Sesa Goa's approach to community development is holistic and long-term. Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and community consultation are the core drivers of the Company's work with communities. It engages with its stakeholders by a consultation process. This, coupled with base line studies and need-based assessments, provide the framework for developing the various social interventions. Sesa Goa partners with like-minded organisations in most of the projects, such as government agencies, NGOs, local communities and panchayats.
The Sesa Community Development Foundation, initiated by the Company, is registered under the Societies Act. The Foundation's core focus is to foster the development of the community and youth around Sesa Goa's areas of operations in Goa through providing technical education and sports training as well as various community development initiatives. Some initiatives are listed below.
The Sesa Technical School was established in 1994 on an old iron ore mining workshop at Sanquelim. STS aims at providing the youth in and around Sesa Goa's mining operations with technical skills and knowledge to enable them earn a living. STS students specialise in becoming machinists, fitters, electricians or instrument mechanics, and secure placements in various nearby companies. For the last several years, STS has maintained 100% results in the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) trade examinations.
Since the inception 16 batches have been rolled out making 726 young Goan's employable till date on their own merit.
To nurture the talent of Goa's young footballers, SFA was established in 1999 to offer junior level training at Sanquelim, Goa. Its senior level academy began operations from June 2008 at Sirsaim, Goa.
It houses 36 Goan boys. Once in two years, boys in the age group of 14 to 16 years are selected on merit and are provided with professional football training as well as formal education. The team has won many championships and its graduates play for top teams of the country.
For the last 3 years, Sesa Goa's Senior Academy has been an active participant in the Goa Professional League, besides participating in the Second Division of the I-League, the Governor's Cup and various other tournaments. Within two years of the senior academy coming into being, eminent clubs have approached students for recruitment
Sesa has two football grounds in Goa created in restored mining land. To further nurture the young talent, a new infrastructure at Sirsaim was inaugurated last financial year. Built at an estimated cost of over Rs.4 crore, it has an all-season football turf, a hostel facility that can accommodate 30 boys, an in-house gymnasium, indoor sports hall, audio visual room and sauna bath facilities.
In March 2011, Sesa Football Academy (SFA) signed Mr Terry Phelan, a former English premier league footballer, who represented his country, the Republic of Ireland, in the 1994 FIFA World Cup as the chief mentor for significantly developing the Academy. The SFA has also appointed Libero Sports a subsidiary of the US-based Libero Sports LLC as its strategic marketing consultants.
Sesa Goa believes that building appropriate infrastructure can help develop communities. The Company's infrastructure development initiatives include:
Education has been one of the major focus areas of the Company's CSR initiatives. Given below are examples of the education initiatives.
Some of the key health initiatives of 2010-11 are given below: