I have just cleared our library and set out piles of books that our tot has outgrown and I can?t begin to tell you how good it feels. Not just because the treasures got dusted, sorted and space has been made for new books, but there?s also the joy of coming upon the good old favourites of four years ago and the memories that come with them ? first words, first favourite?and also the happiness of knowing that these books will bring joy to children who don?t get
much and will be thrilled to have them.
For the longest time I have been planning to give the outgrown toys, bags, books, CDs either to friends & family or an orphanage. I recently got a great reason to kick-start the process. A friend told me about Sabbah Haji. Sabbah?s family, based in Jammu, run the Amina Trust that was involved with providing financial/medical aid and /or micro finance to widows, orphans and the very poor. Sabbah decided to introduce education as another aspect of the trust work and started the Haji Public School based in the remote mountain villages of Doda. What started as one elementary school in 2009, in her ancestral village Breswana has now grown to a chain of three branches. The total strength of the school today is 121 and so far they have up to grade II with the classes going up each year.
Sabbah?s current project is to create libraries for each of the schools with a range of children?s books/CDs/DVDs/comics etc. That?s where we come in. I am sending my son?s old books and CDs along with a bunch of colouring and other books I shall buy from the book fair.
So if you think you could spare a few oldies from your library for these children, then do send the parcels to the address mentioned below. Remember though that the reading level is very basic and so ideally try and pick infant and pre-school picture books with large lettering, popup books or books like the Ladybird series for the KG and elementary grade kids.? The teachers at the schools are local boys and girls trained by the trust and so books for older children, encyclopedias and magazines will help these young teachers improve their English.
Send parcels to:
Mumbai: Mr Vistasp Kharas, before 11am or after 3pm, Ground Floor, 49, Turner Road, Bandra, Mumbai 4000050. Mobile: +91-9820-128-126 or Ms Ayesha Aejaz, Mobile: +91-?9820-640-708, Email:?firstname.lastname@example.org
Chennai: Miss Nadhiya Mali, Mobile 91-98404-40593, Email: email@example.com
Delhi: Miss Avehi Menon:?firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information:
FB Page: http://facebook.com/hajipublicschool/