Amidst the spread of Corona pandemic the palliative care workers of Ernakulam district have been putting their safety on the line for serving the bed ridden patients. On recognising their selfless efforts, CSL distributed high quality cloth masks among all medical personnel, para medical and allied medical professionals in palliative care sector and also among the palliative care staff of General Hospital, Ernakulam.
All the staff of Arogyakeralam project at all Panchayaths of Ernakulam district also distributed with these two layered mask of Handloom cloth on this occasion.
Mr. Sasindradas P S and Mr. Yoosaf A K, Deputy Managers of CSL handed over the masks to Dr. Annie P G and Smt. Sheeba Jose, of Ernakulam General Hospital and Ms. Mithu and Ms. Honey Devassi received the masks on behalf of Arogya Keralam.
The masks were procured from handloom weavers in and around Kannur rural settlements who were hard hit by loss of Onam sales due to Corona crisis.
Amidst the COVID 19 pandemic, many daily wage earners have either lost their livelihood completely or are on the verge of collapse. Among this, the traditional weavers and the fishermen community are the two groups whom CSL extended its supporting hand at right time.
When the company received a request for support from the Handloom workers and fishermen community at the West Kochi area where the spread of Corona was alarmingly severe, for supply of Cotton masks, it was decided to club these two by purchasing face mask from Handloom workers and distributing among the above fishermen community.
The weavers at Kannur rose to the occasion and stitched more than 30 thousand good quality masks using handloom clothes at record time so that we could distribute them to the fishermen community of Mattanchery, Chellanam, Vypin and Fort Kochi region during Onam festival season.
Through this initiative CSL interweaved a delicate yet strong thread of mutual understanding and support between handloom workers and fishing community.
Freedom Food Factory – A unique CSR project of Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) started reaching to public through District Jail, Kakkanad by its mobile unit which is supported by CSL. The subsidized, affordable and delicious food prepared by the jail inmates in the hygienic environment thus reaching to public who find it unsafe to access hotel and restaurants especially amidst this pandemic situation is thus becoming a boon to the public in general.
On 14th July 2020, Shri. Sambath Kumar PN, AGM (CSR) inaugurated the function by handing over the food packet to Smt. Chandrika Devi, Municipal Chairperson, Tripunithura in the esteemed presence of Shri. Sam Thankayan, DGP of Prisons, Shri. Sasindradas P S, Deputy Manager (CSR), Shri. Jagdeeshan K V, District Jail Superintendent and other district jail officials. The first sale itself was a huge success taking into account on the receptiveness from the public.
"Freedom Food Factory"- the mobile food factory of District Jail Kakkanad, Ernakulam that sells food cooked by the inmates had become an affordable and delicious food to serve the local public in Kochi at their door-steps with the timely support of Cochin Shipyard Ltd, Kochi.
The subsidized food centre is thus becoming a relief to all during this crisis period as they are providing quality and hygiene food with subsidized rate. On account of these invaluable benefits of jail food counter, Cochin Shipyard Ltd aided the district jail authorities to create a mobile unit of the Freedom Food Factory.
CSL supported this project by providing a van for distributing the food prepared by the inmates. Shri. P T Thomas, hon’ble MLA, handed over the key to Shri. Sam Thankayyan, DIG of Prisons- Central zone on a function held at District Jail, Kakkanad on 25th June 2020. Shri. Rishiraj Singh IPS, hon’ble Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services, Kerala flagged off the ceremony of the mobile unit in the esteemed presence of, Shri. K V Jagadeeshan, Ernakulam district jail superintendent and Shri. Liji Suresh, Municipal Corporation Councilor.
Concepts like ‘Golden Hour’ and ‘Platinum Ten Minutes’ that represent the time span in which treatment offers greatest hope of survival, typify the importance of ambulance in public health delivery system. Unfortunately, our Ernakulam General Hospital is poorly equipped with just two ambulances in working condition. It was in this context that Cochin Shipyard entered into an agreement with Ernakulam General Hospital for providing three Eeco Maruthi Vans for Palliative Care Centre of Hospital and two Maruthi Eeco Basic Life Support Ambulances.
The inauguration and handing over the keys of these ambulances took place on 22 Jan 2020 by Shri. Madhu S Nair, Chairman and Managing Director of CSL. With these CSL contributed a total amount of 4.32 crores on different projects over the years. These services will aid the hospital to transport pregnant women, children and those that require emergency medical attention can effectively reduce maternal, infant and child mortality rates. To provide timely health care for trauma victims, heart attack and stroke patients this will immensely help to save the precious lives. Cochin Shipyard has always been a forerunner in strengthening health care delivery system and ensuring universal access to quality health care. CSR activities of CSL reach out to the community to ensure the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ‘Good Health and Well-being’ is achieved.
