Convergys volunteers help prepare new school building

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Hyderabad, Sept 25 (ANI/Business Wire India): Convergys Corporation unveiled a new school building that its employees helped make ready for use as part of its ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program in Hyderabad. In association with the NGO Project 511, employees from Convergys' Information Management facility based in Hi-tech City, Hyderabad, support the educational needs of over 400 students of the Central Upper Primary School, located in nearby Lingampally.

Started in 2004, this community program is guided by Convergys' commitment to improving the quality of life in communities where it has facilities around the globe.

Corporate citizenship is a core value that's proudly championed by Convergys employees, who support programs that focus on education, social, and human services around the globe.

As is the case with Convergys, CSR programs worldwide, employee volunteers from the Hyderabad center are also closely involved in the many activities Convergys undertakes to support the school, such as donating money to install electrical outlets and water tanks. In the future, Convergys volunteers also plan to build eco-sanitation facilities on school premises.

The opening of the new building is a milestone for the hundreds of government school children in Lingampally.

Previously, their physical learning space was quite limited to the school's courtyard.

A group of dedicated Convergys volunteers, with the help of their peers, initiated efforts that made this basic comfort for children possible by donating the funds needed to paint learning materials on the school walls, purchase school supplies, and provide the floor-mats on which students sit.

Once construction was complete, employees joined to paint the new building and classrooms, and with the help of school authorities set up a library. The single story building, with the capacity to build additional floors in the future, can accommodate up to 400 students from the first to the fifth grade.

"Our Convergys team is committed to creating meaningful change in the communities we serve through our philanthropic efforts, volunteerism, and community development activities," said Paresh Shah, Vice President and General Manager of Information Management for Convergys.

"We have partnered with Project 511 since 2004 to contribute time and financial support to education programs and energize new resources to combat the problem of illiteracy," Paresh added.

"Convergys' contribution will make a remarkable difference in the lives of hundreds of deserving children of our school. I sincerely appreciate the generosity and commitment towards the school," said Japari Gopal, Central Upper Primary School Headmaster.

"Every time Convergys conducts an activity at the school, the faces of the tiny tots brighten up with joy. The involvement of the Convergys volunteers has raised the interest levels in children and their parents are overjoyed, too," Gopal added.

Convergys' community initiative team also helped children create a clean, green environment around the school by planting trees on the premises.

While the children get free mid-day meals and textbooks from the government, their families must meet the expenses towards stationary, school bags, and other necessities. To ensure that this gap is met and that the children are well prepared for the new academic year, Convergys volunteers organized a School Supplies Donation Drive.

In addition to offering monetary support to the school, Convergys employees play an active role in contributing to the overall success of the Project 511 campaign.

Each activity at the school is planned and executed with the personal involvement of Convergys volunteers.

The school routinely observes occasions such as Children's Day, Teachers Day, and Independence Day, and volunteers join in the celebrations. Convergys volunteers also spearhead activities such as medical camps, clothing donation drives, and teaching the children.

"Convergys has been one of our best donors in terms of involvement of the volunteers in every activity and plan for the school adopted by them," said Smita Naik, Project 511.

"Volunteers from Convergys have always shared a personal bond with the children and staff of the school. Their involvement has inspired these children to dream for a better future through education," added Smita.

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