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Jhola Library Project

Jhola Library

Village children eagerly await the visiting ‘Jhola Library’ (Shoulder-Bag Library).

Joyously they crowd around, the moment the Jhola library arrives, awaiting adventures the new books will take them on.

At home with the family members they spread the knowledge and wisdom from the books. They tell stories they are inspired by.

At times they all sing songs in great joy and happiness.

Thus the young Pandit of the family not only shares knowledge to his near and dear ones, but also helps to bring the family together.

Let them forget differences and join through laughter, collective seeking, light of happiness and look at each other with love and respect.

 
And a fruit in it

This is the miracle what ‘Jhola Library’ is aiming at. Every student is a teacher and reformer in making. We will help every child recognise their hidden talents and bring it out.
We have faith and hope in the children.
We have patience to await the child’s blossoming and fragrance for the benefit of one and all.
In the meantime, we will not sit idle. We shall serve them and try to provide for their growth……yes with your support.

Jhola Library or ‘Shoulder bag library’ is an effort to bring books, news and educational videos to the women and children of the remotest villages of Uttarakhand.

Taking inspiration from “The Rural Library Project” which aims to help rural communities to establish and run library facilities, we aim to establish a central library and travelling librarians to distribute books, conduct discussions and study classes for rural women and children.

 
Expectations & Pursuits
Why does Kashika want to do this project?

In the Garhwal region, women who get married at a young age are forced to quit their studies and made to work in home and agriculture fields. Women, who live in highly dispersed villages especially in mountainous regions of Uttarakhand, have limited access to books and other sources for education. Thus, the education of women is greatly affected which in turn affects the education of children.

Since these villages are also sparsely populated, it is impractical and expensive to run full-fledged libraries.

Along with women, we are also reaching out to school children who don’t have access to libraries.

Building a Central library

As part of the project, a central library will be established and books, videos and magazines will be sourced through individual contributors and other institutions.

We intend to source books which covers wide spectrum of literature, arts, science, mathematics, and children’s books in Hindi and English.

Along with books, various types of magazines, educational videos, audios and other materials will be part of the library.

A qualified librarian will be entrusted with the task of running the library.

From Library to the people

Our travelling librarians will travel with books and other materials every day to all nearby and remote villages, covering each village once a week. Since manyof the villages are remote and not reachable by vehicle, the Jhola library (volunteers) will travel by foot and will stay in the village for a day or two and books will be distributed directly to the people.

The plan is to systematically cover all the villages, so that it gives direct benefit to the rural women and children.

Not just books

Along with distributing books, we will plan workshops and discussion forums every month in villages to popularize reading and to share experience about books and other materials.  We will also collect their own stories and experiences which can be published for future generations.  We also plan to exhibit educational videos through projectors

Villages covered by Jhola Library

Name of  Villages & Schools

No of families

Total

Women

Bhangeli

76

450

230

Gunga

23

126

63

Sunagar

46

230

112

Hurri

106

350

230

Sanglai

35

150

70

Tihar

126

470

250

Nattin

45

160

80

Kujjan

70

380

160

Tirang

16

65

32

Salang

141

525

330

Bhukki

62

330

180

Jhala

48

180

68

Jaspoor

120

348

186

Odar

36

176

92

Pala

108

320

180

Bhatwari

290

1206

700

Govt Inter-College, Bhatwari

-

460 (students)

-

Govt Girls High School, Bhatwari

-

-

320(Girls)

Govt High School, Sanglai

52

22(Boys)

30(Girls)

Govt Inter College, Harsil

180

94(Boys)

86(Girls)

Total

1580

6042

3399

 

 

Capital Expenditure (approx.) for this Project

Sl.No Items  

Cost

1. Furniture (Shelf/Chairs/table)

Rs. 24,000

2. Computer

Rs. 40,000

3. Projector

Rs. 24,000

4. Laptop

Rs. 30,000

  Total

Rs. 1,18,000


Variable costs (monthly)

Sl.No Requirements

Cost

1. Room  Rent

Rs. 2,000

2. Volunteers Honorarium          (3 x 3000)

Rs. 9,000

3. Transport & Communication

Rs. 2,000

4. Stationary

Rs. 1,000

  Total

Rs. 14,000

As we are expecting donations of books, we have not included the cost of books in the project.

New Horizons

From these modest beginnings, we hope that Kashika’s Jhola Library project will act as a vehicle to transform the families of Garhwal by building their self-esteem and preserving their unique culture.

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