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UTC China Library Project Completes Donation of 400 Student Libraries

Volunteers from Pratt & Whitney China and China Eastern Airlines Technic Company Ltd. categorize and register donated books.
Qiu Xueliang, China Eastern Airlines Technic Company Ltd employee volunteer, encourages students to share their thoughts after an interactive reading session.
On Nov. 27, the 400th student library sponsored by the UTC China Library Project was donated to Songyang Street Dapo Elementary School in Songming County, Kunming, Yunnan Province, by a team of volunteers from Pratt & Whitney China and China Eastern Airlines Technic Company Ltd.

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) recently completed the donation of its 400th student library in support of elementary schools in rural China. This milestone celebrates a partnership, since 2011, between UTC and The Library Project, an international non-profit organization. To date, employee volunteers of United Technologies’ China entities have equipped student and teacher libraries with nearly 275,000 books, benefiting more than 85,000 students and 5,200 teachers throughout China. 

“The UTC China Library Project is a critical part of the company’s commitment to make things better in our local communities,” said Randy Bumps, senior director, Community Affairs, UTC. “United Technologies’ employees create the smart, sustainable solutions the world needs, and through their volunteerism in the China Library Project we aim to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.” 

The 400th student library was donated to Songyang Street Dapo Elementary School in Songming County, Kunming, Yunnan Province, by a combined team of volunteers from Pratt & Whitney China and China Eastern Airlines Technic Company Ltd. 

“I am proud to be a part of this donation and work together with the volunteers from both Pratt & Whitney China and China Eastern Airlines Technic Company,” said Li Xiaoyu, employee volunteer and sales director, Pratt & Whitney China. It was a pleasure sharing our knowledge with the children and great to see their curiosity of aerospace and aeronautical information. The experience was very rewarding and it was a pleasure to see the children smile. Through the UTC China Library Project, we can work together with our customers and partners to do something good for the community and continue to inspire children.”

Supported by The Library Project, the UTC China Library Project has developed a mature mechanism for integrating employee volunteerism, corporate philanthropy and sustainable support for rural education initiatives. 

“Over the past four years, we have seen tremendous growth in tens of thousands of students in rural schools that United Technologies helped,” said Tom Stader, founder and executive director of The Library Project. “They have gained confidence, knowledge and better understandings about the world and their dreams by reading and learning new skills. United Technologies and many of its partners like China Eastern Airlines Technics play a critical and continuous role in supporting our mission to promote under-financed rural area students’ literacy development and learning. We are very fortunate to have a partner like United Technologies and are looking forward to continuing our joint effort.”

In 2015, the UTC China Library Project received the Partnership Award at an AmCham Shanghai Corporate Social responsibility awards event for the exemplary collaboration between United Technologies and The Library Project. 

The Library Project is a non-profit charity organization that donates books and libraries to under-financed schools in the developing world. To date, The Library Project has created more than 1,700 libraries for elementary schools in the remote areas in China.