Infosys always responds to a human crisis by volunteering and pledging support. In October 2009, the northern districts of Karnataka were severely affected by floods after torrential rainfall. It claimed hundreds of lives and rendered millions of villagers homeless.
The employees of Infosys joined hands to rebuild villages and undertake a mass housing project. Infoscions, together with the Board of Directors and the Infosys Foundation, contributed US$6.8 million towards relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction.
Under the auspices of the state government's 'Aasare' scheme, Infosys partnered with local Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) to construct homes across 18 villages in five districts. The ongoing housing project serves as a model for sustainable development.
Infosys worked with the state government, the local panchayats and NGOs to restore infrastructure, including roads, power and water supply; and reconstruct homes in remote villages.
Banking the unbanked
We requested local banks to open no-frill accounts for residents of villages to inculcate the habit of saving and managing finances.
Volunteers of the Infosys Flood Relief team have developed a blueprint for sustainable communities. The new homes are constructed with amenities that incorporate rainwater harvesting, solar lighting, and forestation.
We developed a Flood Relief Management system to consolidate data of displaced villagers and beneficiaries of the housing project, and monitor the progress of reconstruction.