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Citing Charlottesville Unrest and its Harmful Effect on Children, First Book Provides Resources for Educators Serving Kids in Need

New books to be donated to Charlottesville classrooms and programs 

The following is a statement by Kyle Zimmer, President, CEO, and Co-founder, First Book:

WASHINGTON, August 18, 2017—Our nation is reeling from the unrest in Charlottesville and the hateful rhetoric that is reverberating across the country. These groups and their acts of bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, Islamophobia, transphobia, and homophobia are repulsive and counter to our belief in the fundamental rights that First Book has championed as leaders in the fight for educational equity.

Among those most vulnerable to this climate of violence and terror are our nation’s children, in particular, children from low-income areas, including communities of color, immigrants, rural communities, and other underserved populations. First Book stands with these communities every day, providing desperately needed educational resources and supporting the heroic educators and other caring adults who work to lift these children up. These outrageous acts of hate are not only antithetical to all we believe in, but do insidious and lasting damage to these children, families, and communities – and to all of us. 

First Book is committed to supporting those working in the lives of children in need with resources to help kids and families who are struggling. First Book will shortly announce an initiative to increase the supply of books and educational resources to elevate empathy and understanding, including diverse and inclusive books, and social and emotional learning guides to help children navigate their feelings and fears. 

As a tangible next step, we are making a gift of new books to educators serving children in need in the Charlottesville area and beyond to help them begin to restore a sense of normalcy. We are in continuous conversation with our more than 325,000 First Book members across the country – the largest network of educators serving children from low-income communities – as to what they need and how we can best support them during this time.

We have seen first-hand the power of stories to blunt hate, create empathy, and change lives. That is our focus. Our responsibility to these children, families, educators, and communities is unwavering. As we reach this new level of crisis in our country, we are reminded that this work – while always important – has reached a new level of urgency. 

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About First Book
First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 325,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.

Eligible educators, librarians, providers, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact: Melanie Boyer, First Book
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Wipro, First Book Bring New Books to Mountain View and East Palo Alto Area Kids in Need

Partnership focused on promoting power of reading

Mountain View and East Palo Alto, USA, August 03, 2017 -- Five thousand books are being donated to students in the Mountain View and East Palo Alto area throughout August as a result of a partnership between Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, and First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that has delivered more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools with children in need.

The books will be distributed to registered First Book members in the Mountain View and East Palo Alto area, providing additional education resources in the community where Wipro employees live and work. The books will be used to stock classroom libraries, facilitate reading circles and help students build their home libraries.

Launched in 1998, the First Book National Book Bank is the first and only centralized distribution system for large-scale children’s book donations from publishers to schools and programs serving kids in need. The National Book Bank distributes 10 million books annually, and with Wipro’s support, 19,000 of these books will be donated to schools and programs in Mountain View, East Palo Alto, Boston, Seattle, and Indianapolis.

“Wipro is excited to further engage with the community through its contribution to the critical importance of access to books,” said Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Ltd. “We hope that our reading-focused efforts in Mountain View and East Palo Alto will allow students to continue learning throughout the month of August, helping in shaping their future.”

Since 2015, Wipro and First Book have partnered together to distribute over 118,000 books throughout the U.S. and Canada, with a goal of distributing over 200,000 books to children in need, as part of their three-year partnership.

Book ownership and a print-rich environment are leading indicators of a child’s educational success, but for the 32 million children growing up in low-income families in the U.S. alone, books are scarce. A recent study found that in one low-income neighborhood, there was only one book for more than 800 children, whereas in moderate income neighborhoods, there are 13 books for every one child.

First Book, which has operations in both the U.S. and Canada, works with formal and informal educators serving children in need aged between 0-18 years in a wide range of settings – from schools, classrooms, summer school and parks and recreational programs, to health clinics, homeless shelters, faith-based programs, libraries, museums, summer food sites and more. The organization supports nearly one in four of the 1.3 million classrooms and programs that are serving children in need in the U.S. alone.

“Wipro and its employees in Mountain View, Palo Alto, and all over the U.S. support their local communities by spreading First Book’s mission to bring the transformative power of books to children in need,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “Through the support and dedication of Wipro employees, tens of thousands of children will have the tools to fuel learning and unlock their futures.”

Wipro has over 40 facilities across 23 states in the U.S. Recently, the company launched a multi-million dollar Silicon Valley Innovation Center in Mountain View, designed to develop and showcase next-generation technologies and solutions for enterprises. Wipro has partnered with leading Bay Area technology companies, start-ups and academia to continuously evolve in the digital transformation space. The center has also incubated a ‘Digital Pod’, purpose-built for Wipro’s digital strategy, design and engineering teams to work in a collaborative and adaptive workspace, along with clients.
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About First Book

First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment and snacks, affordable to its member network of more than 325,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million educators serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.

Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

About Wipro Limited

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have over 160,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future.

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Prathibha Das
Wipro Limited
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Brent Curry
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
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Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements
Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding fluctuations in our earnings, revenue and profits, our ability to generate and manage growth, intense competition in IT services, our ability to maintain our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which we make strategic investments, withdrawal of fiscal governmental incentives, political instability, war, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, unauthorized use of our intellectual property, and general economic conditions affecting our business and industry. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at www.sec.gov. We may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf. 

