AT&T Supports Parikrma Humanity Foundation to Improve Quality of Education for Under-Served Children in India
Bangalore, India, November 12, 2009 — AT&T* has announced a contribution of US$25,000 (INR12,43,250) to Parikrma Humanity Foundation (Parikrma) to help provide high quality education to under-served children in India.
Founded in 2003, Parikrma is dedicated to improving the lives of under-served children in urban India by providing top-class English education, nutrition (three meals a day), comprehensive health care and family care. Parikrma has set up four Centres for Learning in Bangalore that provides the program to 1,116 children coming from 28 slum communities and six orphanages. AT&T’s contribution will be used to support the salaries, benefits and training of ten teachers across these Centres. The training program for the teachers aims to enhance teaching and other classroom management skills that will help children compete equally because they will receive a better education.
"AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives," said Gopi Gopinath, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Global Network Services India. "Parikrma’s work speaks for itself. As an organization, they have endeavored to give real opportunities to Indian children who cannot easily help themselves. By supporting Parikrma in such a noble cause, we are deeply honored to contribute to the Indian community and help underprivileged children. AT&T India employees and their families are devoting every alternate weekend a month to engaging the children in different activities like sports, cultural initiatives, excursion trips, and other educational interactions. The personal satisfaction and enrichment that the employees and their families are gaining through these volunteering undertakings is invaluable.”
“At Parikrma we take a child at five in kindergarten and go all the way through school, pre-university and college till the child gets a job. Only that way can we ensure all our efforts are successful. By supporting us for a second year, AT&T recognizes that sustained support is needed for long-term change. This grant will allow us to continue to invest in our teachers and raise their level of excellence, thereby ensuring that our children have the best possible education,” said Shukla Bose, Founder-CEO of Parikrma.
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About Parikrma Humanity Foundation
Parikrma Humanity Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to unleash the potential of under-served children in urban India. Parikrma manages Centres for Learning that provide a high quality, 360 degree development program that give these children the tools to compete on equal terms. Parikrma manages the Circle of Life™ of these children – Education (ICSE English), Nutrition (Three meals), Healthcare (Comprehensive) and Family Care. The fact that these children love to come to school is proven by the consistent record of 97% attendance and less than 1% drop out. Parikrma was awarded the 2004 Derozio Award for Excellence in Education and Human Enrichment by the ICSE Board.
Parikrma has four Centres for Learning (Koramangala, Sahakarangar, Jayanagar and Nandhini Layout) that care for 1,116 children coming from 28 slum communities and six orphanages. For more information on Parikrma log on to www.parikrmafoundation.org
About Philanthropy at AT&T
For 25 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have been committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. As the AT&T Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2009, more than $160 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs in 2008 alone.
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