Have you anytime seen street children reading books? But one guy in Mumbai made this happen. He is Abhishek Bharadwai. The homeless in Bandra and Mahim now have their own library, where they can browse books and soon, newspapers too on the very same streets they call home.
In the past, these children used to just dream of reading books. They used to get to see books in others hands. But now Bharadwaj made their dream came into reality. Because of him we were able to see books in our hands, says children.
Thanks to the efforts of Mumbai-based NGO Alternative Realities, they'll soon hold and flip through books at two Homeless Libraries (HoL) on footpaths in Mahim and Dadar.
And by your little bit of cooperation of lending books, Abhishek Bharadwaj, founder of Alternative Realities will be able to give books to remaining 1.5 lakh homeless in the city.Being homeless, they cannot afford for books. But if they get to see books with pictures, colours etc they will get interest to read books.
Bharadwaj went around town collecting all sorts of books old and new, English, Hindi, Marathi, for kids and for adults for HoL.
How you can help
If you have books to give to Bharadwaj than call him and he will knock your door for someone to be smart.You can also donate sketch pens, pencils, and notebooks for the children, or volunteer to spend time at the library, interact with readers and solve their doubts.
Another great way to help would be to allow the HoL centre closest to your house to keep the books safe at your apartment or shop every night.
Call Abhishek Bharadwaj on 9920402813