With a presence in nearly every continent in the world, we are
proud to show how we have helped our local communities.
If you want to find out how Bata volunteers are making a
difference in your region check out the stories below.
BCP Pakistan Helps Underprivileged Children Learn to Protect Environment
The main theme of the session was to convey the role of environmental protection to safeguard planet Earth. Five BCP volunteers explained to the 110 children present the importance of global issues such as air pollution, soil contamination and global warming. They discussed the use of natural resources, the consequences of pollution and the importance of recycling.
During the interactive session, students were encouraged to draw their impressions of the planet’s current state, as well as make posters, paintings and classroom decorations. The children thoroughly enjoyed the fun activities, and expressed their desire to attend similar events in the future.
Khuram Iqbal, one of the BCP volunteers commented: “I have long been a part of BCP, but it is my first experience participating as a mentor. I am so thrilled after coaching the children, and I am determined to volunteer in upcoming events as well.”
BCP Pakistan Organizes Health Screening for the Community
The World Health Organization estimates that there are 520 million people worldwide with chronic hepatitis B or C infection, and Pakistan is among the nations most afflicted.
Various factors can lead to hepatitis, or liver inflammation, and hepatitis B and C are among the main causes of severe liver disease.
Given the importance of this health issue, the BCP Pakistan team planned a day of free screening for hepatitis B and C for the students of a local girls’ high school. The screening was extended to the girls’ parents and the surrounding community as well.
A team including a medical officer, four paramedics and 10 BCP volunteers offered their services to make the activity a success.
A total of 226 people were screened, and three tested positive for hepatitis B and seven for hepatitis C. The people who tested positive were counseled on the next steps to take in order to treat the disease.
The medical officer and volunteers also held awareness sessions with the students and other visitors, giving them information about hepatitis, including its symptoms, treatment and prevention.
Ayesha Kanwal was one of the participating students. “I am grateful to BCP for this initiative of providing health awareness to the students,” she said. “Firstly, we are satisfied after the screening that we are healthy and, secondly, we can pass this knowledge on to others on how they can protect themselves against hepatitis B and C. I am confident that BCP will continue such activities in future as well.”
BCP India Advances Dental Health for 1,000 Students
The activities were held at a state middle school located in the Digha neighborhood of Patna, not far from the Bataganj factory. The BCP team regularly holds health check ups and awareness sessions for the students, in line with the BCP Pillar “Children’s Health and Safety.”
To carry out the activity, BCP partnered with a non-profit organization, the School Health Annual Report Programme, or SHARP, and a team of doctors.
The oral hygiene awareness workshops were conducted by trained professionals, who distributed dental kits with toothbrushes, toothpaste and tongue scrapers to all the participating students.
The volunteers included BCP coordinator Alok A. Kanth and Srinivasa Rao, welfare officer at Bata India, who helped organize the event.
The school principal, Vidyanand Singh, thanked BCP. “We feel proud that Bata has been kind enough to support us in our school activities. The health check up camps are important to assess the health of the kids at regular intervals, so that if there is any disease, it can be identified and treated in a timely manner.”
BCP India Encourages Students with Award Ceremony
Fourteen students were presented awards at a simple ceremony at the school on Feb. 28. In order to encourage hard work and effort, the BCP team decided this year to recognize not only the highest academic achievers, as in the past, but also students who showed the most improvement in academics and behavior over the course of the year.
The students were presented with certificates, dictionaries, and sundry necessities such as water bottles, umbrellas and lunch boxes.
Four BCP volunteers worked together to organize the program: Pushpendu Jha, general manager of manufacturing; Subhra Shankar Bose, school secretary and of the human resources team; Abhijit Sanyal, of the finance team; and Anindya Ghosh, BCP coordinator.
In his address, Jha congratulated the awardees for their hard work and said, “Many of you have strived to do your best in order to be part of this ceremony, and I believe that represents the true spirit of our school.”
For a festive conclusion to the event, a student chorus sang in the honor of the awardees.
BCP India Helps Disadvantaged Children Connect to Digital Education
The project involved installing computers into the walls of the school buildings, hence the name ‘Hole-in-the-Wall Education Project’ (HiWEP). Thanks to BCP India, seven learning stations have been installed at the four schools, and these will benefit about 200 children aged from 6 to 14 years old.
HiWEP is based on the premise that children are inquisitive by nature, and are self-organizing, collaborative learners that can learn on their own. Children are provided with unsupervised access to the computers, and they use the machines through their natural curiosity.
