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Pratham Books

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Mission: Pratham Books is a not-for-profit trust that seeks to publish high-quality books for children at a affordable cost in multiple Indian languages. Pratham Books is trying to create a shift in the paradigm for publishing children’s books in India. The low cost model proves that children’s literature can be attractive and affordable and therefore more accessible. Books are to the child’s mind what food is to the stomach. Join us as we try to make a difference to the lives of 200 million children! There are a number of NGOs who are working with children in India to improve basic literacy skills of reading, writing and mathematics. As more and more children became readers, there was a need for good content and there were few publishing sources that were willing to supply this content at affordable costs and in multiple Indian languages. With 270 titles and 1800 books in 12 languages , we have a readership of 52 million. Each title has been translated into several Indian languages, enabling us to offer affordable books to children across the country. Join us in our mission of getting 'a book in every child's hand'.

Results: With 270 titles and 1800 books in 12 languages , we have a readership of 52 million.

Target demographics: get 'a book in every child's hand'

Geographic areas served: India

Programs: children's books in English and multiple Indian languages at affordable costs. We've also created a volunteer program where volunteers conduct storytelling sessions to promote reading.

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I started to help the Govt. primary and Middle Schools after I retired fully from IIT kanpur as Professor, CSIR and AICTE in India.I was made Secretary of HIMWATS.org. I donated Rs 2 Laksfor the SAvidya upsamiti ( see "Ashanet .org SAVIDYA" and started to adopt one school (GPS) for support in 2005-6. We provided Uniforms to children, extra teachers , games and sports material, Computers, Light/electricity in the school, one class room per class, learning and science resource Center with 2400 books and >250 experiments. This we are trying to make as a Model school. The schools Library books are being rotated in alll the 7 adopted schools in Champawat, Uttarakhand ,India.