Magazine article American Libraries

Bringing Books to Kids in Rural India

Magazine article American Libraries

Bringing Books to Kids in Rural India

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The state of Maharashtra in western India is the nation's wealthiest and home to Mumbai, the country's financial center. In the rural areas of the state, however, many children have no access to books until they begin school. And with no preparation, many children drop out early in frustration or boredom.

An organization called PaanPoee Vachanalaya was founded in 2003 to bring books to preschool children in rural Maharashtra. With the assistance of Vanasthali Rural Development Center, which operates rural preschools in the state, PaanPoee Vachanalaya began lending books to young children in the area.

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Home of Hope, a San Francisco-based charity whose work primarily focuses on aiding children in India, began funding the PaanPoee project in 2007. The contributions have allowed the group to purchase far more books, to its current total of 4,500, and to open libraries in all eight of the VRDC's school centers; only one had a library prior to HOH involvement. …

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