Since 2009, we have set up 1024 Children's libraries in government schools in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in India providing access to books for over 450,000 underprivileged students. Children inculcate reading habit and develop self-confidence. We will establish new libraries and gift books to existing libraries with donations received through GlobalGiving Foundation.
Government school students have virtually no access to library books. Most school libraries are kept in lock and key for fear that books will get tampered. Student cannot take books home and have to read only during the library period (45 minutes per week). 80% of the government schools are in rural areas where quality books are not available. Children also cannot afford to buy books. Reading is limited to academic books. The young minds have no easy access to wider variety of books.
Our library contains 600+ curated books with colorful graphic designs on a wide variety of subjects. The books are age appropriate. Children are allowed to take the books home. Student volunteers or library teacher operate the library. As children read more books on wider variety of topics, it increases their self-confidence and inculcates good reading habits at a young age.
Children's Library is a research based initiative to rejuvenate school education and to create a knowledge based society. Each library caters to the needs of 440 poor students. It will serve thousands of students for well over two decades as new books are added annually. Literate parents and siblings also get to read the books at home. This helps improve intra family communications and strengthen relationships.