Since building Samsung C&T Village in Pasirharang Town on Java Island, Indonesia in 2015, Samsung C&T Corp. has expanded its social service projects in such countries as India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Samsung C&T Corp. is a construction arm of Samsung Group.
The company just completed second Samsung C&T Village on Chargaon, Maharashtra State in India on Jan. 20, some 50 km from Mumbai, where the company has been engaged in a project to build the Worli Tower and the DAISEC multifaceted building, to support the residents of the town, many of whom live in poorly-built houses with no rest rooms.
The company began the project in the Indian village in April 2015, and so far has repaired houses for around 50 families and built 81 rest rooms.
The company also built two classrooms in two middle schools in Chargaon, equipped with information and communications facilities for some 200 students. The company also built two new cooking stoves, to create a hygienic and healthy kitchen environment, and held a class for 930 residents on the use of the new cooking stoves.
Located in the western part of India, Maharashtra is the third largest state in the country. The state covers an area of 118,809 square miles. Maharashtra shares its borders with the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh , Telangana, Karnataka, Goa and the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. On the western side of the state lies the Arabian Sea.
“We now can live without fears that walls might collapse when rains and strong winds blow as the new houses are strong and we appreciate very much Samsung for building those safe houses for us,” said Mahalu and Nari, a couple who moved into one of the new houses. “We are very glad that we have been able to do our share as a member of local community and the company will continue to do its share as a global corporate citizen for the development of local society,” said officials of Samsung C&T.
Samsung C&T is widening its projects to become a more socially responsible global citizen by offering to build infrastructure in countries with weak infrastructure for free.
The construction arm of Samsung Group said recently it is expanding its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities into such countries as Vietnam and Indonesia, holding a series of campaigns including "C&T village" and "Dream Tomorrow."
C&T village is a project aimed at improving housing conditions in countries suffering a weak housing environment, the company said. "We started the project to help renovate houses with poor conditions around the world," a Samsung C&T official said. "We have also been providing sustainable CSR activities for them by offering a variety of education programs since 2014."
The company has so far expanded the campaign into Indonesia, India and Vietnam, renovating and establishing homes or sanitary facilities for residents there, according to the company.
Dream Tomorrow is the firm's education CSR project, started in 2013. The company has since established education infrastructure — including schools and libraries — in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
The company also plans to expand the project into India and Mongolia.
"The project was launched to offer quality education for those in need, helping students there to foster hopes and dreams," the company official said.
Last April, the company held a groundbreaking ceremony for the fourth Dream Tomorrow project in India. Samsung C&T plans to renovate classrooms and libraries at four schools there. To promote sustainable growth, the company will also help the schools run a variety of education programs.
This is set to be finalized this month, with the firm expecting more than 4,000 students to benefit from the project. "Samsung C&T will take more responsibility as a global company, and continue to offer more valuable and sustainable social activities for more countries," the official said.