Children of today are tomorrow’s citizen. Substance abuse among adolescent children erodes our nation’s future and hopes for a better tomorrow. Empowering our youth and lighting a way ahead for them has always been a core concern of Cochin Shipyard’s CSR activities.
Cochin Shipyard aided AURA, an NGO catering to the needs of school students and adolescent children, in implementing T- LAMP (Teenage Leadership And Motivational Programme) Project. T- LAMP is a de-addiction cum leadership programme that aims at the holistic development of the children affected by drugs. CSL supported the project as an attempt towards providing a growing life curve to the children who are addicted to drugs and other substance.
On 19 October 2019, Parliament Member T N Prathapan inaugurated the programme at Chittissery Thanal Auditorium. The programme was presided by Cochin Shipyard’s Deputy Manager (CSR) Shri. P S Sasindradas. Notable personalities like film actor Jayaraj Warrior, Sr. Simphoria, Sr. Jiss Theres, Fr. Job Padayattil, Fr. Baiju Chakery, Gram Panchayath Member K Sugandi, K Pushpakaran, C M Joshi and Santhosh Arakkal shared their thoughts and valuable messages with the children.
CSL took this opportunity to aid AURA to make a real difference and play a major role in improving health and well- being of India’s future citizens.
Community development has been pivotal in advancing Cochin Shipyard’s aspirations to build trust and to improve the quality of life of people. It is in this regard that CSL has been providing food for the inmates of S D Home, a destitute home in Perumanoor, Kochi. CSL Canteen has been providing food for the inmates for a couple of years now. Furthermore, CSL has supported the destitute home to procure an Eeco Maruthi Van for the conveyance of the aged inmates to the hospital and to bring food for the inmates from Cochin Shipyard on daily basis.
On 25 November 2019, CGM (HR & Training) Shri K J Ramesh presented the vehicle to Mother Superior Sr. Treesa S D in the presence of AGM (CSR & Admin) Shri Sambath Kumar P N and DM Sri Yoosaf A K. With the provision of the van, ‘Annadaan’ venture of CSL has taken a huge leap forward.
Sustainable development of communities has always been an essential part of CSL’s Corporate Social Responsibility. CSL focus on incorporating Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of ‘zero hunger and no poverty’ into responsible business actions. CSL’s initiative aided the poverty stricken people to have a better life and easy access to hospital facilities. The destitute need to be assured that they are not alone in their struggles. CSL proactively reach to them and bring them to the mainstream of the society.
Cochin Shipyard extended its helping hand to Ayushya Centre for Healing and Integration, who extend the ‘ayus’ of elderly people by providing palliative care services. Knowing the fact that no elderly people want to leave their homes and stay in hospital during the sunset years of their lives, Ayushya centre has been extending support to their doorsteps. Instead of institutionalising palliative care services, the centre reaches out to those senior citizens. Recognising the appreciable work done by Ayushya, CSL ventured to help them by donating a Eeco Maruthi Van.
On 21 November 2019, CSL director Adv. B Radhakrishna Menon presented the vehicle to Sr.Dolarus Kannampuzha of ‘Ayushya’ in the esteemed presence of Gram Panchayath President Smt. Beena Thomson, Ayushya Director Sr. Bia Chattomkot and CSL Deputy Managers Sri Sasindradas P S and Sri Yoosaf A K.
By donating the vehicle, CSL has supported Ayushya to extend their palliative care services to more people in less than no time. CSL took the initiative to support Ayushya on recognising its responsibility in building a healthy society and in aiding socio- economic development of the community.
Cochin Shipyard along with ALIMCO extended their support by enabling and empowering the physically challenged to cherish their dreams. A number of 50 battery operated tricycles have been distributed to selected beneficiaries from Thrissur District, Kerala enabling them to lead a life with dignity by promoting and securing enhanced livelihood opportunities. The Cochin Shipyard extended their CSR fund to this cause by supporting ALIMCO with a cost of Rs.21.00 Lakhs
Attappadi at Palakkad district is probably one of the biggest tribal settlements in Kerala. The area suffers from malnutrition and infant mortality. Attappadi is a water thirsty area, which has been witnessing severe water shortage during summer. The two major rivers, Bhavani and Siruvani in that area are polluted and shortage of clean water has been cited as one of the major reasons for the unhealthy living conditions of the 100 odd tribal settlements in that area.
Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) extended their CSR support for RO Plant and four water ATMs at different locations of the Attappady region. The plant is located at Sambarkode, the main centre of the region which is using water from Siruvani river. CSL spent an amount of Rs.20 Lakhs for this pilot project which is implemented by Santhi Medical Information Centre.
