Backed on the success of last year's Book Donation Drive which resulted in the setting up of 6 libraries across several schools catering students from low income groups, K Raheja Corp's Mindspace, is back with the 2nd leg of the drive, under its CSR initiative Teaching Tree. Kicking it off with an interesting book reading session, actress Jenny Honey read out some very heart-warming stories to the kids from NGO Teach for India, in an interactive session that was open to imaginative and creative thinking, allowing kids to explore the world of storytelling and book reading. The two week drive, which kicked off today, will culminate on the 28th June, post which the books will be handed over to the NGO.
Striving to break last year’s record which stood at 6000 books and tons of stationery, and galvanizing local community support, K Raheja Corp's Mindspace has urged its own employees as well as clients operating out of the Business Park to come forward and patronize the drive by donating already read books or blank books which the students can benefit from. This will be in addition to the support that K Raheja Corp provides to the NGO. To ensure ease of purchase, for those who wish to donate new books, K Raheja Corp’s group company Crossword Bookstore has also been roped in and will be setting up stalls inside Mindspace. Drop boxes are placed at each building lobby at Mindspace, to ensure ease of dropping off of books meant for the discerning students.
Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Shrawan Kumar Gone, Director Operations, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, K Raheja Corp said, “This initiative aligns and supports a broader vision of empowering the next generation through education. The Book Donation Drive is one of our several initiatives which endeavour to do away with education inequality, by offering the joy of reading to children who do not have the resources. We stand committed to offering the gift of knowledge to the young students and we are very happy with the progress we have made with our NGO partners Teach for India.”
Speaking on drive, Teach for India said, “K Raheja Corp's Mindspace in the heart of City's IT hub has partnered with the NGO Teach For India to improve the quality of education in low income schools. They have also encouraged their employees to volunteer for the cause through events such as Teaching Tree Carnival (Art Festival), Book Donation and other drives earlier. The multiple opportunities provide the platform for students to learn and interact with people from various walks of life by
Donation Drive fetched multiple books for students by paving a way to create six libraries in the schools."
Speaking on the initiative, actress Jenny Honey said, "Today, I had the pleasure to not only be a part of a noble cause but also had the opportunity to interact with these wonderful kids. The effort taken to further literacy is commendable, and I would request each one to donate gently used books, notepads and stationary to support the Book Donation Drive leading it to be a successful initiative."
About Teaching Tree:
With the belief that education is the most powerful weapon that can change the world, and committed to the cause, K Raheja Corp, India's leading real estate developer launched its CSR initiative, christened Teaching Tree. As the name suggests, the initiative aims at providing quality education to children belonging to very low-income groups. The initiative reaches out to children studying in schools, and whose parents are committed to ensuring a good future for their children, but with limited means.
K Raheja Corp has selected a trained and credible partner to make this mission a success, and has joined hands with Teach for India, NGO in the education space, that has made a noteworthy contribution to the field of education in the country.
K Raheja Corp, along with Teach for India will empower the teachers of these public schools through better training and exposure to technology. These teachers will then have an improved impact on the children. K Raheja Corp leads this initiative through its IT Business Park Mindspace, which houses some of the largest corporate MNC's and galvanises their non-monetary support for the cause through initiatives like book collection drives, old computer collection drives, art melas where the kids can display their works of art at Mindspace, employees pledging their time to teach these children in their schools and so on.
Financial assistance has already positively influenced the lives of over thousands of students since 2015, and K Raheja Corp remains committed to growing these numbers through Teaching Tree. Through the association, Teaching Tree will further build on the noble work undertaken by Teach for India in the domain of education.
About Teach For India:
Teach For India is a non-profit organization that believes in an excellent education for all children & is striving to end the problem of educational inequity in our country. We are driving this movement through our Fellowship program which places outstanding working professionals and college graduates as Fellows - teachers who work full-time for two years in low-income & underresourced schools.