Fujitsu Dedicates School at Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy Carter Work Project site, Malavali
According to latest statistics by CRY, less than half of India’s children between the ages of 6 and 14 go to school. An even more alarming statistic is that a little over one-third of all children who enroll in grade one, ever reach grade eight. Recognizing this growing problem, Fujitsu, the world’s third-largest IT services provider and Japan’s market leader, is supporting Habitat for Humanity’s IndiaBuilds, and this year’s international Jimmy Carter Work Project (JCWP). This initiative included the donation of money & volunteer hours towards the construction of a school at the JCWP site in Malavali. The school will create opportunities for 200 children from the JCWP village and the surrounding villages for their self development and growth.
The school was inaugurated by the guest of honor, Mr. Masayuki Tokuda, Executive Vice President, Fujitsu Consulting, on April 16, 2007 at the Habitat-JCWP site at Village Patan, Malavali, near Lonavla, Maharashtra, India. Mr. Ron Mitchell, Executive Vice President, Fujitsu Consulting; Mr. Jitendra Tanna, Director, Fujitsu Consulting India; and Mr. Vivek Talghatti, Director, Fujitsu Consulting India were also present on the occasion.
The event began at 11:00 am with Mr. Masayuki Tokuda lighting the traditional lamp. After this, he officially inaugurated the school and cut the ribbon. The inauguration was followed by a school visit by the dignitaries present which included Mr. Vipul Shah, CEO of Dow Chemicals, Mr. Peter Selvarajan, CEO of Habitat for Humanity India, and senior representatives from the Aditya Birla Group.
Speaking at the inauguration, Mr. Tokuda said, “Children represent the greatest potential for any nation, provided they have an opportunity to learn. On behalf of all 150,000 employees of Fujitsu worldwide, we hope that our support of this project will enable these children to learn new knowledge and skills, opening a whole new world of opportunity for each one of them.”
Mr. Peter Selvarajan, CEO, Habitat for Humanity said, “It is a privilege to have large, reputed and professional corporations like Fujitsu, support Habitat’s efforts in the area of housing and holistic community development. We are sure this will encourage many more corporates to come forward and support Habitat for Humanity’s IndiaBUILDS - our national housing campaign for providing safe and decent homes to 50,000 families, over the next five years"
Amitkumar Banerjee, Director, Samparc said “As a local level voluntary organization we have been working along with Habitat for Humanity, in mobilizing the home partners of the JCWP site at Village Patan, Lonavala. To support the education requirement of the children, SAMPARC is grateful to Habitat and Fujitsu for sponsoring the school at JCWP site where SAMPARC along with the members of the Abhinav Credit Cooperative Society will run an English medium primary school for the rural children. We are working towards getting approvals from the government for starting the school from June 2007.”
Fujitsu has always actively associated with local community development projects through initiatives such as blood donation camps, participation in Pune International Marathon-Race for AIDS and other community improvement projects. The company has also regularly partnered with local NGOs such as Vidya Jyoti, Sparrows and Deep Griha, to provide funding & support for their respective community initiatives.
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