Samsung C&T’s Trading & Investment Group and Plan International, an international relief development NGO, held an inauguration ceremony on April 13 to mark the donation and installation of water towers at 15 schools in the Delhi metropolitan area. This was part of the corporate social responsibility activity for poor urban neighborhoods in India, which was planned as a designated donation project by the Community Chest of Korea.
The water towers were purchased with funds contributed by the employees of Samsung C&T. They were installed for a period of 2 years and 5 months at 15 schools located in Rangpuri Pahari, Madanpur Khadar, Badarpur, and Udham Nagar/Dwarka regions of Delhi. These were neighborhoods that the Overseas Social Responsibility Team of Samsung C&T has been going to for the last 5 years since 2011 to do volunteer work.
The water tanks have a capacity of 5,000 liters each and consist of solar-powered pump, water purification system, and tower-shaped supply tank. Some 14,000 students -- who until now had to live in unhygienic surroundings -- as well as the residents living in the school neighborhoods can now drink fresh water.
Before, the environments around the drinking water sources were very poor. Some of the students living in the regions had to travel far every day to obtain fresh water or had to drink polluted water. With the installation of the water towers, however, they can now drink fresh water in schools; this is expected to lead to better environments for learning and improve school attendance.