Shri M D Varghese, CGM, in charge of CSR and Shri A N Neelakahdhan, GM(Materials) handed over cheque worth Rs.25 lakhs to Smt KK Shailaja teacher, honourable health minister at a function held at kozhikode. Shri T P Ramakrishnan and Shri AK Saseendran, ministers, are also seen in the photo.
Alpha Palliative Link Centre at Padivattom approached CSL for support for a Vehicle for Home care of the patients who are terminally ill. The Board approved the project for an amount of five lakhs rupees, of which the vehicle cost was around Rs.4.35 Lakhs and the rest of the amount was spent for the purchase of Physiotherapy equipments.
The project was inaugurated in the month of June, 2017
Sree Sudheendra Medical Mission is a unique hospital started way back in 1971 under the Chief Patronage of H.H. Shrimad Sudhindra Thirtha Swamiji of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi. "Arogyameva Soubhagyam" is the Vision and "Affordable Quality Health Care" is the Mission of the hospital.In the four decades of its glorious existence Sudheerndra established itself as Brand of affordable quality health care.The hospital which is doing yeoman service to mankind is exhibiting charity for the poor and needy in the society and for charity, Caste/ Creed is no bar. The doctors and other staff strictly adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and personal responsibility worthy of the trust the patients keep on Sudheendra.
Based on the request of Sudheendra Medical Mission, an Ambulance worth Rs.9.00 lakhs was provided by CSL throguh its CSR funds for the year 2015-16 to facilitate the transportation of emergency cases especially of the Poor people who seek treatment from the hospital.
EMS Memorial Cooperative Hospital and Research Centre has been functioning in Perambra, a small town near Kozhikode, Kerala, catering to the needs of more than one lakh people residing in that locality, for medical treatment. This being a cooperative venture provides treatment to the local community at a very reasonable cost since its inception.While shifting their premises to own building with advanced medical facilities, there arose the requirement of a blood bank for which the authorities approached Cochin Shipyard for support.CSL was happy to be part of this project and offered Rs.45 lakhs to set up an advanced Blood Bank in the hospital for the benefit of poor and needy patients in emergency.
The new hospital complex was dedicated for the benefit of the community by the Honourable Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan.Shri Madhu S Nair, C&MD, CSL, along with Shri M D Varghese, CGM (CSR) participated on behalf of CSL.
The Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama Charitable Hospital (Started in 1936), a 200 bed multispecialty hospital at Sasthamangalam within the Thiruvananthapuram city is well known among the poor and lower middle income families of Thhriuvanthapuram and surrounding area for its sympathetic services and highly subsidized charges. Various departments like General Medicine, General & Endoscopic /Laparoscopic Surgery, Gynec & Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Orthopaedic, ENT, Ophthalmic, Dentistry and Psychiatric with competent and efficient specialists provide seven days a week service to more than 500 patients on an average every day. 75 beds in the General Ward category are kept for free patients where the services and diet is also provided free of cost. The Nursing school started in 1962 to train and dedicate sympathetic, efficient and professional nurses with a zeal to serve the suffering humanity, now admits 25 meritorious girls from financially poor backgrounds every year for the three and half a year Diploma in General Nursing and & Midwifery.
Till 1980 this Charitable Hospital was the pioneer in the filed in this part of the state. However, for the last three decades the development was somewhat stagnant due to financial constraints. Moreover the continuance of the services has become a huge problem without upgrading the infrastructure- new buildings, renovation & maintenance of the old ones and procuring new & replacing some old medical equipments and instruments.
It was under this background that the Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama Charitable Hospital approached CSL for financial assistance. In order to renovate and build an additional floor of the OPD Block, a request was put up for Rs.1.54 crores along with building plan and estimates. Realizing the significance of the proposal the CSL CSR Board Level 14th Committee Meeting held on 22/07/2015 decided to sanction Rs.1 Crore for this important initiative. Though the agreement was signed between CSL and the Hospital on 14 January 2015, the work of the OPD block was started on 7th April 2015 following a simple function inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister of Kerala Shri.Oommen Chandy in the gracious presence of the Health Minister Shri V.S. Shivakumar. From CSL, DGM Civil and the CSR Team members participated in the function.
CSL has continuously monitored the project and from time to time, the Hospital also shared the progress with CSL. As per the agreement the amount sanctioned was released in five different installments. The last installment was released on 12/02/2016. As a result of this project the hospital expects not only substantial increase in number of patients but also considerable improvement in the quality of the services provided by the hospital to all the patients especially the poor and the marginalized.