The past 3 days have been incredibly busy as we kicked off our projects! My IBM team, including Peter from Hungary and Lukas from Czech Republic, met our clients, Rajeev and Jatin, from the Ludhiana Steel Rolling Mill on Monday.
|Our CSC and Ludhiana Steel Rolling Mills team: Jatin, Rajeev, Lukas, me, and Peter|
|Team debrief meeting after the kickoff|
|Rajeev wearing his new Chicago Bulls hat!|
We also met with Mr. Jain, the partner/CEO of LSRM. We discussed his vision for the girl's education CSR program and our planned methodology and approach. More about our project and Mr. Jain coming soon.
On Wednesday, we went to another LSRM manufacturing facility focused on forging. The forging facility forges steel, which is more dense and stronger, whereas the rolling mill facility uses rollers to create large steel rods which are lighter and less dense. They also have the largest Chinese hammer in the state of Punjab, which is used for forging the steel and made the ground shake with every blow. See below for some pictures from our visit!
|Workers setting the hot steel to cool|
|View of the forging facility|
|Workers forging the hot steel|
|The company garden, where employees can take vegetables home for their families|
|Finished goods ready for transport|
|Forging the steel with the largest Chinese hammer in Punjab|
|Jagdish, the coolest Sindh|
Transportation truck driver
for Ludhiana Steel Rolling Mills!
|Peter and Lukas at the forging plant|
We will be conducting a needs assessment with our stakeholders using focus groups, interviews, and an employee survey to understand the needs of girl children to help us shape our girl's education program. We got to interview 5 employees to test out our survey questionnaire today and will continue the needs assessment through next week.
|Interviewing an LSRM employee about girl's education|
To cap off our day, we stopped to get sugar cane juice from a roadside stand. So delicious and refreshing!
|Drinking sugar cane juice from a roadside stand|
Word of the day: dhanyavad/shukria - thank you