This is what started it all. In 2009, the Bhansalis shared their love of books by taking books to three local schools. Today, Pustakaar supports over 50 schools in the greater Hyderabad area. Books are sorted into different levels and organized into baskets that can be carried into classrooms.
This is a volunteer-run program designed to build interest, improve vocabulary, and engage children. Pustakaar provides reading packets with books and lesson plans to make it easier for volunteers to conduct a reading session. No teaching experience is necessary! Volunteers commit to 25 sessions at a Pustakaar school from August to March.
Pustakaar now supports schools which don’t have libraries by loaning a set of books to be used by the children. These books are on loan, and Pustakaar exchanges the books for a fresh set every few weeks.
Pustakaar has partnerships with several other organizations in the education sector, as their primary reading resource. Teach For India, Bodhi Foundation, Ishva Foundation all use Pustakaar books and baskets in their classrooms.