through addressing the grass root issues that hinder women from achieving their dreams.
While Runaya’s People, Social & Equal Opportunity policies are pivotal in providing equal opportunities to women, there was need for greater focus to address the area of Women Empowerment. Thus, Runaya embarked on the journey of Project ‘Laadli’ through its CSR Initiatives, to address the key challenges that stem women completing education and joining the work force.
Through the CSR approach, Runaya aims to boost women empowerment in the local communities and help the company’s objectives in achieving Gender Diversity, better Employee Retention Rates, and geographic diversity, especially in the backward and tribal regions of Odisha, near the Jharsuguda Operations.
To address these challenges, Runaya saw the need to create awareness among the nearby communities regarding the importance of educational and social development, especially of adolescent girls.
Runaya, with the help of ‘Prayatn Sanstha’, conducted a household survey in the nearby ten villages under panchayats of Dalki and Katikela of Jharsuguda District in 2022, to understand the baseline of women empowerment. Following the survey, the following recommendations were identified to improve the awareness and reduce the dropouts among the adolescent girls.
To achieve the objectives and to support in the groundwork, Runaya has partnered with an NGO named ‘Anchalik Jana Kalyan Anusthan’ (AJKA), Jharsuguda
This collaboration aims to bring change in life of girls through education and health awareness and by personal, social, and educational development.
Implementation of the recommendations were initiated in the Month of August 2022
Under the chairmanship of BDO, Jharsuguda and other key people, detailed aims, objectives, detailed aims, objectives, activities, and way forward has been shared for suggestion and feedback.
4 Awareness sessions were conducted for parents & adolescent girls in 4 villages on the issues of dropout rate, personal hygiene, nutritional practices etc
Street play on ‘Awareness of Girl Child early marriage and school drop-out’ was conducted in five target village i.e., Dalki, Purna, Kurebaga, Banjari and Katikela under ‘’LAADLI’’ Project, on dated 23rd and 24th August 2022.
Awareness on life skill education programme was organized on 22nd August 2022 at Govt. High School, Purna. The life skill education programme was carried out by Miss Laxmi Rani Jaypuria, Project Manager, LAADLI Project and imparted awareness about the skills and capabilities that help individuals cope with problems in everyday life with a positive outlook.
A monthly counseling session among adolescent peer group to improve communication pattern, family, and interpersonal relation, to promote self-confidence and self-respect, was organised at Govt. High School, through notable activists & resource people and briefly introduced the skill of communication, family and interpersonal relation, the value of self-confidence and self-respect to the students.
The Project Manager of LAADLI project Miss Laxmi Rani Jaypuria visited all the schools in the project area and got touched with the teachers, school management committee and students. During the visit the project manager discussed with them regarding the issues like school dropout, infrastructure challenges, drinking water facility, toilet facility, classroom teaching and community involvement. The following issues and challenges were explored during the visit.
1. Lacking safe drinking water facility.
2. Lacking toilet facility.
3. Rain-water leakage from the roof.
On the eve of nutrition month, the nutrition garden was promoted in the school and Anganwadi center of the project area during the month of September 2022 to meet the nutrition requirement among the adolescent. In this programme the villages like Purna, Dalki, Banjari, Kurebaga and Katikela were covered with the active participation of students, teachers, AWC, ASHA and project staff etc.
The village level community-based watch group was formed at Dalki and Banjari village. Mr. Radha Mohan Pandey an educationist participated as a resource person in the programme. Adolescent girls, their parents, teachers, ASHA, Word members, AWW attended the programme. Mr. Radha Mohan Pandey shared details of rule, role and responsibility of the community-based watch group towards the improvement of the adolescent girls.
The adolescent peer groups were formed at Banjari, Purna and Dalki by involving adolescent girls. Miss. Seema Kharsel, Project Coordinator, LAADLI project facilitated the peer group formation programme.
The friendly football match of the adolescent girls was organized at Dalki village and Purna High School. To boost the inner talent and interest on cocurricular activities among the adolescent girls. The adolescent girls showed great enthusiasm in the participation of friendly football match. Mr. Biranchi Chatria, P.E.T. teacher was the referee of the football match played at Dalki. Mr. Gajindra Sahu, P.E.T. teacher of Purna High School was the referee of the match played at Purna High School. After the completion of the matches the winner team was rewarded by Mrs. Ambika Naik, H.M Purna High School and Mr. Sanatan Suhula, Social Activist.
Through these initiatives, Runaya aims to empower women by focusing on the grass root issues at schools among the adolescent girls. Project Laadli contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals of Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3), Quality Education (SDG 4) & Gender Equality (SDG 5) by Improving the education and health conditions for Adolescent girls for their development and growth in the society. Runaya aims to reach 6000 lives with a focus on 400 adolescent girls in the villages under the panchayats of Dalki and Katikela of Jharsuguda Districts. The project is poised to reach further heights by involving more villages and panchayats in the Jharsuguda district by 2025.
The world produces 65 million tons of Aluminium per annum, which results in more than 1 million ton of Aluminium dross being produced every year out of which more than 100,000MT is produced in India. The environmental impact of this hazardous waste is a global problem and needs to be addressed on priority. Runaya addresses this challenge by handling, evacuating, and processing of dross in an environment friendly manner with zero waste and zero discharge.
Runaya has partnered with Vedanta Limited to manage process waste from the largest single location Aluminium Smelter in the world. With our proprietary licenced TAHA technology, Runaya has recycled almost 21500 Tons of Aluminium Dross at Jharsuguda in FY2022, recovering 7,500MT of Green Aluminium. Runaya is poised to reach 60000 Tons of Aluminium Dross Processing capacity per year by FY2025, through its Operations at Jharsuguda and Korba.
Aluminium recovered through our process is one of the most carbon efficient Aluminium produced globally, with only 655 kgs of CO2 per ton of Aluminium produced (Based on DNV Certification for Restora Ultra, for Q4FY22), compared to 15,600 kg of CO2 per ton of Aluminium produced through traditional route (Based on Integrated Report of Vedanta Limited of FY22) resulting in a reduction of 15,000kg carbon/MT.
Due to its lower Carbon footprint, our partner Vedanta was able to brand the recovered Aluminium under Restora Ultra, thus contributing to the low carbon aluminium value chain.
“The launch of Restora, marks a proud moment in our commitment to decarbonize our operations as well as provide our customers an unmatched competitive advantage with sustainable aluminium products. Our holistic solutions are market-responsive and tailored to support evolving needs of customers. Restora has a GHG emission intensity which is almost half of the global threshold for low carbon aluminium. With consumers becoming increasingly conscious of the provenance of the products they use, Vedanta’s Restora will provide them the assurance that the aluminium they purchase has amongst the lowest carbon footprints in the world.”
“We are delighted to collaborate with Vedanta to create this innovative new product. With near-zero carbon footprint, Restora Ultra is a shining example of the value-creation that happens when we bring together innovation and leading-edge technologies for true business sustainability. Runaya has been working towards disrupting the linear economy model by building in principles of circularity and sustainability into the design of the resources industry.”