The collaboration between Magneti Marelli and CESVI, a laic and independent non-governmental organisation for international solidarity, will continue for the whole 2014 supporting educational and social-development activities of local communities within the Countries in which the company operates, strategic pillar of the Magneti Marelli Sustainability Programme.
Launched in 2007, the partnership is geared to supporting the young generations who live in the poorest areas of the world, to provide them with the knowledge and material tools with which to independently build their personal and professional future.
In addition to supporting business start-up projects in Lima, Peru, and training activities in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, since 2012 Magneti Marelli has been working with CESVI to support three educational Centres in India, the Houses of Smiles, created in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu and managed by local associations.
All the boys and girls of the Houses of Smiles are aged between 6 and 18 and come from disadvantaged families. Inside the Houses of Smiles they receive treatment, psychological and legal support and educational material with which to study. The older children attend training courses to learn I.T., sewing and plumbing, to be able to obtain employment and become independent.
In 2013, thanks to the support of Magneti Marelli, the routine services of canteen, sanitary control and distribution of educational material in the three facilities continued to be provided.
The success of the project developed with CESVI responds to the guidelines of Magneti Marelli in terms of community investments. On the one hand, it is accomplished in a Country where the company has been rooted for many years and, on the other hand, it is dedicated to the young generations, primary stakeholders of the company. The project also responds to the Group’s policy dedicated to protecting and promoting human rights.
For further information on the Houses of Smiles in Tamil Nadu visit the dedicated section on the CESVI website and read the 2013/2014 Report
To find out more on Magneti Marelli Sustainability Programme and on community investments, read “Start”, the annual publication on the commitment of Magneti Marelli towards sustainability.