Monday, June 25, 2012

Goal Delhi- celebrates World Environment Day

The Goal Delhi staff, four employees from Standard Chartered Bank Delhi and 80 Goal participants took part in a cleanliness drive at the Goal site of Jaitpur on the occasion of World Environment Day.

The drive started off with a brief session conducted by Mr Vivek from Standard Chartered where he spoke about the impotence of hygiene and cleanliness. He highlighted the harmful effects of plastic bags and explained about disposal of garbage. Vivek also emphasized the role of trees in keeping our environment healthy and how each of us can plant a tree and look after it. The session also addressed the issue of clean drinking water.

After the discussion, the entire group picked up cleaning equipment: shovels, rakes, brooms and buckets of water and cleaned the school premises, netball ground and 10 classrooms of the school! This cleaning drive resulted in the disposal of 11 bags of rubbish!

This laborious effort of teamwork ended with participants promising that they would not use plastic bags anymore and work towards a clean and healthy environment.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Goal Partner Summit

Last week Standard Chartered Employees met with their Goal Partners around the world, in Zambia. The Summit took place over three days and was a great opportunity for everyone to share best practice and discuss future plans for Goal. The Head of Sustainability and Regional Corporate Affairs, Mark Devadason, attended with the Head of Corporate Affairs for Africa, along with representatives from Women Win, Coaches Across Continents, Right to Play, Naz Foundation, Youth Empowerment Foundation and of course the host country NGO, Edusport.

We were also lucky enough to see the Goal programme in action as we visited Kamala High School. We were shown a snap shot of the girls being taught the Be Yourself module which was followed by the sport session. Everyone took part in either Netball, Basketball or Volleyball and had a great time discussing the programme with the girls.

Julie Wallace, Head of Community Investment and Sustainability Strategy said; "It was amazing to be able to see the Goal programme on the ground and hear all the girls' aspirations. It was truly inspiring."

 One of the partcipants, Abigail, is an aspiring journalist and is going to send us a story to post on the Blog, so watch this space for the next Jane Austin!