Celebrate International Book Giving Day With These Organizations

It is finally International Book Giving Day! Yayyyyyyy! How are you celebrating it? Want to help, but don’t know how you can?

Here’s how …

We’ve received a few emails from organizations that require books. Go through their profiles and see how YOU can help their kids experience the joy of reading.

Steps to spread the joy of reading :

  • Read through the profiles
  • Choose an organization you want to donate books to
  • Find books that may be lying around in your house which can be donated to the organization. Check if these books match the requirements of the books needed by the organizations
  • If you don’t have books, you can buy books online and have them shipped to the organization directly. Here are some of the websites of Indian publishers : Pratham Books, Tara Books, Karadi Tales, Katha, Eklavya, Zubaan, Tulika Books. Or you pick an assortment of children’s books from Flipkart.
  • Send the books to the organization with a huge dose of love!
  • Spread the word by sharing this post and get more people to learn about these wonderful organizations.

Note : All the information has been provided by the organizations themselves. Please contact the organizations for more details about their work.

Books needed : in English and Telugu for ages 0-18 years.
Organization description : Aarti is a grassroots organisation that strives to help girls and women help themselves. We aim to remove gender-based discrimination. We run a home for abandoned baby girls, a school for children who cannot afford to pay fees, training programs to enhance income-generating skills (tailoring for example) and to create awareness in favour of the girl child.
More information at : http://www.aartiforgirls.org/
Shipping address : “Aarti Home”, Vijay Foundation Trust, H.No: 20/539, Opp.Municipal Stadium,
Kadapa – 516004 (AP) 
Tel: +91 – 8562 – 247 106 | Mobile: +91 – 9440 – 280 111
E-mail: vftrust(at)gmail(dot)com


This request for books came from a Teach for India Fellow, Himani Sanghvi. 
Books needed : Books in a readable condition and are from Kindergarten – 5th grade level
She says :

I am Himani Sanghvi, a Teach for India 2011 fellow. I teach 37 super enthusiastic children at Shivri cross MPS. We are an extremely under-resourced school in the middle of a community in Sewri from where all my kids come. 80% of the children haven’t seen the world beyond their community. There is no library or for that matter any reading books or teaching aid or basic resources. The basic  infrastructure is in a sorry state with all of us trying every single day to manage through it. Including all of our children of Shivri cross. They are in a learning environment for only 5 hours everyday and I want it to be an extremely powerful experience for them. It’s very easy for them to unlearn things that
happen in the classroom if it’s not effective enough for them. I have started a small library where I provide books to the children twice a week.  After enough books are collected, I also plan to expand this project to rest of the children at my school. 

The dream is to make every single child in Sewri fall in love with imagination, words and worlds beyond us. Be a part of this kaleidoscopic journey.
Email : himani.sanghvi2011(at)teachforindia.org 

Books needed :  Age group 3 – 15 years. Pictographic books preferable. All Indian Languages as children from across India come here regularly for thalassemia treatment.

Organization description:
“Thalassemia Day Care Centre” at IGICH, Bangalore is inaugrated and run by Sankalp India Foundation(R) and Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health (IGICH) with the supported of Applied Materials India Pvt. Ltd. The Day Care Centre provides all necessary treatment and management facilities for children suffering from Thalassemia. Thalassemia is a medical condition that requires the patient in some cases to undergo frequent blood trnsfusions life long. Many children are affected from this condition. The disease is a genetically inherited and is prevalent in India. Patients from all parts of Karnataka and from the neighboring districts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh come to IGICH for blood transfusions every month. A Program Co-ordinator cum counselor has been appointed to ensure that the centre functions as it should. Currently 111 patients are enrolled with the day care centre.
More information at : 1, 2
Shipping address : Ms Akshata, Thalassemia Day Care Centre, Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Behind Nimhans, Hosur Road, Bangalore-560029, Karnataka. Please give us a call before delivery. Contact: +91-9483505424, +91-9480044444
E-mail: sankalp.admin(at)gmail.com


Books needed : Easy to read books and picture books that evoke imagination and inquiry-based learning. Age-group: 3 to 12. Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu, Ladakhi.
Organization description : 
‘Friends of Likir’ is an initiative to nurture & educate children in isolated villages of Ladakh. FoL organically progresses to set up libraries for children throughout the Ladakh terrain, Indo-Pak and Indo-China bordering villages. We aspire to gradually build an integrated network of like-minded individuals who can support children through love, care, time, creativity, skills and resources.
Learning modules are custom-designed keeping in mind the needs of these young children. These include communicative skills and art-based activities that cultivate inquiry, imagination, expression and reflection. 
‘Friends of Likir’ celebrates the spirit of children and their right to education.

More information athttp://friendsoflikir.wordpress.com/

Shipping address 

Friends of Likir, c/o. Ms. Abhigya Shukla, 7, Goyal Park Bungalows, Judges’ Bungalows Road, Ahmedabad-380015. Gujarat. INDIA

E-mail: friendsoflikir(at)gmail(dot)com


Books needed : Marathi books for ages 7-13 years

Organization description : Our first project is currently running at the Govandi Station upper Primary Municipal School no.1, Mumbai. Children from Standards 4 -7 participate in the activities conducted at the school. We are a small team that is passionate about children. We believe that children need a space that they can call their own- a place where they can explore the world around them and learn little lessons for life in the most fun ways. 
The initiative aims to provide all children access to books and lessons for life. Children from low-income communities in particular lack:
  • access to storybooks and,
  • skills to face challenges in their lives

Hence, we use storybooks as a means to enhance self-expression, creativity and imagination. Through our initiative we also build values and life-skills and try to make learning a more immersive and enjoyable experience.

