Community Service Project Cornerstone of Development

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Community Service Projects are often successful Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Converting sustainability challenges, corporate and business organizations look at three core aspects: education, healthcare and environment protection to deliver effective service projects. Educational Initiatives form the backbone of socio-economic development and sustainable education as well.

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One such recent successful Educational Initiatives around Community Service Projects in India is one that runs across nearly six cities and a village. The focus here was on providing education for children of migrant labourers. This was part of its non-formal Educational Initiatives programs under a long list of Community Service Projects.

The program proved to be a success largely because of the massive number of volunteers. The volunteers were largely from the corporate house developing the Community Service Projects.

Educational Initiatives are a necessary part of the social responsibility role that most organizations choose to adopt. The government has made it compulsory for profit-making corporates to utilize 2percent of their total profits in Community Service Projects or other related development work that improves the society to which they belong. Though this is a law that most organizations adopt with a pinch of salt, there are several committed organizations that do not wait for government laws to give-back to the society to which they belong.

Educational Initiatives by such organizations goes beyond the new-age concept of Corporate Social Responsibility and is consistent with the vision and power of the organization. 

Community Service Projects that include Educational Initiatives such as supporting beginning of a centre for the hearing impaired in Hyderabad; non-formal as well as formal education facilities for children who belonged to poor background in major metros in the country. If there is to be ranking for Educational Initiatives then the top-ranking would definitely go to a project that involved providing a teacher centre for children in Pune. The significant factor with this Community Service Projects is that it catered to educational-support needs of over 1000 children in the region.

While corporate culture is inclined towards generalized processes, many Indian corporate houses have successfully adopted Community Service Projects based on scientific research and objectives. An important part of such projects are Educational Initiatives that straddle formal and non-formal educational needs of the community within which they are located. These strategies include a nation-wide initiative, if the corporate or business house has a national footprint.

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