Caterham Rotary is once again helping an ongoing literacy scheme organised by the Rotary Club of the Nilgiris, a district in southern India where tea is the main industry.
The project’s title, Vanga Padikkalam, translates as ‘Come, let us read’. It aims to encourage children from rural areas to read by improving school libraries and providing easy-to-read picture books in both English and local language Tamil.
Last year, Caterham Rotarians collected hundreds of books from local schools, which were then packed and shipped to the Nilgiris. These were distributed among the government schools, which are attended by children from the poorer population. The books were greatly appreciated by the pupils and all who were involved in the project.
The club is now repeating the process and is delighted that more books have been donated this year.
Geraint Jenkins, Caterham Rotary’s international chairman, said:
“Our team has been busy packing the books over the last week and they will be flown to Nilgiris in the next few days. We hope to continue this exercise in future years.”
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(Above: Members of Caterham Rotary Club packing the books that will be shipped to the Nilgiris.)
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