200 million children in India can’t read, do your bit through the Mango T20 Campaign

By Team YS|28th May 2013
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There are stories to be heard , books to be read, a whole new world to be explored; hidden behind those pages. Mangosense is a Pune based startup that is trying to get people to read books to underprivileged kids through their campaign MangoT20.

This summer you can be a Hero. Not the ones we see on big screens, but the ones that would feature in the hearts and minds of a million innocent children, who would be looking forward to your tales with an open mind and an insatiable thirst for knowledge. The one book you read to them,that one lesson that they learn, may expand their minds a million folds; you never know!

Mango T20 stands for “Mango Teach 20”. Starting June 1st, for a period of 50 days , you can read books to underprivileged kids in your neighbourhood. You could spare one hour per day, or do it on weekends visiting a local NGO and reading to them. A relatively small step for you has the potential of bringing tons of brightness into the lives of these young children. Read to 20 kids for 20 hours and you could become a Champion. Apart from the social impact you would create, champions will also be rewarded with a few goodies.

NGOs like Akansha and Mother India have shown their support for the campaign. Some of the well-known children’s book authors and storytellers like Vinita Zutshi, Sonja Chandrachud, Vaishali Shroff and many more have also shown their support. Along with these authors and storytellers MangoReader will organise storytelling sessions in major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi and Pune. Tender Leaves,a Pune based startup along with companies like Ratna Sagar will be providing books for the story telling sessions. You could also donate any amount for the campaign which will be used to sponsor books and devices for the event.

To help them reach their target of 20,000 students you can register here.

[This column is sponsored by Bihar Innovation Forum– one of a kind platform that aims to identify, celebrate and scale up rural livelihood innovations.]

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