Reviving Community Libraries in Rural Maharashtra

by Synodical Board of Social Services, The Church of North India

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₹ 20000

192 books

donated out of 500 required




funds raised
38% Complete
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Our story

Books in Marathi language for children ages between 5 to 12 years are required for small village libraries collectively opened in Nagpur, Kolhapur and Marathwada regions by joint efforts of the youth and the community to promote reading and knowledge sharing. The donated books will help in encouraging extra reading time for the school going children which will help to improve their language and vocabulary. Also introduce them to different moral themes and creative storytelling.

Who we are

CNI SBSS is working with children across project areas to amplify their voices and fulfil our constitutional commitment to children’s holistic development and well-being. CNI SBSS works with children belonging to Dalit and Tribal families in regions of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and Punjab. Children's Library has been a great initiative at community level to encourage reading skills in children. The idea of opening Community Libraries/Children's Libraries in the villages has set in a new dawn of change which is helping to develop a love for reading books in the communities. Efforts are being made to encourage children, youth, men and women to visit these libraries and engage in quality reading and learning together. The community is making efforts to collect books through local donations and book campaign. The library committees are also learning new skill of maintaining a formal system of library documentation.

Our work and its impact

Our focus is to reduce drop-out rates among school-going children, especially girl child, with a major focus on ensuring quality content of education and good school infrastructure. We are working to improve creative and cognitive skills in children through village libraries and child clubs. Creating safe space for girl children to grow and creatively blossom through child clubs and libraries to develop extra-curricular skills of the school going children through various activities in sports, physical education, music, art and craft, communication, reading, creative learning and nature experiences. Also helping parents access Govt. schemes especially targeted for the welfare of girl child. We also run Learning Centers which help children in their studies and tuition. We are identifying the gaps in government run system and creating a mechanism by which the empowered communities demand for the facilities as mentioned under RTE (Right to Education). We are involved in activation of school management committee, conducting meetings with guardians of children and create awareness to promote sending children to schools.

How we will utilize these funds

CNI SBSS aims to generate funds to buy books for the community libraries in our working villages in Maharashtra. The books will be distributed to our centers in Nagpur, Kolhapur and Marathwada region. The children will be able to borrow books and also read them by spending time in the centers. Book reading clubs will be formed to discuss the content of the books and cross learning will be initiated. The books will also be used for practicing language and for building vocabulary.