Pratt & Whitney Management (Shanghai) Makes a Difference for Children, One Book at a Time
December 17, 2009, By Natalie Lowe
Pratt & Whitney Business Development and Communications Manager
Many of us are blessed with the chance to have an education; however, millions of children in poverty-stricken rural areas of China are not so lucky. So when Pratt & Whitney Management (Shanghai)’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee was introduced to Tom Stader, Founder and Executive Director of The Library Project, the decision was made to start helping these underprivileged kids – one book at a time. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
Founded in 2006, The Library Project is an extremely lean, non-profit operation consisting of four employees. They provide countless children in China and Vietnam with the gift of education through the donation of libraries. Based out of Xi’an, China, the organization focuses on assessing the needs of underfinanced schools and works with local governments, businesses and families to see how best to get a library to them.
On October 23, 2009, P&W Management (Shanghai) organized a wine tasting in support of The Library Project in Shanghai, China. The purpose was to donate a library to Wei Lou Elementary School in the Anhui province, benefiting 93 students in grades one to four. Seventy people from the Shanghai community, including Pratt & Whitney Canada executives from Montreal, were present to support the cause that raised over RMB14,700 ($2,160 US).
“The two main drivers of the P&W Management (Shanghai) CSR team are education and children,” said Natalie Lowe, Business Development and Communications Manager and Chairwoman of the P&W Management (Shanghai) CSR Committee. “We are proud to be supporting The Library Project, as they are extremely passionate about changing the lives of children.”
“Many people,” noted Tom Stader, “do not realize that offering a library consisting of around 600 books, tables, chairs and paint supplies to approximately 500 children costs as little as RMB7,000 ($1,029 US).” Liping Xie, Managing Director of Pratt & Whitney China Operations added, “This was a fantastic initiative: simple and effective, with a direct impact on the local community.”
Special thanks to the Pratt & Whitney Management (Shanghai) CSR Committee: Judy Fu, Cecilia Zhuang, David Gu, Chen Jun, Andy Taylor, Rita Cui and Amy Mao for making this possible, and to everyone who donated to this cause.