“With charity , money is purified. By
service, our actions are purified. With
music, our emotions are purified and
with knowledge our intellect is purified”
We at Durgapur Industrial Stores (DIS) believe that the primary purpose of development is to ensure that every individual gets to live a life of social and economic dignity. And it all starts with providing quality education for children and more importantly building a good character in them.. Hence, we, under the aegis of The Art of Living Foundation and its sister organisation Sri Sri Rural Development Program Trust (SSRDP), have single-mindedly focused on areas such as education, healthcare and sustainable livelihood.
RURAL DRINKING WATER PROGRAM
Contaminated drinking water is the primary cause of gastrointestinal illnesses with the problem being especially severe in the monsoon months, due to water logging, unsanitary conditions, open sewage etc. Life threatening diseases like cholera and typhoid are highly prevalent in these months and it is very essential to have a safe and pure drinking water source for the everyone. To counter this, DIS along with SSRDP, under has started Water purification plant in Purulia district of West Bengal.The Water Purification Plant provides safe drinking water to over 730 households, in the Purulia District of West Bengal.
SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMMES
In the pursuit of right to education, DIS under Project Light a Lamp, is running Computer Classes at Dhapa, Kolkata. So far 35 students from very needy families have benefited from these classes. Our objective is to reach many more families and students.
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
DIS understands the importance of clean and a affordable energy solutions and energy sustainability. LIGHT A HOME is a Rural Solar Electrification Initiative to provide high-quality and cost effective Solar Lanterns and Home Lighting Systems. In our effort to provide a clean and affordable lighting solution to rural India, we along with SSRDP are providing quality-based Solar Lanterns, Home Lighting Systems and Battery
Charging Stations in those villages of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, UP, Bihar and Odisha, which has never seen electrical lights till date. The first set was started in the year 2012 and within one year of commissioning, we had lit up more than 700 homes were in Purulia & Daspur (West Bengal), Dumuria (Bihar), & Bhalunka (Odisha).
Reaching the tiger reserve forests of Sunderbans (West Bengal) in April 2013, we electrified 7 villages in these regions bringing light to more than 600 homes where free solar home lighting systems were installed.
A milestone was achieved, when rural electrification was also carried out at some core Naxalite belts of India. Koiridia, a village in the Dumuria district that lies in the core of the red corridor (Naxal belt) of Bihar was one such village that had never seen electricity.
In the year 2016, 6 Solar Electrician Training Programs were Organized in Durgapur (West Bengal) and Bihar, providing vocational electrician training to young unemployed school and college dropouts.
SPREADING HAPPINESS INDIYA FOUNDATION
DIS is proudly associated with Schneider Electric India and Cricketig icon Sachin Tendulkar for ‘SPREADING HAPPINESS’, an initiative to provide cheap, efficient and eco-friendly electrification in the rural areas in the country. We have joined hands to provide rural electrification by installing solar home lighting systems and Solar Micro Grids .The initiative has already rolled out the pilot project in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal and Rajasthan which had impacted more than 20,000 villagers. We are now gearing up to extend our reach across to even more rural villages in India and light up many more lives.