On 23 February, a team of AAI Foundation visited the village for a clothes distribution drive then they had a dialogue with the students. One of our team members said that we came here for the clothes distribution drive and the students replied back that ‘we need books to study rather than clothes’. They were constantly in touch with us and always shared their difficulties while accessing education in their village because of the lack of infrastructure, books, and guidance. From this one can imagine their aspiration towards study and their interest to take higher education. From that day onwards we decided to work towards the problem of education for these students.
Considering these issues, the following programs have been implemented to date in the village:
1. Career guidance for higher education, 30 March 2021
2. Tree plantation drive, 5 June 2021
3. Session on importance of environment on World Environment Day, 5 June 2021
4. Books distribution, 22 June 2021
AAI Foundation recently organized an awareness program about scholarships for higher studies in India and abroad and it is heartening to see how this awareness program provided hope and support to students. However, they have an unsuitable learning environment and the lack of infrastructure is the hurdle as well. From our continuous interaction with the students of this village, it has been brought to notice that there is an urgent need for a Community Library for the students. In this village, around 30 to 40 students are willing to take higher studies in the Central Universities and Institutes like IIT’s, NIT’s, TISS, DU, JNU, JMI, HCU, etc. and few among them are preparing for the different competitive exams.
We thought of supporting students with a community library and started having discussions with the Sarpanch and other Grampanchayat members along with villagers. Considering the urgent need for a community library and the continuous follow-up by the AAI Foundation, the Sarpanch, and Grampanchayat members have passed a resolution and allotted an empty land to build a library on 22 June 2021. The foundation stone of the library was laid on 11th July 2021 at Ghanshet village near Grampanchayat. The community library is to be constructed with the aim to provide all kinds of support by all the volunteers and founding members of the AAI foundation on one to one basis.
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