In 2013, the Wrigley Company Foundation launched a three-year, $1 million USD educational partnership with Pratham, the largest non-governmental education organization in India, working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children in India. This initiative, targeted at addressing learning gaps and providing support to help close these gaps in the top mint farming districts in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh, is aimed at reaching 40,000 children in 1,000 villages. “Education is one of the best ways to touch people’s lives,” said Michael Yeung, Wrigley Company Foundation board member and President, Wrigley Asia-Pacific, “and we are happy to create avenues for children in India to learn and grow through this Wrigley Company Foundation/ Pratham partnership.”
The goal of this partnership program is to help increase annual sustained learning, as well as engage parents to take an active part in their child’s education. The program is being piloted in 300 villages in the first year and will scale up over the next two years, ultimately reaching the 1,000 village target by 2015.
Since its founding in 1987, the Wrigley Company Foundation has donated more than $60 million to non-profit organizations around the world.