India’s Tatas provide 65,000 new books to poor kids in US

February 29th, 2008 - 12:27 am ICT by admin  

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Washington, Feb 28 (IANS) India’s Tata Group that grabbed global attention with their $2,500 Nano car, has joined First Book, a non-profit organisation, in a programme to distribute 65,000 new books to children from low-income families across the United States. Second grade students from Dodge Park Elementary School in Maryland were the first students to receive brand-new books Wednesday with the support of the Tata Group North America.

The students participated in reading circles with Tata Company representatives to celebrate First Book’s mission to provide new books to disadvantaged children.

“First Book is tremendously grateful for the generous support of The Tata Group and its companies, which will help to share the joy of reading and learning with thousands of children in need across the United States,” said Kyle Zimmer, president of First Book.

“Through the magic of books, First Book and The Tata Group are helping children to discover new worlds and realize brighter futures.”

“The Tata Group has a long heritage of focussing on education in the communities in which it operates. We believe that doing good is doing good business — and this is a good example of how we use our resources constructively to invest in future generations,” said David Good, chief representative, the Tata Group North America.

“The Tata Group is proud that so many of our companies have pooled their resources and attention to make a difference in the education of so many children.”

First Book, a non-profit organization with the mission to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books, has provided more than 50 million new books to children in need in thousands of communities in the US.

As the largest India-headquartered multinational in North America, Tata has more than 80 offices in the US and Canada and more than 15,000 employees.

With more than 60 years of experience in North America and a century of leadership in India, Tata Group companies generate more than $25 billion in annual revenues and employ more than a quarter million people across 85countries and six continents.

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