When a 100-year flood left more than 1 million people homeless in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, Cisco employees wanted to help. Project Samudaya rebuilt homes, schools, and a healthcare center with networked technology, improving access to education and healthcare.
Cisco’s second-largest global headquarters is located in Bangalore, India, and our employees felt a deep desire to respond to the needs of the people in their community. In 2009, Cisco pledged US$10 million in cash, services, and equipment to rebuild 5 villages after catastrophic flooding in the state of Raichur.
Project Samudaya showed the power of human collaboration and networking technology to bring people on the margins of society into the global economy. Cisco partnered with the Karnataka government and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to rebuild the physical infrastructure with network technology to better access quality healthcare and education.
The project began with the grassroots efforts of Cisco employees and executive sponsorship by Aravind Sitaraman, president of inclusive growth in Bangalore. After the devastation, the Cisco office in Bangalore saw an opportunity to multiply the impact of their support by helping to rebuild the villages and founded Project Samudaya with local government agencies.