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Partnership Kicks Off with Reading Celebration, Book Distribution in Jefferson City, Mo.

WASHINGTON, September 4, 2015 – First Book today announced a new partnership with Wipro Ltd. that will provide new books to tens of thousands of children in need across the country. Together in 2015, First Book and Wipro, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, will distribute 35,000 books to educators and program leaders in 2015, serving kids from low-income families in Jefferson City (Missouri), Atlanta, Houston, East Brunswick (New Jersey) and Edmonton, Canada.

First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and educational resources to children in need, was chosen by Wipro for their leadership in addressing the unequal access to books in low-income communities. Books will be distributed to schools and programs in five communities where Wipro has a strong presence.

Books are critical to a child’s success, in school and in life. But in homes and schools in low-income communities, books are scarce. In fact, in some of the lowest income neighborhoods, there is just one book for every 300 children.

“First Book is thrilled begin a partnership with Wipro to bolster the heroic work of educators and program leaders with vital books and educational resources for the kids they serve,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “We applaud Wipro for sharing the love of reading and a chance for a brighter future with kids in the communities where they operate, and look forward to working with them for years to come.”

The partnership kicks off in Jefferson City, Mo. in October with a reading celebration and distribution of over 6,000 books to area educators. Over the next few months, schools and programs in the Wipro communities of Atlanta, Houston, East Brunswick, N.J. and Edmonton, Canada will also each receive between 6,000 and 7,000 books and educational resources through First Book. Wipro offices across the US and Canada recently completed a fundraising effort to support local schools and programs as part of the annual Spirit of Wipro Run. The funds raised by employees were matched by an equal contribution from Wipro.

"The program is designed to help children and young people gain access to excellent reading material, such access is integral to good education. This is especially important for children from disadvantaged families. The program is yet another effort towards our vision to contribute to high quality universal education by working with local communities and educators," said Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Limited.

About First Book

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 130 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families through the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information, visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

About Wipro

Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT) is a leading information technology, consulting and business process services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of "Business through Technology" - helping clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a practitioner's approach to delivering innovation, and an organization wide commitment to sustainability, Wipro has a workforce of over 150,000, serving clients in 175+ cities across 6 continents. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com