PPD in the Community
Our employees and company have a long history of generously supporting the communities in which we live and work. As our corporate presence has expanded in Latin America during recent years, so too has the charitable giving from PPD employees there.
Employees in Brazil Spread Happiness Through Giving
PPD employees in several locations donated food, toys, time and money to make the holidays bright for those less fortunate. Our colleagues in São Paulo, Brazil, reached out to children at a local orphanage, Lar de Nice (Nice Home), and through participation in Grupo Amar, a group of collaborative organizations that join together to provide assistance to families in need during the Christmas season.
PPD employees filled Saint Klaus’ bag with toys, clothes, shoes, toiletries and candy that were distributed to more than 45 children at Lar de Nice. The children also enjoyed a joyous holiday breakfast.
São Paulo employees also joined forces with Grupo Amar to spread holiday cheer by donating enough toys, toiletries and candy for 100 children. Employees additionally provided and delivered food to many of the families.
An additional group of families enjoyed Christmas cakes and refreshments as PPD employees distributed clothes, toys, personal toiletries kits and candy to more than 50 children in Santos. Each of the families also received food baskets.
Mexico City Office Supports Local Retirement Home
Continuing its commitment to caring for the elderly population, PPD’s Mexico City office donated medical equipment and funds to a retirement home where our employees regularly volunteer.
Two blood pressure meters, two oxygen concentrators and a corporate donation were presented on behalf of PPD to the Un Granito de Arena asylum (A Grain of Sand retirement home).
The nursing home was founded in 1992 and now has five locations in various parts of Mexico City, where it cares for an average of 70 elderly people per year. The nursing homes offer the elderly a ¨home-like¨ life, avoiding hospital environments, overcrowding and sadness, and establishing family-like bonds while offering treatment based on dignity and respect.
“It was a pleasure to be able to help Un Granito de Arena give their elderly the attention and care that they deserve,” said Avril Granados, human resources manager.
Helping Children in Peru Cope with Illness
When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, the day-to-day joys of childhood often take a back seat to the rigors of treatment and hospitalization.
“In our everyday lives as PPD employees, we strive to improve health and save lives. As volunteers, we get a chance to restore the spirits of children suffering from illness,” said Talia Guevara, clinical research associate.
Employees in our Peru office started a corporate volunteering initiative at their local children’s hospital with Aprendo Contigo (Learning with You). This organization helps children experiencing life-threatening illnesses continue living as normal a life as possible. Volunteers use entertaining and educational activities to help children cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness.
In February, Talia led the PPD team in entertaining 40 children from the hospital trauma room with a hands-on activity that let the children use their imaginations; they decorated photo frames they could keep. The day’s activities also included games and singing.
“Working alongside medical professionals makes us more empathetic to the pain and suffering ill people and their families experience,” said Talia. “That empathy made us embrace this opportunity to not only work as professionals in the health field but also as volunteers, giving children the
A group of employees has committed to volunteering at the children’s hospital once a month. In addition, PPD has made a donation to Aprendo Contigo to help them continue their work with children.
Santiago, Chile, Office Builds a New Home for a Family in Need
Employees from PPD’s Santiago, Chile, office joined together with family and friends to help build a new house for a family of four who lost their home due to an earthquake.
The project was led by the Casa Basica (Basic House) organization and supported by PPD’s donation of $4,500. Using prefabricated modules and materials, the PPD team built the five-room house from the ground up over the course of one weekend and concluded with handing the keys to the family.
“I am so happy to have this house because we had been living together with other families for several years. Now I have a house for my family,
“For PPD employees it was a very nice experience,” said Suky Majoo, human resources associate, “We were able to share our time with this family and with our own loved ones too.”
Learn more about PPD’s corporate responsibility efforts around the globe.