On April 19, 2012, when we kicked off the 'You Read, They Learn' programme, our mission was simple. We wanted to put every child in school.
For every copy of Hindustan Times that was bought by our readers in the Delhi-NCR area, we set aside a part of the cover price in a fund to
help educate underprivileged children.
Now, 376 days later, and with overwhelming support from our readers, we have been able to send more than 10,000 children to school. Is that a good number?
It's a difficult question to answer.
Yes, because with your help we have touched the lives of more than 10,000 children, giving them a chance to get a brighter future.
And no, because this is just a minuscule drop if you compare it with the millions of children who don't have an opportunity to go to school.
Even as 'You Read, They Learn' gathered momentum, our reporters and editors have delved deep into the subject of primary education, suggesting remedial measures and highlighting stories of ordinary men and women working as change-makers.
We've profiled the lives of children who have benefited and continue to benefit from the programme.
As part of the 'You Read, They Learn' programme, we also printed a textbook in Hindustan Times, which many of you cut, stapled and passed on to underprivileged children.
Your effort was later acknowledged as an Indian record for the highest number of textbooks distributed to underprivileged children in a single day.
We later conducted a book-collection drive in which school children from across the city contributed 1.40 lakh books that were distributed to those who need them the most.
Many of you have loosened your purse-strings and contributed to the HT Foundation For Change, a charitable trust we set up to support 'You Read, They Learn', among other projects.
Thank you for making a difference. And please don't forget to share the storybook that comes with today's paper with an underprivileged child.
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