First Book Makes Investment in Mobile Devices, Dramatically Expanding Access to Affordable Digital Resources for Kids in Need

Addition of specially sourced, affordable First Book-branded tablets addresses need for item most requested by teachers in low-income communities to meet their educational goals

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2017 -- First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise founded to address educational inequity, today announced it will add 3,000 brand new, specially-sourced tablets to the First Book Marketplace (fbmarketplace.org and fbmpcanada.org), the organization’s award-winning ecommerce sites for educators serving children in need, helping to bridge the digital divide for low-income classrooms and programs. In addition to the addition of digital hardware, First Book is also enriching its ebook offering, with new titles being added weekly.

The dramatic inventory increase comes in response to the First Book Network of educators, the largest and fastest growing network of educators in North America solely serving children from low-income communities. In a 2015 survey of network members, tablets topped the list of equipment needs, in order to give students access ebook and mobile learning game collections that were otherwise inaccessible. In the same survey, 40 percent of educators noted that tablets were necessary to achieve the goals in their classrooms.  At 325,000 registered members, the First Book Network represents one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving kids in need.

“First Book is making a significant investment in affordable digital tools and resources to ensure teachers working with kids in need can access everything they need to provide an equal, quality education,” said Carey Palmquist, senior vice president of ecommerce at First Book. “There is a tremendous need for digital tools; when we piloted laptops and tablets on the First Book Marketplace, they were snapped up quickly. The First Book Marketplace inventory is driven by the input from and needs of the educators we serve, and we’re grateful we can make these essential learning tools available.”

The new inventory includes 2,500 wifi tablets with a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 500 3G tablets with a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor (3G data service contract for the second model is not available through First Book.). Both models include eight-inch display screens, up to five hours of battery life, 8GB of internal storage, and one microSD/TF card slot for up to 32GB of expandable storage (card not included).
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About First Book

First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment and snacks, affordable to its member network of more than 325,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million educators serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.

Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contacts:
Melanie Boyer
First Book 
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(o) 202-639-0144

Wipro, First Book Bring New Books to Indianapolis Area Kids in Need 

Partnership focused on promoting power of reading, addressing “Summer Slide”

Indianapolis, USA, June 21, 2017: Five thousand books are being donated to students in the Indianapolis area through the end of June as the result of a partnership between Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, and First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that has delivered more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools with children in need.

The books will be distributed to registered First Book members in the Indianapolis area, providing additional education resources in the community where Wipro employees live and work. The books will be used to stock classroom libraries, facilitate reading circles and help students build their home libraries.

Launched in 1998, the First Book National Book Bank is the first and only centralized distribution system for large-scale children’s book donations from publishers to schools and programs serving kids in need. The National Book Bank distributes 10 million books annually, and with Wipro’s support, 19,000 of these books will be donated to schools and programs in Indiana, Boston, East Palo Alto and Seattle.

Wipro’s presence in Indianapolis has been expanded through its 2016 acquisition of Appirio, an Indianapolis-based global cloud services company that helps customers create next-generation worker and customer experiences using the latest cloud technologies. Wipro’s acquisition of Appirio created one of the world’s largest cloud transformation practices, a game changer in today's as-a-service and digital economy.  Since the founding of the Indianapolis office in 2012, the company’s headcount has grown in Indiana and globally.

“Wipro has a growing presence in the Indianapolis community and is excited to further engage with the community through its contribution to the critical importance of access to books,” said Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Ltd. “Our goal is to support reading-focused efforts in Indianapolis to help students continue learning throughout the critical summer months.” 

Since 2015, Wipro and First Book have partnered together to distribute over 118,000 books throughout the U.S. and Canada, with a goal of distributing over 200,000 books to children in need, as part of their three-year partnership.

A simple bag of books can help beat Summer Slide. In fact, research shows that children who are given access to books over the summer perform 35-40 percent better on reading achievement tests than those without access to books. Book ownership and a print-rich environment are leading indicators of a child’s educational success, but for the 32 million children growing up in low-income families in the U.S. alone, books are scarce. A recent study found that in one low-income neighborhood, there was only one book for more than 800 children, whereas in moderate income neighborhoods, there are 13 books for every one child.

First Book, which has operations in both the U.S. and Canada, works with formal and informal educators serving children in need aged between 0-18 years in a wide range of settings – from schools, classrooms, summer school and parks and recreational programs, to health clinics, homeless shelters, faith-based programs, libraries, museums, summer food sites and more. The organization supports more than one in four of the estimated more than 1.3 million classrooms and programs that are serving children in need in the U.S. alone.

“Wipro and its employees in Indianapolis and across the country continue to help advance First Book’s mission to spread the transformative power of books into the communities where they work and live,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “Thanks to the dedication and support of Wipro’s employees, tens of thousands of children will be able to fuel learning and unlock their futures. We are enormously grateful.”

About First Book

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise founded in 1992 that has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada, which, with more than 275,000 members, is the largest and fastest growing network of educators exclusively serving kids in need. By making new, high-quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

About Wipro Unlimited

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have a dedicated workforce of over 170,000, serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future.

Media Contacts:
Melanie Boyer
First Book 
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(o) 202-639-0144

Prathibha Das
Wipro Limited
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Brent Curry
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
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(o) 312-255-3086

Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements
Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding fluctuations in our earnings, revenue and profits, our ability to generate and manage growth, intense competition in IT services, our ability to maintain our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which we make strategic investments, withdrawal of fiscal governmental incentives, political instability, war, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, unauthorized use of our intellectual property, and general economic conditions affecting our business and industry. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at www.sec.gov. We may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf.