Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Buy India a Library

Buy India a Library is an appeal from four librarians on Twitter. We want to raise enough money via PayPal donations, to buy a mobile library in India, or even a permanent library with books, furniture and staff!

Please get involved, give as much as you can, and spread the word to as many people as possible. Let's make this happen!

They have a site which includes an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). I'm going to guess this isn't going to involve e-readers.

The library in India will come from the Rural Literacy and Health Programme (RLHP), set up in 1984. To quote the organisation’s website, the RLHP “…operates in 56 slums and 25 villages in Mysore, Mandya & Chamarajanagar districts of Karnataka State in South India covering a population of 50,000.”

The donkey drawn libraries are delivered by the African Educational Trust a UK registered charity formed more than 50 years ago, dedicated to support education in Africa. The mobile libraries are aimed at kids, and contain around 100 fiction, non-fiction and reference books – the libraries travel to schools in Somalia, Sudan and Uganda (all of which are low on supplies of books, due to being former war zones).

Donkeys. See: not everyone can afford technology.


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