Ashland employees participated in several community outreach efforts during the pandemic, including staff in India who reconstructed a boys’ dormitory in a school.
Prathamik Ashramshala at Dhundalwadi, Thane—a school that houses over 200 students in a boys’ dormitory—needed immediate attention, as multiple earthquakes had weakened the structure in 2018. The earthquake created tremendous stress on the building’s structural elements. Beams, columns, walls, and floors, as well as the connectors that held them together, had cracks. Left unattended, the school would have collapsed. The dormitory has two rooms incorporating 10 toilets, 10 shower areas, and handwashing stations.