CALHOUN, Ga. — Feb. 10, 2014 — Surya, a progressive manufacturer of area rugs and home accessories, has announced a partnership 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. Through an ongoing financial contribution, Surya will sponsor 160 students in four classes at two schools. All funds directly support the children of weavers who live in the areas where Surya’s factories are located and 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. “By giving children an education and valuable vocational skills, we are enabling them to reach their full potential and gain a future livelihood. Education is a crucial element in lifting rural areas out of poverty and we endeavor to do everything that we can to make a lasting impact on the lives of children and families in underserved villages in India.”

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Pre-school children receiving instruction at one of Project Mala’s schools

Surya’s founder, Surya Tiwari, began his career as a teacher and 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, president, Surya. “We are pleased to be partnering with this very worthwhile organization in its journey to further the education of children who will now have the chance to become empowered and productive members of their communities.”

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 percent average school attendance.

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Surya also 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. To learn more about Surya’s commitment to social responsibility, visit www.surya.com/social_responsibility.

About Project Mala
Founded in the UK in 1989 and established in the USA in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) public charity, Project Mala provides children in the remote villages of eastern Uttar Pradesh, India with quality education in the four R’s – reading, writing, arithmetic and respect – as well as healthcare and other services, helping them to realize their full potential. Governed by the National Institute of Open Schooling, Project Mala’s curriculum includes a three-year Primary School course that covers grades 1-5 of India’s national education standard, a Middle School course encompassing grades 6-8 and a two-year Secondary School course that covers grades 9-10. In addition, the organization offers vocational training to help children make the most of their lives within a rural village environment. More of Project Mala’s work can be seen at www.projectmala.org/us.

About Surya
With more than 35 years in the home fashion industry, Surya is a vertically integrated manufacturer of fashion-forward area rugs and home accessories known for its innovative approach to design and retail solutions. An expert at translating the latest trends in apparel and interior design, Surya creates highly relevant products that meet the needs of a variety of lifestyles and budgets. Thoughtfully crafted combinations of color, pattern and texture come together in a full range of coordinating accessories that simplify the design process while fostering the creation of inspired living spaces that reflect individual style. Focused on improving the customer experience, Surya also provides a number of innovative display, merchandising and training tools to support retailers in successfully promoting and selling home accessories. Surya currently exhibits in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, High Point, Las Vegas, New Delhi, New York, Toronto and Tupelo. To learn more, visit www.surya.com.

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