Mar 18, 2004

Seagate Initiates Health And Education Support Programme For Children In India

NEW DELHI, India - As part of its ongoing social responsibility efforts, Seagate Technology today announced its support for the SOS CVI programme to help provide basic healthcare and education for underprivileged children. SOS Children's Villages of India (SOSCVI) is one of India's premier organizations providing family homes for abandoned children.

The Seagate programme will be part of SOS CVI's outreach project that aims to help integrate children from underprivileged communities into society. To facilitate this effort, SOS has established 34 children's villages spread across India. The Seagate sponsorship will enable children from the region near the SOS CVI in Faridabad to access their facilities and services, including a balanced diet, functional education, basic medical care and regular medical check-ups, recreational facilities and quarterly educational trips.

"Seagate believes it has a role to play in enhancing the quality of life in the communities in which our employees live and work," said Sharad Srivastava, country manager for Seagate in India. "Our partnership with SOS Children's Villages of India is an affirmation of our commitment to our communities and to improving the lives of children."

"It is indeed unfortunate that many children even though living in a family environment, are still deprived of a real childhood," said Mr. Pradeep Singh, National Director of SOS CVI. "We are thankful to Seagate for their support in our project to reach out to underprivileged children in the vicinity of our villages by welcoming these children and providing them with a nourishing meal, education and recreation facilities", he added.

Seagate will closely monitor the progress of these children over the year and evaluate the success of the programme with a view to extend it to other areas.

The collaboration with SOS CVI is an extension of the company's Asia-wide community relations programmes for children, which have benefited thousands of needy children in a variety of ways. This includes improving reading habits amongst school children, talent development programmes, science and technology camps as well as fund-raising activities to support organizations such as the Singapore Children's Society, Children's Cancer Foundation and the Assisi Children's Center for children with cancer. (For more information on Seagate's community relations programs, please visit www.seagate.com).

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About SOS Children's Villages of India:

SOS Children's Villages of India is a voluntary child-care organization, which provides a home to a homeless child with a loving mother and brothers and sisters. It works under the umbrella organization, SOS Kinderdorf International, which was founded by Dr. Hermann Gmeiner. The first SOS Children's Village was established in 1964. Shri J.N. Kaul is the president of SOS Children's Villages of India and is lovingly called as 'PAPAJI' by the children and Co-workers of SOS Villages. SOS India provides a home for almost 15,000 children in 34 Children's Villages, located in various parts of the country. In addition to the Children's Villages, it also provides indirect care to children through 125 allied projects such as Kindergartens, Schools, Social, Medical and Vocational Training Centres, Out reach & Strengthening Motherhood Programs etc. spread in every part of India. SOS Children's Villages of India provides direct and indirect care to over 2 lakh children in the country. For more information, please visit website www.soscvindia.org