Pratham Books aims to put a book in the hands of every Indian child.There are 300 million children in the country, speaking at least 21 languages. And many of them live in dire poverty, in remote, inaccessible areas.Getting good books to these children is a monumental task which Pratham Books seems to be tackling
with both creativity and vigour. In the last year Pratham teams have been reaching out to state governments and NGOs across the country to make books available not only through libraries, shops,schools and book fairs, but also through village post offices and at bus and train stations.
Realizing the enormity of the task ahead, they are also reaching out to other publishers and organizations so as to jointly produce rich and varied fare for children. In 2010 Pratham Books published 'Nono, the Snow Leopard' in 4 Indian languages, in collaboration with the Nature Conservation Foundation and the Snow Leopard Trust.
Recently they adopted the Creative Commons framework - making their stories and illustrations available under an open licence model. This has meant that their books are reaching children not just as written words but also as audio books, books in Braille for the visually handicapped, as well as iPad and iPhone applications.
All these excellent initiatives go to show how an organization can fly while remaining firmly grounded!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my interactions with their team and their volunteers who are very strongly committed yet full of fun. I find the range of Pratham's activities very inspiring.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
give them whatever they feel they need in order to deliver faster and better .
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
cheerful, practical and committed to their cause, without being either sugary or appearing noble!
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
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