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Huntsman extends support to community during Covid-19

Apr 23, 2020
Huntsman extends support to community during Covid-19

Huntsman, the global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals, pledged its support to fight Covid-19 through the supply of grocery (ration) kits for migrant workers and protective gear for health care personnel in Baroda.

Huntsman joined hands with social development advisory firm, Fulcrum to identify and assess critical areas amidst the current outbreak in order to support and take necessary action. The assessment revealed that over 200 families of migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were stuck in two villages in Gujarat, Luna and Umraya, facing a dearth of basic necessities such as daily meals. Huntsman thereby provided 253 ration kits sufficient for 1012 migrant workers.

Moreover, there was a limited supply of N95 masks and other PPE for healthcare personnel at GMERS Medical College & Hospital, a dedicated COVID-19 hospital in Baroda. Citing the increasing number of cases, the situation was an extremely difficult one to work in, thereby putting the lives of these personnel at risk. Huntsman helped these warriors with 525 N95 masks and 50 PPE kits so that they could continue to work, while being safe.

Commenting on the initative, Rayomand Sabawalla, Head - CSR Committee, India Subcontinent, Huntsman Corporation, said, “Today, we find ourselves in the midst of one of the greatest challenges known to humanity. At Huntsman, community well-being has, and always will be a key priority. In these trying times, we hope that our contribution will help protect the lives of healthcare workers, while also assisting migrant workers with their basic needs. We thank Fulcrum for having supported us through this initiative and look forward to doing our bit for the community in the fight against this pandemic.”

Huntsman Textile Effects runs a range of other community initiatives from its facility in Baroda, including its award-winning Anandi programme. The program focuses on key community projects focused on education, livelihood projects like animal husbandry & agriculture and water & sanitation in the area.