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Let's Give Our Villages Their First Libraries

What are you contributing to?
We are building libraries in some of India’s most rural villages: Libraries that don’t simply house academic books, but all types of books (say comics, magazines, etc.) These would be the first libraries that these villages will have. We plan to start small…with 10 libraries in 10 villages in 2019. This will then be scaled up and introduced across India. Eventually, we plan to have a computer with an active internet connection too in these libraries.

The idea is to make it a community hotspot for the village, where people enjoy coming together – to read, to discuss, to celebrate. We want it to be a place where people can learn and grow together, where everyone can pursue their passion.

We understand that a library is much more than a storehouse of books. We visualize it as a colourful space filled with storybooks, comics, encyclopedias, magazines, academic books, activity books and materials for games/puzzles/art/music.

If we have your support, very soon we will have numerous such hotspots across the country!

How can you be a part of this-
Option1: Contribute by making a donation on this page
Option2: Donate used or new books, stationery or anything you feel should be a part of this space! (Contact Arpan on the email id given at the end)

Every contribution, regardless of its size, would be valuable.

Who we are

We are alums of NIT Rourkela, BITS-Pilani, IIT Bombay, XLRI and ISB who have lived in both small villages as well as big cities. We were united by our common interests. After working for more than half a decade in various fields (banking, media, education to name a few), we have come together to build these libraries to help spread knowledge and encourage curiosity.

The background for this idea
According to the 5th All India Educational Survey, only about 40% of the schools have libraries that too in public schools. Moreover, the situation in rural areas is worse than the urban areas.

Case in point: 
Sonal, with Hao Gin Len
Sonal, with Hao Gin Len

Meet Hao Gin Len from Khomunnom, a tiny village near the Myanmar border in Manipur. He is an exceptionally curious child. He is in class III and the topper of the school. His questions clearly outgrow the content in his textbooks. The village teachers with their limited exposure can assist only so far. With poor electricity and mobile network, the scope to harness the internet is also absent. While many of us had the privilege of exploring countless books in our libraries which brought out the story writers and scientists among us, countless such Haos never get a chance to explore more, never knowing that there is a world of possibilities. Never getting a chance to expand their knowledge or satiate their curiosities, ending up with very limited career choices and being lost in ignominy.

While these are the bitter truths, there is still hope.

Read this story about How A Library In A Village In Bihar Is Changing The Lives Of The Students

Deriving inspiration from such stories, we resolved to make our contribution to the cause and set up libraries across India. To begin with, we plan to set up 10 libraries in 2019.

The Economics behind the fund-raising goal:
Cost of setting up one library hotspot-

Sl. Item Amount
1. Books and periodicals (200 per book)= 46,000
2. Stationary (registers, tapes, glues, pens, paper)= 2,100
3. Furniture (shelves, tables, chairs, mats)= 18,100
4. Crafts and activities= 5,000
5. Decorative material= 800
TOTAL = 72,000
x 10 libraries = 7,20,000

If you want to know more, please get in touch with any of us-
Anshuman- anshurkm@gmail.com
Arpan- senarpan@yahoo.co.in
Ravi- ravibaidjain@gmail.com
Shwetal 
Sonal Sethia- sonal.cal@gmail.com
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/booksforvillages/

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26th January 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your love. Motivated to build access to knowledge for rural kids, ‘The Open Door Project’ is setting-up libraries in the remotest villages of India in collaboration with a local partner school/NGO. At most of these locations, these libraries are the first of its kind. In addition to a wide range of carefully selected books suited to the context of the children, we have included games, puzzles and art materials to make it a truly active place. In 2019, TODP has set-up 8 libraries in rural Manipur, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

This year we intent to open 20 more libraries across rural India and also build capabilities around Digital Learning..

The next set of libraries is going to come up in the following locations:
1. Paenghzaeng (Ngarian), Manipur
2. Don Bosco- Khopum, Manipur
3. Govt. School Aben, Manipur
4. Govt. High School, Tousem, Manipur
5. Kohima Orphanage & Destitute Home, T.Khel, Nagaland
6. Muakalimi, near Pughoboto, Nagaland
7. Garbhanga, Assam
8. Mualdam, Assam
9. Chadong, Manipur

Besides these, plans are in the initial stage for set-ups in Bihar & Maharashtra as well.

Funds will be utilised mainly under two heads:
A. Material Requirement:
A1. Phase-1: Library set-up
(includes the cost of books, games, art & activity materials and furniture)
A2. Phase-2: Digital program
(includes a laptop/ tv coupled with Tabs and internet connectivity)
A3. Library grants for existing libraries
A4. Travel & transportation

B. Manpower requirement:
B1. Intern stipends & living expenditure
B3. Librarian stipend contribution

Work has already begun. We are recruiting interns who will help us in setting up these libraries & training the teachers/ students to run them effectively.

We will keep you updated with the progress. It is an exciting year ahead.

With much gratitude,
Regards,
Arpan (on behalf of the TODP team)
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your love. Motivated to build access to knowledge for rural kids, ‘The Open Door Project’ is setting-up libraries in the remotest villages of India in collaboration with a local partner school/NGO. At most of these locations, these libraries are the first of its kind. In addition to a wide range of carefully selected books suited to the context of the children, we have included games, puzzles and art materials to make it a truly active place. In 2019, TODP has set-up 8 libraries in rural Manipur, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

This year we intent to open 20 more libraries across rural India and also build capabilities around Digital Learning..

The next set of libraries is going to come up in the following locations:
1. Paenghzaeng (Ngarian), Manipur
2. Don Bosco- Khopum, Manipur
3. Govt. School Aben, Manipur
4. Govt. High School, Tousem, Manipur
5. Kohima Orphanage & Destitute Home, T.Khel, Nagaland
6. Muakalimi, near Pughoboto, Nagaland
7. Garbhanga, Assam
8. Mualdam, Assam
9. Chadong, Manipur

Besides these, plans are in the initial stage for set-ups in Bihar & Maharashtra as well.

Funds will be utilised mainly under two heads:
A. Material Requirement:
A1. Phase-1: Library set-up
(includes the cost of books, games, art & activity materials and furniture)
A2. Phase-2: Digital program
(includes a laptop/ tv coupled with Tabs and internet connectivity)
A3. Library grants for existing libraries
A4. Travel & transportation

B. Manpower requirement:
B1. Intern stipends & living expenditure
B3. Librarian stipend contribution

Work has already begun. We are recruiting interns who will help us in setting up these libraries & training the teachers/ students to run them effectively.

We will keep you updated with the progress. It is an exciting year ahead.

With much gratitude,
Regards,
Arpan (on behalf of the TODP team)
18th January 2020

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30th October 2019
Dear Supporters,I am happy to inform that with all your contributions we have been successful in starting 8 libraries till date. I have attached the images of the same for your reference.














We would not be able to make the progress we have if not for your continuous support and contributions.

Regards,
Arpan Sen
Dear Supporters,I am happy to inform that with all your contributions we have been successful in starting 8 libraries till date. I have attached the images of the same for your reference.














We would not be able to make the progress we have if not for your continuous support and contributions.

Regards,
Arpan Sen
Rs.896,804 raised

Goal: Rs.1,500,000

Beneficiary: Sunbird Trust info_outline

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MI
Milaap Impact Partner donated Rs.39,082.44
HC
Hsin donated HK$33
Erika
Erika donated $300

I love how much of a difference your team makes in giving little kids the knowledge that everyone deserves! Keep up the great work

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Navansh donated Rs.100
MI
Milaap Impact Partner donated Rs.15

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Shane donated Rs.100