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    <div>Over the years, Forbes Marshall has believed in the philosophy of contributing and giving back to the community it operates in. Thus, when the factory was originally set up in Pune in 1958, Darius Forbes felt it was insufficient to merely purchase land from the farmers who were the original owners of the land; it was necessary to now actively and positively contribute to the community the company would be operating in. So, the first jobs in the company were offered to relatives of the farmers who were then trained for operation and machining skills. Within the suburb of Kasarwadi lighting was provided on lanes leading to homes as well as basic sanitation facilities were looked into. The company also assisted in providing good housing facilities as well, to those who moved into this area.<br /> <br /> Presently, the social initiatives of Forbes Marshall (FM) are located in the following geographical areas of Pune:Kasarwadi &ndash; the industrial suburb where the main factory lies; Morwadi, an urban slum adjacent to the factory at Pimpri (6kilometres away from the factory at Kasarwadi); Bopkhel village inside the College of Military Engineering campus at Dapodi (about 5 kilometres away from Kasarwadi) and villages in Chakan where we have our initiatives.<br /> <br /> We work in the areas of health, education and development of women &ndash; education encompassing not just child and adolescent education but also attitudinal and personality development, legal rights, awareness building and skill training for women; as per their interest levels; such that there can be additional incomes in the homes, and finally life skill education initiatives for adolescents.<br /> <br /> Forbes Marshall usually partners with NGOs (Non-Government Organizations) who have the expertise in various areas as well as likeminded philosophies and thoughts on how to make positive changes happen in the lives of the people we are touching.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;FM does not decide what is needed by the target audience; rather a participative technique is used &ndash; this is where the group, over a workshop spanning 2-3 days, actually talks about their overall vision, the impediments that are preventing that vision from happening; what needs to change (within themselves &ndash; or on issues within their control) &ndash; finally, action plans are made and people are distributed into smaller groups who work on the plans in a time bound manner.&nbsp; FM acts as a catalyst in making the changes happen.<br /> <br /> Few years back the initiatives for the village women started at Savardari (Chakan) after visiting the village, talking to the people and assessing the needs. Initially a tailoring and beautician's course were conducted with the help of Yuva Parivartan. Later the women were asked what inputs they would like and according to their need the sessions for the Savardari women on effective parenting and on health were started. We have been conducting these sessions for the women and covered the issues like health of children, anaemia, reproductive health, importance of education of the girl child, gender sensitivity were conducted. <br /> The response of the women was encouraging. So the initiative was spread across the Thakar( tribal) communities of Thakarvasti, Shinde village, Vasuli village. There are many women who now have started coming together for the meetings with interest. The concept of SHGs also was introduced to them and our resource person started bringing the women together for their social and financial empowerment through the SHGs. Two more courses of tailoring and beautician's training were conducted in ShindeThakar community.

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