On Tenth Anniversary in the US, Qatar Airways Gives 10,000 Books to American Children

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Qatar Airways celebrated its ten years of service in the US with a unique gesture of compassion - by donating 10,000 high-quality books and educational resources to low-income families in New York City. The books are part of the ‘Qatar Airways Summer Reading Program’ with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new, high-quality books and resources to children in need. Qatar Airways’ first flight to the U.S. was on 28 June, 2007, to New York City; closely followed by service to Washington, D.C. the following month.
Launching the initiative, Qatar Airways’ Cabin Crew attended an event in Brooklyn on Friday, where they distributed the books and read to 100 children, sharing their experiences living abroad as well as the value of education and travel.
“As a global airline, we recognise that it is our responsibility as a global corporate citizen to assist the communities in which we serve. In providing the necessary educational resources to children and students to help them succeed, we hope to ignite a life-long interest in exploring; both through the joy of reading and travelling”, said His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways.
The First Book partnership aims to put books and educational resources into the hands of children from low-income families as well as address the issue of ‘summer slide,’ where students' education lags due to the lack of educational engagement over the summer school holidays. Since the organisation’s founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families.
"We are so grateful to Qatar Airways for their generous donation of 10,000 books to underserved students in New York,” said Kyle Zimmer, President and CEO of First Book. “But even more, we are inspired by Qatar Airways' commitment to spreading the joy of reading, and the positive reading experience it has created for these students, with members of their own community who care about their futures.”
The initiative aligns with Qatar Airways’ ongoing commitment to children’s education through the ‘Educate a Child’ programme. Last month, the company announced it has renewed its partnership with the Education Above All (EAA) Foundation’s programme, Educate A Child (EAC), for the third consecutive year. Since 2014, Qatar Airways has worked hand-in-hand with EAC to raise more than $2.6 million for the programme. Additionally, last year 500 students each received their first book for the summer, courtesy of Qatar Airways and the Atlanta Public Schools, to kick-start the “School’s Out, Reading Is In!” programme