CSR’s CEO Joep van Beurden, CSR India General Manager Prabhu Shastry, and other CSR Bangalore staff made a return visit to Shishu Mandir school on the 4th of February. Their mission this time was to gift the school new classroom furniture – desks, tables and chairs – plus much-needed stationery and a printer. The visit began with a communal lunch – CSR staff joined 200 children and teachers – and then a tour of the premises and facilities, including the school’s busy computer lab. Afterwards, Joep van Beurden announced CSR’s backing of an annual award for scholarship: going forward, the top student of the 10th grade will be sponsored by CSR during his/her following 11th and 12th grade years.
The pupils entertained their guests with colourful and energetic performances of traditional dance, drumming, and an impromptu display of trick uni-cycling! The day’s fun concluded with a friendly game of basket-ball with a team of CSR staff pitted against the older pupils. The CSR visitors enjoyed a lovely time at the school and seeing the many happy faces. CSR looks forward to supporting Shishu Mandir in more ways over the coming years.
Shishu Mandir is a school run for local village children – 70% girls, 30% boys – from challenging family backgrounds. (“Shishu” means Children and “Mandir” means Temple). For almost 30 years Shishu Mandir has been working quietly towards creating a generation of children who are not bound by the difficult circumstances into which they are born.