1ST APRIL 2007

What is Bakul
Bakul Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes volunteerism and channelizes cumulative efforts towards community development. As Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”. That is why we have started a movement to get thousand of us (to begin with) together to explore the possibilities of volunteerism and collective effort by contributing in small ways to the program Donate books and build a Library.
Book is immortal. Landscapes change, civilizations go through ups and downs, tastes alter and end of the day it is only books which tells us all about these.

Our Vision
For us, community development initiatives are not just confined to the immediate tangible goals, but go beyond to invoke and instill the spirit of volunteerism that underlines the project. For example, we plan to organize book reading sessions at schools for underprivileged children. But we not only aim to make books accessible to socioeconomically deprived children but also have the more fundamental goal of creating a group of volunteers among the children and help them take up their own developmental initiatives, like adult literacy campaigns within their own neighborhood/community. Bakul Foundation, therefore, not only brings together volunteers for community development initiatives but uses their experience and skills to generate new groups and generations of volunteers. Similarly a tree plantation programme would not just involve the plantation of trees through volunteers, but we shall make a conscious effort to make environmentalists out of those volunteers. Our vision of what we seek to create is of a library that is not merely a collection of books but an open forum that actively promotes a sensible reading culture among youth; a public space that is proactively used for making books and the world of knowledge accessible to underprivileged children and students; and an institution that works towards Contd on next page...
“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.”

Inside This Issue

Our Vision Bakul Pledge

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Library Opening 2 Photos 3

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What can I do
Donate books: Build a Library aims to find a donor for every book in the library. Each of us can contribute by donating books/multimedia kits or money to buy the same. You could also actively contribute in terms of ideas and suggestions and take part in deciding how to achieve the fundamental objectives of the program by posting your comments on our blog or by writing to us at

Our Vision (Contd from page 1)
generating the spirit of volunteerism among its users to undertake further initiatives in community development programs. A library then becomes a potent instrument of building people’s capabilities to actualize the opportunities of a ‘knowledge economy’ and lessen the growing socio-economic inequalities.

Bakul Pledge
Bakul Foundation pledge was started on Orissa Foundation Day - 1st April 2006 at http://www.pledgebank.com/Bakul-Library. The pledge was "I will contribute to the program "Donate Books: Build a Library" but only if 1,000 other people will sign up." By 1st April 2007 we had 1011 people (11 over target) signed up for the pledge. Thanks to all who made this successful.

Library Opening at Bhubaneswar
Bakul Library was opened at Bhubaneswar on 1st April 2007. None of this would have been successful without your contributions. We have already 6000 books and it is growing as we write this newsletter. Flip over to the next page to see the photos.

We are on the WEB
Blog : http://bakulfoundation.blogspot.com

Bakul Library Online Coming Soon at bakulfoundation.org

Yahoo Group : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Bakul

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Photos at Bakul Library
Online Photo Album : http://www.flickr.com/photos/snapart/sets/72157600042496079/with/443390427