A group of Avasara Leadership Fellows came up with a ‘big idea’ a few months ago. They decided that they wanted to start a community lending library in Dharavi, where they live, and give the opportunity to other children to develop a love of reading. The girls came up with this idea, and are implementing it, as a part of their Avasara leadership project.
Months of hard work came to fruition on Saturday 1st February, with the inauguration of Friends Library. The day was a huge success, with over 100 visitors to the library during opening hours! The vast majority of visitors were children from Dharavi, whose eyes shone with delight at the array of books available to read. Parents, community members, school teachers and well-wishers also stopped by to congratulate the ALF library team on this exciting milestone.
Have a look at the following photos and get a glimpse into the energy and excitement of the inaugural day!
Congratulations to the library team for their resilience in the face of many obstacles, and their perseverance with this project; it is truly inspiring that they have managed to start this library. Their next challenge will be to sustain and develop Friends Library over the next 6 months. Watch this space, we’ll keep you posted!
Harshitha, Joba, Mansi, Menaga, Monisha, Nafisa, Sweety, Vanitha—well done to you all, and congratulations again!