Education  India Project #19863

Libraries for Poor Children in India

by Basic Research Education And Development Society
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Libraries for Poor Children in India
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Libraries for Poor Children in India
Libraries for Poor Children in India

We thank the donors most profusely for supporting the BREAD library program by taking part in the “Little by Little” campaign of GlobalGiving Foundation in April 2022. GlobalGiving Foundation has disbursed the donations received and the matching grant to the Fiscal Sponsor.

BREAD has dispatched 40 additional books to all 704 BREAD library schools of Telangana after ascertaining the contact details of HMs and library teachers. 2,187 Certificates to Voluntary Student Librarians (VSLs) of 431 schools have been sent along with the additional books to the BREAD library schools. This was possible because schools in Telangana reopened after summer vacation in early June.

In Andhra Pradesh, schools reopened only in July 2022. The thirteen districts of Andhra Pradesh have been divided in to 26 districts in April 2022. This has resulted in transfer of teaching faculty now in July resulting in delay to obtain their contact details. Replenishment of additional books to the 956 schools will be completed in August 2022. BREAD has established 28 new libraries during the last three months.

Mr. Srikar, an Intern from NMIMS, Mumbai has prepared Video and Audio recording of BREAD library program during June 2022. These are being circulated to all BREAD libraries through WhatsApp for better understanding of the program by its users. Link to view the Video & Audio files: https://www.breadsocietyindia.org/

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BREAD has established 148 new libraries in 2021-22 adding up to a total of 1,660 libraries in 13 years. It has also replenished its existing libraries with 50 new books in 2021-22.

BREAD is glad to inform all its donors that GlobalGiving Foundation has spared no effort to get the clearance from FCRA division of Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India to get the permission to disburse funds to Indian Partners. As an alternative, GlobalGiving Foundation has suggested that Indian Partners may try to find financial sponsors based in USA through whom it could transfer donations. BREAD identified a financial sponsor. After due process, GlobalGiving has transferred $7415.15 to it on 25th December 2021. BREAD has received the backlog of all donations made from May 2019 to November 2021 in January 2022.

BREAD has ensured that the delay in funds reaching us does not affect the establishment of the libraries or the replenishment of books in these libraries. This we did by drawing on reserves with special permission of the board of BREAD.

BREAD is keenly looking forward to the next few months as the schools have re-opened and there are various initiatives and efforts of the Government to re-invigorate reading habits. The Government has initiated a programme called “100 days of reading”, where the students are issued books to take home and read. We have observed a renewed interest in BREAD library’s with more schools asking for library’s and books. We hope to continue to make a difference in these efforts to provide every child with access to books to read.

BREAD is taking active part in mobilizing resources for its project through GlobalGiving Foundation’s Little by Little campaign from 4th April at 00:00:00 EDT to April 8, 2022, at 23:59:59 EDT (9.30 AM on 4th April to 9.30 AM on 9th April IST). Please donate using the following link: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/childrens-libraries-for-poor-students-india

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DAAN UTSAV 2021: During the first week of October 2021 our donors have supported us by donating over Rs. 10 lakh which enabled us to receive a Bonus matching grant of Rs. 0.80 lakh from GiveIndia. By the end of the Daan Utsav 2021, we received a total donation of Rs. 11 lakh and we were at 36th position among 100 Heroes receiving a further matching grant of Rs. 1 lakh from GiveIndia. We take this opportunity to thank all our donors who have supported us during the fund raising campaign.

NEW LIBRARIES: We have established 87 new libraries during the current year. In December 2021, all existing BREAD libraries have been replenished with 50 new books. We also gave an Updated Handbook 2021 on BREAD Library program to all BREAD library schools (copy attached).

 FCRA: BREAD Society has filed the Annual FCRA Return for the year 2020-21. It has also filed the application for renewal of FCRA registration beyond 31st October 2021. FCRA Division has extended the validity period of the present renewal till March 2022.

Financial Sponsor: GlobalGiving Foundation has asked its Indian Partners to intimate the name of a Financial Sponsor as there is considerable delay in obtaining clearance of FCRA to make disbursements. BREAD has suggested a Financial Sponsor and GlobalGiving is scrutinizing the documents. BREAD hopes to get the disbursement of funds locked up with GlobalGiving for about 18 months.

CSR Registration: BREAD is registered with Ministry of Corporate Affairs as an entity eligible for CSR grants. MathWorks Pvt. Ltd. has granted a CSR fund of $ 6,676. We thank the employees of MathWorks Pvt. Lt. who exercise the option to choose voluntary organizations of their choice to allocate CSR funds.

