Want to give your old story books to a worthy cause? Read on.
If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children,” said Gandhiji. What better way to take this notion forward, than on Gandhi Jayanti?
Child by child
Smile, an organisation working for the cause of children, did just that! They organised a used-book drive at Shantibagh Apartments, Begumpet and Vaishali Gardens, Tarnaka, to build a library for the students of Government Girls School, Picket.
Smile was initiated in December 2004, by Mr. Shyam, who wanted to do something for the children. The group started off on a child-by-child basis, wherein the members started helping individual children in their education and other needs.
This is the first school-wise programme that Smile has taken up. The group proposes to build an English-language library, because English is a medium that is not easily accessible to the children of Government schools such as these. “We spoke to the District Collector with some proposals for schools. However, he informed us that he would be taking up similar activities and therefore, we chose to help schools in any area where the school feels it needs help,” says Mr. Shastry. What is strikingly different about this group, is the fact that this group does not take money in the form of donations.
“We do not want to take donations, until we know we can utilise it correctly,” says Mr. Shastry.
By the end of two hours, a sizeable number of books had been accumulated at each of the venues, all of which will be put up at the English library in the school.
The organisation is located at West Marredpally and you can contribute your bit, by donating old and used school books, story books and general books can do so.
Interested in reaching out to the lesser privileged children?