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Hope Foundation library project seeks public support

Friday, Feb 28, 2020 11:45 [IST]

Last Update: Friday, Feb 28, 2020 06:08 [IST]

Hope Foundation library project seeks public support

KUNAL RAI
GANGTOK: Hope Foundation under ‘Project Paper Bridge’ has set up a book collection point at MG Marg here till March 5 where interested people can donate old books. Likewise, they are also working on another project titled ‘Clothes for Dignity’ wherein the interested individuals and groups can donate used clothes, school bags, stationeries, toys and other items which will be distributed to the needy and the unprivileged students.
Hope Foundation president Tashi Namgyal Bhutia said the Project Paper Bridge is an initiative of a Delhi-based NGO Sarvahitey and the said NGOs aims to open 1,000 libraries across the nation. Considering the cause and the mission, in Sikkim, we started the task of carrying out the initiative of establishing libraries, he said. 
Bhutia mentioned that the idea of opening libraries in the State is to promote book reading culture which, he said, is at the verge of extinction, capacity building, digital literacy, generating awareness on various government schemes at the rural areas, women and youth empowerment and run cultural exchange programmes. “The other idea is that if general people cannot reach the libraries then libraries should reach out to the people. The foundation plans to fuel these libraries with used books specially novels, fiction, story books for kids, motivation, spiritual, value education and other publications,” he said.
So far the foundation has established six libraries across the State.
“For the establishment of libraries, we require lots of books with good content and we value the used book the most. This year we have a target of setting up five libraries, for that we are in need of lots of book. We feel that support from the general mass for the said cause will be met definitely and we are open for suggestions too. We want to further say that anyone can be the part of this beautiful and meaningful journey,” Bhutia said.
The NGO has set up collection points for both the projects at MG Marg and they are hopeful that people will support the cause.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi