Wood Group PSN’s (WGPSN) India team has helped to build toilet blocks in rural schools so girls in the area can attend.

According to the Ministry of Human Resource Development data, close to 10% of the 1.1 million schools in India do not have exclusive toilet facilities for female students. As a consequence, girls either avoid attending schools or leave school on average at an earlier age than their male contemporaries. This initiative enhances the enrolment ratio of girls in schools and will encourage female education.

The team members raised more than $2,000 by donating part of their salaries to help finance the construction and also lent a helping hand painting the facilities before officially handing them over to two schools. WGPSN management matched the contribution made by the employees for this cause.

This project supports a government initiative focused on providing toilets in rural areas, especially directed towards women and girls in society. It will not only improve women’s literacy, the toilets will help to save lives by preventing diseases that lead to skin, respiratory and eye problems, as well as scabies, and stomach problems resulting in kidney damage and tuberculosis.

The India team previously donated $25,000 for refurbishment of an orphanage in Gurgaon, in association with Cairn India and also donated $1,100 to the Prime Minister Relief Fund to help flood-affected victims in Uttarakhand. The employees also supported a group of children studying in a make-shift school in Gurgaon by giving them school bags, books and notebooks. They also donated lentils to support a project of mid-day meals for school-going children. Collecting clothes for needy families from the employees is also a regular practice in the office.