NEW YORK, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Concern Worldwide US honors HP with its prestigious "Seeds Of Hope" humanitarian award, presented to HP Chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina at Concern's 7th Annual Award Dinner in New York City today. Long time leader in computer technology, HP is being recognized for its role as leader in corporate citizenship and its commitment to spearheading educational initiatives around the world. According to Concern Worldwide Chief Executive Tom Arnold, "It's important to recognize corporate leaders like Carly Fiorina who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership on issues of corporate and social responsibility. Ms. Fiorina puts her words into action, forming partnerships with the international humanitarian community." Under Fiorina's leadership, HP has taken philanthropy to new levels, creating learning programs in the US and abroad. In October 2003, HP announced a $10 million Technology for Teaching Grant targeting schools in the US from kindergarten through university level. This grant follows the $3.3 million in technology grants HP provided to 20 U.S. universities in May 2003. HP has also been working with international communities around the world to promote economic development through the relevant use of technology. One example is its joint initiative with UNESCO to provide high-end computer access to Eastern European universities. Another is its e-inclusion initiative to bridge the digital divide between technology-empowered and technology-excluded communities. In southern India an HP i-community is being built for a community of 320,000 people across five rural villages, with the goal of turning the region into a thriving, self-sustaining economic community where technology helps improve literacy, job creation, income, access to government, education and healthcare services. Head of the United Nations Development Program, Mark Malloch Brown, recipient of last year's "Seeds Of Hope" award, will present Fiorina with the Concern Worldwide US 2003 "Seeds Of Hope" Award. ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings will be the Special Guest at the "Seeds of Hope" Award Dinner. Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization committed to the relief, assistance, and advancement of people in need in the least developed countries in the world. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern Worldwide now has over 3,000 people working in 28 countries around the world. For further information or to help, please visit www.concernusa.org.
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