More information at : http://www.facebook.com/apnishala

Shipping address : Amrita Nair, Apni Shala, Building no. 3, Flat no. 1, Saraswati Nagar, Inside Daulat Nagar, Kopri, Thane East 400603, Phone : 9820508580

E-mail: amrita(at)apnishala.org


Books needed : 
Ages: 3–5, Language: English and Kannada : Picture books, including board books, concept books (teaching an alphabet or counting), pattern books, and wordless books
Ages: 5–7, Language: English and Kannada : Early Reader Books
Ages: 7–11, Language: English and Kannada : Chapter books

Organization description : 

10 years ago ‘Spandana’ (NGO – yet to be registered) made its humble beginnings. Inspired with
a possibility to empower children and to create a wonderful future for them to take on challenges in life, this group was instituted. We have been working with 2 government schools – Puttenahalli Government school and Gottigere Government School. We provide scholarships and have executed numerous projects at these schools (examples: CHIGURU Scholarships, Examination Stationery kits, First Aid Kit, Library augmentation, Educational Aids, School Day celebrations, Educational trips).

More information at : Spandana doesn’t have a website currently, but you can view a few images here.

Shipping address Spandana, 385, 5th Cross, 6th Main, JP Nagar 7th Ph, Bangalore – 560078.

E-mail: madhuaithal(at)gmail(dot)com


Books needed

Coloring Books for ages 8-11 years]

Organization description : Protsahan works with at-risk street children in India with art & creative technological tools to execute innovation in education right where its needed. We have encouragement centers in urban slums/on the streets. Currently we work with children who are sexually abused, drug abused, at begging points, at-risk children of rickshaw pullers, ragpickers, etc. An initiative started by youngsters 20 months back has mushroomed into a nationwide movement promoting the spirit of volunteering amongst corporates and college students and transforming the lives of street children. Now recognized by The World Bank and several award nominations later, Protsahan has become a symbol of what exactly it set out to achieve : Encouragement!

Shipping address : Protsahan , 347, Vasant Enclave, New Delhi – 110057. Ph: 9540781011.

E-mail: ngo.protsahan(at)gmail.com



Books needed : English, Hindi and Punjabi books for children between 3-16 years
Organization description : Sarthak Prayas is an NGO working for voluntary blood donation promotion, Thalassemia & HIV/AIDS awareness, child education & old age people. Today we are the largest human chain of emergency blood donors in Delhi & NCR. Sarthak Prayas is also supporting a half constructed school, ‘Divya Sanskar’ in Karnal, Haryana where 250 children are studying from economically weak and backward families. They also run a remedial education center for slum kids in Shalimar Bagh and Rohini, New Delhi with 30 Kids at each center.
More information at : http://www.sarthakprayas.org/
Shipping address : Sarthak Prayas, 38 (Basement) Road No. 52, Punjabi Bagh West, New Delhi 110026
E-mail:  harsharora(at)sarthakprayas(dot)org


Books needed : in Hindi for ages 5-13 years

Organization description : Aham Bhumika’ is an NGO, a group of like minded people based in Bhopal. We are striving for the betterment of the underprivileged in rural areas of India. We collect clothes from donors & distribute them to those in need. We collect old bicycles, repair them and provide them to children who have to walk long distances to attend school.We collect toys & games and provide them to rural Anganwadi centres to make them child friendly. We collect books and have established an informal library in a tribal village Mahabadia for the primary school children with the aim of developing a habit of reading amongst the people, especially children. We also organize health camps for the children and women in rural areas.

Shipping address Subrat Goswami, Ahambhumika, C/o  Archaeological Survey of India, 4th Floor, B -Block, G.T.B. Complex, T.T.Nagar,Bhopal -462003 (M.P.)

E-mail:  subrat(at)ahambhumika(dot)org


Books needed : For 3-12yrs bi lingual (English- Hindi, English-Marathi)

Organization description : 
BOOKWORM was conceived and set up in 2005, Panaji, Goa.Whilst the library space is for the community around Panjim, and all are welcome, most of the children come from middle class families. The School Book Treasury’s aim is to support schools that are poorly resourced by supplying reading materials, together with help, support and training for existing teachers, to enrich the library work done within the schools. The BOOKWORM Mobile Library Outreach Programme (MOP) aims to take books and the mobile library out to the children of some of the poorest socio-economic groups in Goa. 
More information at http://www.bookwormgoa.in

Shipping address : Bookworm, C/17, 266, Santissmo Vaddo, (Near St. Michael Church), Taleigao.

Goa – 403302 , Tel: 9823222665 

E-mail: mail(at)bookwormgoa(dot)in

Visit the International Book Giving Day blog and the Mommy Labs blog to read about the different ways in which one can participate.

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