Sarvahitey, has earlier set up libraries or ‘Community Centres’ in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh which received positive reactions from the locals and have proved vital in promoting not just a reading culture among the local group but also have extended the benefits of digital literacy.
In Mokochung district, Sarvahitey will upgrade the library in Ungma village which is inhabited by Ao tribe. The library there is functional but lacks a mass appeal. So, Sarvahitey is not only adding books which will find a resonance among the local population but will also conduct several workshops in areas which interest locals such as music, photography etc.
In Tuensand district, the library will be set up in Chingmai village. Chingmai is inhabited by Chang tribe and is one of the most backward villages in India. The library here will be set up from scratch and once functional will double up as a ‘Community Centre’ where various activities will be organized.
Tuensang district is the worst affected by HIV, so Sarvahitey team also plans to reach people and spread awareness about HIV among the people in the district.
Sarvahitey also plans to spread awareness about different government schemes to the locals. This, they plan to do by recording (in written and audio) the benefits and procedures to apply for a scheme in the local dialect and making it available at the library cum community centre. This could go a long way n empowering the local tribes.
How would the funds be used?
- Books: The first and foremost requirement in setting up a library is books. Part of the fund will be used to buy relevant books and stock up the library.
- Computer: The funds will be used to provide computers at both the libraries which will be used not just to maintain the record of books at the library but will also be used in spreading digital literacy. The computers will also come in handy in various ‘awareness’ drives which would be initiated time to time.
- Projector: To properly execute the awareness drives, the libraries will also be sourced with a projector which will allow Sarvahitey team to organize events and awareness programmes and reach a wider audience.
Sarvahitey has been covered by several major media outlets. Most recently, the upcoming library in Mokochung was covered by Logical Indian and NDTV.