In May, we began a small crowd funding project for Rs. 70,000 for one library in the E-Base in Pench, Madhya Pradesh. Little did we know we would end up raising more than double the amount we had earlier planned to, and build two libraries instead of just one! It is October now and both our libraries together have close to 1200 books, a reading program for members from five schools and two mobile libraries.
With reading assessments almost complete, we’re working on fixing the last few details of the libraries.
With immense help from two wonderful ladies, Divya Nawale and Monica Szczupider who joined us in Pench this month, we have gotten through the bulk of our work.
This month, we began work on our reading program baseline study. Before we open up the library to our students in Pench, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, we wished to determine the as is state of affairs. Our focus remained on two major components of the reading program- the fluency of reading and content knowledge. The students in the region of Pench grapple with similar problems in the education sphere as those in other remote locations in many parts of India.
Yes, the excitement is brimming. Here is the first look at the books that came in for our libraries in Pench, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
In these wonderful boxes lie our books from Tara Publications, Eklavya Publications and all the lovely donations we received.
We made it to 136% funding on our crowdfunding campaign. Although we didn’t reach 200% funding, we will still be setting up two libraries on the two ends of the Pench Tiger Reserve.
To thank our online supporters, here’s a shout out to Arindam Baruah, Jayshree Mishra Tripathi, Swati Choksi, Archi Varma, Monisha Padur, Bharat Sarda, Jash Koradia, Azad Oommen, Kunal Shah, Vinit Phatak, Maithili Parekh Singh, Amrita Rathi, Nikita Chatterjee, Dina Ginwalla, Priyanka Gupta, Varun Darji, Pranav Vissanji, Jeyashree Vaidyanathan, Devang Rawat, Nabeel Najeeb, Divya Nawale, India Impex, Simone Dinshaw, Dr. Kamal Singh, Jasdeep Oberoi, Rahul Advani, Varshini Neeti Mohan, Shri Sajjan Gupta Trust, Ruchit Kapadia, Shegufta Alam, Sanjay Gupta, Karina Daruwala, Sujit Sahu, Aditya Sanghvi, BandanJot Singh, Mahesh Multani, Rajesh Mishra, Karan Mulchandani, Rajesh Upadhyay, Ashok Ramdham, Kinjal Shah and Vaidehi Patel.
Recently Conservation Wildlands featured in ‘The Better India’.
It was a proud moment to have our work recognized and appreciated. Needless to say, we are glad to share the piece with you.
We’re very happy to inform you that our E-Base library campaign has received 126% funding and is still moving forward at a rapid pace.
However, that’s not all, we’ve received some wonderful encyclopedia sets for children which has helped us channel more funds towards other books we thought we couldn’t previously purchase.
Great successes come when we work in cohesion and that is exactly what we are witnessing through our library project.
In hopes of reaching 200%…
Sanctuary Asia covered our work this month; here is the e-version in case you missed it in print.
We would like to thank Sanctuary Asia for this wonderful piece!
Very generous donations have brought us so much closer to building our second library.
We have now decided to put all the money collected from today towards giving meaning to the books in our library.
How will we do that, you ask?
We will be inviting authors and illustrators of the wonderful books from various Indian publishing houses. A book will have so much more significance if the students got a chance to understand the sentiments behind it. Besides, the students will also get a chance to interact with the best in the field.
We’re so happy to see all the support pouring in for the campaign; be it a Mumbai student running a book collection drive or mothers sending in their children’s old encyclopedias. Here’s just a quick update on how the project is coming along and well, how our office currently looks! (But, we’re not complaining!)
We have also received an extremely positive response from publishers and we’re all set to start placing orders for more books.