Showing posts from March, 2012

Akshar Bharati Community Library

Akshar Bharati is a social initiative started by few IT professionals which provides very good opportunity for the volunteers to get connected with little kids and spread knowledge by setting up libraries for them. Akshar Bharati provides one-bookshelf libraries that can be easily managed. Each library consists of 700+ books in English and local language (Marathi, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu) and costs INR 25,000/-. Book selection is done by volunteers with the help of school teachers and the bookset is designed with the basic aim of nurturing reading habits among the kids of age 5 to 15 years. This initiative was started from Pune, Maharashtra and has now setup 350+ libraries across India and has benefited 40000+ kids through 2,40,00 books. While working on Akshar Bharati, we realized that there is a section of urban society which does not have access to good reading material. This includes people around us like support staff, maids, security people, drivers and others. Also we