Canon India declared the adoption of Sol Gohalia—a village 40 kms away from Kolkata. This village is home to nearly 4500 people, who earn their livelihood from daily labour, irrigation, small businesses and other activities. For the first year, Canon’s focus is on quality of life. The company will emphasise healthcare, sanitation, primary education and environment. The plans include construction of new toilets, child friendly drinking water stations, installation of overhead water tanks and renovation of kitchens.
The company also plans to build a resource center at the school. This will be equipped with e-learning material, library and sports equipment. Canon has also undertaken levelling of the school ground to make sure that the play area is safe. Canon will also construct a borewell to ensure a supply of clean drinking water to the children.
Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India, said, “Our vision is to ensure all- round development and healthcare facilities to the people of the country. Through our flagship CSR initiative, we have tried to provide holistic living and growing infrastructure to the people of the communities. As we have touched the regions of North, South and West, East was on our agenda to join the nation through Canon’s endeavour. As the city is getting ready for its biggest festival, Durga Puja, we too wanted to be a part of the celebration in people’s lives in our own way.”