Dear Milaan Reading Champions,
You did it! Over the past several months, it has been overwhelming to see the international encouragement for Milaan and our budding library. Together, we've raised enough money to create a space of imagination and reading in rural Sitapur District, India.
It's thanks to you that our once empty library space is now host to bright tables and shelves and a projector stands ready to educate students with same langauge subtitles. We have you to thank for the hundreds of books that students now have access to in the rural village of Kantain.
In the coming months, we're looking forward to using our new library for storytelling, tutoring, movie showings, rehersals, and expanding young minds.
In the meantime, as it gets colder in the Milaan School, we're opening up another project to support the Milaan Outreach Program. This program works to target adolescent girls in government schools located around Uttar Pradesh.
Understanding that 1 in 100 girls makes it to Class 12 in India, Milaan works to equip adolescent girls with the training and learning to educate and transform their own rural communities surrounding educating girls.
We would like to invite you to be the first to check out our new project below. We're looking forward to your continued support!
Dear Library Supporters,
This July, The Milaan School was brightened by a group of enthusiastic volunteers from all over the world. Volunteers all brought individual projects to enliven the school and enforce the environment of innovative learning and creative thinking that Milaan School aims to cultivate.
I am excited to announce that several students decided to make the blossuming library their focus. Over the span of two weeks, the volunteers painted two walls with murals and bright colors, bookshelves went up, and the entire room was cleaned.
It is also my pleasure to relay that a projector has been kindly donated to the school by a volunteer in the group which the Milaan Library will be using to show education films and films with same language subtiltes to assist in learning Hindi and English.
The library is slowly going up thanks to your kind contributions and support. In coordination with the Milaan students and staff, we now have a colorful space ready to host books. We're ready for books, lights, curtains, and furniture! This month we hope to put in working spaces for the students to engage in extracurricular learning and creative projects.
It is thanks to all of your efforts that the room has begun to tranform into a library space! We still have a bit to go, but together we can create something that motivates students to adventure into reading!
Please consider sharing our library with your family, friends, and networks. We are so close to creating a generation of rural readers in the village of Kantain!
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In rural Sitapur, close by Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, school is preparing to start again. Teachers and students have been on a short summer break as the school construction prepares an entirely new level of the school.
Teachers come back this week to invest in planning for the upcoming year. As the school prepares to start a fresh year, the Milaan staff is excited about building a space to encourage critical thinking and active imaginations in rural India.
Last week, our staff room was brightened up with a variety of brand-new learning posters and globes. As school approaches we are preparing to bring 'The Only Library' to Kantain, Uttar Pradesh, and it's exciting!
As a team we're all getting excited about reading and how we think it can transform a community.
Meet Mohamed Sellemia. He's an MBA candidate at Schulich School of Business who has traveled all the way from Canada to work with us on the campaign. Along with myself, he is one of the major driving forces for this campaign. "A book is the most beautiful way to get into another world," says Mohamed when asked why he thinks a library matters to the community.
His belief in creative learning spaces and providing access to a library for the rural community of Kantain has driven him to travel half way across the world. Mohamed's university library in Canada has been promoting the campaign in an effort to encourage a world full of libraries.
To learn more about why our team thinks libraries can make a difference in our community: check out our blog. We'd love to hear from you! Please send us stories and thoughts on why you feel strongly about our library. We'll publish them on our blog!
Alyssa for the Milaan Team
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