Help Children in Rural Government Schools Discover the Joy of Reading

“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything” 

Helping a child discover the joy of reading is not hard – put a book in their hands and their imagination will take flight. Every child should be able to experience this joy, irrespective of the situation they are in. Children in Government schools, particularly those in impoverished rural settings, don’t have this opportunity. We at Balamitra, will be working to change this story for the schoolchildren in the village of Billalavalasa.

Who is Balamitra?
Balamitra Foundation, a registered Public Charitable Trust, has been set up to empower children by giving them an opportunity to participate in social causes to support the underprivileged. Our primary focus for fundraising is to support Government schools in rural areas.
Our last fundraising initiative had children in an apartment community in Hyderabad participating in a sports event to raise money for sports and games equipment for Government schools in the village of Billalavalasa and nearby villages as well.

What are we raising funds for?
Our initiative, titled ‘Books and Bookshelves’ is aimed at setting up libraries in the three Government schools in Billalavalasa – MPPS (Mandal Parishad Primary School) I and II, and ZPHS (Zilla Parishad High School).
MPPS I -
MPPS II - ZPHS - 
Since these schools lack the funds and infrastructure to setup full-fledged libraries, we will be providing bookshelves stocked with books for the children to read. 

For the two primary schools, the focus will be on picture books, storybooks, and books on general knowledge. 

For the high school, the focus will be on general knowledge books, trends in science & technology, and a few reference books including dictionaries. Some amount will be set aside for purchasing books on additional study material needed for exams since the school budget allocated for such purchases is insufficient. 

To support our initiative, the school administration will add a library period to the curriculum and assign a teacher to run and maintain the library. 

Our fundraising target of INR 1,08,000 will be used as follows:
2 Mandal Parishad Primary Schools:
2 Bookshelves: INR 20,000 (10,000 per school)
Books: INR 30,000 (15,000 per school)

1 Zilla Parishad High School: 
2 Bookshelves: INR 20,000
Books: INR 30,000

Admin Expenses: INR 8,000

About Billalavalasa – Billalavalasa is a village in Meraka Mudidham Mandal, Vizianagaram District, Andhra Pradesh. The population is 936, which mostly consists of agricultural labourers and other daily wage workers. The crops here are dependent on rain water bodies which get filled during monsoons so there are idle periods for about 30%-40% of the year.

Please note that since we have registered our Trust only earlier this year, we are unable to provide the 80(G) tax benefit certificate for donations at this point as our 80(G) application is still being processed.
Please support us in our endeavour to give rural schoolchildren the opportunity to read, ‘to give wings to their minds and flight to their imagination!!” For any queries, please reach out to Chandrika at balamitrafoundation@gmail.com

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25th April 2017
The journey to reading has begun! The Peace Ride contributions have made their way into the Government schools of Billalavalasa. A total of 1.1 lakh rupees was spent towards the cost of 4 steel cupboards and over 500 books in Telugu and English languages.
The distribution ceremony was held on 9th March 2017 in Billalavalasa, Merakamudidam Mandal, Vizianagaram, A.P. The ZPTC of Vizianagaram  District, Sri Reddy Govind Naidu was the Chief Guest at the event. The Village Sarpanch and other village elders were invited to participate.
Libraries have been set up in the following schools:
1.     Zilla Parishad High School
2.     Mandal Parishad Primary School–I, located in the main village
3.     Mandal Parishad Primary School–II, located in the SC/ST Colony
Two steel cupboards were gifted to the High School and one each, to the Primary schools.
The books cover General Knowledge, History, Literature, Geography, Biographies of eminent personalities, Encyclopaedias, Children’s stories and other useful books requested by the schools. 
This gesture by Balamitra Foundation was appreciated by the Government representatives, school authorities and the village elders. The children were excited looking at the collection of books that would launch them to a new world of knowledge and information.
We express once again, our heartfelt gratitude to all those who participated, contributed and volunteered. 
The journey to reading has begun! The Peace Ride contributions have made their way into the Government schools of Billalavalasa. A total of 1.1 lakh rupees was spent towards the cost of 4 steel cupboards and over 500 books in Telugu and English languages.
The distribution ceremony was held on 9th March 2017 in Billalavalasa, Merakamudidam Mandal, Vizianagaram, A.P. The ZPTC of Vizianagaram  District, Sri Reddy Govind Naidu was the Chief Guest at the event. The Village Sarpanch and other village elders were invited to participate.
Libraries have been set up in the following schools:
1.     Zilla Parishad High School
2.     Mandal Parishad Primary School–I, located in the main village
3.     Mandal Parishad Primary School–II, located in the SC/ST Colony
Two steel cupboards were gifted to the High School and one each, to the Primary schools.
The books cover General Knowledge, History, Literature, Geography, Biographies of eminent personalities, Encyclopaedias, Children’s stories and other useful books requested by the schools. 
This gesture by Balamitra Foundation was appreciated by the Government representatives, school authorities and the village elders. The children were excited looking at the collection of books that would launch them to a new world of knowledge and information.
We express once again, our heartfelt gratitude to all those who participated, contributed and volunteered. 
21st December 2016
Thank you all for your generous contributions. We are thrilled to share that we have met, both through online and cash donations, our fundraising target and we will now start the process of sourcing the bookshelves and books for the 3 government schools in Billalavalasa village. We had enthusiastic participation from many young fundraisers for our Peace Rides and here are a few glimpses:
We will share our next update once we have distributed the items to the schools. Watch this space!
Thank you all for your generous contributions. We are thrilled to share that we have met, both through online and cash donations, our fundraising target and we will now start the process of sourcing the bookshelves and books for the 3 government schools in Billalavalasa village. We had enthusiastic participation from many young fundraisers for our Peace Rides and here are a few glimpses:
We will share our next update once we have distributed the items to the schools. Watch this space!
16th September 2016
Dear Supporters,

A schoolteacher from Billalavalasa talks about the value of having games and library periods, especially in multi-grade settings that are common in rural Government schools. "...It becomes difficult for the teacher to handle lessons for all 5 classes at one time. If a couple of classes play games and a couple of classes can be given books to read, the teacher can focus on one class at a time...."


Dear Supporters,

A schoolteacher from Billalavalasa talks about the value of having games and library periods, especially in multi-grade settings that are common in rural Government schools. "...It becomes difficult for the teacher to handle lessons for all 5 classes at one time. If a couple of classes play games and a couple of classes can be given books to read, the teacher can focus on one class at a time...."


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Rs.67,080
raised of Rs.108,000 goal

98 Supporters

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Supporters (98)

AJ
Avasarala donated Rs.2,500
about 2 months ago

Vizianagaram was always close to my Nanna Sri Avasarala Jagannadha Rao garu's heart. I think doing my bit to help the kids of Vizianagaram will make him happy. Is there any chance of setting up a permanent small library resource or visiting library in his name? I want to explore options to do something in his memory in Vizianagaram. As I am not in India, I am unable to visit immediately. But I am willing to discuss ideas and start this process before I can visit sometime next year. Please let me

RB
Rahul donated Rs.500
3 months ago
A
Anonymous donated Rs.5,000
almost 2 years ago
m
mohan donated Rs.500
almost 2 years ago
PK
Pavan donated Rs.2,500
almost 2 years ago

Good work. Keep it up.

Rc
Rea donated Rs.150
almost 2 years ago