Acts of Giving: ‘Pustak Aalaya’

Daan Utsav is India’s ‘festival of giving’. Launched in 2009, the festival is celebrated every year, commencing on Gandhi Jayanti October 2 till October 8.

From auto rickshaw drivers to CEOs, school children to celebrities, homemakers to opinion leaders and media personnel, millions of people from all walks of life come together during this week to give their time, money, resources, or skills back to society. They do this by creating or participating in events of their choice.

Every year, Bhumi volunteers across India celebrate this festival with great passion and energy by organising local drives and encouraging citizens to contribute generously. This event has successfully raised awareness about the importance of giving and how small acts of kindness can impact greater change.

Last year, volunteers from our Pune city chapter got together and conceived something to address an immediate need at two shelter homes/orphanages. A call to donate books brought in over 2,500 books from across the city!

It was then decided to donate 850 books in Saraswati Anath Shikshan Ashram (SASA) and the remaining 1,650 in Sumati Balwan, Katraj. Volunteers visited these centres to segregate the books into different languages, number the books (just like it’s done in a library) and create book issue cards for the children. In one of the centres, a beautiful shelf was also provided to arrange these books. 

The end result? A good-looking book library that the children could use to lend books and enjoy the world of reading.

A library plays an important part in shaping a child, often a sort of an educational agency to acquaint the young with literature and to cultivate a love for reading. As a card-carrying library member, young children learn about treating books with utmost care. Hence, along with reading skills, a library in our experience is building responsibility in young children while fostering a sense of community. 

Contributor: Sudeep Naik, Volunteer

Bhumi is one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations. Bhumi, as a platform, enables over 20,000 volunteers across 10 cities in India for causes like education, environment, animals and community welfare.  Sign up to volunteer for Daan Utsav in your city: