‘Chuskit goes to school’ is an endearing story about a young Ladakhi girl who is disabled by birth. Chuskit longs to go to school…
Written by Sujatha Padmanabhan, illustrated by Madhuvanti Anantharajan and published by Pratham Books; it was available in English, Hindi and several other regional languages of India, but last year I had the idea of getting it translated into Ladakhi as well, for the children of this region. There isn’t much Ladakhi children’s literature available and in fact, the language itself is not much taught or written. We hope to make more reading material available to children here, in their own language.
Gen Konchok Pandey translated the book and Pratham Books reworked the layout. Our friend Nakul Butta, ran the Ladakh Marathon and raised the required funds for 500 copies The books have now reached Leh and are being shared with children of various villages, private, government, nunnery and monastery schools of Ladakh. We are happy to have collaborated with Pratham Books on our first Ladakhi translation.
It’s summer time in Ladakh! Avalokitesvara Trust has begun operations and a bunch of talented volunteers will be working with the Ladakhi children of several schools namely in the area of music, theatre, language building, film making, visual arts and environmental science. We shall be sharing their stories and experiences soon!
Meanwhile in our reading rooms, (yes we have 42 now!) the books shelves have a few empty rows. Or we need to replace old, worn out books with new stock. We are happy to collaborate with Pratham Books to add new titles to the existing reading rooms and maybe even create a few more! We need your help to achieve our goal for this year.
Here’s four simple steps for you to donate:
- Go to Donate A Book Avalokitesvara Trust Project & click on ‘Donate To This Campaign’
- Sign up with email ID or Facebook credentials
- Choose the donation amount (₹1000,₹500,₹250 or amount of your choice). Fill in your details
- Proceed to payment
Ta-da! We will be delivering your books to children across Ladakh soon!
Photo Credit: Angela Kan | Location: Lamdon School, Leh
Jhulley! We’ve shortlisted volunteers for 2015 and are working on lesson planners now. The application date has passed but we are still considering suitable applicants on a need basis. So if you are looking to volunteer with us, please email us for the volunteer form with the subject: Your-Name Volunteer 2015.
We are also looking for people who might not be able to travel to Ladakh but would like to help out with other tasks that are involved in the running of the project such as fundraising and curriculum development, etc. There are many things that go into planning a project and we require as much help as we can get.
If you are going to be in Leh during the months of July, August and/or September and would like to help us with administrative, co-ordination and office work, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking to contribute or make a donation, please email us with the subject: Donate/Contribute.