BCP India assessed 122 children across the four schools, in order to understand their current learning levels, and will conduct a final assessment at the end of the year, in order to analyze the impact of the project. Since its inception the children have become very enthusiastic to experiment and learn, and now look forward to coming to school.
Each learning station features interactive digital multimedia content in Math, English, History, Social Science and Science. Each competency is broken into modules, with learning objectives checked through the use of quizzes and other tools. Stimulating educational games and content provide minimally invasive educational input, in order to encourage the children to learn on their own, and educational content is designed around a curriculum that will help children to achieve better academic results.
The Hole-in-the-Wall project has, to date, brought the spark of learning to over two million children from developing countries including India, Bhutan and Cambodia, along with several African countries. It has helped provide children in these countries with better acquisition of functional computer literacy, improved academic performance, confidence and self esteem, and an increase in collaborative behaviour.
Rajeev Gopalakrishnan, President, South Asia, commented: “This project is a wonderful example of connecting underprivileged children to technology and accelerating their academic learning. Kids will get an opportunity to explore and learn in a free environment.”
BCP Bangladesh Supports Deserving Students with Scholarships
On the day, BCP Bangladesh granted scholarships to seven children of permanent employees from Bata’s Tongi and Dhamrai factories, who had achieved outstanding results in their secondary school examinations.
Chitpan Kanhasiri, country manager of Bata Bangladesh, and finance director Muhammad Sohail Aslam, presented the scholarships to the students. Many other senior officials from Bata Bangladesh also attended the event, along with the children’s parents, who looked on proudly as their children received the awards.
Around 17 BCP volunteers were involved in the activity, along with many others who provided administrative support. After the presentation, the students thanked BCP Bangladesh for supporting them in their endeavors to study further. When asked about their thoughts on their future careers, the students showed their desire to put their scholarships to good use, citing professions such as medicine and engineering among the jobs they would like to do in the future.
Speaking on the occasion, Chitpan Kanhasiri, country manager of Bata Bangladesh, commented: “I congratulate all the children for their achievement. I am also heartened to see the number of girls topping the list of meritorious students. Congratulations to the parents of the children, who have dedicated their heart and soul to ensure a brighter and better future for their children. On their part, I also urge all these students to work even harder so that they can realize their dreams and ambitions, and in the process become responsible citizens of the country.”
The event ended with light refreshment and a photo session with the students.
BCP Pakistan Team Mentors Underprivileged Children
The BCP team planned a day of volunteering at the CDG School in January. The goal was to spend quality time with the children while giving them a chance to learn about crafts and how to reason soundly to set goals for their futures.
The volunteers divided into two groups of three. One group focused on personality traits and inspired the children to excel in the fields of their choice and interest. They involved them in interactive discussions to discover their strengths and suggested various solutions to move forward in different areas.
The other group introduced the children to the shoemaking craft, explaining basic designs, concepts and the techniques involved. They gave a demonstration of the complete shoemaking process that the children found highly informative and interesting.
The BCP volunteers approached these two activities with the firm belief that these underprivileged children are capable and talented. To conclude the activity, they distributed souvenirs for the children to remember the day by.
The management of the school was highly appreciated the efforts of BCP to help the children. Headmaster Sultan Ahmed commented, “These children are our future, and we would like to express our gratitude for the support, effort and shouldering of the BCP team in shaping these children into strong and balanced personalities.”
BCP Bangladesh Helps Mojar School Enter the Digital Age
The event involved 40 of the school’s students, along with 12 volunteers from BCP Bangladesh, who gave up their time to attend the celebrations, and spend the day with the underprivileged children. The day began with a talk by the school’s teachers, after which the children performed dance routines, sang songs and recited poems.
After the children’s activities, BCP Bangladesh made the donation of the multimedia equipment, consisting of a laptop, a projector and a sound system, to provide the children with modern facilities to prepare themselves to be a part of the future of a digital Bangladesh.
To conclude the day’s program, the children watched cartoons on the newly donated projector, and there then followed a lunch, where BCP volunteers spent time with the children and their teachers.
Subrata Dutta, head of human resources and BCP Bangladesh volunteer, was present at the event, and appreciated the commendable effort of the students and the Mojar School volunteers. Speaking about the students, Dutta commented: “These enthusiastic kids are our future. BCP Bangladesh will keep the continuation to support the school, and bring out the best of the children to make positive contributions towards sustainable living.”
As one of the BCP adopted schools, BCP Bangladesh provides the Mojar School with infrastructural and educational support throughout the year, organizing a variety of events to help educate the school’s underprivileged children.