Why am I fundraising?
Honestly, to help rural and tribal girls read more than just textbooks. AIM for Seva wants to equip four of the Girls Free Student Homes across the country (in Nandyal, Belgaum, Chinnasalem and Mysore) with well-stocked libraries, as a first and urgent step.
And yeah, Milaap is giving away some extra funds for every 50 people who contribute. So we want as many CONTRIBUTORS as possible!
What do I plan to do with the funds?
AIM for Seva will source and stock the libraries with a mix of vernacular and English books that the students can use to widen their horizons. A rack and the books, plus basic stationery, are the only costs. We want to establish "book clubs" in these residential homes so that girl children can not just read, but discuss these books!
Whatever be the funds we collect, we will distribute it equally among the homes. If we raise funds in excess of what is required, we will add two more homes (Repalle in Andhra Pradesh and Khategoun in MP) to the girls' homes with libraries.
We will subscribe to two magazines (children's and current affairs) at Rs. 60 a week (or Rs. 3120 a year) per Free Student Home.
Each library will have a mix of fiction and non-fiction books:
- Fiction and non-fiction: 50 books @ Rs.200 each: 10,000
- Study and reference books: 10 books@ Rs. 500 each: Rs. 5,000
- Other stationery and records for the library: Rs. 1,000
- Rack or shelf for the books: Around Rs. 5,000
What books will you buy?
Here is where we need your support! Please recommend books for our children.
We're looking for inspirational books in their local language or English. If the titles are originally English books, remember that the girls will likely be reading translations, so the books can't be too obscure.
They can be in English, Hindi, Tamil, Marathi or Telugu. And please recommend a book even if you don't contribute! The children will be in their teens, but their reading level might be a bit lower.
What else can I do?
Spread the word! For every 50 people who contribute, Milaap is giving away funds to AIM for Seva! Get more people to donate, even if they are lower amounts!