Recently, IPHD has started a small library in Bhikamkor. Located within the Saheli Centre, the library is stocked with both English and Hindi books, and magazines for girls and women. The library currently only has one room, and is only for women and children since the sexes in the village are strictly segregated, and women would probably not feel comfortable sharing the space with men. In addition to providing and loaning books, IPHD has also started providing computer literacy and typing classes in the library for older girls and women, and art supplies and lessons for the younger children. The library is only in its initial phase and has much room for expansion.
The library is related to our education work in the village, in that it aims to further the education of the women and children of the village. For the girls’ education program, our goal is to make education more widely available to girls from families who are below the poverty line. Poor families have lower access to the schools in the village, and girls in particular tend to drop out of school earlier. IPHD has recently partnered with Rightside Shirts, through which we aim to raise funds to sponsor the education of girls in Bhikamkor, allowing them to complete their studies. You can find out more about this project here.