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    Lighting up a school in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu with Signify Chennai Volunteers

     

    May 31, 2021

     

    Recently a team of Signify employees from our Chennai Warehouse and Office in India undertook a very special project to illuminate a rural residential school for underprivileged children located in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu under our CSR volunteering program – Signify Light up a Smile.

     

    Dr. Ambedkar Ashram School is a two-storey primary residential school, located in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, approximately 80 kms from Chennai City. This school was started in 1998 with a vision to provide better education to students from scheduled tribes. Now this school is home to 65 young and bright students from marginalized backgrounds, with majority of them belonging to the “Irulas Tribe”, who earn their living by catching snakes and rats.

    Due to lack of funds, the school building was in a dilapidated condition for many years with almost no lighting fixtures and broken sections in the roof.”

    The school is located in a remote location, surrounded by dense forests on one side and agricultural land on the other. Due to lack of funds, the school building was in a dilapidated condition for many years with almost no lighting fixtures and broken sections in the roof. In the year 2016, the roof of 4 classrooms was further damaged by the severe cyclonic storm Vardah, making it impossible to use these classrooms during rainy days and hot summer conditions.

     

    Moreover, the lighting infrastructure of this school has not been upgraded since the last 20 years, with hardly any light available in the classrooms, school compound, playground and toilet area. While students could study during the daytime under sunlight, studying at night was not possible due to lack of proper lighting facilities.

    The team spent 5 rigorous days installing LED lights with their own hands, illuminating 8 classrooms, 5 toilets, 5 bathrooms, the kitchen, school compound and playground in the school.”

    Children at Thiruvallur
    33 passionate volunteers from our Signify Chennai warehouse and office came together and decided to transform the school by installing LED lighting in the school premises. The team spent 5 rigorous days installing LED lights with their own hands, illuminating 8 classrooms, 5 toilets, 5 bathrooms, the kitchen, school compound and playground in the school. The team also repaired the damaged roof of 4 classrooms with corrugated metal sheets. This project was supported under our CSR program Jagmag Pathshala (Illuminated classrooms).
    People at Thiruvallur

    As a result of the incredible efforts of these volunteers, the schoolchildren can now concentrate better during school hours and continue to study and play even after dark, thanks to the new LED lighting in their school and playground. Moreover, the illuminated school premises have also enhanced the safety and security of the children and support staff in this residential school. All the classrooms are now fully functional and illuminated, offering a better learning environment for the students.

     

    The newly installed lighting in the school was recently inaugurated by this inspiring group of Signify volunteers, with the schoolchildren putting up a small cultural program to celebrate the joyous occasion. The team also contributed their personal funds to distribute stationary kits and basic amenities such as food packets, sports equipment and personal use items for the school children.

     

    The big smiles seen on all the faces at the end of the day made this a very memorable occasion for both the volunteers and the students!

    About the author:

    Yue Cui

    Yue Cui

    Signify Foundation Director

     

    For further information, please contact:

    Signify Global Integrated Communications
    Neil Pattie
    Tel: + 31 6 15 08 48 17
    Email: neil.pattie@signify.com

    About Signify

     

    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2020 sales of EUR 6.5 billion, we have approximately 39,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in 2020, have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for four consecutive years and were named Industry Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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