Carrier and United Way of Delhi Launch Project Pehal 2.0 at Chakkarpur Village in Gurgaon

April 29, 2016

GURGAON, India

Pehal 2.0 will reach 10,000 families in and around Chakkarpur with focus on healthcare and skill development

Leading healthcare provider Medanta supports Pehal 2.0 with health-related services

Carrier Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Ltd. along with United Way of Delhi, today launched the second phase of the multiple award-winning community development initiative, Project Pehal. Known as Pehal 2.0, the program expands the scope of the original initiative, and covers Chakkarpur Village and surrounding areas to deliver health and skills development services to 10,000 families. Carrier, which operates in India as Carrier Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Ltd., is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Pehal 2.0 is designed to build on the achievements of Project Pehal, with a focus on taking health initiatives to the next level. This includes supporting the creation of a fully operational Primary Health Centre offering medical consultations, basic diagnostics and medicine dispensing, as well as referral arrangements with government and private hospitals. The program will also help develop and implement a sustainable model for urban healthcare delivery to be scaled up in other parts of Gurgaon and beyond. Community members can register for various health programs and their electronic health and medical records will be maintained.

Leading healthcare provider Medanta has also extended its support to Pehal 2.0 by offering its range of health-related services to the project, including patient awareness and education programs and diagnostic testing.

In addition to health initiatives, the program will also introduce a skills development service to enhance the livelihood and social security for these 10,000 families. Pehal 2.0’s development initiatives will enable 400 youth from families in disadvantaged communities in and around Chakkarpur to secure skills and vocational training and job placement support.

“United Technologies has always been committed to enhancing the well-being of the communities it operates in and hence in 2013, Project Pehal was launched strengthening that very commitment. Three years on, Carrier honors the same commitment by launching Project Pehal 2.0 with an aim to develop even stronger and more sustainable communities,” said Arun Bhatia, managing director, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, India. “Pehal 2.0 strives to take the achievements of Project Pehal to greater heights in the field of healthcare and skills development through the creation and implementation of a sustainable model for urban healthcare and increased economic participation.”

He further added, “We are committed to building the capacity in this community through proactive interventions and engagements to enable them to become active partners in progress. We measure success of the business with same set of operational and environmental metrics that promote well-being, growth and vitality in local communities.”

“We are excited to work with Carrier and UTC on this award-winning community development project. As a pioneer in the healthcare industry, Medanta takes a lot of pride in delivering world-class, affordable medical services to those in need. Our joining hands on Pehal 2.0 is a natural extension of our corporate social responsibility philosophy and we are confident this project will make a long-term impact in the Chakkarpur community,” said Pankaj Sahni, chief operating officer, Medanta Medicity.

Since its launch, Pehal has provided all-round support for over 2,000 families of migrant labourers living in makeshift houses in Gurgaon, through sustained interventions to improve their education, healthcare and habitat, with active participation of employee volunteers of UTC business units in India.

Some of Project Pehal’s notable achievements have been in the following areas:

Healthcare

  • Benefited around 8,000 patients and helped save several lives through timely referrals
  • Increased awareness of health issues and women’s rights

Education

  • 345 children enrolled in the preparatory school were mainstreamed into formal schools
  • Introduced Pehal Girls, an initiative to prevent the drop out of adolescent girls from school. They were facilitated with remedial education, life skills and confidence building to continue education.

Sanitation

  • Over 9,000 community members, including 2,200 women benefitted from the initiative

Skills development

  • 70 youth were employed through Pehal job fairs and trainings

Financial inclusion

  • 1,016 community members provided assistance with Aadhar cards
  • Over 200 financial literacy camps organized supporting 7,000 people

About Carrier
Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier is the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Carrier is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.carrier.com or follow @CarrierGreen on Twitter.

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