- Supporting literacy
- Enhancing life skills
- Nurturing a love for reading.
Unfortunately for majority of children in India, books and reading still remain far out of reach. For a child living in a Children’s Home (Orphanage or Shelter home), the likelihood of experiencing the joy of reading reduces even further. For children who have never been exposed to books, merely providing books isn’t enough. They need passionate adults who will make books come alive and help them develop a connection with books and start on their journey to becoming lifelong readers.
Most Children’s Homes are too weighed down with fulfilling the physical needs of the child and often, social and emotional needs of the child fall by the wayside. They are highly structured and regimented. Conformity and obedience are ensured through constant scrutiny. The very care designed to keep children safe also isolates and disconnects them from the larger world.
A vibrant Library programme is the perfect antidote to all that ails Children's Homes. It offers a safe and stimulating space where the children can read, reflect, express, question and dialogue. In the absence of scrutiny, they are able to explore and experiment and discover who they are and develop their own voice and agency.
I have completed my Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Library Educator's Certificate Course offered by Parag (an initiative of Tata Trusts) and Bookworm. I have been working in the field of Library work with underprivileged children for 5 years and with Children’s Homes for 6+ years. My passion and conviction for this programme have emerged from my experiences. A vibrant Library programme designed specially for children living in Children's Homes is transformative.
Your support will be greatly appreciated.
“Together let’s spread the love for reading"