SUEZ Foundation - India begins its second phase of Kerala flood relief initiatives
In 2018, devastating floods struck almost all the districts of the state of Kerala, causing a major catastrophe. More than four hundred people lost their lives. Among all the regions, the Kuttanadu area of Alleppey District witnessed the worst flood and needed immediate assistance. SUEZ Foundation - India, a philanthropic arm of SUEZ Group in India, reached out to the victims immediately and supported thousands of families with sanitation materials and health camps. It also ensured 1000 lower primary school children get the necessary educational materials the very next day the school reopened after the floods. The Foundation continues to be committed to the people of Kerala and has now launched its second phase of support. It has initiated the installation of water purifiers in all the 111 government schools of Kuttanadu taluka in Alleppey. With these installations, Kuttanadu will be the first taluka to ensure clean drinking water for more than 20,000 school children. SUEZ is a global leader in water management and believes safe drinking water is the first step towards ensuring public health and well-being.
Established in 2016, SUEZ Foundation - India is committed to empowering the socio-economically weaker and underprivileged sections of the community, through sustainable initiatives in the areas of education, women empowerment, health, environment, humanitarian assistance as well as WASH.
Understanding the needs of the community, SUEZ Foundation – India provided the following support immediately after the flood:
School stationery kits to 1000 lower primary school children
A survey of the disaster area and meeting the affected families revealed the plight of the students as they reported the loss of their school books and accessories. In response to this, on an urgent basis, one thousand school stationery kits (four notebooks, stickers, pencil, crayon, sharpener, eraser, and a small pouch), were distributed in ten different schools, so that the children can resume their studies immediately.
Cleaning kits to 1000 families
One of the immediate effects of a flood is the outbreak of diseases. As a preventive measure, SUEZ Foundation - India distributed 1000 cleaning agents in the interior corners of the most flooded areas in Kerala.
Medical camps covering about 2000 people
Many people in the flooded areas were forced to live in submerged dirty water for days, which affected their health, and they desperately needed medical attention. SUEZ organized medical camps at different locations with doctors who volunteered to be a part of this relief operation.
SUEZ Foundation - India
SUEZ Foundation - India was set up to concretize the company’s commitment towards the well-being of the communities in which it operates. The vision of the company is to work towards sustainable development, and overall, the well-being of the society by enriching the lives of the socio-economically weaker and under-privileged sections. The objective is to ensure a balanced and sustainable development of regions, by working with stakeholders, that is crucial to their development and vitality. The Foundation is committed to empowering communities through initiatives in the areas of education, women empowerment, health, environment, humanitarian assistance as well as WASH.
SUEZ in India
The Group has been present in India for more than 30 years. It has designed and built more than 250 water and wastewater treatment plants and currently operates 27 of them. SUEZ also plays the role of a water services provider for major municipalities such as Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Coimbatore, and Davanagere. Its activities contribute towards the distribution of 7.5 billion litres of drinking water to over 55 million people every day. The wastewater treatment services of the plants built and managed by the company serve some 7.5 million inhabitants. SUEZ employs over 1200 professionals in the country.