SOS Children’s Villages India and Dulux are on the same mission – creating a brighter future for young people. However, something unusual happened this time. Our 24 employees decided to break the record in painting 1000 square feet in less than 10 minutes. And they did it!
India is the 15th country to participate in our global partnership with SOS Children’s Villages. The collaboration aims to uplift the lives of young people under the care of SOS Children’s Villages of India through our “Let’s Colour” program. The initiative is designed to use education and renovation to drive a positive impact on youth unemployment.
Breaking the record
As part of the kick-off activity, employees of AkzoNobel India came together to paint the community hall as well as ten family homes of SOS Children’s Village Greenfield in Faridabad.
Although this program focuses on improving the lives of people, we also had some fun. We were aiming to break the world record in painting 1000 sqft in less than 10 minutes. So, we have decided to paint 10 houses which were craving for renovation. Our 24 employees helped us with this task, and the final result was – 7 minutes and 19 seconds.
Freedom, growth, and endless possibilities
We know how powerful paint is, which is why we wanted to send an empowering message to young people and children. The Community Center is the gathering place, and we thought it would be inspiring to paint the blue sky and multicolor birds on the walls as they symbolize freedom, growth, and endless possibilities. To make sure we are using right colors for birds, we have utilized “Color Play Testers”.
After the renovation, children were thrilled and excited to spend more time in the Community Center. However, they were not the only ones left inspired after this project. The Dulux team was enlightened and overwhelmed after this initiative, which is why we will continue making better lives for children.
Empowering young people through skill development
The event was a great kick-off to further build the partnership with SOS Children’s Villages and reach young people to enhance their general employability skills through various skill development programs. Doing so we will help to empower young people to successfully manage the transition into independent life. Emphasizing the need for more such programs, Anuja Bansal, Secretary General, SOS Children’s Villages of India said, “SOS India is happy to partner with AkzoNobel in empowering these young people and provide them with the skills necessary for their future development.”
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