In September 2009, widespread flooding in the southern Indian state of Karnataka left more than 1 million people homeless. The flood destroyed homes, schools, and crops; many people lost everything they owned.
Residents of five hard-hit villages in the district of Raichur, already an arduous two-hour journey from the closest town under good circumstances, were even further isolated by the crisis.
Cisco pledged US$10 million in cash, services, solutions, and equipment to support reconstruction and rehabilitation in these five villages. Project Samudaya, which means “community” in Sanskrit, included:
Cisco partnered with the following organizations and individuals to bring Project Samudaya to life:
Village residents can now see physicians and specialists affordably and without traveling a great distance.
One young patient was diagnosed with a heart problem during a remote consultation, and doctors at RxDx Hospital sponsored her travel to Bangalore for treatment.
Government officials were so impressed with the positive impact of technology on students that they partnered with Cisco to deploy the same model to five additional schools and four hostels run by the Karnataka social welfare department.