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Help students in Chakung access the world beyond in a library

My name is Yash Palzang Gurung and I am a recent graduate of St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. We have read a lot about nation building and lending a hand to fellow human beings who falter, yet how many of us have actually done it? It is with this burdened conscience that I began volunteering in the public school in Chakung. The experience has given me a worm's eye view of the education apparatus of our nation. I am unhappy with it and would like to make a minuscule change. This is my attempt at doing so. Please lend a hand to this cause, which I promise is worth helping. 

Chakung is a village in the West district of Sikkim. The Government secondary school(beneficiary) in this village was built in the year 1930. The school has a strength of about 350 students. Most of them come from low income households. Some belong to the orphanage nearby.

The school has decent infrastructure for a public school. However, the facilities are bare bones and would be considered abysmal in any private school. The children in the school wish to read but there is no library for them to go to. A library does exist, but only in name. It is a classroom filled with textbooks that the government provides for free to the underprivileged students of the school. Shortage of funds means that barely any money remains for buying novels and encyclopaedias.

I, a volunteer teacher in the school, spoke to the principal regarding a library. He is more than willing but the shortage of funds seems to be an insurmountable hurdle.

The room that was originally meant to be a library has a table tennis board in the middle and dirt in the corner. Benches(Cheap and cost effective), tables and shelves need to be built. Then books to fill those shelves need to be bought. It would be very gracious of all who are reading this to help out those who are not as fortunate as you. Children in class 9 can barely write sentences without mistakes. Only reading can solve this.

Sikkim also happens to have the highest suicide rate in India, around 34 per 100,000. Various studies have shown that libraries can help reduce the rate of suicide as well as help society progress. The library is intended to be a community centre as well as a place where students can study.

I believe that progress should not be confined to just the prosperous and posh neighbourhoods of our country. Even students in a remote village called Chakung deserve to read Tolstoy, Ishiguro and Saunders.

Please donate to a worthy cause.

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28th June 2019
Dear Supporters,

Here's a quick update:

The initiative to start a library in the Chakung Senior Secondary Government School is finally over. The skeleton of the library has been assembled and 650+ books have been added to it. 32 more have been purchased and will be added shortly. Other generous donors have come forth and I hope to add the books sent at a later date to the library.

When I started the project and the option for 'Goal' came up, I was quite ambitious when I wrote 1 lakh. It was a vague goal and I never thought we'd get there. But, we did. The total amount raised was Rs. 114,025.

Books (Rachna Books)39077
Good Books6000
Stamps600
Amazon3968
Food for those who helped1300
Lock140
Carpenter2500
Shelves47000
Books (Rachna Books)11142
Utility2000
Total113727
 
I am unable to account for the missing Rs. 298 and will purchase a book for the library as compensation.

Those who wish to see the bills can email me and I will gladly send you all the documents. (gurungypalzang@gmail.com)

To all those who have contributed to the cause, you have my gratitude. I never thought that I would be entrusted with such an amount by such a diverse set of donors. I have tried my best to inculcate the belief in the students that the library is a part of their wealth and the kind people of Sikkim and beyond wish they have better access to a more holistic education.

We can only wait and watch to understand the effects that the library will have on the students. I have in mind a few studies to test the impact of the libraries, which, if positive, could lead to more of such projects.

Finally, the project has a direction and a name now. I have decided to call it the Wiser Village Initiative. There were numerous students who helped me in this project. The significant contributors in this project are Rajdeep Pradhan and Arron Dong, without whom the library would have taken weeks to start instead of one.

Thank you for your support.



Dear Supporters,

Here's a quick update:

The initiative to start a library in the Chakung Senior Secondary Government School is finally over. The skeleton of the library has been assembled and 650+ books have been added to it. 32 more have been purchased and will be added shortly. Other generous donors have come forth and I hope to add the books sent at a later date to the library.

When I started the project and the option for 'Goal' came up, I was quite ambitious when I wrote 1 lakh. It was a vague goal and I never thought we'd get there. But, we did. The total amount raised was Rs. 114,025.

Books (Rachna Books)39077
Good Books6000
Stamps600
Amazon3968
Food for those who helped1300
Lock140
Carpenter2500
Shelves47000
Books (Rachna Books)11142
Utility2000
Total113727
 
I am unable to account for the missing Rs. 298 and will purchase a book for the library as compensation.

Those who wish to see the bills can email me and I will gladly send you all the documents. (gurungypalzang@gmail.com)

To all those who have contributed to the cause, you have my gratitude. I never thought that I would be entrusted with such an amount by such a diverse set of donors. I have tried my best to inculcate the belief in the students that the library is a part of their wealth and the kind people of Sikkim and beyond wish they have better access to a more holistic education.

We can only wait and watch to understand the effects that the library will have on the students. I have in mind a few studies to test the impact of the libraries, which, if positive, could lead to more of such projects.

Finally, the project has a direction and a name now. I have decided to call it the Wiser Village Initiative. There were numerous students who helped me in this project. The significant contributors in this project are Rajdeep Pradhan and Arron Dong, without whom the library would have taken weeks to start instead of one.

Thank you for your support.



29th May 2019
Had taken time off from the project due to personal reasons. Yesterday, I went to Rachna Books and bought 121 new books. The total cost came to ₹ 39,077.I have attached the bill for those who'd like to verify.
The total amount has long crossed the sum raised on this platform. I have been able to pay due to donations from others via other means.

Will be uploading the expenditure details soon.






Had taken time off from the project due to personal reasons. Yesterday, I went to Rachna Books and bought 121 new books. The total cost came to ₹ 39,077.I have attached the bill for those who'd like to verify.
The total amount has long crossed the sum raised on this platform. I have been able to pay due to donations from others via other means.

Will be uploading the expenditure details soon.






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Rs.31,000 raised

Goal: Rs.100,000

Beneficiary: Chakung Governm... info_outline

Supporters (15)

A
Anonymous donated Rs.2,500
Deepak
Deepak donated Rs.3,000
SV
SANATH VALLADARES donated Rs.200
A
Anonymous donated Rs.5,000
P
Phuchung donated Rs.5,000

All the best

MT
Mingma donated Rs.2,500

Good job. Please carry on.