Because reading and writing is an undeniable birthright
Infosys believes that primary education is a birthright, not a privilege. While state governments in India provide free education, uniforms and textbooks to underprivileged children, lack of access to notebooks and stationery compels children to drop out of school, en masse.
In 2001, Infosys volunteers initiated a stationery drive to support children at a government-funded school in J.P. Nagar, Bangalore. It encouraged children to read, write and continue schooling. Infoscions pooled in money and resources to take this movement to the rural areas of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa, and Tamil Nadu.
Between 2008 and 2010, our employees donated 49 lakh towards the purchase and distribution of school bags, containing notebooks, a geometry box and water bottle. We now reach out to 45,000 children in 400 schools and distribute more than 172,000 notebooks.
More than 4,000 Infoscions worldwide are actively involved in organizing donation campaigns, purchasing notebooks, managing the logistics, and overseeing the distribution of school kits.