With emphasis on CSR, Zensar inks pact with South African NGO

Software services provider Zensar Technology on Saturday announced a tie-up with Tomorrow Trust, a South-Africa-based non-profit organisation. The partnership is aimed at expanding training activities in South Africa with focus on training underprivileged youth in information technology.

The company is also looking to scale up their CSR three times by next year. Ganesh Natarajan, vice-chairman and CEO of Zensar Technologies, said the company's direct investment in CSR for the current year is Rs 75 lakh. "We are looking to raise it to Rs 2 crore by next year," he said.

Natarajan emphasised that their educational programmes concentrate on breaking the cycle of poverty and changing lives.

Kim Feinberg, founder of Tomorrow Trust, said, "We are delighted to find a like-minded partner in Zensar to further our mission of empowerment and emancipation of the less privileged in South Africa."

Ruchi Mathur, head of organisation development and CSR, said their alliance will help expand employability in South Africa in a pattern similar to what they have been following in Pune and Hyderabad.

Harish Lala, Zensar's regional head, Africa, said they have already trained 146 youths in South Africa through a learnership development programme and will widen their reach with their tie-up with Tomorrow Trust.

The company has adopted the Chandan Nagar community in Pune and Anjaiah Nagar community in Hyderabad, focusing on building English and computer skills through free courses.

Other initiatives include an IT education programme, Udaan centre for English education and 'Akshar' programme for primary school students.

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