Asha Libraries in North India Schools

Project Brief:
Project Type: Non-Formal Educational Centers (description)
Primary Focus: creating resources (description)

Secondary Focus: remedial education

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Varanasi
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Sirish Agarwal
Project Partner(s): Vallabh Pandey
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Stewarding Chapter: Varanasi
Jan 2007StamfordUSD 1500
Jun 2006CorvallisUSD 3000
May 2006Mid-Hudson ValleyUSD 10000
May 2006MunichUSD 365
Apr 2006DCUSD 3000

Total = $17865

The Asha Library project is to provide children, of Asha funded projects, with access to the books. Currently most of the eastern UP projects are covered by this endeavor.

The project is monitored by a committee of Asha India volunteers who visit each project individually on regular basis. The library model was introduced at two Asha projects, Mahila Swarojgar Samiti, Varansai and Jeevan Daan Samiti, Gazipur, in 2004. Based on the success of these two libraries the project is now expanded to other Asha projects with detailed plan for operation and monitoring.
The primary purpose of the project is to provide books to the project students by allowing children over 10 years of age to take books home, by encouraging teachers to use the books in daily school teaching, and by allowing children to
borrow books for 2-3 days.
The project is primarily an Asha endeavor and is being monitored by a committee of active Asha India Volunteers. Asha volunteers will arrange a workshop for individual library project volunteers and will provide them with training and documentation for operating the
libraries, and the books. They will also monitor the project on regular basis and upon finding any
poor performance the library will be shifted to another project.