As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme, we have initiated an economic collaboration with the Vicente Ferrer Foundation through participation in their BUILDING HOMES FOR FAMILIES IN NEED project.

This project will involve the construction of 37 homes in the town of Nagaruru, situated in the Tadipatri area, in the region of B. K.  Samudram, for people in the most disadvantaged communities. These homes will be built with basic hygiene and habitability standards and include a space for a bath and toilet.

These properties will be registered in the name of the woman, therefore empowering her role in society.

The Vicente Ferrer Foundation (Fundación Vicente Ferrer, FVF), created in 1969 by Vicente Ferrer, is a Development NGO committed to the process of transforming one of the poorest and most deprived areas in India, in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and the most vulnerable communities in risk of exclusion, including the Dalits, tribal groups, and disadvantaged castes.

The Vicente Ferrer Foundation and its counterpart in India, the Rural Development Trust and Women Development Trust (RDT/WDT), work together in the different sectors of development – Education, Sanitation, Housing, Women, People with Disabilities, and Ecology – to improve living conditions for these people, and more importantly, develop strong, autonomous communities, with housing one of the first sectors developed. Up to 2016, 67,198 homes had been built, of which 2,743 are adapted to the needs of those with disabilities.

For the families, owning a solid home is, above all, a vital requirement for achieving social integration.

These homes offer effective shelter from the monsoon rains which fall from June to October and the intense heat of the pre-monsoon season, as well as protection against dangerous animals such as snakes and scorpions.

Furthermore, having a toilet has a positive impact on the safety of women and adolescent girls who can therefore avoid distancing themselves from the colony to relieve themselves, which exposes them to danger.