The Story of a Gift
Reading books not only gives knowledge, it also increases imaginative power, improves communication skills, focus and concentration. It motivates and builds self-esteem when readers find themselves immersed in a book and connect with the characters of the story. It helps a child become a complete being by molding their character.
Nita Bajoria, member of Kutchina Foundation, a writer and a book lover always felt that inculcating the habit of reading was a very important step in building one’s character. She finds immense pleasure in reading and has found the answers to many of her questions and worries in them. But she felt that sadly, reading has decreased a lot among the younger generations. This has led to the problem of lack of attention span. She knew that if we do not give kids the proper books to read they would never know the pleasure of reading. One day she had an impending thought – what about kids and individuals who love reading but don’t have access to good books? That was when she conceived the idea of this project.
Libraries would definitely give kids a taste for books and at least a few would get into the habit of reading books.
In many affluent families, books that have been already read lie in a corner with no further use. She realised that if she could channelise these books to places where they could be read again, it would help a lot of children get access to the magical world of stories and knowledge.
With these two ideas in mind she initiated the project and her brainchild came into force in January 2019.
A new story unveils
Gift-a-Library is primarily managed by Nita Bajoria with the help of Vinita Chirawala, Jyoti Jhunjunwala and many other friends of the project .For making a library they need other things as well. Book shelves will always be gifted by Kutchina Foundation as they can get them manufactured at Kutchina Modular Kitchen Factory. Second hand books are gathered from the privileged friends of Gift-a-library who have them lying idle after their kids have read them. A few publishers have also come forward and donated books to us. But we need more publishers to help us. Few friends of Gift a Library donated money in the past to help up with the wall colouring, and repair work of the library space if needed. Stylus Furniture has been donating Tables and chairs for our library since a year. You too can pitch in by donating books that are lying unread in the corner of your home, or any of the other items listed below and help a child read a new story.
How can one help?
Libraries created so far
Nita Bajoria also received the Changemaker Award from the organsation CAFE (Career After Family) for “Gift a Library” in 2022