It is common for people to labour hard for realising their dream but it takes a lot of courage to take the road less travelled by and do something for the good of others. For certain people, humanity comes before success and when they become the reason for someone else’s happiness, it is a great accomplishment in itself.
The students of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University have undertaken the ‘Dream Library’ initiative to remove disparity from the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children. The mission Dream Library, headed by Arpita Sharda and Atishay Jain, involves the creation of libraries in schools for deprived children across the National Capital Region.
Hopelessness is a feeling or state of despair which people want to avoid at all cost. When our dreams go unaccomplished, not because one failed to work hard but because they didn’t have the means to accomplish it; the state that one is left in is hopelessness. The students of SRCC aim to drive away this hopelessness of those underprivileged children who do not have the means to seek education and accomplish their dreams.
After successfully implementing two libraries in ‘The School Under the Bridge’ and ‘The School Under the Tree’ near the Yamuna Bank last year, the team has now set a higher goal of implementing three libraries on the 14th of November 2018.
Out of numerous schools that were in dire need of books, the team, as a result of various visits and analysis has decided to implement the project in 3 schools in east Delhi. Efforts have been made to provide a greater variety of books for the students and to meet their educational as well as co-curricular requirements. The project is a powerful step to make an impact in the lives of 1500+ students of various schools and make a significant contribution in the field of education, which is primarily for national growth.
“This mission is not an act of social service but one of social empowerment because these efforts and their results will ensure the self-sufficiency of the future generations,” says Arpita.
At the end of each book donated, there is a note on which a child who completes reading that book writes his wish and at the end of the year they come back to the team and it is the team’s responsibility to connect these kids to their dreams.
“This initiative teaches us to be responsible future citizens and strive to work harder in the future,” says another team member.
In an era where everyone is self-indulgent, these students who have come forward to help the underprivileged children is a great act in itself. All those who cannot contribute directly can always do their share by donating books that are not needed by them so that the books can be added to these libraries and can implement a change in someone’s life and help them carve a niche for themselves.