Amazon.in launches four Community libraries and resource centres in Mewat

Amazon.in partners with Read India to enhance the lives of people and create opportunities for local communities in Mewat

Mewat, November 23, 2015: Amazon.in, under the aegis of its Amazon Cares program has joined hands with Rural Education and Development (READ) India to establish and launch four Community library and Resource Centers in Taoru in Mewat District of Haryana. With the vision of ‘Creating Opportunities and Transforming lives’, programs that will run through these centres will be designed to impact and enhance the lives of the community in the three areas of education, health, sanitation and enhancing livelihoods.

Today, Amazon.in made available four sets of digital educational aids such as LCD screens, DVD players and e-content to the four centers in Taoru, Guda, Jhamvas and Dingerheri in the presence of Mr. Ashok Sangawan, IAS, the DC of Mewat and Mr. Prakash Dutta, Director, FC Operations North from Amazon India. These aids along with the e-content made available will enable and enhance the experience for the children in their everyday learning programs at the centers. We have set up four community libraries with a total of more than 1000 books and six computers for the children. There are also four training halls with five sewing machines each, given the keen interest of the women to learn tailoring.

Talking about the community interventions of the Amazon cares program, Mr. Prakash Dutta, Director, FC Operations, Amazon India said “As a corporate member of this community we believe we have to play our role in creating opportunities that will transform the lives of the local communities We are committed to doing this holistically and in the areas that we believe are fundamental – education, health and livelihoods. The community centres and the libraries will play a central role in enabling this.”

Ms. Geeta Malhotra, Country Manager, READ India added, “We have set up the Amazon – Read India Community centers covering five villages, namely Dingerheri, Jhamvas, Gudda, Sheikhpur and Nihalgarh. Keeping in view the needs of the community, we created spaces for women and children in their own villages so that women can come with children, learn a skill and their children can have access to books for reading and learn with educational aids. We have selected the trainers from the community itself in order to provide a safe and trusted environment. We look forward to partnering with the community and helping them in their quest for a better quality of life. With Amazon’s support we are confident of making a difference.”

Addressing the community of Taoru, Mr. Ashok Sangwan, IAS, DC, Mewat said, “It is our collective responsibility to ensure that every Indian has access to good quality education, basic health, sanitation facilities and access to a dignified livelihood. We are very happy that Amazon has come forward to support the community of Taoru. I am hoping the community will make full use of these centres and these educational aids. I hope this step and the many programs designed on education, health and livelihood will make a positive impact to the lives of the people of Taoru.”

The education support initiative focuses on creating opportunities and enabling access to quality education for the community children. We will work with the government schools and local community in addressing the gaps and challenges within the education system in their endeavor of providing quality education to the future generation. Last month, we hosted a session on Teacher’s training for promotion of the habit of reading and writing among primary school children which was held at the Government school in Dingerheri. In September we provided solar lighting in Nihalgarh Government School and Guda Government School.

Additionally, the livelihood program will focus on training the local youth in areas of IT skills and others that are in demand by the various industries that are coming up in this area. Further, there are various government schemes that support the marginalized, economically weaker sections of the society so that they could have access to basic survival. However, a lot of these schemes do not reach the rightful beneficiaries. Through our community initiative we plan to bridge this gap by providing information to the beneficiaries and facilitating and empowering them to access these schemes.

About Amazon Cares

Amazon believes that the most radical & transformative inventions are often those that empower others to unleash their creativity and pursue their dreams. Amazon Cares demonstrates the philosophy of being ‘good neighbours’ through the activities undertaken in areas where our employees and customers live. The Company imbibes this philosophy to empower and engage its employees, customers, sellers, local communities and other stakeholders in its contributions to create opportunities and transform lives. Amazon Cares currently runs several programs such as Gift a Smile that is transforming & enabling new ways of giving and Amazon in the Community that is empowering local communities with tools & services that enable them to create opportunities for their growth.

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