Nissan Partners with International NGO to Support Housing Construction for 75 Households in India.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd and Nissan Motor India Private Limited jointly partnered with Habitat for Humanity India (Note) to provide affordable houses to 75 households in Mangadu.

The Indian government provided a subsidy of 72,000 rupees (approximately 140,000 Japanese Yen) per household to 197 households in Mangadu using the “Basic Service Urban Poor (BSUP)” scheme. However, as the cost of materials and labor gradually increased over time, 75 households could not provide the additional funds required to continue construction. Thus, adhering to the company vision of “enriching people’s lives”, Nissan decided to provide financial support to those 75 households. Nissan’s headquarters provided the funds and the employees of Nissan Motor India volunteered to participate in the project.
 
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Nissan Motor India CEO, Mr.Kiminobu Tokuyama, attended the project ceremony and said, “We constantly aim at not just expanding our corporate activities across the world, but having our business contribute to the society. As we work toward realizing these two goals, we strive to secure sustainable profitability, while being mindful of continuous development in the society. We hope that this project is able to contribute to improving the health and hygiene of these 375 residents.”

In August 2010, a volunteer team comprising of 13 Nissan India employees helped with the construction of two houses. The team split up into two groups, with one group setting up pillars and the other mixing cement to build a wall.

The brick worker who directed the volunteer team praised the volunteers’ high quality workmanship, and the people who became the eventual owners of the houses thanked the volunteers for their contributions.

In November 2010, another team of employee volunteers visited the site again and joined the construction work. Persevering through the unrelenting sun, extreme humidity and unexpected rain, the employee volunteers continued their work. Moved by watching the volunteers’ work, villagers also began joining the work one after another. Overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, the owner of the house thanked their hard work and contributions.

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One of the house owners, K.Saroja, who is 60 years old said, “Being able to live with privacy and security makes me happy more than anything. We are genuinely happy that there is a hygienic toilet which we did not have in our previous residence. Now I can live with my son without having to worry about rain and wind. I am filled with gratitude towards everyone who helped.”

As of June 2011, the house for the 75 households were approaching completion and were about to be handed over to the locals.

(Note) Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity is a self- help NGO that develops communities by building houses.
It has supported housing constructions in 100 nations worldwide to date, whether in poor countries, disaster areas or developed nations, regardless of race, religion or nationality. Nissan North America Inc. began its partnership with Habitat for Humanity in 2006. To date, Nissan North America alone has donated more than five million US dollars in cash and gifts in kind, and contributed a total of more than 5000 individuals as volunteers to the organization including executives.
 

 
    
 


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