There are so many things that so many of us take for granted, one of them being access to education. With a population of over 1.3 billion people in India, only around 74% of our population is literate. While 74% might seem a lot, this means that 338,000,000 (338 million) people do not receive basic education. Thankfully, there are many out there taking the initiative to change this and bring up the literacy rate - Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, an organization that we have been working with for almost a year, is one of them.
Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, founded over 24 years ago, essentially tackles issues relating to poverty in Mumbai, committed to helping children and youth in under-resourced communities without discriminating and those who are disabled who require support to be integrated into society. Initially founded in India, Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust has expanded internationally, setting up bases in developing countries including Afghanistan, Sudan, Kenya and Burundi.
In order to facilitate the education process in under-resourced communities, Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust is organizing the biggest ever book exhibition, called ‘Project Mission Million Books’ in Maharashtra, under which governments schools and children from low-income backgrounds will have access to books for free.
To show our love and support for the cause, we will be hosting a books and clothes sorting event at the Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust on the 17th June, Saturday between 10 AM and 1 PM. The event would kick start with an introduction to Ratna Nidhi, a discussion about the projects and their efforts so far to meet their ambitious goals, and a tour of their facility. The actual sorting activity would be approximately 2 and a half hours long, with a 10 minute break in between.
You could help the cause by donating books (either new or used that you may not require anymore) to Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust!
If this sounds interesting to you, why don’t you try some of our other volunteering opportunities for education here: www.connectfor.org