Dedicated to make a discernible impact on the communities it operates in, the world leader in imaging continues its socialendeavours. Commenced in 2012, Canon India’s flagship CSR initiative, ‘Adopt a Village’, today includes four adopted villages, leading to the initiatives pan India outreach. Adopted last year 40 kms from Kolkata, Canon’s fourth village, ‘Sol Gohalia’ yesterday marked its first anniversary.This is yet another milestone in Canon India’s flagship programme ‘Adopt a Village’, which focuses on holistic development of village dwellers. Sol Gohalia, home to nearly 4500 people, who earn their livelihood from daily labour, irrigation and small businesses, has received continued improvisation in four key areas, including eye care, education, environment, leading to overall empowerment. Sol Gohalia was joined to the Canon family with a mission to redefine the lives of people in and around the village by providing them with facilities for a well-developed and sustainable living. Since then, the village has witnessed several notable developments. To mention a few, capacity building in the school has led to students returning to the village school to enjoy better classroom infrastructure, clean drinking water supply, a resource centre with a non-formal education teacher to impart computer literacy, art and craft skills and encouraging sports among the students of all grades along with a vision centre for better eye care services.The special day was marked with celebration, enthusiasm and vigour amongst one and all. More than 60 Canon India employees marked their presence in the village to celebrate the special day with their Sol Gohalia family. School children brimming with vigour gave a warm welcome to the employees with regional dance and singing performances. A painting competition was organised, where the students participated and won accolades and trophies for their performance. An art and craft exhibition in which students showcased various art & craft work, learnt by them in the resource centre, further imbibed the importance of extracurricular activities, ensuring all-inclusive progress of young minds. All the school children were handed over a pair of new school bags, as a small token of encouragement and appreciation. With a focus on building a green haven for Sol Gohalia dwellers, another watering the trees drive was organised on the special day.With the participation of more than 155 students from the village school, Solgohalia Nimnubuniyadi Vidyalaya, 60 employees and 100 villagers, Sol Gohalia anniversary celebration was a notable event in the CSR journey of Canon India.Canon India’s four adopted villages in the country include Ferozepur Namak in Haryana, Maharaja Katte in Bangalore, and Karanjoti in Maharashtra and Sol Gohalia in Kolkata.
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