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Surya teams with Project Mala to help children in northern India

Company sponsors 160 students

CALHOUN, Ga. — Rug and home accessory manufacturer Surya says a new partnership will provide educational opportunities for children of weavers who live in northern India, where Surya's factories are located.

Surya is partnering with Project Mala, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an education, healthcare, nutrition and other benefits to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend school due to lack of resources and access to facilities.

 Children of weavers attend class in northern India. Surya is partnering with Project Mala to bolster educational opportunities in areas where the rug and home décor manufacturer has factories.Children of weavers attend class in northern India. Surya is partnering with Project Mala to bolster educational opportunities in areas where the rug and home décor manufacturer has factories.

Through an ongoing financial contribution, Surya will sponsor 160 students in four classes at two schools. All funds are allocated towards classroom education, uniforms, food and medical care, along with sports and cultural training.

"From humble beginnings of a single school with an enrollment of 100 children, Project Mala has grown to six schools with an enrollment of more than 1,500 children," said Neville Platt, trustee and administrator for Project Mala USA, Inc.

Surya's founder, Surya Tiwari, began his career as a teacher and said he now uses Surya as a catalyst to promote education and social mobility within the company's weaver communities.

"As a socially responsible company, we are passionately committed to contributing to the social and economic well-being of the people who reside in the areas in which we operate," said Satya Tiwari, Surya president.

To date, Project Mala has enrolled more than 7,650 children from 80 villages, and more than 5,250 children have completed the three-year primary school course. In 2013, the organization achieved 93% average school attendance.

In addition to Project Mala, Surya partners with Akshaya Patra to provide more than 7,300 underprivileged children in rural India with nutritious meals to help keep them in school, and works with East Meets West to sponsor 200 annual high school scholarships for Indian girls. The company details its commitment to social responsibility at www.surya.com/social_responsibility.

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