Quick Heal embarks on comprehensive socio-economic development
Quick Heal Technologies Pvt. Ltd, the leading IT security solutions provider, has undertaken a comprehensive social development project for the Katkari tribes at Paud, near Pune. According to the census of 2001, the Katkari population is now at 14,091 in Pune District.
Today most of the Katkaris work as laborers at construction sites. 75% of the women also contribute to the family income through similar activities. With severe economic conditions, the families are unable to support the education of their children. At the tender age of 10-12 years, the children often drop out of school. While the boys start taking up manual work girls are given away in marriage. Early marriages and no proper diet often leaves the girls malnourished and anemic.
In an effort to provide the basic amenities to the Katkari tribals, the Foundation is building a school for the education of the Katkari children, a medical center for health check-ups, baths and lavatories for ladies, a community hall of 800 sq.feet along with an information center complete with a television. Quick Heal has also deployed a full-time representative to oversee and supervise the holistic development of the community in terms of availability of drinking water from bore-well and to promote a hygienic environment in the village.
Inaugurating the Sarvoday Bhavan (community hall) for the tribes, Mr. Kailash Katkar, Founder & CEO, Quick Heal, said, “Native communities like the Katkari’s are now facing urgent health, economic, education, and environmental impacts as they are unable to make a proper living out of their traditional jobs. Their current problems need urgent attention. We are glad to have been given an opportunity to help, secure, and fund environmental, health and education projects for them. These projects will help us work side-by-side to improve the health and living conditions of the community.”
The company has also taken up an herb plantation project in a nearby forest area and aims to work along with the Katkari community to generate means of additional income. Quick Heal will also provide them with marketing support.
(Source: Press release)