Have you ever found yourself devouring new books, excitedly turning pages to get to the end of the story? ALF students are discovering how wonderful it can be to lose yourself in a book. So when the time came to brainstorm project ideas for their leadership class, a group of girls decided to start a library in their community, Dharavi. They started off with a simple idea: let’s find a way for children in our community to access books, and to develop a love for reading.
The girls have some distance to go before they can make their dreams a reality. They need to do a multitude of different things: raise funds to rent a small space for their library, organize book drives, publicize and market their library to people in their community, plan literacy activities to facilitate with library members, amongst many other tasks. We’ll keep you posted on how things go! For now, have a look at the exciting journey so far.
Students explored and shortlisted spaces in Dharavi that they could use for the library. They wanted to find a small space that could house the library books, as well as allow them to facilitate activities, such as reading groups and book clubs.
Space is limited in Dharavi–homes are built right by each other, and are also stacked above each other. The photograph below shows the entrance to one possible option for the library, up a flight of stairs. It’s a cosy space, at the top of a steep climb!
Students also explored other options, specifically looking for a room which is easily accessible. The photograph below shows another potential space, which students are keen to rent once the current tenants (also featured in the photo below) move out next month.
Students have also made concerted efforts at book drives. They aim to expand their book collection, and ensure that their library can cater to children of varied age groups. They’re also working on a website to promote their project and raise funds—critical for them to be able to pay the rent for the space.
We expect that the library will be up and running early in the new year–of course we’ll blog again soon to keep you updated on this fantastic leadership project!