Ajmer/Jaipur 28th March 2019 – Five students of class VIII from Beawar, Rajasthan, Shalu Kumari, Sargam Goval, Sejal Bhatt, Manisha Kumari and Sonu Kumari of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Kotra have been recognized for their campaign on water conservation and biodiversity at the 9th Annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards(SOCA) organized by DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
Through their campaign, Shalu and team are trying to address problems like water crisis, low rainfall, less forestry and decreasing population of birds and animals in the Beawar region of Rajasthan. Under the guidance of their school teacher, the team started a water and biodiversity conservation campaign in their school setting an example for the people in their village. During the campaign, the team conducted exhibitions, processions and several community awareness rallies to educate and motivate the local population. Started in 2015, the campaign has successfully impacted more than 10,000 people of their locality and many more from neighboring areas.
Sharing the experience about the initiative, Shalu Kumari, the team leader said, “Conserving water is conserving life. Our well-being depends on water and therefore conservation of this vital natural resource is essential for our existence. Rajasthan faces acute water scarcity and Beawar is among the water scarce region of the state. Through this campaign, we are highlighting the importance of water conservation among the members of the community and educating them about the steps to conserve water. We consider this project as an opportunity to give back to the community. It is a matter of pride that our project has been recognized by SOCA.”
The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards is a school-level recognition programme for volunteer community service. The awards programme is an extension of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, the largest youth recognition programme in the United States based exclusively on volunteer service. In India, this awards programme was introduced in 2010 and is open to students in classes VI to XII.
The 9th Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards Presentation Ceremony is scheduled on 30th March, 2019 where Olympic medalist and former World No. 1 badminton player Saina Nehwal, programme ambassador would be felicitating the group for their extraordinary efforts in the area of community service.
The national winners will travel to Washington, D.C. in end April to be a part of the gala award ceremony held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They would also be taken on a tour of the capital's historic monuments and landmarks and enjoy a festive dinner cruise on the Potomac River. Moreover, there will be plenty of opportunities for these students to share their experiences and ideas with volunteers from other participating countries.
About the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards (SOCA)
The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards is a school-level recognition programme for volunteer community service. The objective is to encourage the efforts of school children who’ve made a difference - and inspired countless others to consider how they can contribute to their communities.
The awards programme is an extension of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, the largest youth recognition programme in the United States based exclusively on volunteer service. Since its inception in 1995 by Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI), the U.S. programme has officially recognized more than 125,000 young people for their meaningful contributions towards their communities.
India is the 8th country outside of the United States to conduct this Awards programme. Other participating countries include PFI subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, China, Brazil and Poland.
This awards programme was introduced in India in 2010 and is open to students in classes VI to XII. Since then, the initiative has grown in strength and stature and has witnessed a stupendous rise in participation from students across the country. Over the last 9 years, more than 40,000 students have applied for these awards and from among them, 700+ have been formally recognized for their outstanding community service work.
About DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance Co. Ltd. is a joint venture between Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. (DHFL), India’s second largest private sector housing finance company and Prudential International Insurance Holdings, Ltd. (PIIH), a fully owned subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI), a financial services leader headquartered in the U.S. DPLI represents the coming together of two renowned financial services organizations with a legacy of business excellence spread over decades. The life insurance joint venture agreement between the two partners was signed in July 2013.
DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance Co. Ltd. has a pan India presence through multiple distribution channels which have been customized to address the specific insurance needs of diverse customer segments. The Company is committed to providing protection and quality financial advice to its customers. For further information on the Company, please visit www.dhflpramerica.com
DHFL was founded in 1984 by Late Shri Rajesh Kumar Wadhawan with a vision to provide financial access for Indians to own a home of their own. Today, led by Mr. Kapil Wadhawan, CMD, DHFL, the company is CARE Triple A rated and reckoned as one of India’s leading financial institutions with a large presence across the country, in addition to representative offices in Dubai and London.
Throughout its years of growth, DHFL has stayed true to its core vision of financial inclusion, especially to the low and middle income customers across India. The company’s wide network, coupled with insights into local customer needs, has enabled the company to provide meaningful financial access to customers even in India’s smallest towns. With a strong business foundation, an extensive distribution network, proven industry expertise and a deep understanding of the Indian customer, DHFL is a respected and trusted financial services company in India with a concerted focus towards enabling home ownership to the low and middle income customer. For further information, please visit www.dhfl.com
PFI*, a financial services leader with ,1.334 trillion of assets under management as of June 30, 2017, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. Prudential International Insurance Holdings & Prudential Financial Inc. of the United States are not affiliated with Prudential Plc, a Company incorporated in the United Kingdom. In the U.S., PFI’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century.