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DAAN UTSAV 2021: Transfer of donations to Indian partners from GlobalGiving has remained unresolved. Otherwise, GolbalGiving matching grants have been the most attractive. Please donate during DAAN UTSAV 2021 from 2nd Oct. 2021 to 21st Nov. 2021, especially in the first week from 2nd October to 8th October 2021 using the following link:

https://fundraisers.giveindia.org/nonprofits/basic-research-education-and-development-society

Even Small donations during resource mobilization drives add up to significant amounts helping us to replenish existing libraries with more books. These small donations have assumed importance in view of the steep fall in interest rates in India. Adding new books to existing BREAD libraries make them vibrant, dynamic and enthuse the children eagerly looking forward to read new books.

BREAKING NEWS: A former BREAD Scholar wants to donate Rs. 1 lakh to BREAD. She got BREAD scholarship of Rs. 13,000 over a five year perid to pursue college education after high school. She is unmarried, father an unskilled worker, supported her brother's education though yet not settled  and is supporting her sister's education which will be completed this year. Yet she chose to donate to BREAD. This story is similar to that of another former BREAD Scholar who made a donation of Rs. 4 lakh in April in spite of onerous family responsibilities.

And we will hear more such stories from former BREAD Scholars in the near future as we counseled them to look after their families first after securing a job and think of BREAD only after about 15 years by which time they would have completed their family responsibilities.

We believe we will hear similar stories from students of BREAD Libraries in 15-20 years.

NEW LIBRARIES: We have established 22 new libraries during the current year. We will establish 63 more libraries by Nov. 2021. In December 2021, all existing BREAD libraries will be replenished with 50 new books.

 FCRA: BREAD Society has filed the Annual FCRA Return for the year 2020-21. It has also filed the application for renewal of FCRA registration beyond 31st October 2021.

Annual General Body Meeting was held on 31st July 2021. It approved the Secretary’s Report of the activities during 2020-21, adopted the Audited Accounts of the year 2020-21, approved the proposed activities for the year 2021-22, approved the Budget for the year 2021-22 and  appointed Mr. P Mohana Rao & Co as Auditors for the financial year 2021-22.

 CSR Registration: BREAD is registered with Ministry of Corporate Affairs as an entity eligible for CSR grants.

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A former scholar of BREAD Scholarship program has made a massive donation of Rs. 4 lakh to BREAD Society to set up libraries in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalays (KGBVs) in April 2021. BREAD has awarded a scholarship of Rs. 3,000 per year during the three years from 2006-07 to 2008-09 for his Diploma Course in Engg. He lost his father and an elder sister while he was in school. His mother and younger sister live with him at Hyderabad.

This is an amazing story especially because he is just 29 years of age, unmarried and has yet to fulfill the family obligation of getting his sister married who has competed her graduation. He has to take care of his widowed mother. Such a huge donation came as a very big surprise to all of us at BREAD Society.  Hailing from a very poor agriculture family in rural Andhra Pradesh, this speaks volumes for the values he has imbibed. We are reminded of another instance of another gentleman, also from a rural agricultural back ground, who completed his Polytechnic in Engg some thirty odd years ago. He worked for a few years in a private company and started his own set up. Coming to know of BREAD Scholarships program from a business associate, he looked at BREAD Society’s website and gave a massive donation of Rs. 125 lakh in 2007. Yet another instance is that of a private medical practitioner, settled in USA. He has sponsored 506 BREAD Children’s Libraries and is still going strong. These examples speak for the transparency, trustworthiness and integrity of the BREAD Society.

BREAD has setup 183 new libraries during 2020-21. It is the maximum number of libraries set up in a year. The total number of libraries established in the last 12 years is 1,512. Of these, 992 are based on National Means cum Merit Scholarships (NMMS), 200 in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalays (KGBVs) and the remaining 320 are based on donor’s choice.

BREAD has opened a FCRA Account in State Bank of India, Main Branch at New Delhi as per FCRA rules.  BREAD Society’s participation in the GlobalGiving Foundation’s programs has come to a standstill with the uncertainty surrounding transfer of contributions to India based voluntary organizations. We look forward to a solution to this problem to be able to actively take part in GlobalGiving activities.

I once again thank the anonymous donor who continues to support us with his monthly recurring donation of $ 25 from the day BREAD Society became a partner of GlobalGiving Foundation.

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Basic Research Education And Development Society

Location: Hyderabad, Telangana - India
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Project Leader:
Ramamohan Rao Kakani
Hyderabad/ Kakinada, Telangana/Andhra Pradesh India
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