the Gypsy Village Meets ECHO (EC Group Health Outreach)

If you’ve been keeping up with our outreach news, you’ve seen that we’ve been doing a lot of activities with the Gypsy village not far outside of the city of Chennai. Our last visit was for our Christmas party celebration. We visited again last week, this time as part of the annual EC Group medical […]

Beach Day

Spring finally arrived in Michigan this week. Good thing, too, because we were all starting to get cabin fever. It didn’t help that everyone in the India office (where it’s nice and sunny 365 days a year) got to go on a family beach outing.  (Some of us Michiganders considered a beach outing for ourselves, […]

Little Hearts Visit

This Monday our office had the day off to celebrate Republic Day–what a better time than to go visit the people at Little Hearts?! Approximately 6.5% of the Indian population has some form of serious mental disorder. These people are marginalized not just by society, but also their own families. Parents will often abandon their […]

Sharing the Joy of Christmas with the Gypsies

In the Thiruvallur District, about 30 miles from Chennai, there’s a village of 186 people who are referred to as the Gypsies. These people are marginalized, considered to be the lowest members of Indian society–untouchable according to some Indian communities. They are popularly called Narikuravars, or nomads. Most are illiterate, uneducated, and marry among themselves. […]

News Digest – Social Responsibility

Think You’re Being Socially Responsible? Think again While companies are  buying into Corporate Social Responsibility, many do not have positive motives. Because they feel that they have earned up enough “moral credits” with their social responsibility, many businesses do not behave morally in other areas. A moral credit system is the wrong way to approach CSR. In […]

Are companies actually doing good in the community?

Bi-Weekly Digest Corporate Social Responsibility Companies Impacting the Community We talk about Corporate Social Responsibility all the time within business, but how good are companies at actually following through with it? According to a 2012 survey, only 3 in 10 employees in Fortune 500 companies gave an hour of their work hours towards volunteering. One reason why […]

Home for the Aged — Shanthi Bhavan

There are two categories of people who are at the Home for the age in India. First, ones who were abandoned by their families. Second, ones who had left their families on their own, fed up with the humiliation and ill-treatment from their family members. We in EC Group visit such elderly people in a […]

Blood Donation

Every year India requires about 40 million units of blood, out of which only a meager four million are available. To bridge this gap, EC Group, along with Cross Blood Foundation, conducts a Blood Donation camp for the Government Children’s Hospital during summer when the shortage of blood is acute. Volunteers both from EC group […]