Photo 1: Pratt & Whitney donates $18,000 to Project Krushi: Thomas Prete, vice president, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney, presents a check to Mr. Harikumar, president, Krushi Home. The money will be spent on providing state-of-the art facilities including two classrooms, an e-learning center, a playground, and a kitchen and storeroom to the primary school. Pictured, from left: Mr. Harikumar, Thomas Prete, Mahesh Patel, Palash Roy Chowdhury and Bharat Maharaj.
Photo 2: Thomas Prete, vice president, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney, visits the e-learning centre at the Krushi Primary School, Gowdavally Village (Andhra Pradesh, India).
Photo 3: Thomas Prete, vice president, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney; Palash Roy Chowdhury, Country Manager (India), Pratt & Whitney; along with Mr. Harikumar, president, Krushi Home, celebrate the inauguration the Krushi Primary School for children of Gowdavally Village (Andhra Pradesh, India).
Photo 4: Thomas Prete, vice president, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney, interacts with children at ZP High School in Godawally Village (Andhra Pradesh, India) in the science laboratory.
Photo 5: Thomas Prete, vice president, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney and Palash Roy Chowdhury, Country Manager (India), Pratt & Whitney, view a demonstration of the surveillance system at Krushi Home in Godavally Village (Andhra Pradesh, India). Pictured, from left: Thomas Prete, Bharat Maharaj, Mr. Harikumar and Palash Roy Chowdhury.
Pratt & Whitney and Supplier Partners Celebrate Inauguration of Project Krushi Primary School
Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, and its supplier partners dedicated a $75,000 USD (4,379,625 INR) addition that will provide two classrooms, an e-learning center, a playground, toilets, and a kitchen and storeroom to the primary school in the village of Gowdavally. Pratt & Whitney contributed $20,000 USD (1,167,900 INR) and United Technologies Corp. contributed $25,000 USD (1,358,894 INR).
The primary school will be used to educate elementary-age children from nearby villages and Association Saikorian's Project Krushi, a home for children from difficult circumstances, who are housed, educated and then integrated into the mainstream society. The previous facility did not have enough classrooms to accommodate Krushi students, which impacted attendance.
"At Pratt & Whitney and UTC, we are committed to improving the communities in which we live and work. With our partners, we are proud to provide these children with the education, facilities and direction they need to be successful," said Thomas Prete, vice president, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney. "We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Association Saikorian and continuing to support the next generation of scientists, engineers and business professionals in India."
The project was executed by Engineers Without Borders (EWB) India-Hyderabad Chapter, EWB-USA (University of Connecticut Chapter), Ingenieure Ohne Grenzen (EWB-Germany) and Infotech Enterprises Ltd (EWB Hyderabad Professional Chapter), Pratt & Whitney's engineering services provider in Hyderabad. In addition to Pratt & Whitney and UTC, QuEST Global Engineering, MTU Aero Engines North America, Belcan and Mr. Ralph Noyes, a local private donor from the United States, financially supported the project.
As part of Pratt & Whitney's commitment to the environment, several features were incorporated into the building to make it environmentally friendly. The kitchen uses biodegradable fuel for cooking; the sanitary system uses recycled water; rain water harvesting is done at the school campus; the playground is composed of degradable materials; and the classrooms and e-learning center are powered by solar energy.
As part of Pratt & Whitney's commitment to the safety and security of more than 100 children of the Krushi Home, a surveillance system (CCTV and public address) was installed at Krushi Home.
Since 2004, Pratt & Whitney has supported Project Krushi's work through an annual contribution to the Association Saikorian that now totals more than $148,000 USD (8,552,920 INR). In addition to the annual contribution, Pratt & Whitney has funded major improvements to Krushi:
Project Krushi, an Association Saikorian initiative, was established in 1995 to give children from difficult circumstances a safe living environment. While every effort is made to counsel and restore the children to their parents/relatives, those children who cannot be restored for various reasons are provided with shelter, food and education to mold them into productive and responsible citizens. For more information about the Association Saikorian and Project Krushi, visit www.projectkrushi.org/.
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