Books For Change was the very first project initiated by the Founders of Touch A Life, even before Touch A Life was established. With an under 30% attendance ratio in Secondary Education of the poorest 20% and with the lack of financial support to education from grade 8 and onwards, children in Maharashtra are deprived of their right to education. We believe that books are the doorway to a world of knowledge and power.
A new aspect in our project is the use of tremendous technology in the system by bringing entire system over the ERP, so that we can carry out entire activity in a coordinated manner. When we showcased our technology with Mr. Kent Wong of Chow Tai Fook, he was impressed with the same and he happily accepted our invitation to become our corporate partner for Books for Change 2019.
Kent Wong puts forward his comment as follows:
“Upholding the spirit of “Do Good Feel Good”, we share Touch A Life’s belief in empowering children towards the betterment of the society. We truly hope that our support on “Books for Change” can serve as an encouragement to the underprivileged children and youths in India to pursue their dreams”
The project has elicited huge support from the tribal and backward areas. The people around the place has been appreciating our effort of getting students equipped with studies for the betterment of their future. All these responses are forcing us this year to do something new for the sake of students of remote areas.
Our project ensures a strict adherence to the principals of Accountability, Responsibility, Transparency and Traceability. Each and every activity of our foundation are recorded to its root. We make sure that with the support of technology each of our function are easily identifiable.
This year we reached 30 schools out of our target of 31 across both phases, and reached 3,400 students with a distribution of more than 26,000 books. On 15th and 16th of March 2019, our project got off in the presence of a representative of Chow Tai Fook, who visited the remote areas of Maharashtra India to launch the activity themselves: they even spend nights in the villages and understand the real difficulties that the children at these tribal areas are facing.
First phase of the project are complete. Our target is to complete the second phase before the summer holidays begin. The project has been scheduled early on the special request of teachers and parents to ensure that when the children leave for their summer vacation, they can spend time catching up on school material!
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