We believe books are the first step to acquire knowledge. Reading opens up new horizons and fires up the imagination.With that in mind we founded "Book Bugs". The aim is to encourage and improve a reading culture, especially among girls.
We arrived in Bangalore with 2 heavy suitcases filled with books which we collected with the help of our children and at various booksales.That amounted to the impressive number of 180 books.
Why books? For most of the people in India books are a luxury and in comparison quite expensive.The monthly starting salary of a primary teacher is 20 000 rupees (that is 372 US Dollars or 290 Euros). The latest book by J.K.Rowling costs 800 rupees.
Classrooms are extremely crowded and work in shifts, reception class from the early morning until 11am etc.
We find that books are a direct benefit for the children as they now will be able to take books home to read and exchange them for new ones. For that purpose we had bags printed with the "Book Bug" logo which seemed to please the children very much.
With this in mind we already started to collect more books to bring to India and maybe start another library at another school in India.
Besides of collecting books for the school's library, I'll start with an etsy shop in 2013 to sell some of the photos I took while travelling in India. Part of the money will go into scholarships for girls .