MUMBAI, India, Nov. 7, 2016 — Since 2015, Otis India has supported SOS Children’s Villages of India and in that time donated funds to provide quality education to nearly 1,800 parentless children in 25 SOS Children’s villages spread across India. Otis’ support for SOS Children’s Villages is part of the United Technologies Green Shoots corporate social responsibility initiative. Otis, the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
“Under the UTC Green Shoots programme, we get the opportunity to come together and do something for a larger good,” said Sebi Joseph, president, Otis India. “We believe everyone emerges a winner from engaging in such a programme. It is a great feeling for us, knowing that we at Otis are supporting the future generation.”
Green Shoots is an employee-driven volunteer program in Asia to support primary-age children in underprivileged rural areas. Launched by United Technologies in 2011, it encourages employees to donate time and goods to help create a better learning environment for underserved children. As part of Otis’ sponsorship, employees from Otis recently visited the SOS Children’s Villages to meet and interact with the children.
“We were very delighted to have volunteers from Otis visiting us,” said Ms. Anuja Bansal, secretary general, SOS Children’s Villages of India. “We appreciate the time and effort employees put into visiting our Villages and curating programs that help develop a bond with the children. It strengthens our resolve toward improving lives of once parentless and abandoned children under our care. This support gives us a big push towards empowering the SOS Children with quality education”.
Since its launch, more than 5,600 United Technologies employees have volunteered in the Green Shoots program. The program has covered more than 230 primary schools throughout Asia including those in China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea and Indonesia and has benefitted more than 41,000 children.
Otis is the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 160 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in more than 200 countries and territories. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.otis.com or follow Otis on LinkedIn, YouTube and as @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About SOS Children’s Villages of India
With 51 years of committed care and service provided to parentless and underprivileged children, SOS Children’s Villages of India is one of the largest self-implementing NGOs with pan India presence across 32 projects in 22 states. It provides direct care to over 24,000 children. Established in 1964, SOS India is a non-government, non-profit, voluntary child care organization. It has since been involved in providing children in distress a ‘home-like’ environment with a loving mother, brothers and sisters, as well as a home and a community. The mission of the SOS Children’s Villages of India is to build families for children without parental care so that they grow up with love, respect & security. It is a well-known credible organization in India and the first NGO to get a CRISIL accreditation for strong delivery capability and high financial proficiency. It is one of the very few Indian NGOs which can give a 100% tax exemption under section 35 AC. In March 2016, SOS India was certified by TRACE, world’s leading anti-bribery standard setting organization, which demonstrates a commitment to commercial transparency. For more information please visit: