APPL entered into a “Project” titled, “Productivity Study of Presbyopes Engaged in Rural Agriculture (PROSPER A)” with Vision Spring. The project is a Randomized Control Trial (RCT) to assess the impact of near vision correction on the productivity of presbyopic Pluckers in three APPL Estates, measured by weight and quality of tea picked. The Project collected data for APPL workers and analysed the impact of presbyopia. The project was executed in Kellyden, Sagmootea and Nonoi Tea Estates in Assam.
Caring for women and children of the tea tribe community is one of the prime focus areas of APPL Foundation. Project Sambhuya is an initiative to build a robust maternal and infant care system at the tea garden hospital. APPL Foundation partnered with SAATHI to implement Project Sambhuya which adopts a multipronged approach to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the Tea Gardens.
The Vocational Training Centre of Damdim in North Bengal was started in the year 1995 with the objective to provide skills training to physically challenged individuals on the estate and in its neighboring areas. This initiative was launched with the intention to ensure that all individuals have equal opportunity to sustainable livelihoods. Till 2013-14, training was primarily provided at the centre for stationery making.
Adult Literacy Programme was implemented with the aim to impart functional literacy to young mothers whose children are attending crèche and lower primary school, in order to help them engage in their child’s learning. The teaching software for this programme has been donated by Tata Consultancy Services and proof of project’s success is in the enthusiastic response of the women, who after working in the tea gardens come to learn to read at 7pm, every other evening.
Facilitating social transformation and sustainability on the tea estates through a phased upgradation programme.
APPL Foundation’s initiative for the promotion of indigenous art and culture has prompted an innovative approach that focuses on the unique cultural heritage of the tribal communities of the tea gardens.
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Human-elephant conflict poses a critical threat to the survival of the elephant population in the region. Movement of elephants through human settlements, agricultural fields and tea plantations concomitantly results in damage of crops and property.
This programme was an initiative started by Tata Tea Limited in 1990, with technical assistance from Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat & Block Extension Officers of different districts. The intention behind launching this initiative was to aid villagers and local communities living adjacent to our tea estates with means of income supplementation. All 25 estates of Amalgamated Plantations Pvt Ltd distribute seeds to beneficiaries belonging to the community at large, from villages surrounding our tea estates.
Hathikuli Tea Estate is situated between the World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park and the Karbi Anglong Hills. The fundamental objective of the conversion to organic was to maintain the ecological balance of a biodiversity hot spot and prevent any further environmental degradation in the areas adjoining the World Heritage Site. The organic conversion of Hathikuli TE started in 2007 and the process was completed by 2011.