Inteva Products India Team Supports Children through Sparsha Trust's Makkala Dhama Initiative

September 2011

Inteva Products employees in India volunteered their time and energy to support children in need residing at the Makkala Dhama, a home for children operated as an initiative of the Sparsha Trust, a non-profit organization that helps children and youth in communities and villages in and around Bangalore, India. Makkala Dhama is a home for 50 children who were child laborers, orphans, street children or drop-outs. It is located at Kuduregere in the outskirts of Bengaluru.

“At Inteva we believe that giving back to society is a part of our existence,” said Ivy Saldanah, Country Human Resource Manager, India, Inteva Products. “Through this important volunteer effort, Inteva employees are making needed repairs to the Makkala Dhama and their full-fledged passion and commitment to the children are making a difference in these young lives.”

The Inteva team helps children with their learning and development. In addition, the team is doing a variety of minor repair and construction work to the home. Among the 50 children at the Makkala Dhama, 25 are attending regular school now and the rest are being prepared by in-house teachers to attend regular school. All children are being trained in Yoga, Dhyana, dance and music.

Sparsha Trust Board Member and Managing Trustee R. Gopinath, who works closely with the Inteva team, states, “The Inteva volunteers spend quality time with the Makkala Dhama kids and that gives us strength to drive this further.”

Sparsha Trust is a non-profit organization working in the areas of education, employability, health, and self-sustenance especially in rural contexts. The organization was founded in 2005 by a group Masters in Social Work graduates and volunteers. Sparsha Trust engages in a variety of developmental activities for children and youth to help them enjoy their constitutional rights, eradicate child labor and ensure children are not deprived of their childhood, allowing them to realize their potential.