Naandi Norway today received the first ever Harry Hole Award. The prize is funded by famous Norwegian crime novelist, Jo Nesbø, and named after his crime novel hero, Harry Hole. The prize is awarded to organizations working to prevent illiteracy. Naandi Norway was established at the initiative of Capgemini Norge AS (“Capgemini Norway”), and supports the education of more than 4,400 girls in India. The prize money of 500,000 NOK ($86,500 USD) will go directly to Naandi projects in India.
Naandi Norway was established in 2007 with support from Capgemini Norway. The main contributors are the employees of Capgemini, and Capgemini Norway matches the contributions of each employee. Naandi gives girls in India social, academic and material support to complete ten years of schooling.
“This is a great honor for Naandi and Capgemini, and we are very proud to receive this award. The gift from the Harry Hole Foundation means that we can help even more girls to a better future. We are proud of our achievements so far, and look at the prize as a confirmation that Naandi makes an important difference,” said Anders H. Lier, Chairman of Naandi Norway and Vice President at Capgemini Norge AS.
Naandi Norway cooperates with the Naandi Foundation in India to ensure girls access to schooling. Naandi Foundation is one of India’s largest humanitarian aid organizations, and aims to eradicate poverty. More than four million people are helped to improve lives through Naandi Foundation. The organization focuses on projects to promote children’s rights, sustainable livelihoods and improved sanitation.
“For a knowledge company like Capgemini, it is natural to support projects that provide education. We see that education is extremely important to combat poverty. The projects we support provide education to girls who otherwise would not be in school, and at the same time helps improve the local schools. These projects are a good investment in India’s future. Mothers who have received education send their children back to school,” continued Lier.
Cooperation with Naandi Norway is part of Capgemini’s strategy for corporate responsibility. In addition to the support of Naandi Norway, Capgemini has programs to ensure equality and diversity in the workplace, and a broad commitment to the environment.