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The great wall of Delhi

As a part of Hindustan Times initiative, we request Delhi-ites to donate their books for the city’s street children

entertainment Updated: Nov 11, 2010 01:19 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Starting today, it’s your chance to introduce a whole new world of books to the street children of Delhi. Hindustan Times presents Aviva the “great wall of education”, a 4-day-drive that will have Delhi-ites donating their books for the good cause. The books may be new, or old, and can range from textbooks, encyclopedias, storybooks, workbooks, dictionaries, novels, comics etc. to help educate thousands of children, who cannot afford to go to schools.

The inaugural event will commemorate the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Abul Kalam Azad, which is marked as the National Education Day. “Books create a whole new world for its readers. It’s a commendable task to provide these kids the experience of reading and learning,” says author Advaita Kala, who will be coming to donate some of her books. “Books help you to pick up a language, which will help these kids in the long run. I wish this initiative all the very best.”

The donation drive has been activated across Delhi through drop boxes placed in 200 schools in NCR, where people can donate books. All the donated books will be brought to DLF Place, Saket to create a wall of books. The enterprise will culminate on November 14, and two NGOs, Save the Childrenand Khushi, will then be involved in the distribution of these books. Delhi-ites can come to the Book Wall location and add their volumes to the great wall.

Last year, volunteers working sorted the collected books into 17 categories. Some of the books were recycled and the rest were sent to some 30 projects run by Save the Children, reaching out to 1.23 lakh kids. The Book Wall was also made in Chennai and Kolkata, with a response of 2.5 and 3 lakh donations respectively. Delhi will have to score better. “Providing the street children with books will get them excited to read,” says author Anuja Chauhan. Thomas Candy, CEO of Save the Children, said, “Given the huge success last year, we look forward to an even bigger response to make a difference in the lives of many.”