Giving street children a home
Though Keolis has only operated the Hyderabad automated metro since 2017, SNCF has been doing business in India for nearly 30 years through Geodis. During that time, we’ve supported a number of non-profits working in the country, and in January 2019 we stepped up our commitment by joining with Keolis to create SNCF Foundation India, a public charitable trust.
With the new organization in place, we can now do more to support local NGOs.
Transport is our core business, but when we have a long-term presence in a country like India, we’re eager to go beyond our corporate mission and get closer to local people by supporting the excluded, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.Guillaume Pepy, past Chairman of the SNCF Executive Board
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The best solutions for India’s needs
The first project in Hyderabad funded five shelters for migrant children, run by the non-profit Aide et Action. In three years, these facilities have taken in over 1,000 children.
SNCF Foundation India also supports other organizations, including Pawmencap, which helps intellectually impaired children live a more independent life, and Agape, which provides shelter and schooling for orphaned children with AIDS. Among other things, SNCF Foundation India makes a minibus available to both non-profits so that children can go to school, to the hospital and on school outings.
We’re committed to India for the long term. Says Éric Moinier, Managing Director at Keolis Hyderabad1: “There are enough projects to keep us busy for the next ten years, and SNCF Foundation India will be here to help.”
The next step is for the SNCF Foundation to enable Keolis employees to support Indian NGOs through our Coups de Cœur solidaires and skills-sharing programmes.
1 Keolis Hyderabad has operated the city’s automated metro since 2017.