As technologies and economies evolve, it is imperative that we help the next generation develop a lifelong interest in learning, be it in STEM subjects or in literature and the arts.
Wipro is committed to giving back to the areas in which we operate. In partnership with the non-profit organization First Book, we’ve distributed over 350,000 books to underserved communities around the world. Our employees have volunteered to visit elementary schools to deliver books and backpacks, read to children, build classroom libraries, and more.
In 2019, Wipro’s Book Gifting Program delivered new books and high-quality educational resources to more than 56,900 children across 467 schools/learning programs in 5 continents. In 2020, Wipro and First Book's network of educators will donate an additional 30,500 books and learning resources to children in need.
Below are snapshots from 2019’s program. Click on a region to see the impact and the local organizations that made it possible.
In 2019, Wipro worked with the Asia Foundation to deliver over 13,000 books to students in Nepal and Sri Lanka. The Asia Foundation provides books and digital content to students and educators. Their goal is to nurture a love of reading in students, which is essential for developing the language skills necessary to compete in the global economy. Through their Books for Asia program, the Asia Foundation provides printed story books from their digital library to 250 schools and programs in rural and urban areas of Nepal. The Asia Foundation also sources local children’s books and distributes them to over 50 public schools, community centers, and children’s libraries across Sri Lanka.
We also worked with the Jordan-based Madrasati to distribute 130 Kutubee virtual library subscriptions, 80 reading tablets, and provide internet access to two schools, making 1,500 titles accessible to students. Madrasati was founded to address the urgent educational and physical needs of 500 local schools, and remains dedicated to mobilizing individuals to guarantee safe learning spaces, raise teacher morale, and garner societal support for education.
In 2019, we worked with Read to Rise to distribute over 8,150 books to 130 classrooms in 35 primary schools throughout Mitchells Plain (Cape Town) and Soweto (Johannesburg).
Read to Rise promotes youth literacy in underserved communities by visiting schools and hosting interactive sessions to get students excited about reading. “The students really enjoy the stories,” one teacher said. “They read the books when they are done with their work!”
In 2019, Wipro worked with several organizations to distribute more than 1,200 books throughout Europe, including BookTrust (UK), the Real Pearl Foundation (Hungary), and COSIV (Czech Republic).
BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, providing books, resources, and support to children across the country to increase literacy and foster a love of reading. Books are delivered through schools and through Letterbox Clubs, which send books to children every month in the mail to help them build their home libraries. The Real Pearl Foundation focuses on literacy and art education, as well as social services for families and communities in need. COSIV was founded to build the local and national relationships necessary to ensure every student has access to quality education. Resources provided through this program were distributed through the Czech Association of Streetwork, a platform for clubs and leisure activities for children in need.
In 2019, Wipro distributed more than 5,900 books to over 48 schools and programs in the United States and Canada.
In 2019, Wipro helped Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN) distribute over 1,120 books to their 144 participating students in Colombia.
Fundación Escuela Nueva is dedicated to improving the quality, relevance, and competency of education by promoting active, participatory, cooperative, and personalized learning. FEN also seeks to improve the lives of children and their families through education that empowers and enables them as individuals.