Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and its supplier partners donated $113,000 USD (6,705,000 INR) to construct a residential building for underprivileged girls in cooperation with the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust (KGNMT) in Hyderabad, India. Pratt & Whitney contributed $20,000 USD (1,218,000 INR) in addition to United Technologies Corp.'s (UTC) contribution of $45,000 USD (2,643,000 INR) to build the 6,000 square-foot facility, which provides the girls with furnished dormitories, a study center, e-learning center and playground, while incorporating environmentally-friendly features.
The residence will provide local, elementary-age girls in need with a modern home and study resources to help them excel in their education. The facility's e-learning center will provide the children with access to online educational resources, while its environmentally-friendly features, including a solar water heater and kitchen garden, will foster self-sufficiency.
"Both UTC and Pratt & Whitney remain committed to supporting the country's next generation of scientists, engineers and business professionals. The new KGNMT residential facility is the result of a strong partnership between Pratt & Whitney's global suppliers, whose generous contributions will provide these children with the education, facilities and direction that will power their success," said Jayant Sabnis, vice president, Engineering–Module Centers, Pratt & Whitney. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with KGNMT in the future and making a difference in cities like Hyderabad."
The project was executed by Engineers Without Borders (EWB) India-Hyderabad Chapter and EWB-USA, University of Connecticut Chapter. In addition to Pratt & Whitney and UTC, Belcan, QuEST Global Engineering, RGBSI, Cyient, MTU Aero Engines North America and Jaisara provided financial support for the project.
As part of Pratt & Whitney's widespread commitment to sustainable solutions, several of the facility's features are environmentally-friendly. The building includes a rain water harvesting/recharge system and solar water heater that will provide both hot and cold water.
Pratt & Whitney's support for the KGNMT project builds on the charitable donations it has made in India over the last decade. Since 2004, Pratt & Whitney has made annual contributions to the Association Saikorian that now total more than $167,000 USD (1,092,000 INR), including this year's contribution of $19,000 USD. In addition to the annual contribution, Pratt & Whitney has funded major projects at Krushi Home and schools in the village of Gowdavally, Hyderabad.
Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1945 and now has 22 branches across India. Each center works toward various social, cultural, health, education and livelihood activities for women empowerment and child welfare. The center in Hydershakote, Hyderabad, was established with particular focus on improving the lives of women and children living in rural villages located in and around Hyderabad and the Ranga Reddy district. For more information about KGNMT, visit www.kgnmt.org.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, auxiliary power units and small turbojet propulsion products. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.