A grand celebration was held to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of ACF at Ambujanagar, Gujarat (where ACF began its journey back in 1993) on 18th December 2017 - the first of many celebrations around the country.
The event was graced by the visionary Narotam Sekhsaria, Chairman, Ambuja Cement Foundation and Ambuja Cements Limited, who has been instrumental in the conception and growth of ACF.
Mr. Sekhsaria expressed his pride in the way ACF has been successful in transforming the landscape and socio-economic status of the local communities in the region.
Walking down the memory lane Mr. Sekhsaria said, "We were honest in our intentions and did not wish to leave people behind. Especially people who parted their lands for us, for our business."
"I cannot ever be grateful enough for all the ACF employees who have put their grit and enthusiasm into their work, to deliver and implement what is directed by us." He said.
"When I think about this journey of 25 years, I feel proud and indebted. I am proud that ACF has been able to build such strong ties with the community and I am thankful, that the community has accepted us with open arms." Mr Sekhsaria said.
"I am extremely glad to be part of this incredible journey. Ambuja has adopted True Value - an approach that is well aligned with our Sustainability Development strategy and this helps us make better business decisions. ACF is a vital part of our social initiatives and this helps keep our Sustainable Development scores high." Said Mr Ajay Kapur.
The inspiring journey of ACF is a result of the great team spirit and positive attitude between ACF and ACL that has yielded very encouraging outcomes for the business as well as our communities.
The event witnessed a huge participation from Ambuja Cement and Ambuja Cement Foundation. There were a series of activities and programs, including a plantation drive, cultural program and experience sharing sessions.
Among those who passionately shared their testimonies included Poonam Bhargava, a former student of SEDI and now a nursing assistant; Dr A M Parakhiya, Director - extension education of Junagadh Agricultural Institute; Jayshribhen Bharga who is part of Women's Federation, Ashokbhai Dahima, a farmer. They expounded how ACF interventions have completely changed their lives, families and communities.
In the coming months, ACF plans to celebrate the 25 years journey in all its locations.