectares by desilting the pond through community participatory approach. Almost 62% of farmers are dependent on rain-fed agriculture as their only source of livelihood in their village. The pond was desilted after 20 years. De-siltation of the pond helped in providing a water source for the animals and importantly, recharging of bore wells to mitigate drought.


Amruthappa Desai, Village Key Person says – ‘In this area, rain is very scarce. Desilting this pond has recharged the bore wells and it is very helpful to the farmer.’


The village mobilized the community who contributed with physical labor and the tractors for transportation of silt, establishing the community ownership and effective water governance at the village level has improved water security and agriculture productivity in the area. With the mentality that, running water should flow slowly; flowing water should be saved and saved water should seep into the ground. So for the next generation will have enough groundwater.


2,07,1000 liters of surface water capacity increased, benefitting more than 500 farmers from 3 villages.


Promoting Education through Digital platform –

VESTAS in partnership with SELCO implemented the digital education programs in the rural villages. The children are explained English grammar with examples and meanings which are easy to grasp. They are taught about the plant, animal and human cells. Textbooks only contain pictures whereas, in the smart class, it is explained with detailed videos. Due to visual learning, knowledge retention is increased and they face exams with confidence.


The digital education content of maths and science in Kannada and English grammar for grade 5th to 10th is matched to the Karnataka government syllabus. This solar-powered technology provides students with the much-required learning lifts and helps students to have a better comprehension of their lessons.


‘After implementing these projects, we found that there is an increase in the attendance of the student and level of knowledge of the student also went up tremendously.’ – says Mr. Girish Kumar, Selco Solar.



School infrastructure –

Big rocks and boulders were removed from the premises of a government school to make a playground for the children. The boulders were so huge; they couldn’t be moved by people. Even a tractor was damaged in the process. Villagers and VESTAS co-operated well to work together. Today, the children are very much enjoying their new playground. A podium was also constructed with the VESTAS supplying building material and community contributing to manual work.


A simple intervention like reusing wood waste from VESTAS tool yard to make bookshelves, grain storage unit, boards of environmental quotes were done as per school requirement.


Skill Development –

The industrial training institute at Yelburga Taluk is now installed with a lathe machine and a welding machine, a projector system for classroom learning and a computer center. Currently, 80 youth have enrolled for fitter and electrician courses and are benefitting from the equipment.


For women in Taralkatti, a three-month training program on tailoring is carried out. The certificates provided after the completion of the course helps them in acquiring loans for buying a sewing machine or work as a sewing teacher. The beneficiaries were identified by the village committee. To strengthen the village committees, they are further linked with specific Government department; relevant government officers spread awareness of various schemes that benefit rural people.


Through linkages with line departments like horticulture, agriculture, legal aid, etc; useful information is made available in the community. Farmers were given coconut, mango saplings and grape cuttings for subsidized rates.


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