Sports day with orphaned children in Beijing
On 21 May 2016, a group of Gemalto volunteers from Beijing spent the morning with orphaned children at their Bethel care home in nearby Doudian. Launched in 2003, Bethel is a non-profit organization which focuses on empowering visually impaired Chinese orphans by providing them with foster care, education, therapy, and livelihood opportunities. Connect here to find out more:
After visiting the Bethel school and homes, the volunteers joined the children in a series of sporting activities and, with the teachers' guidance, helped them complete the exercises. Everyone had a wonderful time and volunteers were truly impressed by the children's talents and optimism. The volunteers also learnt more about blindness and visual impairment, understanding that when children are given the right support and love they can aim for the stars!
"The children are in a good place, full of love, where they can do many things by themselves. Hope they have a wonderful future and happiness all the time!" said Yan, hardware engineer.
"It gave me a new perspective on how to be more sensitive about the needs of the people around us. But beyond that, it is great to know that there are people who dedicate their lives to them and give them a brighter future." concluded Francis, software engineer.
“Collecting waste” in Carrizales de Elche, Spain
On 15 April, 21 Gemalto employees from Alicante participated in collecting waste in Carrizales de Elche, in collaboration with AHSA (Organización de Amigos de las Humedales del Sur de Alicante) and ANSE, (Asociación Naturalista del Sureste), two organizations dedicated to protecting this sensitive wetland site.
'Los Carrizales' (which literally means "The Giant Reeds"), was part of the so-called 'Albufera de Elche' (Lagoon of Elche), which has been significantly transformed by intensive farming. It forms part of the Perimeter Area of Protection of El Hondo, and is included in the Wetland Inventory of the Community of Valencia. Today this area has been affected by the discharge of solid waste which is contaminating the natural environment.
After three hours of hard work the Gemalto team gathered 400 Kilos of garbage, including plastic, furniture and solid waste.
"I believe volunteering for the social activity in Elche was an enriching experience. Not only did it help me take mind off my busy work schedule, but it also gave me a feeling that little by little everything is possible. It reminded me of the lesson that if we cannot clean something then we have no right to dirty it" said Lackshay in charge of Product Marketing.
Mumbai (India): the “Help an Orphan” project
In November 2015, a team of 12 employees from Gemalto Mumbai (India) spent three weekends with the “Help an Orphan” project. They supported a couple who, every day, wash, feed and teach needy orphans from nearby slums. The couple themselves have no guaranteed income but despite that, they manage to improve the daily lives of these children and offer a basic education including hygiene, eating manners and social behavior.
The team divided the work across three weekends and contributed with physical exercises, animations and general teaching. This included:
- Cricket and football sessions
- Essay writing and painting competition
- Cleaning and painting the children's room.
- Help in electrical and carpentry maintenance.
- Knowledge sharing about good manners and hygiene
- Donations of household items and sports equipment.
"Once again, we came across the truth that true happiness is in sharing and all it takes is an honest attempt. The project ended with individual employees promising to visit the children frequently" expressed Human Resources Manager for Indian Sub-continent.
São Paulo Corporate Run:
Health and Fun!
24 employees represented Gemalto in one of the largest corporate sports events in Brazil.
Over 5000 employees from the biggest companies in Brazil gathered on Sunday August 11th to participate in the 9th edition of the São Paulo Corporate Run.
Gemalto employees from the São Paulo Sales office and the Barueri Perso Center combined their passion for running and team spirit to be part of this prestigious race, where they were able to network with others and share moments of fun. The 24 employees were split into 6 teams of 4. Five teams took part of the 5 km race while one team competed in the 10 km race.
Gemalto Singapore provides food bags for 630 unprivileged families
On 6 July 30 volunteers from manufacturing, business and R&D participated in Give-A-Gift 2013.
Give-A-Gift 2013 is a food donation for the underprivileged families in the Bukit Panjang Town and Northwest Districts in Singapore. This program was targeting 300 “needy” families, with very low income, or lonely old folks. This initiative, funded by Gemalto Your World program, was organized in conjunction with Bukit Panjang Community Center Youth Group and with many non-profit & charitable organizations in Singapore.
Singapore Breast Cancer Foundation: Pink Ribbon Walk 2013
On 28 September the employees participated in ‘Pink Ribbon Walk 2013’, a Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) signature awareness event.
The Pink Ribbon Walk has attracted over 5000 people and many corporates across ethnicity, age group and gender in participating.
The walk is held entirely for charity, and the main aim is to build awareness of breast cancer and support of breast cancer survivors and patients. As an annual campaign, it seeks to drive home the importance of a healthy lifestyle, showing solidarity with breast cancer survivors and helping to raise awareness for BCF’s mission to eradicate breast cancer as life-threatening disease.
Gemalto employees from the Singapore office, coming from the different departments – BU, Mfg & R&D combined their passion for the walk and team spirit to be part of this prestigious event, where they were able to network with others and share moments of fun. All of us were dressed in our Pinkest to share the theme and walk the talk for the cause!